Week 28 of pregnancy was surprising and eventful, not because of the pregnancy itself, but the exciting things my husband planned for our Valentine’s day celebration! A few months ago, he told me he booked a hotel in Annapolis and made reservations for dinner, but that was the extent. I thought it was so sweet he made plans for the holiday weekend without any encouragement from me, and even better, months in advance. Valentine’s day rolled around and we did our usual, showed each other our love without exchanging gifts, and carried on pretty much like any other day.
Then came Friday, and we drove to Annapolis when Brian got home from work. We dropped our things off at the Hilton and walked to Lighthouse Bistro for dinner! We thoroughly enjoyed the brussel sprouts appetizer and the crab flatbread. The fries were delicious too! Brian seemed in a bit of a rush to get out of the restaurant, but I didn’t think much of it. He asked if I wanted to stroll in Annapolis and of course I said yes, because it’s Annapolis, and we don’t get out there much. I assumed he wanted to stroll to a dessert location and he quickly confirmed that was his plan. All of a sudden, we come upon Rams Head, where we occasionally see concerts by our favorite artists. Brian said, “oh look, the perfect dessert place.” I looked up and saw the sign for Martin Sexton playing that night and it all clicked. I couldn’t believe it! We just saw Marty the week prior in Delray with our friends. Here he was playing in Annapolis and Brian purchased tickets, arranging all of it without my knowledge. What a great surprise! I never turn down an opportunity to see Marty play. I honestly wondered if Brian had something up his sleeve, but I could’ve sworn I looked up who was playing at Rams Head a few months prior and did not see Marty on the lineup.
Martin Sexton played a wonderful show with his opener, Chris Trapper. However, after the first hour, I felt like I had to pee every 5 minutes. But when I got up to go, I didn’t actually have to. And I had this constant discomfort in my ribs, right under my bra. I think it was too much sitting for too long. I’ve started to get that rib discomfort in the last few weeks and the best thing I’ve found to do when that happens is stand up, walk around, change positions. I’m grateful it’s not worse, morning sickness or any of the other complications so many women have.
Speaking of other complications, I went in for my glucose test last week and lucky for me, my levels were well below the threshold. My number was somewhere in the 90s, so I was very excited and relieved to find out I do not have gestational diabetes. I was worried because it doesn’t seem to matter what you eat, how active you are, or your body type. Anyone can develop gestational diabetes. That said, I was elated to know I could continue with my almost nightly ritual of ice cream before bed to alleviate my heartburn and indigestion. That has been non-stop, every day, no matter what I eat or do. If poppyseed does not come out with a full head of thick hair, I will be completely dumbfounded!
We’re working on the nursery now and I am so eager for what the future has in store! I feel like I need to get it decorated and organized as soon as possible because the possibility of poppyseed coming before my due date (it’s always possible, but a little elevated with IVF) makes me so anxious! I’m sure you never feel fully prepared, but I know having the nursery in order will give me some sense of peace and preparedness that poppyseed can arrive. Fingers crossed we get it done in time! And if not, I’ll be asking God for a lot of grace to just roll with the punches and take things in stride!