What can I say, nothing much has gone on this week. It's just been a bit of a waiting game. Waiting to hear what the insurance company says about our claim, waiting for the weeks to pass (I feel like my life is one big
Jennifer D.

What can I say, nothing much has gone on this week. It's just been a bit of a waiting game. Waiting to hear what the insurance company says about our claim, waiting for the weeks to pass (I feel like my life is one big holding pattern right now), and waiting for this cold I've felt coming on for a few days to finally take hold. I was pleasantly surprised to find that our insurance company was very on the ball about getting our claims check to us. So now we are moving forward with getting repairs done. New carpet for our middle room and new ceramic tile for our kitchen should be in just in time for a baby shower on December 11th. Hopefully we can find the time to assemble all our new cabinetry and order new appliances in that time as well. It would be so nice to be able to show all that off to my girlfriends at the party.

I was unpleasantly surprised to find that the cold that had been creeping up on me for a few days turned into a full-blown disruption on the day I was scheduled to drive to Jacksonville. Pretty bad timing. I passed one restless night on the couch (so as not to disturb Rich with my continual coughing and sneezing) and went in to work the next day. I probably should have stayed home, but was scheduled to have off the very next day for vacation, so couldn't really afford to. The clouds parted when a nurse at my ob office told me I could safely take Robitussin. That knocked out the worst of my symptoms, but still I felt tired and weak, and a bit cranky, on the drive down to Florida.

I was a bit worried about what having a cold can do to a baby in utero, but all of my books seem to say the baby usually isn't affected by a common cold. She still seems to be kicking and punching at all the right times - I think there is an occasional pattern. I even think she had her first case of hiccups! It was a sensation unlike any I've felt before - sort of a constant rhythmic vibration that lasted for a few minutes.



Have felt like a total slob lately - it's been a full two weeks since I've been to the gym. I know a lot of women just sort of slack off during pregnancy, and I don't blame them. I feel almost as tired as I did during my first trimester, and now with this cold I am not eager to become active when I am not feeling 100 percent.

I think I will take to walking in my neighborhood after work while it is warm enough to do so (since it is still in the low 70s!), and return to the gym once it gets cold.

I know not working out for two weeks hasn't made me any fatter than I probably would be otherwise, but I feel a lot better just knowing I am active. I know for a fact that I have widened considerably in all the right places. Fortunately I don't think I've pooched out too much in the face, and thank goodness I haven't swelled too much in my legs or feet! Plenty of people though tell me there is still time to fatten up in my last two months!PregnancyAndBaby.com

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