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:
I'm very glad you're feeling better, Sam! I hope everything goes well on Wednesday (which is my birthday, by the way!) and keep us posted on the sex of the baby :)ReplyDelete
I would love to read the The Glass Palace. Let's see if you like it.
I'm glad to be feeling better too :)Delete
I'm 100 pages into Glass Palace so far and I'm really enjoying it. It's focusing on the royal family of Burma at the moment.
I'm happy to hear you're feeling better! I bet you're super excited to find out the baby's sex!ReplyDelete
Good job on managing to stick to your January reading goals! I'm glad to hear you're enjoyed The Glass Palace. I've had it on my shelf for ages and really need to make the time to read it as I've heard nothing but good things about it.
I'm extremely excited, hopefully they will be able to tell during the scan.Delete
The Glass Palace is very good so far. I'm ashamed to say that I owned it for about 8 years before starting it!
I really liked the Glass Palace. And I've already bagged one book for my TBR Pile Challenge!ReplyDelete
I have a feeling I'm going to like it, too.Delete
And congrats on finishing a book for your TBR challenge already :)
It's great you are feeling better - I imagine throwing up every day is NOT much fun.ReplyDelete
It must be really exciting to be able to find out baby's sex soon :) All the best!
It wasn't the most fun time, especially when you're trying to teach whilst constantly feeling like you're going to be sick.....I'm so glad that's over!Delete
Happy reading and enjoy the second half of your pregnancy. :-)ReplyDelete
So glad your pregnancy is going better since Christmas. That first trimester can be a bear. I hope you had a lovely day curled up with a book!ReplyDelete
Thanks, me too!Delete
I'm very happy you're feeling better! I hope you had a lovely Sunday curled up with a book :)ReplyDelete
I did, it was very relaxing :)Delete
I'm glad your second trimester is going much better! I can't wait to know the sex of your baby either.ReplyDelete
I'm so impatient for Thursday to just get here, already!Delete
I'm glad to hear you're doing better! And that the baby is growing like he or she should be growing :) Now you can get your pregnant-lady glow on ;)ReplyDelete
And the work-thing at the Tower sounds AWESOME!
I can't believe it! I've been away for so long that I didn't even know you were pregnant. Congrats! Such great news. Wow.. I really have been out of the loop! Really happy for you. :)ReplyDelete
Hooray for twenty weeks! I am eagerly awaiting the start of the second trimester, but I think what I'm most excited for is to feel the baby move or kick. How early did you feel it? Can't wait to hear if it's a boy or a girl either. Fingers crossed for you!ReplyDelete