I am convinced that Penelope is 2 feet tall. Either than or my abdomen is shrinking as time goes on because there is no other explanation for what it feels like inside my belly these days. For about 18 hours a day, I have feet in my ribs, elbows under my hip bones, and a head on my bladder. This morning I woke up feeling like my pelvic bone was cracked, she was so low and heavy. I keep telling JD that it feels like the baby is going to fall out. He says if that happens, something is seriously wrong with my plumbing. I agree, but I can't explain the sensation of carrying a giant baby with a serious case of restless leg syndrome any other way. I just hope she waits 10 more weeks before she falls out.
Weight gain: I think I've gained 2 more pounds. In a moment of feeling sorry for myself, I told JD how unfair it is that I've gained so much when all I eat is fruit and dessert. I eat way more fruit, just so you know. He says there should be emphasis on the dessert. I say he should mind his own beeswax.
Stretch marks: Just the one stupid one I found last week on my rib. Stupid stretch mark.
Movement: See above. While I'm certain Penelope is very sweet and precious in every way, she really has no respect for her mother's comfort at this point in the pregnancy.
Cravings: Popsicles. Oh my goodness, I eat them 2 at a time. Not 2 in my mouth at once, that would be weird. 1 right after the other. And they are only 35 calories each so I don't feel terrible about eating multiple popsicles a day. I consider them fruit and not dessert, by the way.
Sleep: Terrible. I have trouble falling asleep because of the sciatic nerve pain in my lower back, then I wake up once an hour for the rest of the night due to not being able to breathe because I have rolled onto my back. There is a nerve or blood vessel or artery that gets smooshed in pregnancy and causes some women to not be able to breathe when lying on their back. I am one of those women. I literally wake up gasping and heaving for air. Oh, and let's discuss the leg cramps and Charlie horses that plague me all night. Those are not awesome. Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I take it all out on my husband. In the middle of the night. He did this to me after all. JD is really fond of this part of pregnancy...
Best moment this week: Despite all of the complaining in this post, I am really enjoying this pregnancy. It is such a miracle to grow a baby and every bit of pain and discomfort is worth it.
Labor signs: Other than feeling like she's going to fall out of me, none.
What I miss: A good night's sleep.
What I'm looking forward to: Planning Penelope's nursery. More to come.
Weekly wisdom: My body is capable of amazing things. I am wonderfully made.
Milestones: Less than 70 days until I have 2 under 2!
I don't have any photos of JD and me with this giant belly so I am using this one from our weekend, plus my back hurts too much to go upstairs and take my usual awkward self portrait in our bathroom mirror. Ignore the look on his face. He likes to aggravate me when all I ever want is a nice picture of us. And I'm awkward with awkwardly placed hands just because I'm awkward. Anyway, here we are. Very awkward parents to be.