Squirms, snuggles and worries

We had a fun morning this morning. It’s rainy and gray here in New England, which combined with Septembrish weather makes for good sleeping. At a reasonable hour this morning, a diaper-clad little boy appeared and demanded that I make room in bed for him. He was even slightly less squirmy than usual. (Which is to say very squirmy.) But oh so snuggly! He didn’t want me to move or leave or do anything different. And then when it was time for me to get up, he used all his snuggly wiles to keep me in bed.

Me: “It’s time for mommy to get up and brush her teeth! I want some breakfast.”
Grey: (twining my arms around him and looking up through his long eyelashes) “No, you want to sleep!”

At this point his father and I burst into laughter. This was pretty much the exact same technique I used on A. for years of Saturday mornings before we had reasons we had to get up.

It was a joy to snuggle my boys this rainy, cloudy morning and I was was sad that I really DID need to get up and start my day.


In pregnancy news, I’m getting a little concerned. About 2 – 3 days ago, my hands and feet started swelling. Now this has happened on and off. Summer pregnancies, you get swelling. But usually I go to bed and when I wake up most of the swelling has gone, and I re-earn it again during the day. Rinse and repeat. But last night I felt really swollen in my hands and feet, and this morning I’m still really swollen. A ring that went on easily two days ago now will not come off my hand — and it’s 10:30 in the morning.

Having read “What to be Afraid of When You’re Expecting” etc. I’m perfectly aware that “unusual” swelling might be a sign of preeclampsia, which is serious business. (http://www.babycenter.com/0_swollen-extremities-edema-during-pregnancy_230.bc) I’m also perfectly aware that swelling is a normal and not-unexpected part of pregnancy. My tests were all perfectly normal a week and a half ago. But preeclampsia can come on suddenly. Blah blah blah.

So I called my midwife’s office and they’ll call me back. I’m not sure if I’ll accept “Oh, it sounds normal” because I’m not sure it feels normal. But a quick blood pressure test and check of the protein in my urine will point out whether I’m being paranoid or not.

Of course, if it IS preeclampsia then all of a sudden everything changes. I don’t know if they’d induce me right away (I’m like 3 days shy of 36 weeks, which is what they usually aim for), or what. Definitely I wouldn’t make it to my expected week post due.

Personally, I think I’m doing pretty well to have made it this far in the pregnancy with so few OMG calls to my midwife.

(NOTE: I did go in to the doctor’s office. My blood pressure is excellent and there’s no sign of pre-eclampsia, so …. life goes on as usual!)


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Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

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