[Saturday, July 29]
I had been sleeping in our spare room during the week. The bed was a bit easier for me to get in and out of and I didn’t want to keep Jesse up all night with my Netflix watching and restless sleep (or lack there of).
Since Gravol had greatly improved my quality and quantity of sleep, I moved back into our bed Friday night with all my many pillows. I’m sure glad we have a king bed now! I had another decent sleep.
I woke up early, as seems to be my routine, and wrote my “Some bad news” blog post. It received a lot views throughout the day and I felt touched that so many people cared to read my story. In retrospect, I hope the title wasn’t too click bait-y.
To minimize the amount of stairs, I try to only go down to the kitchen/living room floor a few times a day. This means that I’ve been saying “Next time you come up, can you bring me …” or “When you go downstairs, can you get …” and then usually some sort of snack.
I cannot say enough about how amazing Jesse has been taking care of me through all this. It definitely isn’t an easy on him either. He has to do all the stuff that normally two of us would tackle like cleaning and grocery shopping on top of going to work/school and making sure I have everything I need.
Speaking of which, I gave Jesse a list of stuff I wanted and he went out that afternoon to run some errands. The list included the previously mentioned teddy bear and blanket, PJ shorts (XL because I can’t stand any tightness around my waist), a baby name book, and a breast pump … probably not something a lot of dads-to-be go and purchase on their own.
Usually I do a lot of research on big ticket items but I really just didn’t know anything about breast pumps. I asked Jesse to go to one of the baby stores, talk to someone knowledgeable, and buy the best one. The only thing I was told was to get a double.
Meanwhile, I layed in bed all day getting bored. I watched the Incredible Jessica James on Netflix, which I actually assumed was a TV show until half way through when I realized it’s a movie. It was pretty funny.
Next I watched the movie Okja. I only had a vague idea what it was about and it was more depressing than I had anticipated. Damnit, I was trying to keep things light! It’s a strange and interesting movie but I don’t know if it’s for everyone. I assume Netflix knows that I’m (mostly) vegan due to this recommendation.
Pregnant couples are encouraged to take a tour of their hospital beforehand to familiarize them with the maternity ward. Obviously that’s not something I can do right now so I found a video tour of my hospital’s NICU online. Turns out the facilities are amazing there!
Jesse returned with his shopping spoils. He got the bear and blanket, about five pairs of PJ shorts (on sale!), the “Cadillac” of breast pumps, three baby name books, and a Mamaroo, a high-end, futuristic-looking infant swing, also on sale.
Warm baths have become part of my bed rest routine. I have one most nights before bed to relax my muscles. It’s also too hot the rest of the day to sit in warm water. I forgot to pop a Gravol this night unfortunately.