Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Pregnancy Update: 40 Weeks

Well, now I can officially say I have never had a baby in less than 40 weeks. What can I say, I am not the kind of girl who finishes before the deadline. Or maybe you could say I'm not a quitter. I'm no Sarah Palin.

It's after 11 p.m. and I am not in labor, so I think I'll be so bold as to say that Nutmeg was NOT correct when she predicted that her baby brother would arrive on his due date.
Not that I'm not feeling anything. Epu and I just took a 2.5-mile round trip walk to the Oberweiss ice cream parlor, and I had contractions the whole time we were walking, some of them so strong that I started breathing deep to deal with the feeling that a powerful magnet was sucking my entire giant midsection into a tiny pinpoint. But when we stopped at the grocery store on the way home and therefore stopped walking so much, the contractions also stopped. Here on the couch, they are also AWOL. So maybe if I'm lucky I'll get to sleep tonight after all, although I'm not 100 percent counting on it either.
I've also noticed some random pains in my hips today, which could be a sign that the baby's moving lower and pushing the hip bones wider open. He definitely seems to be riding low again, and there is pressure in my pelvis, although perhaps not as much as I felt on the days I gave birth before.
Other than that, the main pregnancy symptoms I'm experiencing is miserable itchiness and the inability to sleep comfortably. The itchiness is terrible. It's not just my belly and breasts, where stretching skin makes itching to be expected. It's nearly my whole body but especially my hands and feet. I've seen itching soles and palms in pregnancy attributed to high estrogen levels or a change in liver function. My fingers and toes are red and swollen -- a lovely image I know, you're welcome -- not swollen as if I'm retaining water but swollen as if I'd been lovingly stroking something I'm allergic to. To add to the fun, I got a mosquito bite on the side of each foot at the park the other night. Believe me, I'm a barrel of laughs these days.
As far as sleeping goes, you can imagine. I actually don't feel as huge as I did at the end of my other pregnancies, so it's not that feeling like turning over is too much work, or just my back aching from the tug of a huge belly. It's more like my the hip and upper leg of whichever side I'm sleeping on gets really sore. I keep waking up earlier and earlier, because who wants to sleep when drinking coffee and reading the paper is so much more comfortable. Except you have to wait for the damn paper to get there and also we have this silly rule about no making coffee until it gets light out.
Today my parents arrived to spend the night, and tomorrow they'll be taking the girls with them for an indefinite stay. As ready as I am to finish being pregnant, it would be soooo nice to have a day or two to get things done around here. I'm also thrilled at the idea that the house that got straightened up by Epu and me yesterday and cleaned by Anna the cleaning lady today will now get to STAY clean since its main dirtiers are heading out to mess up Grammy and Grampy's house instead.

8 comments:

Sara said...

i laughed out loud at the sarah palin reference...

believe it or not, there are some of us who would have loved to make it to 40 weeks. i know you're uncomfortable and you want to meet that little boy, but at least you can rest assured he's fully cooked!! ;-)

lwwb said...

Sara:

I had the opposite problem with you, my cooked too long and came out too big for a small person. Hopefully, Goldilocks(Carrie) will be just right.

The Hen said...

thinking lots of good birthing thoughts for you.

thebaglady said...

Maybe he will arrive tomorrow on my birthday!! yah!!!

Bert said...

I'm reading your blog obsessively, at this point, in wild anticipation of a good birth story and a new face to meet! :)

Miss.Juddy Hawks said...

After starting the pregnancy processes your body always wants some rest and relaxing environment. But with these two factors on other side you should do some exercise and take yoga class for maintaining your pregnancy fit and healthy, these all things are necessary for every woman while she get pregnant.

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