Third trimester insomnia, I'm sure, is no mystery to most who've taken on a gestating roll. I mean, how does one get comfortable with a giant watermelon protruding where their flat, six packed stomach once rested?
Lately, I've been trying everything. From warm baths and massages (I have the greatest husband in the world) to popping Unisom and Benadryl. What? I'm desperate. And I'm tired. And I'm grumpy.
But seeing as how I'm on the beached-whale water diet, I still have to wake up 40 times a night to go pee. As the night wares on, and my zzz's are lacking, I can start to tell I'm getting dehydrated and that my medicine is starting to wear off. The contractions kick in.
Holy mother, did they ever kick in last night. Starting low in my back and crawling up my exhausted uterus like the long fingers of death. And can I tell you, a 32 week baby on the bake does not like contractions like that. She was kicking, flipping, and head butting my cervix in an attempt to escape the squeezing taking place in her one bedroom apartment.
So I'm going to be taking another 10-1 nap today. I hate doing this. I feel like maybe this is the reason I can't sleep at night, because I'm napping during the day. But even if I tried to avoid resting my head as soon as The Price Is Right ends, I can't. I find myself dozing in a sitting up position (nearly impossible for me) and wake up to find myself in bed.
I expect not to be 100% rested at this stage: let's be realistic. But I can't make this my daily routine. Pretty soon (4 1/2 weeks, to be exact) I'll have the kids home with me again, and there's no way they're going to let me nap from 10 to 1. Not to mention that eventually, I'll have a squawking miniature who will need to eat, and who, like her brother and sister, will need attention during my current hours of mid-day slumber.
What did you do to get to sleep during those last, long weeks?
On the plus side, I at least will be used to her current schedule of wake time which is 11 pm to midnight, 3:45ish to 4:30ish, and 7 a.m. She's pretty regular already. I hope she doesn't mix things up once gravity kicks in.
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