3 Reasons why I think I’m pregnant
1. My back really hurts
2. I’m hungry all the time
3. I’m very tired
Hmm I do realise that there is a rational explanation for each of these signs. Having finally reached my Weight Watchers goal I’m now struggling with the strange urge to go on a rebound binge and eat everything in sight. When I say I’m struggling I mean I’m fighting a rearguard action in a losing battle. Last night I ate a whole bag of pretzels in the bath. This is actually quite difficult. I had to fill up the back of one of Helen’s rubber ducks with pretzels, then it capsised, then I had to eat damp pretzels………..I still ate them though.
Indeed I am very tired. However I think this may be due to both Allan and I’s late night feeding responsibilities. Sally lamb is now STTN (this is baby forum speak for sleeping through the night.). She doesn’t actually sleep through the night but she can certainly survive all night without dying of hunger. Sadly we now have our second pet – Helen lamb. Helen lamb is not STTN. Helen lamb also doesn’t want to suck a bottle. She was cruelly taken away from her mummy (she’s also a triplet but we left her with mum for a few days) and she wants to go back. Sadly she has to be chased around pen three times (with Sally lamb in hot pursuit) before she will allow herself to be caught and then grits her teeth and point-blank refuses to take the teat in her mouth. While this is going on Sally lamb helpfully tries to insert her head between Helen lamb and the teat in order to intercept the milk. Honestly I would not be surprised to go out one day and discover that Sally has eaten Helen.
Anyway…………Sally baby still requires one or two overnight feeds and Helen lamb requires at least one. Allan has manfully taken responsibility for Helen lamb. Theoretically I wouldn’t mind feeding her when I’m up with Sally baby anyway but the reality of this would be that I would get up, change Sally’s entire apparel (because she insists on sleeping with her legs in the air which, due to the law of gravity, causes her nappy to leak) and then feed her. I would then go outside, chase Helen lamb round the pen three times, whilst tripping over Sally lamb and then spend half an hour trying to feed her before falling back into bed for and hour before Sally baby would be up again requiring further sartorial attentions and more milk. I couldn’t cope. Sadly Allan isn’t really coping either, sleep deprivation sucks. Welcome to my world.
My back hurts. This is the most worrying sign. During both of my previous pregnancies I suffered from severe back pain due to ligament laxity. O.K. O.K maybe running a marathon at 12 weeks pregnant didn’t help either. I have an intense pain in my right buttock which causes me to assume a bizarre limping gait and whinge continuously. Conveniently the pain is also exacerbated by any form of housework. Normally the pain disappears as soon as I give birth but it reappeared about 3 week ago. It’s obvious I must be pregnant. Either that or I shouldn’t have run to the shop whilst pushing the double buggy……….
Sadly pregnancy tests are not widely available on Colonsay so we’ll just have to wait and see. Admittedly I’m not exhibiting any of the more conventional signs of pregnancy, no morning sickness, no weight gain, bump etc. I wouldn’t mind being pregnant again but I don’t think Allan is so keen. With our current overnight schedule I think we’d have to get Helen up to take responsibility for some of the night feeds as Allan and I are pretty much flat-out as it is. Or maybe we could just get one of the multi teated lamb feeders and just stick babies and lambs in together………why didn’t I think of this before?