It’s Monday morning, I’m at work, traffic was horrible on the way in, and the Southern California June gloom is in full effect outside. And yet, I am in a glorious, wonderful, singing from the hilltops mood. Why? 3 reasons:
See, throughout the last, say 3-4 months of my pregnancy, the physical issue that has plagued me most has been lack of sleep. Not for lack of trying, oh no, and not due to insomnia or freaky dreams like many pregnant folks. For me, it’s been the lovely combination of a pregnant bladder and even worse, hip pain that wakes me in agony throughout the night.
You’re told that it’s best to sleep on your side after a certain point in your pregnancy–and the left side so much the better. And for a stomach and back sleeper like me, I’ve had problems with that even without the pain issue. Add in excruciating pain every night, and sleeping on my side has been a real challenge. I’ve tried every position, every pillow combination, every bath before bedtime, hip stretches remedy I’ve been told of to no avail. Invariably, hip pain wakes me up about every two hours, forcing me to shift to another position where I will be awakened a few short hours later with hip pain on that side. I would say that in the past 3 months I’ve probably had a good nights sleep…twice? Maybe three times? And while yes, it’s probably good training for having a newborn around waking me up every two hours or so in a few months, I’d kind of like to go into that world as rested as possible.
But this weekend, oh this weekend, I SLEPT people. I slept and I haven’t felt this rested in months!! Months I tell you. So what glorious magic allowed this miracle of miracles?
See over Memorial Day weekend, N.C. and I bought the one big splurge item I craved for the nursery…a beautiful squishy La-Z-Boy rocker/recliner. I’m not a fan of the gliders that are oh so popular for nurseries, and I figured if we were going to spend good money on a chair for the nursery we should at least get something that would have a life in our home after babyhood. And while fashionable La-Z-Boy’s are not, that chair has already proved to be a godsend. Until the baby comes, the chair is living its life in the living room, allowing me to elevate my swollen feet, relax in a comfortable position, and, as we found this weekend, sleep with no hip pain.
This weekend I napped in the chair during the day. Then at night, while my husband played video games into the wee hours, I SLEPT in the chair. With no pain. With no discomfort. With no flipping and flopping and tossing and turning. With my feet elevated and my hips in alignment, and oh god it’s so wonderful I could almost cry with the joy of it.
And then, last night as I prepared for bed, I gave up on trying to sleep on my side, since that obviously hasn’t been working for me, with the whole not sleeping thing. Instead, I set my pillows up so that I was propped up in an almost completely upright sitting position (as close as I could approximate the chair position), and hoped for the best.
Folks, I didn’t wake up until my alarm went off this morning. For the first time in months, I slept so soundly that even my pregnant bladder didn’t wake me! I can’t begin to tell you how amazing that feels, a full night of uninterrupted sleep. I literally almost feel like crying about it I’m so happy. I don’t hold out hope that this will continue every night through the end of my pregnancy, but honestly, if I can get even one or two restful nights of sleep a week, I will be thrilled beyond measure.
Who knew that one weekend filled with sleep could make a person so happy?