In other news, I am 29 weeks pregnant. At least. I have gotten so big lately! I mean, my belly has always measured ahead of the game but NOW, wow. I'm just wondering if after that miscarriage we conceived earlier than the doctor's think, and this little guy is farther along. Or maybe, like my grandmother, my belly is just full of fluid! Either way, my cute belly can no longer be hidden. I like going out to WalMart or wherever - you know how you always make eye contact with strangers and smile politely when passing? Well immediately after eye contact I get belly-eye contact. :P Everyone checks out my tummy and knows I'm about to be a mommy. It's thrilling. Most of the women who see my tummy look back up at me with a little glow of their own on their face, as if they're reminiscing on their own days of pregnancy. It's very sweet, if only for a brief second. And again, if I stand next to anyone for any length of time, I will most likely get a kindly, "So when are you due?" - I love that one. I love being able to chat with another lady about my precious baby, about whom I know nothing. We'll talk about him for maybe just 30 seconds at most, I'll see that glow in their face again, and it warms my heart. Pregnancy, especially for any woman who's experienced it, is such a universal, unifying thing. It brings us all together in joy and love, and for the slightest moment, we are dear friends. I'm going to miss these moments. But I'm quite happy to trade them for newer, better ones. Like holding my baby. Like talking with people about him while they stare into his sweet eyes. Those will be good moments, too.
For a few days now I've been having pretty strong pains in my pelvis. It's normal, since my bones and ligaments are shifting and stretching to accommodate Miles' head when he's born, but man. It hurts. Have you ever, I don't know, popped your back or something even though you could tell it really didn't WANT to be popped, but did it anyway? And as soon as you relax and go back to sitting normal again how those bones just ache? That's similar to how this feels, but it's a constant, nagging pain. I actually have to limp around for a few seconds after standing up or getting out of bed. It's kinda pitiful. And if I cross my right leg over my left and lean forward... holy cow. I'd swear my bones were about to break. But other than that, things are going really well. Heck, even with that things are going really well. I'm still having contractions, and a good amount of them, but they always calm down and go away after awhile. I've always been one to handle change poorly (I like the predictable things in life; the constants) and I suppose that applies to the WHOLE me, not just my consciousness, because it seems like my body sure is complaining about the changes going on! ;)
I hope to get some belly pictures soon. I mean, good ones. So far all I've had are the iPhone-and-bathroom mirror shots. Not the best. :) Maybe I can talk Victor into getting some?
Well, I'm off. I've got lots and lots to be making! I'm hoping to get over to Hobby Lobby today and pick up some good ink pens and paper. I'm wanting to try my hand at line drawings.