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Bridget's Pregnancy Journal

Week 21
~ The Badges of Honor

Well, it's been going on for quite some time, and now that I think about it, it's been this since I was about 5 weeks pregnant. We're just miserable sleeping in the same bed together. I've been camping out in the guest room because sleep is so precious but he's been whining about needing some cuddle time so I thought for one night, I'd give in and give it a try. Oh, what a mistake that was!! I get up to pee, and that wakes him up, so he has to go then, too, but he has to turn on the light. Then he blows his nose, which happens to sound like an elephant. I'm surprised it doesn't wake the girls or the neighbors. Then, he falls asleep much faster than I do and starts to snore. It sounds a lot like Darth Vader and I listen to it for what seems like an hours. I elbow him and nothing. I try and jab him with a toenail, hoping that he'll just roll over and shut up. I finally fall back to sleep only to get woken up again by the light in our bathroom. He's in there pooping. Who poops in the middle of the night? More nose-blowing. Water facet running - I guess he had to wash his hands? Somehow I manage to fall back asleep but he's up again at 5:30 go to the bathroom again, and then he has the nerve to try and get frisky!! With no more than 3 consecutive hours sleep I said, "Don't even think about it!" Yeah, he missed me and wanted to "cuddle". Mmm hmmm, I've heard that before.

Sleeping with Tom is almost worse than sleeping with a newborn!! I'm sure he'd say the same for me! Well, I warned him ahead of time. I need lots of pillows, I toss and turn a lot and I'm really stuffed up at night so I know I snore. We were both so tired the next day, I don't think we'll be trying that again anytime soon!

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Well, I've made it through two term pregnancies escaping stretch marks and varicose veins. Guess which of these lovely badges of honor is gracing my large, bloated body? Well, it's the veins. I've still got plenty of time and growing to do for the stretch marks to appear. The veins really are bumming me out. It's just behind one leg, near my knee, but it's bumpy and that lovely shade of blue. I know I shouldn't care, but I do. I'm not a big shorts person, but I do love to go the beach and these things are impossible to cover up. I feel like this pregnancy has been harder on my body than my other two. My feet are perpetually swollen and they hurt and I had morning sickness until just recently. I'm still waiting for the second trimester energy spurt, but I can say that I'm not as exhausted as I was before. Maybe instead of an energy spurt this time, I should be happy with an energy trickle? I'm tired, but not the oh-my-God, I could fall asleep right here if I closed my eyes tired. I guess things could be worse health-wise, so if this is all that I have to endure, I'll shut up now and be grateful.

The weight gain has been a source of frustration for me. I really, really wanted to keep things reasonable, especially during the first half of my pregnancy. Well, I'm up 24 lbs so far. I only have 4 more to go and I'll hit my total weight gain for both girls. I think I'll probably end up somewhere around 35 lbs, which isn't horrible, but way more than I wanted to gain. I've avoided the scale up until now, but I've started monitoring things on a weekly basis. I don't think I'll show any weight gain at my next Ob appointment, which makes me happy. My appetite has definitely leveled off and I'm back to eating small, healthy meals. So, hopefully, I keep things in check from here on out.

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