Pregnancy: Week 15

Saturday January 28, 2017
I took my car to a new mechanic in hopes that I would be treated better than my last mechanic.  I don’t think I mentioned what happened with the last one.

I needed a new part, they had given me a verbal estimate.  I called them and made an appointment.  When I showed up, they asked me for the part.  I had given them no indication that I had the part.  Apparently there are two of that particular part in my car and they didn’t know in advance which one I needed.  I didn’t know which one I needed, they’re the mechanic.  I waited for about hour, was told that I needed a thermostat in addition. I asked how everything would cost. He gave me a number that was significantly higher than I could currently afford, having had to save up the $250 to pay for the one repair.  Then he told me that that repair was $350, which was $100 more than he had quoted me the week before.  Because it was a verbal quote, I had nothing to back me up other than my almost perfect memory for numbers.  I told him I couldn’t afford the repair now, took my keys, and left, resolving to not come back.  The worst part of moving is finding a trustworthy mechanic, so I was very unhappy with the current development.

So anyway, I tried a new place, run by people for whom English was a second language.  I The receptionist, who looked like a high school student, was bi-lingual and translated.  I decided to start by getting an oil change to see if I liked them.  I also got an estimate for the part that I needed.  They estimated that it would cost $160 for that same part that the other place wanted to charge me $250 and later $350 for.  After I left, I checked my oil, which appeared to have been changed.  I also checked the oil filter, which I had marked ahead of time to determine whether or not they had actually changed it.  They had, so at least they were honest in their oil changes.  The oil change had also cost less than anyone else I knew in the area was charging.  I made an appointment to get the part fixed next Saturday.

I spent the rest of the day working on a knitting project that I had been neglecting for too long.

Sunday January 29, 2017
I got really caught up in my knitting project and spent most of the day on the couch watching TV trying to finish it.  I didn’t finish it, but I did spend a long time getting a lot done.

Monday January 30, 2017
I had to stay for two hours after school, helping my principal out with an after school activity that would have only taken one hour.  As such, I got stuck trying to stretch the activity.  Even so, we still had a good 20 minutes at the end where there was nothing to do.  I did not appreciate having to stay and less so that I had to stay longer than I really needed to.  When I got home, I was in a bad mood, but tried very hard to not treat Kyle poorly as a result.  I succeeded, but he still picked up on the fact that I was in a bad mood and he somehow got in a bad mood too.  I decided to take a nap.  I awoke in a better mood and somehow Kyle’s mood had improved as well.  We had a good rest of the night.

Tuesday January 31, 2017
I decided to let a few select coworkers know about my pregnancy.  I just wanted so see how they would react so I gauge what kind of a reaction I would get from other people.  Thankfully, the response was 100% positive and I got nothing but congratulations!

Wednesday February 1, 2017
I started to notice that my whole stomach area looks fatter.  I’d say that I’m “showing”, but it seems like all of my stomach fat is all of a sudden sticking out.  My upper belly is as big as my lower belly and I know that the baby isn’t that big yet!  As a result, I’m starting to look more pregnant than I am!  I talked to my principal about announcing my pregnancy to the rest of the staff.  I don’t really see them for long enough to tell them.  They drop their kids off at my room and practically run away so they can use as much of their planning period as possible.  I wanted to send an email out, but my principal didn’t want to put it in writing.  She told me to announce it at our faculty meeting on Friday.  While it doesn’t seem like it because I teach for a living, I hate public speaking in front of adults and definitely hate to be the center of attention.  I was not happy.  Why couldn’t I have just sent an email!?

Thursday February 2, 2017
I read in books that people who have had prior pregnancies will be able to feel the baby moving as early as 16 weeks, but that people who have not had prior pregnancies may not be able to feel it until the 18th week or later.  I kept wondering if the various pains or the feelings of heaviness I felt in that area of my body were the baby moving.  Apparently, I was supposed to “just know” the difference between the baby and these other feelings, so maybe I wasn’t feeling the baby quite yet!

Friday February 3, 2017
And finally, the day when I have to tell my coworkers about being pregnant.  I dreaded it all day.  Finally, the time came and I just blurted it out.  I got a ton of hugs and congratulations.  I also had a lot of prying questions, so I was worried that someone was going to be a jerk about it when they did the math, but so far, nobody was a problem.  I hoped it would continue.  It was good to get it all out in the open though!

I went over to Rebecca’s house and hung out there with a bunch of friends.  I started to fall asleep, so I left early, but it felt good to hang out.  I wondered how long it had been to hang out with other people in a social way!  I guess currently


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