Sunday, November 7, 2010

30 Weeks

Baby Duck is the size of a watermelon.

OK, at least she feels that way.

Pregnancy symptoms include The Unspeakable, and also being really freaking tired all the time.

And here's a new one!  Pregnancy-related-carpal-tunnel!

I seriously thought people just made up that kind of stuff.  Something to complain about.  Sure, I was tired in the first trimester.  And I definitely had some nausea.  But it wasn't so bad.  I know they call the second trimester the "honeymoon trimester," but honestly, I just thought that I was good at being pregnant or something.  A little sciatica?  Eh.  Nothing prenatal yoga and a heating pad can't fix.

Wham.  Welcome to the third trimester, where my feet are exhausted from merely holding up the weight of my body.  Heaven forbid I fall asleep with one arm underneath me, because the weight of my torso will cut off all blood flow to that limb.  I have pregnancy fat round face and first thing in the morning?  I am nearly unrecognizable.  I'm slathering on black eye liner to keep my eyes from disappearing into my chubby cheeks.  Every time I change position from sitting down to standing up, Baby Duck gives me the old head butt that sends me running for the bathroom even though I just emptied my bladder twenty minutes earlier.  And this carpal tunnel thing?  Has had me waking up moaning from the pain in the middle of the night.  At least it's giving me a legitimate excuse for not writing so many marginal comments on student papers.  Depending on the time of day, I can barely grip a pen.  It's unbelievable.  If I weren't experiencing it, I would think I were making it up.

So, yeah.  30 weeks is not exactly comfortable.

But the awesome thing is that every time Baby Duck moves, I am totally reminded of why it's all worth it.  We haven't even met this baby girl and we are so crazy about her.  So whether she's flipping around my guts during a jury panel, or kicking me in the kidney while I talk about comma usage, or elbowing me in the side while we discuss Othello, it's a reminder of this amazing connection that we already have.  She might be a total pain--in the back, in the wrists, in the feet.  But I already love having her around.

1 comment:

  1. My hands have been going to sleep while I sleep and my whole pelvis hurts so bad all the time that I have to use my hands to lift my legs up if I want to cross them, uncross them, or put on a pair of pants. I totally hear you. Pregnancy is such a magical special miracle, isn't it?