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The Baby of my Dreams

Hormones are interesting things.  They'll do wild things to you physically and emotionally, and when you're pregnant - they'll turn you completely upside-down.  I've had strange dreams throughout the past eight months, but now I think my every concern, joy and hope for Victor has glued itself to my subconscious so well that it's coming out in my dreams (and in some of the strangest ways)! 

I've dreamt that Victor is a kitten and I don't find out until he's born.  I've dreamt that it's this time next year and I'm still pregnant.  I've dreamt that Victor exits the womb with the ability to speak English and he tells me he doesn't like me. 

Hopefully, I can rest easily in the knowledge that it's "just a dream" and everything will be fine.  Only 6 weeks to go before we meet our little man - I guess it's only natural that I'd be worrying about little things...

Physically, my body is having a rough time handling the extra weight.  I haven't gained much - this whole time, I've been on the lower end of "average" when it comes to weight gain.  Even so, what I have gained is putting some extra strain on my body.  If I sit still for more than a few minutes, my sciatic nerve seems to become pinched or inflamed in one way or another, because my butt feels like someone's stabbing the side of my cheek and I nearly fall down when I try to stand due to the numbness in my leg.  It's especially bad at night (here's a link to an interesting article on sciatica http://www.womenshealthcaretopics.com/preg_sciatica.htm).

My lower back aches throughout the day, my hands and feet are so swollen, and I feel like my skin has been pulled taught around my super-inflated body.  The joints in my feet and fingers feel a little overworked.  But it's all for a purpose, right?

Speaking of that purpose, we were taught in the Prepared Childbirth class that we took that focusing on the purpose helps to power though the pain - and you know what?  That really works.  Last night I was wicked-uncomfortable as I was trying to fall asleep.  I closed my eyes, took deep breaths and really focused on Victor.  Not on him as the little karate-star jumping around in my bounce-house of a belly, but as the little person I'm going to meet in 6 weeks.  We are having a son - we are having a baby.  Our lives are about to change - I'm about to have the biggest shift in priorities since...well, ever.  I put all of those thoughts to the side and focused on the idea of a tiny hand.  Little fingernails, little dimples above the knuckles - just one tiny hand.  I can hold that hand in 6 weeks.  A few minutes focused on that hand and I was ready to nod off. 

Billy finished re-doing the ceilings in our basement yesterday, and we finally get to move our furniture to the places it belongs (all except for the sewing-room, which has yet to get its new carpet).  I'm thrilled to be getting our computer and Tivo back - we've been without since we moved into the new house.  For some reason though, I don't see us vegging out the way we used to.  The nesting instinct is in overdrive - Billy and I both have been going nuts with around-the-house projects and cleaning.  I really don't see us slowing down much between now and Victor's arrival.  I don't mind so much, as it's keeping us really active and therefore, healthier than we've ever been.  Billy has started to lose weight (I'm pretty jealous - I can't even START losing weight for another 6 weeks!), and I'm positive that it's all from this activity.  If I can keep it up after Vic comes home, maybe I can lose a few too (I'd cross my fingers, but they're way too swollen).
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