June 14, 2006

The Night Life of a Pregnant Woman

The bath tub starts to fill. You use the toilet and slowly watch the water swirl down the drain. You wonder why you still need to go to the bathroom. A small voice whispers, "You moron. You're having a dream and if you don't get up and really go to the bathroom in about fifteen seconds, you'll wet the bed." Repeat scene many times every night.

In other words, I'm not getting the amount of uninterrupted sleep that I would like to have, but otherwise I guess pregnancy is treating me well enough. I am, as I've said before, extremely fortunate to sail through the first half of a pregnancy with few problems. However, now that I've reached the second half, the physical discomforts are starting to hit, and pregnancy at 31 is much harder than it was at 24. Bending over to unload the dishwasher hurts.

I had a checkup yesterday and everything looks good. We did a second ultrasound to check on everything and there have been no changes since my little preterm labor incident a few weeks ago. Everything that is supposed to be closed is closed and the baby still has all the fingers, toes and chambers of the heart that it is supposed to have.

Sometimes, I still can't quite believe I'm expecting a fourth child and yet I'm very definitely expanding on the outside and we saw a very definite little person on screen. I need to get used to the idea and move along with some important work -- like moving The Toddler Girl out of the crib before she realizes its going to be appropriated by some usurper.

And thus ends the pregnancy update.


All through my fourth pregnancy, I kept saying that I hoped the hardest thing about having four children was having three children and being pregnant. Baby #4 is now 16 1/2 months and is really into everything. Still, it was harder having three and being pregnant. Good luck to you, Wendy

Posted by: Wendy at June 18, 2006 08:54 AM