Beautiful hand-made baby blanket from a colleague :)
I've not written a personal update post since Easter, which feels like a long time. Part of the reason is that my life just isn't very exciting at the moment - I've reached the stage of pregnancy (36.5 weeks) where all I can do is go to work, eat and sleep. Managing that is difficult enough, so a social life has certainly gone out of the window!
The good news is that next week is my last week at work, and then I have seven months maternity leave. It feels strange because on one hand, the pregnancy has really dragged, but on the other I can't believe that I am at this point already. I won't be sad to go on leave, as I'm really in need of it, but it does make the whole having a baby thing seem much more real and close.
I'm feeling pretty uncomfortable all the time at the moment. It's nothing near as bad as the horrible sickness of the first trimester (which I'm very grateful for), but I am exhausted, achy, unable to put on my shoes in the morning, and getting out of bed has become rather difficult! Some days I feel relatively fine but on other days (like today) I just feel blah and physically uncomfortable all day long. The mini heatwave we're having here in the UK isn't really helping either, and I'm definitely finding it hard to muster up the energy to work with thirty children all day long.
The other part of being so near the end is that the actual giving birth part is very close now and it's scary! I'm trying not to think about it too much but sometimes I can't help it. I know that it will come and go and everything will end up fine, but I'm not looking forward to actually doing it at all. I'm due on June 11th, hopefully I won't go too far overdue.
But for this week I'm determined to just be happy that it's my last week at work for a very long time. No more planning, no more marking, no more endless meetings and no more giving up all of my evenings and weekends to school work! Hopefully I'll get in a good two weeks worth of resting and relaxing before the baby arrives, and I'm going to try my hardest to enjoy them.