It’s so hard to say goodbye…

Well, the time has come my friends.  I had hoped to avoid this, if at all possible, but it was becoming increasingly obvious that the situation was deteriorating, and I needed to take action.  So, for 4 days I tried – everything I could think of!  Water, soap, olive oil, ice cubes, air conditioning…nothing worked.  My engagement ring was stuck and stuck tight.  I was having visions of my finger tip turning blue and having to go to the hospital to have them cut it off.  What if I gained another 10 pounds before this baby came?!  There was no room for that! It was already leaving an indention on my finger.

But yesterday, the stars aligned and something went right, and I noticed while I was in the shower that the ring felt a *bit* looser.  So I gave it another try.  And I tried and tried and pulled and flexed and rotated, and FINALLY, off it came. Thankfully, my wedding band is a half size larger than my engagement ring, so it still is fine to stay on for the duration. (I hope!)

I’m sad to have to take off my ring, though.  It was sort of like my badge of honor that I had been able to keep it on this long – I didn’t want to give it up.  But, practicality (and panic) won out.

In other news, it was not one bit hard AT ALL to say goodbye to the heinous bathroom wallpaper that Scott and I have lived with for the last, what, 7 years that we’ve lived in this house?

This picture was taken prior to purchasing the house.

Scott is nesting hardcore and our master bathroom is now his current project to check off the list before the baby comes.  All that floral-vomit wallpaper came down and then he had to texture the walls and paint everything, and then new flooring will go down in there, too, along with all new hardware and fixtures, etc.   It has meant a very late night every night this week for him, and since I can’t really help out too much or be enclosed in that small area with all the paint fumes, I’ve gotten a ton of reading done in the evenings while he’s been working.  (Book tangent: I just finished The Hunger Games Trilogy and it was really quite good.  I’m not usually into Young Adolescent reading, but I’d heard such good things about the books, I couldn’t resist.  The books were really easy to read, so they didn’t take me long, but the story was very imaginative (albeit mostly depressing and a horrifying look at government gone wrong) and the characters were ones that you feel like you’re really friends with by the time you are done.  We had a connection.  Anyhow – I recommend the books.  Read ’em.)

And really, the sitting down and just reading has probably been the best thing for me, since I’ve had some sciatica really kick in the last several days and last night was the worst so far.  I don’t notice it when I am sitting down, but as soon as I stand up or take some steps, yep – there is is.  Only on my right side, thankfully, but still, it isn’t pleasant, and so I was fine last night to mostly sit in a comfy chair and not move for most of the evening.

Hopefully something shifts soon and the pain goes away, but I’m mostly preparing myself for just dealing with it until the baby is out, which from all the books I’ve read, is the only surefire way to make it stop hurting.  And since today the countdown has reached 29 days to go, I don’t have too much longer to wait!  (Yeah, I know he can, and likely will be, late, but don’t you burst my bubble!)

29 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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