the muffin chronicles: prologue – week 25
The weeks have been flying by, and we are getting more and more excited to meet our little one! Muffin is growing at a good rate, which is fantastic but has already created some discomfort for my little body. Ballet has been helping with the continued stretching and strengthening of my muscles. This week, I also remembered I have a super-duper muscle-saving remedy: kinesio tape!!! Normally one would go to a physical therapist for taping, but I’ve been using the stuff for a while and am very familiar with how it works. I did some research and found documents and video on taping for pregnancy, applied the research and viola! significant relief! Karl is skeptical that it’s just a gimmick, but K-Tape has worked for me in the past and it worked again! Now I have to teach Karl how to use the stuff so he can tape up my lower back. I have a feeling I am going to be covered in tape by the time June rolls around!
The baby has been moving around like crazy. I introduced Karl to one of my favorite dance movies the other day, Strictly Ballroom, and Muffin went nuts during the final dance scene (I assume trying to dance along). I had never felt that kid move so much. “I think we have a dancer on our hands!” I told Karl. He agreed, but when I told the story to the baby’s Tio Padre (aka. Uncle Fr. Charles), he said Muffin was more likely begging us to turn the movie off and end the torture (insert eye roll here). Karl and I are pretty sure our child was trying to paso doble in-utero.
Although Muffin’s movement has been more significant, it hasn’t been enough to keep me awake at night. Granted, I haven’t been sleeping well, but I don’t believe the restlessness is due to the baby’s nightly gymnastics. At least not yet… I don’t know what exactly wakes me up at night, whether it’s the bizarre pregnancy dreams or the effort it takes to change positions or the need to go to the bathroom… Whatever it is, I know that the sleep I once cherished (incredibly sound sleep, never waking up for anything) is a thing of the past. Sigh… I’m sure the day will come when I won’t even remember what that kind of sleep was like, and perhaps I won’t miss it as much…
I don’t have photos of Muffin’s growth from this week, but here are photos from the past two weeks.
Week 23: Valentine’s Day
Week 24: Feb. 21