Sunday, August 11, 2013

37 Weeks

This week was the first time I can officially say that I am legitimately uncomfortable.  My hips hurt, my lower back aches, and I am having Braxton Hicks contractions on the regular.  My little one seems happiest when he is right square on my bladder and I have never peed so much in my life.  I wake up every hour on the hour throughout the night to readjust and/or pee.  Everyone keeps urging me to relax and rest and take it easy but, quite honestly, when I sit still I only feel worse.  The more I move and stretch and bend, the better I feel.  And so I keep busy with my normal, everyday routine, allowing my body to take on its normal chores and tasks.  The longer I sit still, the more achy and sore my muscles feel and so I keep on keeping on.  My patients keep asking me when I will take my maternity leave and I just smile and reassure them that I won't go into labor in their living rooms.  Maternity leave will come soon enough and I will delve into that time just as deeply as I have delved into this one.  My yoga practice is looking pretty ridiculous these days despite my dedication.  I can barely bend over anymore and so I stick to my standing poses and lunges.  But it helps, keeping all of my ligaments loose, and so I press on.
I am nesting in every way: cooking, cleaning, storing away as though we are all about to go into hibernation.  My lists are getting shorter and shorter as I knock them out day by day.  It is an amazing experience to me: the journey of pregnancy.  Putting so much time and energy and effort into preparing and making way for a new life.  I take such great pride and joy into getting everything ready for I know that the more I do now, the less I will have to do when he gets here.  Because the only thing I want to do when he gets here is hold him, rock him, and soak in every ounce of who he is.  That's what this is all about, after all.
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Lindsay @ said...

Aww, you look wonderful!

marie said...

I understand your need of getting everything ready for your little man! You must be all very excited...That's true you look great Liv.
When is the baby due?
Much love from France to all of you.

Olivia said...

Thank you! I am feeling VERY pregnant:)

Olivia said...

The baby's due in less than 2 weeks!! So excited!