Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Crazy cats and spring cleaning

I had several mischievous snickers and snorts yesterday. I rearranged furniture in my family room in preparation for our baby shower this Sunday. Now normally this is a fairly mundane activity. What made it so fun was watching my two cats freak out.

You see, my cats have what I call an "attack run" for each room of the house. An attack run is where they can tear across and circuit a room without actually touching the floor. The run and leap across the furniture at top speeds.

But when you move their furniture, they give you this look like, "Holy Crap! What have you done!" And then they start trying to find the perfect "new" attack run. So I had quite a time watching them tear about with freaked-out wide eyes and bushy tails. What can I say...It doesn't take much to amuse me.

I also rearranged our food pantry. Don't ask me why. I really don't think that our shower guests will stick their noses into our food pantry and yet I felt compelled to clean and rearrange it. Do you think this constitutes nesting or spring cleaning? Anyway, I'm glad I did it. There was a bunch of expired canned food in there!

I also bought two spring/summer maternity dresses. I'm getting to the point where I don't want any clothes touching my belly, even light and soft stuff. I would post pictures of the dresses but my official picture taker, Karen, is in Dallas this week at a large conference. Last night, there was a western-themed reception at the conference and someone took her picture with two of her colleagues. Doesn't Karen (in the middle) look fabulous?

I think I'm over the worst of my cold/allergies. I still have a stuffy head but it's much better. And I managed to get some sleep last night. I'm only getting about one night of good sleep per week and I treasure it! Other nights, I'm awake with pregnancy-insomnia for 2-4 hours.

I'm still doing well with my glucose levels. But I'll confide this yucky tidbit. When you draw your own blood four+ times a day, it starts to show up in your dreams. Almost all of my dreams have blood in them now. Eeewwww.

And another interesting tidbit about my restricted diet is that I'm not gaining any weight. I haven't gained any weight in a month. But it feels to me like the baby is gaining some weight and mass (because the belly is growing bigger) and that I'm losing it.

Lastly, because my belly is getting bigger, I'm more aware of people's looks and stares at me. It doesn't bother me at all. Yet many times I wonder, as I'm passing people by, if I'm waling past someone who is struggling with infertility. And I wonder if my baby belly causes them a bit of heartache. It makes me count my blessings and say a quick prayer for anyone out there who desperately wants a child.



Estelle said...

wow... your western theme party was really sad.
My cats do that, too. It drives me insane. However AJ is a champion cat grabber. I swear she can grab a cat by its throat while she's in a dead sleep. I've seen her do it.
We once put a collar with a bell on one of our cats. Mass panic ensued for hours and she did not stop running until AJ managed to grab her (in a dead sleep) by the collar in the middle of the night and break the collar off. After that, she was calm.
Cats... they're so smart, but so stupid.

SassyFemme said...

I cleaned out our pantry and fridge before our big party in Feb. I didn't expect anyone to go into them, but I wanted them clean and orderly just in case.

Lynanne said...

I'm so glad to hear that someone else other than me cleans odd places before big events. Last time I cleaned out an upstairs closet. Like I expected guests to be snooping through my stuff!

I love the story of your cats! Ours go around and sniff everything when we move the furniture, stopping only to give us a "what the heck are you thinking?" look every once in a while.

As for not gaining any weight - you might mention this to your dietitian. I had a similar problem at first and got two different responses when I asked. The first was that my weight gain had actually just slowed but baby was getting what she needed. When I talked to another dietician at a later date, she said that the first dietitian had probably suggested a diet based on what she usually gives her adult-onset diabetics (who usually are overweight). She suggested some higher-calorie, but still healthy, snacks. Things like regular cottage cheese (instead of low-fat), peanut butter on celery sticks, and nut, seed and berry trail mix.

Melissa said...

I just wanted to say that I think it's very sweet that you think of others who might be going through problems as they TTC, especially at a time where I'm sure it's very easy to be "me" focused. Have a great shower!

Anonymous said...

I look at your baby belly and thank god or whatever higher power there is that I was able to conquer my infertility issues with the help of a wonderful doctor and some good drugs. I also look at your belly and find myself thinking "I wish I could do that one more time." I love that you think of others who may be working toward what you have. Thanks for making me smile tonight.

Kerry Lynn said...

OMG! I feel so guilty now! It never dawned on me to wonder about other people being jealous of my fortune. And with me TTC for over 3 years before finally getting pregnant that makes me feel even worse :-(
I guess I just always felt so alone during the process that I never thought that maybe other people could be going through what I was.
hmmm, I hope that doesn't say too much negative about me.
Good for you for acknowledging it.

Rach & Lesh said...

I am one of those women who feels heartache when I see a baby belly. I'm almost 30 and have PCOS. My partner and I plan to have a baby as soon as I lose enough weight and my body can handle it. We know God is the maker of miracles but short of a bunch of those, I face oodles of fertility drugs and failed attempts. So thank YOU for your prayers for US when YOU are the one to soon deliver! May God bless you and your little family (as I know this is old since I started reading from the beginning!) --Aleshia--