Sunday, September 28, 2008

35 Weeks and Still Standing -- When I Have to

Today marks 35 weeks for us. It's amazing to think how far we've come! It's getting tougher by the day now, so it's also comforting to look at what a short time we have to go.

I've been struggling with an itchy belly, but found some good lotion and something with a little calamine in it that really helped. But now I've started to get hives on my hands and arms, around one knee, and most cruel of all -- on my feet and between my toes.

My doctor recommended cortisone cream and oral Benadryl. Neither is helping tons, and now the rash is spreading up my arms and to the back of my neck. It is probably PUPPS, which is an itchy skin condition that can happen late in pregnancy, especially in a multiple pregnancy, likely because of hormones. But my hives aren't exactly following the expected pattern for PUPPS.

I gave in this morning and did not go to church, but stayed home to rest instead. I read the daily devotional and thanked God for these babies, and for the fact that I'm not riding toward Bethlehem on the back of a donkey about to give birth any day. Just goes to show it could always be worse.
I'm actually still able to do a fair amount, between applications of anti-itch lotion. I can still drive, though my belly's about to start rubbing against the steering wheel, and I can do errands that don't involve much walking, like picking up Chinese takeout or getting my prescription at the pharmacy. But, these babies are really starting to sap my energy now, so even that amount of activity is quickly coming to an end.

Here's my 35-week glamour shot:

My "waist" now measures 48 inches around. Which make me just 14 inches taller than I am around. My mom keeps saying that the pictures really don't do it justice, but you'll have to take what you can get. Her analysis is that I look just like I always have from the back, but from the front I look like I swallowed an exercise ball.


Patiently waiting said...

Hi Amelia and the little ones,
I went to see Taylor and her little sisters Clare and Isabel yesterday. We had fun, fun, fun! Taylor likes to hug and kiss her little baby sisters. I even had a sleep-over with Clare and Isabel!
I can't wait to see you! Love, Grandma

To the word (in your own words) nerd-


bear; deliver; have

bring forth; produce (bring forth or yield)

twin or, in your case, triplet

And the password is _______

Pam said...

35 WEEKS!!! I am just amazed at what you are still capable of doing. You are doing an awesome job and you look great.

Donya Lester said...

Alleluia! Remember when 30 weeks was your prayer? And, more than that, do you remember your life and prayers a year ago this month? God's power to transform is amazing indeed!

Karen @ Chez Perky said...

You're amazing. I'm so proud of you.

Molly said...

Christy, the only thing that would make this picture better was if you were wearing one of our office polo shirts. You're going to regret if it you don't take a picture of yourself in it now.