Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Status Report - 21 Days to Go!

FULL TERM! This kid is full term! Anything from here on out is straight-up FREELOADING. It's time for this kicky little baby to make her own way in the world. Yes, her. At last week's ultrasound, even *I* could see that those are girly bits.

Dear Maggie,

You have spent more than enough time punching me in the bladder. Get out.


More on her Grand Debut later...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Status Report - 31 Days to Go!

The due date is exactly one month away today. A maximum of one month until this wriggly little kicker gets her eviction notice. The 3rd trimester fatigue is reaching a peak, and furious nesting activities do little to help with the battle. I have two more weeks at work and then I'm free to spend all the time my heart desires washing and scrubbing and sorting and clearing. God help me, I'm excited by this prospect.

I have started drinking red raspberry leaf tea, taking evening primrose oil, and walking everywhere I can. None of these things will trigger labour in a body that's not ready to go on its own so it's not like I'm wishing pre-term delivery on her, but helping the body to prepare for such a major undertaking can never be a bad thing.

The big booming kicks have become more subtle (and gross) wriggles as she has run out of room in there. I have a Biophysical Profile (Medical-ese for a really fancy ultrasound) on Tuesday morning so I will have one final, last ditch opportunity to see if this kid will allow their gender to be 100% confirmed. We're still only 75% sure it's a girl, and given the amount of pink stuff and frilly dresses I have received as gifts, even if it is a boy it's going to be a cross-dresser for a little while.

Soon this parasite will no longer live IN me, it will just move to the outside and spend 18 years living OFF me. Excited? Hell yes. Now if you'll excuse me, I must go wash baby blankets. Again.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Status Report - 50 Days to Go!

The Sacroiliac Joints are at the bottom of the back, helping to make up the rear part of the pelvic girdle. Sitting between the sacrum and the ilia, there is one on either side of the spine. When this joint is strained it is, quite literally, a pain in the ass. A pain the likes of which I have never felt before. I suppose I should consider myself lucky to have made it all the way to well into the third trimester without a lot of the typical pregnancy discomforts, but when you're lying on a hot water bottle, writhing in pain because your back hurts so much that it's difficult to breath, it's harder to appreciate the little things.

This brings me to item #14,236 that nobody tells you about pregnancy:

It hurts. Everybody knows that labour and delivery are going to be a little bit ouchy. You're pushing a 7lb+ object out of an opening that, thanks to years of kegel exercises, is not just not that large. Of course that's going to hurt! But every step of the way, there's something that hurts. Up to and including a literal pain in the ass.