Friday, June 25, 2010


LL has learned how to hide. He'll be playing somewhere, and all of a sudden, he'll just be gone. Poof! No LL. Total silence. (As any parent knows, total silence is a dream come true, except when it isn't.) It used to be that I could just walk around the house calling his name, and his noisy giggling and inability to stand still for more than five seconds would give him away, but lately he has gotten a lot smarter. This morning, he stood still and silent in our bedroom closet for several minutes before opening the door and jumping out with a loud, "Ta da!" And then laughing hysterically. I really have to keep an eye on this kid.

On the pregnancy front, I have finally succumbed to total fatigue. I think that I spent the first two months of this pregnancy running on pure adrenalin, and it finally caught up with me. I slept all day yesterday. Seriously. All day. I got LL up and dressed, put him in his high chair, then told S to feed him breakfast while I fell asleep on the couch. I woke up to say goodbye when S and LL headed off to daycare, I managed to get myself dressed, then went to run a quick errand before work. But after the errand I was so exhausted that I turned around and went back home and fell asleep again. I woke up to eat lunch, worked for maybe one hour, then slept again and almost missed waking up in time to pick LL up from daycare. I somehow convinced LL to sit quietly in my lap and read books until S got home, so that I could conserve energy. (LL seems to be obsessed with a different book each week. This week's book is Where the Wild Things Are. I'm reading it dozens of time a day. Want me to recite it from memory for you? Because I can, quite literally, do it in my sleep.) And by 8:00 I was exhausted again. I remember being disappointed during my pregnancy with LL to discover that the "second trimester energy boost" was pure myth, so I'm no longer naive enough to expect it to kick in anytime soon. But still, there's a limit to how much a person can sleep, right?

I'm definitely approaching my second trimester, because the big second trimester symptoms from last time (dizziness and headache) have returned with a vengeance. I'm on Day 9 of this headache, and I get dizzy spells several times a day. Thanks to the GD, my blood sugar is being micro-managed to perfection, so I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the headache and dizziness are entirely a low blood pressure thing. Better too low than too high.

All this sudden fatigue and headache has meant a dramatic slowing down in dissertation progress, which has me a bit worried, but not worried enough that I would skip a nap. Also, in conspiracy with AdvisorB, I accidentally took down a major tech company for several hours last week, so it's not like I'm being completely unproductive. And as AdvisorB pointed out, the company wouldn't have gone down if the employees were smarter, so I shouldn't even feel guilty. (And no, I can't say anything more, but no, I didn't do anything malicious or illegal. And it was really kind of fun. But you should probably sell any stock you own in this company, because they really were kind of dumb.)


  1. Oh, the fatigue. I remember the fatigue. So well do I remember the fatigue.

  2. Definitely in awe that you are still getting dissertation work done. Newly terrified about self-imposed deadlines for this year.

    Fatigue has set in around here too. Have you had your iron checked recently? I definitely recall wishing that I'd known sooner how anemic I was last time around.

  3. Ah memorization. I think Jillian needs some new ones because I've memorized about all of them. You want Clifford? You want Moo, Baa, La la la? You want Goodnight Moon? I know all of them and there is more where that came from.

    The good news is that it comes in handy when you have two. I can feed Hayden while telling Jillian a story from memory as she turns pages. We are rarely on the same page at the same time, but she can't read so she isn't on to me yet!

    Good luck with the fatigue. It was much easier when you could just go to bed at 5pm every night if you wanted to.

  4. Like Rachel, I found an iron supplement helped a little with the exhaustion.

    Harry likes to hide, but mainly hides under a blanket while shouting "QUIET!" He's pretty good at seeking, though. As for books, we are presently stuck on this series of Thomas books. We have to read all of them, multiple times, every day. Good times.


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