Thursday, August 20, 2009

6 Month Pic - I Need To Sleep

This is my week 24 pose. For some reason, I look a lot smaller in the picture. Our boy is growing big, very fast. And he doesn't sit still. There are lots of karate chops, long elbow scrapes and bladder stomps. As of now, I consider him either a kung fu fighter or a hockey player. No one ever thinks of ninjas as babies. But, they were once... and I think I'm growing one.

Sleep eludes me. Aside from nausea and heartburn, my famous leg nerve and muscle twitches are back whenever I lay down. This first appeared in my previous pregnancy. If I stand up, no problems. If I lay down, pain, twitches, spasms and kicks. All mine. I sleep 3-4 hours a night. (Which is still better than the 1-2 hours every other night in my last pregnancy.) After losing so much sleep, you start to lose your marbles too.

The first time around, I remember "inventing" a sling-type contraption that hung from the ceiling and fit around my underarms to hold me in the standing position so I could sleep without spasms. I just didn't know what to do with my floppy neck, so the idea was left in my imagination. I should have invented this thing between my pregnancies - while I had my right mind. If I could physically kick my own hiney right now, I would.

Currently, I'm trying to come up with a way to sleep in the tub. With water. It keeps the weight off of my nerves and I don't experience spasms. Problem is, I get a huge kink in my neck after 10 minutes. I've looked for an giant inflatable bath pillow wedge, but I don't think anyone's invented it yet. I told my husband about wanting to sleep in the tub and he replied, "I have. Twice. Once, I woke up naked and cold in an empty tub." What?! Think those were his college days? Nope, he was 5. Just when you think you know a guy, you hear about his tub napping days...

If any of this is wandering or unclear, so sorry, but I'm sleep deprived. The horizon is in sight and baby is healthy. Enough said :)


Danielle said...

Yipee! Six down, three to go...feels like forever I know.

Sleep is so necessary...praying those are great hours of sound sleep.

I guess you could always go to space camp and float in an atmosphere free area for the night?!?!? You should look into it!

Thanks, as always, for your encouraging comments.

kristilea said...

What an adorable "tummy"! I miss being pregnant. But like you, I had my share of issues that made it not so comfortable of a time. I feel for you on the sleep thing. With my last pregnancy, I had pulling of the ligaments underneath my tummy, and in the middle of the night I would wake up shooting with pain. I had to get up for them to go away and the minute I laid back down they would come back, so I slept sitting straight up. I don't miss that one bit. Prayers will be said for you and I really hope you figure out a solution for your sleeping. A woman NEEDS HER SLEEP!!!!!

Jenny said...

What a cute tummy you have there! I never slept well at the end of my pregnancies. And it's so hard when you have other children to take care of during the day!

Anonymous said...

Well, Big Boy is just that! He is anxious to start moving aroundbig time. He will come crawling out and never stop, just like Big Sister! She's never stopped. He'll be a love like she is!

You are 2/3 of the way through now!
Hang in there.

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Judy said...

Hang in there.

I used to wish for one of those 'doll stands' but in life size.

Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow said...

You have a super cute belly! I bet it IS that small - you just FEEL bigger :)

Sorry you're not getting sleep - that must be really frustrating (& tiring!). I hope you feel better soon (before the baby comes!).

Shelley said...

woohoo! The end is in site. I am sure you can't wait for this to come to an won't be long now.

Mary Child said...

Super cute belly! I love it!

So sorry to hear you're not sleeping; that is tough! It doesn't get any better either; third trimester is the worst!!!

Even now when I am really run-down, I compare it to "3rd trimester fatigue". I was barely functional that last little bit. But ya know what Diane? The ONE silver lining to difficult pregnancies is that you NEVER get post partum depression, because you're so happy to not be pregnant anymore! And, this little guy will be SO cute and SO sweet and SO fun, it will all have been totally worth it!

Hang in there and keep your eye on the prize; the rest of us will keep you in our prayers!!!

Missa said...

Wow. You are an amazing trooper Diane, I can't even imagine. That sounds absolutely miserable :(

I feel for you and hope you find something that works for allowing you some sleep.

UGH, hang in there!

P.S. That belly really is super cute :)

simplebeauty said...


I'm sorry your are sleepless... I am so happy that your little one is growing strong though :O)


amerydith said...

Oh Diane!!! I remember that contraption thing! You crack me up! I am so sorry that you have to go through this part again! My prayers are with you. I will find that perfect bath wedge pillow for you!!

casch said...

You have a lot of nice people rooting for you and supporting you. God Bless

katie jean said...

you are so funny! sleeping standing up! I guess everyone else thinks you're funny too, 13 comments :D

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