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I am a whopping 34 weeks pregnant and am delighted to report that I am doing soooo much better than I was.

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The last 2 or 3 weeks have seen my energy levels return to a semblance of normality, so much so that we are considering stopping Eloise’s afternoon care sessions.  I reckon I’m up to having her in the afternoons now that I don’t need to sleep for all of it.  We’re going to trial having her home all day next week so fingers crossed that I continue to feel fine.

I was quite surprised to find my energy levels improving so late in my pregnancy – generally in the third trimester women tend to get whacked out from carrying around a whole bunch o’ baby.  I can’t say it has been due to Trim Healthy Mama either.  I’ve found it very hard to stick to as the last few weeks have been filled with family celebrations, trips away and unexpected house guests so we weren’t eating as we normally would.  Plus D and I decided to have a ‘frugal week’.  Every now and then we shop our pantry, clear out the leftovers and make lots of vegetarian dishes.  What we don’t spend out of our usual grocery budget gets given away, usually to a charity (our last donation went to help the relief effort in the Solomon Islands).  This time we wanted to donate money to the political party that we support as New Zealand has an election coming up soon.  In recent years I’ve felt convicted to support the party that I think has the best policies and representatives with actual cold, hard cash, and making sure that I am a card-carrying party member.  We support the Green Party who are one of the minor parties here, but they have gone from strength to strength in the past few years, and I predict they will perform well this year at the election.  Anyhow, what I’m trying to say is – it’s hard to afford the protein required for THM when you are being super-frugal for a week 🙂

THM is sugar-free.  They advocate using Stevia, Erythritol or Xylitol and there are an incredible amount of THMers out there getting pretty creative in the kitchen.  The next few weeks should pretty quiet so I will blog more about it then.

I can’t tell you how nice it is to have energy again.  I’m enjoying being able to play with my daughter more and being able to make activities for her to try.

It’s good to be back.  Even if it is just for a few weeks until the newborn sleep deprivation kicks in! 🙂

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