The last couple of weeks have seen me starting to really notice that I’m pregnant. I’ve had such a lovely run of honestly forgetting about it most of the time, but I can see that’s sadly coming to an end.
First of all I had the sinus infection which has cleared up but I still have dodgy sinus issues and need to blow my nose every five minutes. This also made me more tired, plus I’ve had trouble sleeping due to a slightly bigger bump. So I’ve been run down and tired which has made it much harder to run around after two other small kids, particularly one highly energetic (and very fast) little boy!
This week my hip pain has also flared up, which I think could be due to the fact that I haven’t been to Pilates for a few weeks due to the sickness. I had really unbearable hip pain when I was pregnant with Heike, and needed lots of physio and Pilates just to function, so I managed to be quite proactive with Walt and again this time around by starting Pilates early and staying on top of it. But the last few days I’ve been limping around like a big fat invalid and feeling very sorry for myself! I’m off to Pilates this afternoon and hoping to come back feeling stretched out and strengthened (realistically, I will probably come back really tired).
Then yesterday because of course, J is travelling for the week, I noticed a raised rash on my inner arm. It was a little itchy but not bothering me too much. Cue me waking up in the middle of the night with the rash spread all over my arms and torso and itching like crazy. I lathered myself in moisturiser and managed a restless night’s sleep but today it’s feeling really awful. I am trying to avoid seeing my OB if possible as I have my 28 week appointment on Monday, but have emailed her midwives hoping they will say it’s harmless (I think it could be PUPPS rash? Anyone had that? Apparently reasonably common side effect of pregnancy) and offer me some kind of miracle relief.
Anyway, sorry to be very “woe is me” because I actually don’t feel that bad, it’s more just a realisation that the actual pregnancy symptoms are only just beginning to kick in, and it’s going to be a looooong summer without school or playgroup to keep us busy (or friends, because everyone does the sensible thing and LEAVES Hong Kong for the summer!).
SO I’ve looked around and desperately sought out some summer activities on the South Side that can at least fill a few hours a day and wear the kids out so we can spend the rest of the time either submerged in the pool or relaxing in the air con. Here is my round up of what we’ll be doing:
- Woodlands Summer School – We’ve signed up for two weeks of summer school (8.30-11.30, 5 days a week) at the Woodlands Repulse Bay Campus. I let each of the kids choose one week they were interested in, so we are doing “Dinosaur Week” and “Transport Week” which fall at either end of the summer break. I’m envisioning myself floating whale-like at Repulse Bay beach while the kids enjoy their time at the school but let’s face it, I’ll probably go home and sleep.
- PlayTent Stanley – A local Mum at the playground put me onto Playtent, which is located on Stanley Main Street and runs loads of classes from intensive Mandarin, English and Spanish to Little Chefs all throughout the school term. Their summer program is similar to Woodlands in that you sign up for a week, which includes 5×2 hour classes. The classes are for 2-7 year olds and basically just an amalgamation of all the classes they usually offer – a great way to get the kids out of the house and creative for a couple of hours.
- Float Plus Swimming Camps – Float Plus are running swim camps each week of the school holidays at The Repulse Bay Club. This is where Heike does swimming lessons anyway and it’s just one week of 30 minute classes each morning. The classes start from 3 years old, so Walt and I will probably just splash around for half an hour while Heike swims. I’m really hoping this will give her the boost to swimming fully independently, as she still lacks confidence despite having the ability.
- The Studio – Heike does art classes every week at The Studio in Stanley and they are by far our favourite classes we’ve ever done. The teacher is great with the kids, Heike is always begging to go and the work she’s produced is actually quite amazing! She does seem to have a talent for art more than other things but from what I’ve seen all the kids that attend create fantastic paintings (and love it!). They are running summer programs of 5×2 hour classes for a week at a time, in which each child will work on a major “project”. Again this will just be something for Heike (they do run 2-4 year old classes but I would not unleash Walter in a painting studio at this stage!) but probably the thing she is most excited about.
I am hoping that all this planning isn’t too much – I can see myself just not wanting to take them some days (especially, just quietly, to swimming which I can barely be bothered with once a week!) but I am lucky enough to have a helper who can lend a hand with the running around if need be. After last summer of 8 weeks with no plans, no car and no helper, I’ve realised in Hong Kong you need to plan a little more. It’s not like Australia or the US I imagine where you have beautiful, bearable weather (it is usually too hot or wet to be outside much) and loads of green space. It’s good to have at least a few hours a day where you know you can get out of the apartment regardless of the weather.
In the meantime, I have to get through the rest of this school term. And the rest of this day, without scratching myself into oblivion! Wish me luck!