I think it’s time to admit it – this pregnancy has turned a corner.
I’ve been getting a little moody.
Usually, I love the heat. I am a California girl, and I had been living in the central valley for the past 5 years. I’m now realizing that what made living there in the heat even remotely bearable was that AC was pretty standard in both public and private dwellings – overused, even – and because I wasn’t pregnant with an exothermic squid.
Recently, it got warmer here in Oregon than it was in my homeland, which doesn’t happen very often. And we don’t have AC in our box-filled second story oven. Result: I get a little moody, drenched in sweat, and exhausted from doing exactly nothing.
I’m starting to not see the point of clothing. Or having to get up to use the bathroom.
The heat has also been causing my normally dainty hands and feet to swell like Johnsonville brats in a beer bath on the 4th of July. In Hell.
I’ve taken to soaking my feet in ice water while doing nothing. It helps on days that end in killmenow.
Speaking of beer baths, there’s this random cooking show that comes on TV in the middle of my day spent waiting for death, and today they were concocting delicious-looking cocktails paired with mouthwatering, listeria-laden deli meats with a side of E Coli-infused hollandiase sauce. I wanted to punch someone and then put the entire contents of the show in my mouth.
In an attempt to stay alive, I’ve been trying to waddle down to our complex’s pool when it’s empty or nearly empty, which is never. The water isn’t heated, but it’s still not cold enough. Maybe next time I’ll bring down a tray of ice cubes to add to the mix.
I must say, being submerged in water feels pretty damn nice. It actually reminds me of what it must feel like to be in the womb – all safe and suspended and weightless. You’d better count your blessings while you can, Little Duck. Cuz if being expelled from my uterus is anything like me having to heave my now heavier-than-ever body out of the pool, you’re in for some hard times, my friend.
I vote for staying in that pool until my due date. It would definitely solve a number of my current issues.
Trying to sleep has been fun. If by fun, you mean setting my feet on fire, mashing my calves in an electric mixer, and pounding a mallet on my bladder. Either that, or by shoving bamboo under my rapidly-growing fingernails. Either one. You know.
The most interesting part is trying to turn my Moby Dick body over in the middle of the night without a) waking my husband, and b) falling out of bed. The process is quite simple, actually. Step one: wake up for the 1000th time to a full bladder, which isn’t really full, it’s just being squeezed down to the size of a raisin. Shove my arms against the mattress in an attempt to right myself. Try again if needed. And a third time. Waddle to bathroom, trip over the cat in the dark. Pee – in the toilet this time. Waddle back. Gently lower myself into bed onto the side of my body whose hip burns the least. Decide this side still hurts like a motherfucker (this word has gained new meaning since getting pregnant, btw), and begin the classic 8-point turn while holding up my belly with one hand, lest its dense weight slosh over before the rest of my abdomen, causing severe pain and discomfort. Lastly, gently punch unborn baby back into a reasonable position that chokes my liver, rather than my bladder. It’s not like I am using it, anyway (the liver, I mean).
So yeah, I’ve been having to waddle for quite some time. I get it now, you guys. My muscles are being stretched in ways they should only be stretched by Gomez Addams during foreplay.
And I know pregnant ladies complain about not being able to see their feet, and I suppose I get that. My abdomen has never stuck out quite this far before, even after eating a few burritos. But you know what concerns me more? I haven’t been able to establish a visual with my ladygarden for far too long. I mean, I can sense her, I know she’s there – but how is she? I can’t tend to her anymore (because god knows I am not even going to attempt to approach with anything sharp with the aid of a mirror – everything being backwards and objects larger than they appear…), and that makes me sad. She’s about to go through her biggest performance to date and she won’t even look her best (leading up to it, anyway).
I’m sorry, my dear friend. You’re on your own now. I’ll see you on the other side.
Psychos, I’ll leave you with a memento of happier times before The Fall. This was taken several weeks ago when my list of ailments was considerably shorter.