Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Occupy Veggie Mama: 36 weeks

Psst Stacey... clean your mirror....
It appears we are at the pointy end of this infant-incubating business. The end that features restless legs, pinched nerves, minimal lung capacity, and heartburn fighting fatigue to sit next to me in the playground.

It is only that I just ate something with sugar in it that I have the energy to bring this to you today.

While I know full well the last four (five? six? who knows!) will likely fly by, it feels in this moment like the end is a hundred years away. A hundred exhausting years.

I measured my stomach, which now appears to house an actual baby as opposed to a hoax one, and I am exactly the same size as I was with Abby at 36 weeks - so apparently very normal! Granted, everything's sitting a lot lower, but it's still pretty much average. No head engagement yet, just a hell of a lot of cartwheels (still!), which makes me think there might be a chance this one is slightly smaller than 9lb - there was no way Abby was moving her whole body this much at this stage. I get a few kicks in odd places which makes me squeak, and I know that it's just going to get bigger and stronger and I'll get weaker and weaker, Voldemort-style and soon I'll be wondering if it will kick clear through my skin.

As I was saying on Twitter the other day, it feels like I simultaneously swallowed a struggling wombat while being hit by a truck. The end is nigh, people!

Oh and I have a delightful pinched nerve thingy (not sciatica, to my knowledge) in my groin so my leg often gives way with a twinge beneath me and I half-shriek, half-giggle while lurching around like a maniac. This is especially fun in public places.

And while I'm at it, sleep (when I can get it) sucks. And I'm dreading the thought of how ragged I will be run when little dude arrives and there's two-hour feedings around the clock. My way of dealing with it right now is to ignore that fact until I cannot any longer! Abby still needs me at times in the middle of the night and I have to get into bed with her... this is going to be an interesting juncture in my sleep life. I predict musical beds and a lot of mandatory day-time napping.

I shall continue to waddle my way to the end. 40 week update, here I come!


26 comments:

  1. YOUR ACTUALLY HAVING A BABY!!! IT's about bloody time you started to look pregnant {and still fabulous}

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  2. You look beeeeautiful! How is that your hair is still so nice? Mine was dry and gross during pregnancy.

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  3. RaNae @ Ewe Creek CottageAugust 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Thanks for sharing such details I have never been that pregnant or around many gals who were and I never knew this kind of stuff it is very interesting- although probably aggrivating for you I send you thoughts of peace and calmness and relaxation and wellness. Thanks again for sharing
    RaNae

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  4. Simone - honeyandfizzAugust 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    You look wonderful! Wow, 36 weeks already, hope the next few weeks are kind to you xx

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  5. Pregnant hair is the best hair I've ever had. Daily life hair - 32 years of hell...

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  6. Thank you, what lovely kind wishes - and exactly what I need right now! It sure is an interesting time in one's life. Very transitory, but trialling at times! I always like hearing about other people's experiences too :)

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  7. Gosh me too... I wonder who I can bribe!

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  8. Hahaha, sorry to laugh at your misfortune, but the thought of you giggling, squealing & lurching around on a collapsed leg made me crack up. In my head it kind of looks like semi-upright breakdancing... All the best xx

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  9. Imagine I am dancing to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UoEseTZum8

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  10. I LOVE your iPhone cover! Where did you get it? I had hair clips like that when I was a little girl and would love that cover!

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  11. I got it from Kiddyland in Harajuku, Tokyo... probably not much help, am I?!! Maybe try eBay? They're called Little Twin Stars :)

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  12. That seemed to go awfully quick! (maybe not for you so much?) You look great and I'm totally hearing you on that groin twinge x

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  13. Haha what is with that? I feel it threatening to happen every step and I end up walking like an idiot! It has gone fast, but I'm just thinking the last four weeks will be super-sloooooow

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  14. I used to say to my husband at this stage, "I'm going to be pregnant FOREVER! And DON'T try and tell me otherwise." Haha. No win there... You're so beautiful! Can't wait to meet this beautiful new one.

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  15. You look so gorgeous! The pains and sleeplessness and lack of ability to breathe really do suck, but here's hoping the next few weeks go super fast for us. (To answer your question from Instagram, that I've been too forgetful to answer when I'm actually there - I'm two weeks behind you, 34 weeks now. Getting there!)

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  16. I hope when I'm 36 weeks along I look as great as you. Ps.. Screw cleaning the mirror. :)

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  17. www.absoluteamy.comAugust 23, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I had that exact same groin twinge - not fun. Totally hear you on the heartburn and lack of sleep too. You still look fabulous and I can't what to meet this new little veggie bubba! A xx

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  18. Definitely a real baby in there now! This totally made me go back and read my 36 week post with Lior. Good time. :-)

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  19. Best thing I did was go see a physio at this stage. I had the whole pubic symphysis dysfunction thingy and couldn't walk more than a few steps or lift my knee above 30 degrees without pain BUT the physio helped SO much with strapping and manipulation. Don't put up with it if you don't have to x

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  20. haha I forget pretty much everything these days! Nothing is getting done at all. I thought you were either two or three weeks behind, but couldn't remember! Surrrrrely this one will come early. Surreeeeely!

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  21. HA I tried to walk to the park yesterday and it was hilarious. But at the end of the day when I've been on my feet, it ain't so hilarious, huh. Not long now :)

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  22. holy shit dude, that sounds super-awful! Mine isn't too bad, but a physio is such a good idea, considering it's a massive thing our bodies do. They're not always going to cope appropriately. Love you long time xx

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  23. Love you!!!! So excited to meet your little (boy/girl) - I am guessing boy - xxxxxx

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