Elbows, knees and other pokey parts

December 27, 2011

by — Posted in How to Grow a Kumquat

Well, at 36 weeks, I’d say the little lady is out of room. How we are going to make it through the next 4 weeks, I really don’t know. She’s all knees and elbows and other pokey parts. I think my belly button has a bruise around it from all the pushing she’s doing. Half the time I have a leg sticking out of my side.

I’m trying really hard to stay content… or at least distracted because I know that the closer we get to more impatient, irritable, and just plain ready I will be. I’m trying to postpone that as much as possible… but it’s getting difficult.

Sleep is a difficult thing. One would think that sleeping for 5 or 6 hours at a time without waking up is a good thing, but it just means that I wake up aching from being in the same position for too long. I still wake up at 4am to waddle to the bathroom. 

Sitting is also getting more tricky. If I sit reclined back, it pinches the vena cava blood vessel and makes me light headed. If I sit up straight my upper back and even upper stomach muscles get strained. If I slouch… well, I can’t breath! 

And a recent phenomenon… feet and ankle swelling. It’s only happened a couple of times, but it’s so unnerving when your ankles are suddenly twice their normal size. I think it mostly happens when I get too hot and sit with my feet down, like traveling in a car. So I’m trying to avoid that as much as possible. 

While I’m almost certain (or trying to convince myself of this) that she will be late, I am starting to hope that she might decide a couple weeks early isn’t a bad idea. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.