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Weekend, 36 weeks

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Friday, August 7th:

It’s 5 a.m.  I’m eating cereal because it’s more appealing than trying to go back to bed.

D’s and my sleep schedule are all out of whack because we’ve been working nights for the past two weeks.  Today he had to catch an early flight, so yes, attempting to sleep last night remained mostly just an attempt for both of us.  To clarify, since my last post said I was on leave – D’s work has been official, whereas my time, at least last week, was divided between wrapping up a few work things and studying for my German driver’s license test.  Oh, and time hunting for used cars online, pondering baby names, and  making frequent trips to the bathroom.

Will having a baby, instead of a project, being the source of  sleep schedule chaos really be so different?

It worked out perfectly we were back here Friday, because I got mail!  Books from Amazon.co.uk AND my dear mother packed up and shipped us a box of things we didn’t have time to buy state side:

Saturday, August 8th:

Busy with car shopping, cleaning, and watching season 5 of The Office.  And again I didn’t get around to finishing the post.

Anyone else find car shopping exhausting?

Three times now we’ve had cars that have gotten sold before we could either see them for the first time, or before we could return to the dealership for a test drive.

And so far the German car buying experience is much different than the US – you know, where you almost cannot leave the lot without a new vehicle, and if you do happen to escape you will get friendly (overbearing) calls from the sales person for the next 3 weeks.  Here, we’ve had to go find a sales person and then sometimes reschedule to come back so they can have the car prepared for a test drive, and when we’ve arrived to a lot near quitting time (2 p.m. on Saturday), they reminded us of this fact at least 3 times.  Yep, I think it’s safe to guess they don’t get paid on commission.

Sunday, August 9th:

We’re traveling again today.  We should be back in town on Wednesday night so I can go to my weekly midwife appointment on Thursday.  At the appointment last Thursday we filled out the hospital’s preregistration forms and did a CTG, short for cardiotocography, which is equipment they use to measure the fetal heartbeat and any contractions I may be having.  The monitor creates a graph that resembles a seismograph.  So far I’ve not seen what a contraction looks like so I guess I’m not having them too much yet, but the baby’s heartbeat does vary, which we’ve been told is good and normal and corresponding to being asleep or awake.

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Written by Kat

August 9, 2009 at 9:53 am

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