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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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Baby update.

Today, I’ve visited the midwife, and we have discussed a few important things.
Over the last 4 days, my ankles have nearly doubled in size and I’ve lost visible proof of having any bones in my legs, from the knees down, everything is one swollen mass.
I have gotten an appointment for acupuncture to help with this, I also am supposed to put up my legs and walk around.
I’ve also got an appointment for a position scan, as the midwife wasn’t so sure anymore whether Beanie is properly upside down. I will tease him later in life about not being able to tell his head from his arse, which is the problem midwife Constance ran into today.
My hormonal crying fits and extreme guilt feelings towards my work team and my baby have lead not only my yoga teacher and group, but also my midwife to tell me officially to take it easy.
I’ve proposed working half days for the next two weeks, my last working weeks before I can go on my pregnancy leave. After discussing this with my manager I am quite happy that she doesn’t have a prob with that.
Travelling to Germany for my granny’s funeral is still a possibility, Constance is OK with it if I feel I’m up for it.
My iron level was tested last week and is really good, so is my blood pressure.
Low sugar and low fat foods are mandatory now, not because of me but baby is growing strong and might get too big too quickly.
I also need to keep a diary about baby’s movements, as I can’t tell for sure how often he stirs anymore. I paid him so little attention that he’s probably figured that if Mommy ain’t listening, why move? So he’s really quiet when I am at work, and that’s so sad and I am so disappointed with myself.
On a happier note, my belly button is still being stretched, but luckily hasn’t popped out, yet, as I find outtie belly buttons rather yukkie. I’m like P Diddy, who gets freaked out about women’s second toe being longer than their big toe. I have an aversion to outtie BBs. I prefer innies and have always loved mine.
While writing all of this, Beanie has kicked me twice, so I am already cheering up and seeing things less panicky, but I am also glad that I’ve taken some more responsibility for Beanie and me, as I should.


calypte excited about 2014!

how exactly

does one put one’s feet up AND walk around?! ;)

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Like so.

I had the same panic for a couple of days. Realised I had hardly felt the baby move at all. Everyone (including myself) was saying not to worry, but it was really hard not to till at the end of the second day I finally was able to lie down and count the number of movements I felt in an hour. Of course I was still worried (I think this will be the story of my life from now on) because I hadn’t felt any big strong kicks, but a couple of hours later akachan made up for that with lots of really strong movement, which completely put my mind at ease.

I think we just get so used to it that we don’t notice it so much, which isn’t something to feel guilty about. Plus while you’re busy and moving aroung you’re likely to be rocking the baby to sleep. And towards the end the baby has less room to move, so although he’s moving as frequently, there’s less momentum behind it.

Sorry to hear about your grandma.

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