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What the heck is that all about?

by Stephanie Stricklen

Posted on January 23, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:42 PM

Okay, I'll be at home, minding my own business, and WHAM-OH; a weird back spasm. Like a mini-muscle cramp. Mild, not sharp. And then as fast as it comes.. it's gone.

Yes, yes, yes.. I've looked it all up on-line and will talk to my doctor about it at my appointment Monday. The good news is, I've only had it happen a few times, and only when I'm lying on my side reading. And it's mild. I would describe it as strong enough to feel, but not strong enough to feel uncomfortable.

I've also discovered this really awesome little pillow by Boppy-- a pregnancy wedge. Who knew that as your belly gets bigger, it doesn't really like just hanging out without support. Well, okay-- basically every mom on the planet probably knows that, but hey-- it's my first time on this ride so it came as news to me. I'd lie on my side and just feel sort of.. out of alignment or something. I'd taken to shoving covers, pillows, sweatshirts etc.. under my side when I spotted that wedge sitting on the shelf at a maternity shop. I think I actually made a noise that sounded like "Squeeee!!!". I might have clapped. It's tiny, portable, firm, and totally fits under my belly when I'm reading or sleeping on my side. Love it. It cost me, like, $15 bucks.

And what's up with my fingernails?? They grow anyway.. quite long if I'll let 'em, but I never do because it's so uncomfortable for me to have long nails. If you can't put on your own necklace your nails might be too long. I'm just sayin'. But now, it's like they double in length overnight. And they're weapons, too. Sharp. I've even noticed they're scratching off the letters on my keyboard.


I don't know how it was for you mom's out there.. but it is soo nice to just be at that point where you really do look pregnant, as opposed to fat. Beer-gut fat. Like I've been surfing the chocolate and chips aisle at the grocery store. Trim pregnant ladies may not have gone through this, since when they 'pop' they immediately take on that super-cute preggers look (at least to me). But for a girl built like me, there were a fair bit of nasty emails and calls to our assignment desk about the fatty on the news. Lovely, people. Thanks for restoring my faith in the kindness of humanity.

Oh yeah, one more baby-related thing. Almost all the professional maternity shirts I've found at the 3 stores I've checked out so far are some variation of black and white. So, you'll be seeing a lot of that on me over the next few months. I'm not a shopper, so it pains me to admit I had fun.. FUN.. while trying on clothes with a fake belly velcro'ed to my stomach. The husband got a kick out of it, too. Especially the one that made me look like I was carrying triplets.

On the work front, I'm beyond excited to get down to the Square and host the Live @ 7 show from there. The studio looks really fantastic. Just a few more weeks. The waiting is killing me!

Have yourself a wonderful weekend. :D