I’ve been experiencing my first ever Braxton Hicks contractions and they are making me feel totally CRAZY. I’ve never had a contraction that wasn’t part of actual labor, so these “fakey” contractions are messing with my head. I’ve been cleaning the house and packing my hospital bag and washing all the baby clothes and pacing the floors and getting everything ready because I feel like labor is eminent, when really I have a MONTH left to go until my due date.
I’m feeling super anxious, which is not like me at all. I am really trying to calm myself down and tell myself to breathe, but I feel like I am on edge ALL the time!! I wish I could just sleep the rest of this month away. This pregnancy has been SO different than my first two, it’s wild!
Today, I woke up and my whole body looked strange when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. The baby seems to have
dropped plunged, like, to SEA LEVEL, while I was sleeping, and now the pain and discomfort down low is so intense, I can’t even imagine having to waddle around like this for another month. THREE people stopped me while I was out running errands today and asked if this baby was “on its way”.
God, give me peace. And patience! And a fast forward button!
One thing that has really been helping with the discomfort are ‘pelvic rocks’. That’s where you get on your hands and knees and slowly arch and curve your lower back for about 10 or 15 minutes. It works like magic when I am feeling achy and sore. Also, Chris has been helping by giving me ‘hip squeezes’, where he firmly squeezes the top bones of my hips while I lean forward and relax. It helps open up my pelvis and alleviates a lot of pressure on my lower back. You preggo ladies out there should definitely try both of these exercises… they are amazing!
I FINALLY bought a little bitty girl coming-home outfit today. It’s already washed and folded and in my hospital bag, along with an itty bitty boy outfit. I also picked up some nursing-friendly PJs for the hospital and everything else that I’ll need for our stay there.
You see? I’m going bonkers over here.
I think I need to take up a new hobby or something. I need to find something to distract me from bouncing off of my walls. Maybe I’ll delve into the world of bird watching or woodworking! Or perhaps I’ll start painting country scenes on grains of rice!
For now, I am going to go work on my thumb twiddling. And pelvic rocks. And chocolate eating.