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Still pregnant

I should have just shut my big mouth when I first found out I was pregnant “Oh, Olivia was early, so this baby probably will be too.” Granted, I’m still two weeks from my due date, but…it feels like I will NEVER have this baby. And it doesn’t help that he/she is HUGE and right in prime birthing position (head right in my pelvis). I now understand completely why pregnant women waddle. I swear, I don’t remember this pain when pregnant with Olivia.

When we went to the doctor on Monday, I had lost 3 pounds (that’s a first for me), my blood pressure is still perfect, all is well. I mistakenly thought at last week’s appointment that the doctor said the baby was posterior, but it turns out it is my cervix that is posterior and the baby is in “perfect position”. The doctor did the pelvic exam and could actually feel the baby’s head. I knew that I was feeling a lot of pelvic pressure, but damn that’s ridiculous. Apparently my cervix isn’t ripe enough yet for induction, so if I haven’t had the baby by next Monday maybe it will have ripened enough for the induction to happen next week. I asked the doctor how big the baby was and he said “huge”.

Apparently this baby loves my uterus, because he/she is already larger than an average ‘to term’ baby, but still wants to hang out and kick my ribs. I seriously feel like my pelvic bones are going to break and the baby is going to just fall out. Okay, I know that won’t happen, but it feels like I have a ton of bricks just resting on top of my pelvis. I spend most of my day laying with my feet up or with a pillow tucked in between my legs.

This is not exactly conducive to taking care of a very active toddler, but we make it work. Luckily for me, she loves to color in our bed and watch “Blue in Bed” so we spend mornings watching Blue’s Clues and coloring. I really feel guilty because I want to do more with her during the day, but I physically can’t. Yesterday, Bill forgot to take something to the post office and it had to be postmarked by the 1st, so I decided to hoof it the half a block to a drop box. I thought “wow, I’m actually gonna take a teeny tiny walk with Olivia, she’ll love it!”

She loved going down the stairs and walking down the sidewalk, UNTIL we hit a big patch of sidewalk that had leaves all over it. Apparently she has developed an intense fear of tiny little fluttering leaves. She starts going “no no no” and climbing up my leg. So what’s a mama to do? I picked her up and hoofed the rest of the way to the mailbox. Picture it: a 9 months pregnant woman carrying an almost 30 lb toddler on her hip. I kept praying I wouldn’t trip. She walked a little after that, but it was all over if she saw a hint of a leaf blowing by. Can’t wait until that phase is over. Needless to say, I was spent after that.

I also realized how spoiled I am. Well, actually, how spoiled all Air Conditioning-having people are. Our A/C was broken for the past week, and I have been stewing in our house. No matter how many windows we open, it would not get cooler than 85 degrees. No, that’s not really all that hot (it’s been much hotter outside), but when you are as pregnant as I am, it feels like you are sweating in the Sahara or something. And I grew up in the South! I am ashamed of myself, really, but I was a cranky brat until yesterday afternoon when they came to fix the broken compressor. Now I am just so thankful that I have nice cool air blowing on my big pregnant butt. But, I now understand how people say “it’s too hot too eat.” I have had no desire to eat anything due to the heat. Also–the fear of getting any bigger is a huge factor for me. Not because I am worried about the weight gain, but because I don’t think I can handle any more pressure on my pelvis. I gained 20 pounds more (roughly) when pregnant with Olivia and wasn’t even pregnant as long as I am currently, but apparently this go-round, it’s ALL belly. All of it.

I understand I am not the first woman to be pregnant with a large baby or have all of this pelvic pressure, but it is hard to keep that in mind when it is your body going through this. So, I needed to vent.

1 comment to Still pregnant

  • Rachel

    Yah for the update! I’ve made it part of my daily routine to check if there’s a new Porter. Bummer about all the pressure and pain 🙁 but so funny (although I’m sure it wasn’t at the time!) about Olivia and the leaves. Didn’t she have a grass phase too?


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