The pain started out of nowhere this weekend. I have been noticing more swelling as time moves on, but there was no pain associated with it. By no means is it anything unbearable, but it is uncomfortable.
In other swelling news, my legs and ankles are huge by the end of the day! I take many breaks while doing stuff around the house, but the swelling is here to stay. Our church prepares dinner on Wednesday evenings so I showed up at 3:30 pm yesterday to help. The meal was delicious (as always)! Once I got home around 8 pm my ankles looked awful. When I know that I'm going to be on my feet for a while I wear sneakers. This is the aftermath...
The socks I was wearing had hearts on them, so I had hearts imprinted on my legs!! The funny thing is that my ankles and feet didn't hurt too much at all. They were just funny to look at!
My Dad helps cook at church on Wednesday evenings and he made the remark that I looked bigger than I did on Sunday. I believe him! I actually feel bigger and have been gaining some weight this week. I anticipate weighing 160 lbs by my weigh-in on Saturday morning.
|Adult Large t-shirts are now tight over my belly.|
|The linea nigra is growing up past my belly button now. My belly button stays out about 99% of the time except for when I lay on my back and Elliana shifts position.|
|The belly doesn't look as big from this angle but it's definitely hanging out there. I cannot imagine how big I will look by the end of the month. I may end up with some stretch marks on my tummy before Elliana makes her grand arrival.|
Rant: My growing belly is now starting to cause me much more discomfort. My back only hurts when Elliana is nestled under my right rib. It doesn't matter if I sit or stand, my back aches. The belly also makes bending over incredibly difficult. Sometimes I cannot even roll myself out of bed. I scoot my legs off of the bed and wait for them to find the floor and I do a weird slide off of the bed. Rolling over is also difficult and I'm sure that I'm funny to watch. It was almost impossible to carry Nesia on my right hip last night because of Elliana.
Realization: With all of that being said, I still find myself so very blessed to be carrying this big belly around. In the tearfully pain moments I remind myself that we prayed for this child and waited for God to give her to us. There are so many women who would give anything to be in my shoes right now. This pain and uncomfortable-ness will pass and our lives will be filled with joy.