Sunday - I spent all day Saturday in bed due to excruciating pain in my stomach. It feels like I am pulling stitches and that my skin can't stretch anymore. Walking is completely out the question for longer than a few minutes at a time. It was just as bad as soon as I woke up, so I opted out of church to go back to bed. As soon as I hit the sheets I knew sleeping wasn't in the cards. I hurt too much. Instead I took a long bath. Like 2 hours. I sipped on herbal ice tea and listened to the quiet of the house. I didn't read, I didn't sleep, I just basked in the solitude, let the water sooth my heavy stomach and watched my baby try to get comfortable in his tight conditions. I wonder who he will look like.
Monday - Lydia and I meet Shane for a family lunch. We do this about twice a month. When I was first married I had a friend with two small children. I asked her what the hardest thing was for her in going from one child to two. She said that as much as she loved her new son, she mourned the loss of the "threesome". I couldn't understand that then, but I think I can now. For over 3 years it has been just the three of us. So strange to think it never will be again.
Monday's Baby update- I called the doctor to explain the pain I have been in and he said to come in right away. Seems I have something similar to umbilical cord hernia. Hum, that sounds pleasant. Nothing to do about it at this point, but the pain will intensify. He warned me it could be pretty brutal. Thanks doc, I am already aware. That's why I called. As I am driving home from the doctors I see that I am being pulled over. Apparently I have expired tags. This is really weird since I am totally anal about making sure my tags are current. When I glance at the ticket, I notice that the cop has written my address incorrectly. When I check my (new) licence, I see that the address is totally wrong. Some non existent address on my block. That would explain why my renewal tags didn't come. At this point I am crying (lame, I know, but remember...lots of pain) the cop says, "Now don't you worry about this ticket. You just focus on that baby of yours." Seriously? I think I would be a lot less worrisome if he had just given me a warning. I am proud of myself that I just smiled back. I know he was just doing his job. I was just already having a bad day. You know, because my stomach muscles had split in two.
Tuesday- My good friend offered to play with Lydia at the park while I sat and relaxed. I planned on reading, but I couldn't help but watch as Lydia danced around and talked to the other girls around her. Then my eyes shifted to a group of boys playing. They had made guns out of sticks and were screaming and tackling each other. For the hundredth time I realized that having a boy is going to be an interesting ride.
Wednesday- Hallelujah! My mom is here! Not a moment too soon. The pain is getting so bad that standing is almost impossible. (A quick shower left me weeping.)It brought me pure joy to watch my mom chase Lydia and swing her on the swings. I just haven't been able to play with her for a while. Lydia is in heaven.
Shane and I took advantage of the babysitting opportunity and had our "last date". Shane drove me right up to the restaurant so I didn't have to walk more than a few steps. We dined alfresco on the deck of our favorite restaurant in the local art district. Overlooking the Tennessee river we ate fresh pasta, salad and bread. There are very few things I like better than dining outside on a warm evening. Even though we realized this was our last chance for a real date for a while, I hurt too bad to go to the movies. We came home early expecting to find Lydia in bed. Instead, she and my mom were watching the American Idol finale! :) Lydia cried when we said it was time for bed. "NO!!! I want to watch America Island!"
Thursday- Day Out! Shane took the day off so that I could treat my mom to a little afternoon away for her 60th b-day. I thought it would go along with my birthing day tradition to get manicures. No matter how trashed I look after having the baby, at least my nails will look good. We lunched at my favorite tea house. It was so decadent. Think the hospital food will be that good? :)
We stopped at a little boutique for a bit. I sat in the comfy chairs as my mom shopped. She wanted to get me a treat. The only thing that would fit was a yellow summer scarf :) I love it!
Friday - Well. I'm signing off. I've got to go pack, shower and try to stay relatively calm. I am having a baby today!!!!