I’m typing this at 4AM on Sunday morning staring at my huge belly and watching as Bagel’s tiny little foot moves in a lump from the top center of my belly allllllll the way over to the edge of the top right part of my side. Never fails to fascinate me! It used to tickle when she did this, but there have been a couple points (like last night) that I’ve yelped in pain, as her foot has hit a few nerves I never knew existed. I have been all belly this entire pregnancy, and I’m beginning to sense that my uterus must stick out more than most– I keep hearing about rib pain, but not feeling it. She is definitely positioned over and above my ribs (hence her ability to stretch her leg all the way to what feels like my hip bone! There is a hard lump I feel at the top of my belly that has been moving around a lot. I was convinced for a few days that it was her head, but the doc confirmed it was her “bony butt”–his words, not mine!
According to my appointment last week, she is most likely in Left Occipital Anterior position, which means her head is at my pelvis, her backside curves around my left side, and her feet/ass are up near my diaphragm. Like this:
It’s evidently a pretty common position and a good one for birth, so I’m hoping she stays put. At this point, I can’t imagine she has much room to do flips. Stay put, Bagel! Just a few more weeks till you’re out of this dark cozy ute and into Hubs and my totally novice arms!
There still feels like so much to do. Cloth diapers to prep (I’m planning a cloth diapering post, don’t you worry!), meals to make and freeze, bouncy seats to put together, and laundry…always laundry. I got into a serious cleaning mode yesterday and hand washed the inside of our kitchen trash can which left me exhausted. I can feel myself huffing and puffing more in doing even the simplest tasks, and although I never thought I’d say this, rolling over in bed has become an immense feat. I wake about 4-5 times a night either to pee or roll because my hip is sore, and each time I need to switch positions, it’s like my entire stomach takes a few extra seconds to catch up. Having a 6 pound living human in your belly is absolutely fascinating and incredibly surreal. She now responds to touch, especially if I lightly poke her bony butt. I find this to be adorable, although I’m sure it annoys her. I’m also noticing she responds to sounds, and feel kind of bad that I scared her yesterday with my electric mixer when I made banana bread. Every time I turned it on to beat ingredients, she moved A LOT, and then would stop as soon as I turned it off.
Based on her movements and activity levels, I feel like she is going to be a very intense baby with many highs and lows. She will go hours where she thrashes around in me, kicking wildly and dancing, and then she goes to sleep for a couple hours, literally not moving more than a couple of times. Given the whole “kick count” warnings I’ve head, her long nap times have scared me a few times, so I’ve annoyingly poked her butt to make sure she’s ok. When I do this when she’s napping, she gives a slow, “leave me alone” move like she’s pulling the covers over her head, and goes back to being motionless. During those times, I feel like I have a disgruntled teen in my belly.
Aside from the much more frequent peeing and to-be-expected tiredness, my only real negative symptom that has cropped up has been what I think is pregnancy induced carpal tunnel–especially at night and when I wake up. The joints in all of my fingers feel swollen and stiff, and I can barely close and open my hand. And forget about my wedding ring…that shit came off two weeks ago. (Helloooo boys!!)
Finally, Hubs and I are attempting to install Bagel’s crib camera and have reached an impasse as to where to put it. I had no clue the freaking thing needed to be drilled into a wall??? The biggest problem is that I spent oh, I dunno, 6 FREAKING HOURS working on her decalled wall over her crib, and it’s the only spot that we can mount it in order to use the camera (first world problems, YES, I know…). Hubs was going to drill right into the center of that wall so there would literally be a big fat baby camera and cord smack in the middle of my forest scene. I promptly flipped the FUCK out, and he told me I was sacrificing our baby’s safety for vanity. I’m sorry, but there has to be another creative way to mount this fucker on something other than my mural!! I suggested the crib, but he said the baby could crawl and get to it…but I swear I have seen others mount theirs on the crib. If not the crib, has anyone else encountered this problem with the baby cams? I’m open to anything–and I’m even thinking maybe a tripod near the crib would do the trick? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.