8 months!

I’ve finally crossed the threshold into month 8, you guys!!!! While it sounds so far along to say that now . . . I can’t help but think having almost two months left sounds like an ETERNITY now that my belly is getting bigger by the day.

I love the above comparison of my mom and me. She looks a lot more comfortable in her maternity clothes than I do! And with how low I am carrying, it definitely signifies the big boy I have on the way!!

And as much as I want a large, healthy baby I’ll admit I’ve been down the past couple of days and am struggling to get over a wall right now. This week the discomfort, exhaustion, inability to breath, and swelling have reached a new high. And then it makes me panic, because I know it’s only going to get worse from here.

Getting out of bed in the morning feels like I’ve run a marathon. My joints ache, my belly is tender, and my hips feel like they just want to fall off and give up. Not to mention I NEVER feel rested. It doesn’t matter if I get 6 hours, 8 hours or 11 hours . . . I’m constantly minutes away from falling asleep and I always feel like I’m in a bit of a fog.

The swelling in my feet and ankles is so bad, I can only fit my feet into 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of sandals and my flip flops. My toes hurt, the bottom of my feet feel like they are supporting an elephant, and I have cankles. (There go my hopes of wearing a short dress with heels to my baby shower – what was I thinking?!?)

Not to mention the swelling in my hands – I haven’t been able to get any of my wedding rings on for a few weeks now. I have pregnancy induced carpal tunnel and it hurts to bend my fingers.

(Thankfully my blood pressure is normal, so my OB isn’t worried about the crazy swelling. But she did poke at my poor ankles at my appointment today and told me to just keep them elevated whenever I could.)

And the breathing . . . my sinuses have been congested the entire time, but is so much worse now that baby is cramping my diaphragm. It’s impossible to feel like I’m getting enough air when I’m falling asleep and sometimes I wake myself up freaked out I’m not getting enough air. I’ve started using breathe right strips and those seem to help, thankfully!!!

Anyway, I know this is a ton of complaining. But, I felt I had to vent it out SOMEWHERE. And I know this is just a phase and I’ll pull it back together soon. Like every new thing that crops up in pregnancy, there seems to come a time where the symptoms either change and ago away or become manageable.

Here’s hoping for a quick and smooth final two months!!!!!!! One thing to look forward to . . . APRIL’S VISIT IN A WEEK AND A HALF!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!!!!!!!!

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