I've been making a mental list (I like lists!) of things that are hard to do when 38.5 weeks pregnant and I thought it would be fun to actually write them down. Here are a few things that I'm looking forward to doing without a giant basketball getting in my way.
1. Laundry, cooking and dishes: Both counter-tops and washing machines are at the worst height for me. It's impossible to get close enough to what I'm doing without hurting myself because of the 1 foot protrusion extending from my midsection.
2. Tying shoes: I have to wear tennis shoes or I am in pain by the end of the day. I really need to find some sandals that support my arches, but I hate shoe shopping. And sandals that support arches are always grandma shoes. Not that my tennis shoes and shorts look awesome. It's just what I have.
3. Putting on pants: If I could go without pants every day, I would. It would be much cooler and I wouldn't have to deal with the sciatic nerve pain that comes every time I try and stand on one foot.
4. Picking things up off the floor: I am a huge klutz when pregnant, and the amount of butter on my fingers has increased lately. It seems I drop everything I get my hands on. Keys, food while trying to eat, my hairbrush, my toothbrush, pens, clothes while trying to dress myself. Thankfully while in public places I have a very helpful 7 year old who will pick up stuff from the floor and help me avoid the embarrassing pregnancy squat.
5. Getting up: You really begin to perfect the art of rising from a surface without the benefit of abdominal muscles. I think I've perfected the art of getting out of bed in the morning. First the legs over the side followed by pushing oneself to a sitting position. Luckily our bed is tall so I don't have to use my nightstand to get to a standing position.
6. Chasing a two year old: Mr. S is going through a "lets run away from mommy in the middle of a parking lot/grocery store/library" stage. There's nothing quite like having to run in public after a laughing/screaming two year old.
I would put sleeping on here, but I've had enough children to know that I will not be doing much of it for the next few months. It may be easier to sleep, but the 2 hour eating schedule sure does lessen the enjoyment. I may not wake up with a dead leg/arm anymore, but that may just be because I don't sleep long enough to actually allow circulation to be cut off from any parts of my body.
So there are my thoughts on being pregnant. A reminder to myself of what it's like during that last month if I ever entertain the thoughts of having another one.
On a more positive note: This baby is posterior so I get to feel and see his feet jabbing my belly all day long. It's a lot of fun. I can't wait to touch those little toes for real!