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I try not to complain on here too much because I know the last thing people want to read is a bunch of whining and complaining! However, with that being said, it’s my blog and I’m totally going to whine for just a few minutes because just venting for a little bit will help me feel better.
I have far surpassed the realm of uncomfortable and entered the Land of Pain. My back throbs. It feels like there are rods of fire pulsing down either side of my back, and I’m having sporatic (not LABOR labor) contractions in my lower back. And my hips, my gosh. They feel like they’ve been hit with sledgehammers. It hurts to walk, and going up and down stairs is excruciating. I don’t have the pregnancy waddle per se this time, but with my hips & knees aching so deeply, I’m walking in slow motion these days. And my ribs! It feels like my ribs are being stretched apart and the muscle is being slowly torn from the bone, generating a burning sensation.
So with all this, it’s no surprise that I’m only getting 4-5 hours a sleep at night. I can’t lay on one side for too long before my hip and leg go numb, and in order to roll over, I have to wake up and hoist my belly over. And I get up 3- 4 times a night to pee (which really isn’t so bad… I got up 8-9 times a night to pee when I was pregnant with Nathan!)
It’s hard to do anything. Sitting in a car for any period of time is agony. By the time I arrive at my destination, I’m nearly in tears. I can’t sit for long without my back hurting, and when I stand, my ribs, hips, and knees ache as my legs tingle and go numb.
With all that being said, however, I am still faring WAY better this time around than last time! With Nathan, this level of agony began when I was around 17 weeks pregnant I believe. I remember sitting in the waiting room for his 20-week ultrasound, my eyes tearing up because the back pain was so excruciating. So I am immensely thankful that that this level of pain didn’t rear its head until I was around full-term. And I totally understand why; there is a whole, completely developed baby residing in my womb. A heavy baby. Weird hormones are raging through my body, altering everything from joint tightness to emotions to you-name-it.
But guess what? There is always a silver lining, and all this pain is for an amazing, wonderful purpose: my son. I tell ya, even with all the pain and trauma I went through with Nathan, I would do it a hundred times over just to have him. And even though I haven’t met this little man living in my belly yet, I know that every ounce of pain is something I would deal with over and over again for him. It’s just part of it and I’m so incredibly thankful that we have the opportunity to go through this. I know so many people out there would give anything for a chance to have a baby, so pregnancy itself is not something that I bemoan by any means. This is something that I would go through again and again for my children with no second thought whatsoever.
Wow, I really can’t wait to meet him. It could really be any day now. I’m 38 weeks, so it could be anywhere from now to four weeks from now. Fingers crossed that it’s sooner rather than later. But I can’t go into labor before Wednesday (tomorrow) at noon Eastern Time… I will tell you why then, but not before because I don’t want to jinx it!
I am so excited and so ready to meet this little man!
There are, of course, many things I will not miss about pregnancy. The fatigue, leg pains, insomnia, back pain, cumbersome belly, heartburn, shortness of breath, aches, and clumsiness are just a fraction of those things. But there are many other things I WILL miss. Feeling the baby move is the biggest. I just love it! I love feeling him roll, wiggle, stretch, and twist. And I like feeling the hiccups, although admittedly, they get a little annoying when they go one for a long time. I’ll miss having a little human growing inside my womb, knowing he’s safe.
This pregnancy has flown by, perhaps because I’ve been pretty busy. It hasn’t been a walk in the park for sure, but it’s been much more manageable than my last one. And even though I will no longer feel his little movements once he’s born, I’ll finally be able to hold him in my arms! Let’s just hope this little man takes it easy on me and let’s me sleep more than Nathan did… ha ha.
I keep thinking for sure that this baby’s going to be earlier rather than later, and then nothing happens! For example, this last Monday, I had some crazy strong early labor contractions. They weren’t really regular- between 1-3 minutes apart but lasting 30 seconds to 1.5 minutes. But they were so strong that I was absolutely convinced they would turn into LABOR labor (yes, there is labor, and there is LABOR labor!) So I did all the things I normally do when in prodromal labor. Warm bath, drank water, rested, etc. The contractions would taper off and then come back full force.
So around midnight Monday night (well, technically Tuesday morning), I decided to try to sleep. I figured if they became more regular & turned into The Real Thing, I would need all the rest I could get. One of three things would happen- I would wake up & they would be the same, completely gone, or LABOR labor in which I would call my midwife. It was crazy hard to fall asleep though. I’m sure I dozed off a hundred times, only to be awakened by yet another intense contraction. Those suckers HURT, let me tell ya.
So around 3am, I finally fell asleep. I woke up at 8am and they were gone. GONE! Just a few stragglers left behind, but they were so mild that they definitely were not The Real Thing. I was so disappointed and was all like, Come back!! I’m so ready to meet this little man!! Oh well, guess he has a few more days or weeks (sigh) to ripen.
I remember the night I went into labor with Nathan, I was feeling a little crampy so I consumed an entire jar of pepperonccini’s. You’ve heard that old wives tale that spicy foods can bring on labor, right? Well, around midnight that night, after eating that whole jar, those little cramps turned into full-on contractions that only got stronger and more intense. Maybe the whole spicy thing was a coincidence because since Nathan was six days past his estimated due date, I had been eating all kinds of spicy foods but to no avail. But still. I think it makes a cool story.
And I think I just may try that again in a few days!
The quality of this picture isn’t the greatest, but this is me and my brother taken a few days ago when he randomly had the opportunity to come up and see me. We met in a nearby town and had a wonderful lunch together- I’m nine months pregnant here and I jokingly told him that he should know how much I love him since I drove somewhere to be able to see him. Of course, when you’re full term, it’s really hard to get comfortable, and sitting in a car driving is no exception! I bet I look so ridiculous to people passing by on the road. I have to twist and contort my body in any and all attempts for just a few moments of pain-free driving. The baby is sitting right on a nerve, making sitting and standing incredibly painful. It’s really awkward when you can’t stand for long, and you can’t sit for long either.
And you know what? Through all this, I STILL go work out! Believe it or not, jogging (well, now that I’m so pregnant, it’s more like power-waddling) on the elliptical isn’t so bad. I think that’s what’s helped keep any swelling at bay, in addition to the light weight-training I’ve continued to do since before I was even pregnant. There is a HUGE difference between this pregnancy and my last one, and I swear exercise has been a huge part of making me feel so much better. I’m sure it will also help when labor and delivery roll around as well. Fingers crossed!