Rings, Things and My Baby Boy
Oh, it was such a good idea when I was 19...
My sophomore year in college (at WSU - go Cougs!), I went with a girlfriend to Palouse, where we had our navels pierced. I had a little ring in my belly button for a total of 4 days before the jewelry broke and it came out in the shower. It was only 4 days, but I guess it was enough time to really irritate me now. You see, that brilliant idea 10 years ago left me with a teeny-tiny bit of scar tissue. By the nature of that piercing (if you're not sure how it works, Google it - it's not complicated, but it'll illustrate my point better if you can visualize this), the scar tissue that forms connects two parts of your skin into a fold - something that unfolds when you're pregnant. Not only does it unfold, but it also tears at the scar tissue (some women don't have this problem with such piercings or piercing-remnants - but I do). Though it's only a small amount of scar tissue, this tearing hurts, itches, and is a general nuisance that has me rubbing around my belly button most of the day.
Billy mentioned to me the other night (as I was having a nasty bout with some heartburn and gas bubbles in my chest) that I'm having a "textbook" pregnancy. It seems that just about everything that's happening to me matches exactly with what I'm reading about. Unfortunately, there isn't a solution for everything in these textbooks. I was reading just yesterday that thanks to the baby pushing all of my organs around and squishing my stomach up into my esophagus, I'm extremely prone to heartburn and gas.
I'm really lucky though, as Billy can think on his feet really well - especially at 2:30 in the morning (I guess all of those years getting up before the crack of dawn to work the Morning Show have paid off!). I had the worst chest pain this weekend. It woke me up, it kept me up, and it made me cry. Billy, bless his heart, woke up with me and brought me one thing after another to help make the pain go away. He patted me on the back (burped me pretty well...), he brought me a cup of milk, he brought me a soda, he brought me Tums, and he walked me around the apartment. After a good hour of my complaining, Billy suddenly blurted out, "Bicarbonate of Soda!"
He marched into the kitchen, poured me a mug of water mixed with baking soda. He tasted it first. "It tastes like fish guts," he said. That didn't make me feel better about drinking it, but it did make me feel good that he tried it first. I plugged my nose and took two big swigs. I was back to sleep without bubbles in no time. I'm so glad he thought of that!
This week is a big one - our last planned travel before Victor is born. We take off for Los Angeles on Thursday, and I'm hoping it goes smoothly (and without too much swelling). It will definitely be nice to get out of the cooler weather and into something warmer (like 80 or so degrees!). I plan on spending much of Thursday afternoon in the pool at the hotel. I've heard that the "weightlessness" of swimming can really feel good on pregnant bones. Plus, I haven't yet had a chance to use the really cute maternity swimsuit I bought!
My best friend's wedding is Saturday evening - tonight, I'm going to see Donna (http://www.donnasews.com/) for a final fitting of my dress. I'm so thrilled! I can't wait to see how it looks in the brown linen we picked out! I tell you, having Donna make this dress has saved me so many headaches! The last time I wandered past the maternity store at the mall, I peeked in at the spring dresses and didn't see ANYTHING that would have worked for this wedding - plus, the online dresses cost an arm and a leg and who knows if they'd fit? I really am so thankful for this woman and this dress! I can't wait to see it!
Victor has become quite the kicker lately. He tends to kick my lower left side. I'm just amazed at how strong those kicks have become! If I'm staring at my stomach, which I tend to do often, sometimes I can see the side of it "jump" when he kicks. He certainly is becoming a big boy. I noticed yesterday that I'm starting to walk funny. I have that "pregnant waddle" where I lean back just a little bit and I can feel my entire upper body lumbering from side to side with each step. Part of me doesn't mind so much though - I really am enjoying being pregnant. Truthfully, I am just reveling in the fact that I don't have to suck my tummy in all the time! The more I let it hang out, the better! We'll be officially 7 months along next week, and I figure the awkwardness will just keep coming from here to the end!
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