It's been another busy week. I can't believe it's only been two and a half weeks back at work since the Christmas break, it feels like much longer! Work-wise, the most exciting part of last week was that I got to attend a continuous professional development day at the Tower of London. Teaching in inner London has its perks sometimes! The course itself was very good, but the best part of it was that we had some time during the lunch break to explore the Tower and see the crown jewels. I've been quite a few times before but not for several years, so it was lovely to visit again and remind myself of all the famous events that have taken place there.
In pregnancy news, I'm currently 19 and a half weeks pregnant. On Wednesday, I will be 20 weeks pregnant, which is the official half way mark, and I'm very excited to reach it. So far, the second trimester has been much better than the first. In the first trimester, I was throwing up every day, I lost weight rather than gained it, I couldn't eat properly, I had dry hair and I even got acne for the first time in my life. It was pretty miserable; I was far from a 'glowing' pregnant lady. Thankfully, I've not been sick since Christmas and I'm finally starting to gain the weight I need to. I'm sleeping better (although I still get very tired) and I've now got a noticeable bump, which I like.
The good news is that everything is going well with the baby so far. According to my midwife, I have an 'unusually active' baby, I felt movement earlier than I was expecting to and he/she pretty much moves around all the time, to the extent that it's hard for the midwives to hear the heartbeat, as the baby wriggles so much. I have my 20 week scan on Thursday morning and hopefully we will be able to find out the sex of the baby then. We will be happy either way, but I'm just desperate to know!
I've been good and I've managed to stick to my reading goals for January so far. I read The Paris Wife for the Jazz Age January event, I've not been buying books, I have no books out from the library, and I've been reading books from my shelves. Yesterday I started The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh, which was one of 12 books from my TBR pile that I'm pushing myself to read in 2014. It's excellent so far, I don't know why I waited so many years to try it. As I have no plans for the rest of today, I'm thinking that curling up with a book might be a good plan.
This week, I've been reading: