I’ve (finally) finished writing all my semester exams – only one more semester to go before I finish my BA in Communication Science! I was telling friends last week that I am so tired of studying. KB and I have been dating for over 6 years, I’ve been studying for 5 of those. It’s pretty much dictated our social life for the majority of our relationship. I’m lucky that he is so supportive and hasn’t once been resentful or annoyed when I say I can’t attend a braai or go to a party because I have to study. I have a break before the next semester starts and I’m going to use it to relax to the max!
This is the first weekend that I haven’t had to study. We’ve spent it on the couch mooching about in our PJs, watching movies snuggled under blankets with copious amounts of snacks. And I made a killer lentil and coconut curry for supper! (Excuse me while I pat myself on the back for making enough that I don’t have to cook later today!)
Winter is for chilling
I am more of a summer lover, however, I do appreciate that winter forces us to slow down and take a step back. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that I spend more time reading, baking and couch surfing than I do in warmer weather. If you read my Needful Things post for April you’ll know that I bought myself the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I finally started reading it this weekend and I’m hooked! I haven’t allowed myself any reading time while in the thick of studying, because I have absolutely no self-control and would neglect my learning material in favour of reading. I’ve also been googling and reading up about pregnancy and being pregnant – what to expect, etc. It’s exciting!
We did fertility treatment at Tygerberg Fertility Clinic – today I am 5 weeks and 5 days pregnant! You can read more about the ICSI procedure we did here. I’ve used an online due date calendar to see what my expected due date is; it’s calculated as 6 February 2018 – we’ll have to see how accurate this is and see what Dr Thabo Masaseng says at our first scan on 10 July! We plan to share the news more widely after this scan, currently we’re keeping it on the quiet side as it’s still very early. (Of all the people following my blog, only a small handful are close friends, family or colleagues – they all know it’s still on the lowdown, so I’m okay with sharing updates here.)
According to a pregnancy app I downloaded, the baby is roughly the size of a sesame seed and measures around 3mm. The kidneys, liver, intestines, appendix and other vital organs are already starting to grow. Upper and lower limb buds are starting to form (these will eventually be arms and legs!). The earliest version of the retinas is also developing. Nostrils and facial features are starting to form this early too. Isn’t that flipping incredible? I am awestruck by what my body is doing while I go about my business.
I don’t feel nauseous at all, but I am feeling quite crampy – similar to period pain. My emotions are OK, though I am irritable over small things. But the most noticeable thing of all? I want to eat ALL THE POTATOES. As in ALL.THE.TIME. I don’t really care how they’re prepared; boiled, roasted, mashed, fried, a bag of crisps… I’m not fussy. Potatoes in any form are a MUST at this point. I’ve always enjoyed potatoes, I am that person who will be satisfied with a plate of chips for breakfast, but this is on another level. Fortunately I seem to have gone off all the sweet things. Hopefully I move on to another food fixture, because potatoes aren’t exactly the least fattening item on the menu, ya know?!