Happy Birthday! We have more and more in common – my birthday is the 21st.
One thing about the Tylenol – the sheet my MW gave me says no more than 2000mg/day. Just FYI.
Maybe, to help with stress, you can create little milestones for yourself? Things to look forward to? I’m just talking (well, typing) off the top of my head here, but I have my 2nd OB appointment on the 15th. We should be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat then (there had better be only ONE heartbeat!), and as it gets closer I am getting more and more excited. Maybe you can set dates for you to do something fun for yourself once a week or so – like, this Friday let yourself get a little something you’ve been wanting, baby-related or not. Like a baby name or pregnancy book, or a wee little outfit, or a manicure. That way, you have a positive thing to focus on throughout the week, and it might help you think about the fun things more than the scary things.
For work stuff… that’s hard. I am a planner by nature, so the feeling of being in limbo would drive me nuts. If I were in that situation, it would help me to have a plan for what I would do if the worst happened. That way I could feel I had a little control over my reaction, even if though I couldn’t control the situation. Having a plan wouldn’t remove the stress completely, but at least I would know I’d done what I could, y’know? Even if it’s a plan for you being unemployed, or taking a part-time job until the baby comes, maybe it would help if you sat down with Mr. Maven and talked through your different options.
Also, the fatigue will get better, too, and maybe then a job hunt won’t seem so daunting! We are packrats, and started weeding out some crap a few weeks ago. Y’know how you have to make a mess in order to get things clean sometimes? Well, we did, and then the super-fatigue hit me. So the place is still a mess, and it makes me tired just thinking about weeding stuff out. It’s just going to have to wait a few more weeks (I’ll be 11 weeks tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll be feeling better in 2-3 weeks), and I just can’t beat myself up. My main job at home right now is growing this baby!
You’re a smart, resourceful woman – you will figure out what to do about this. Have faith!
And have a great birthday!