Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Sit down and take a load off..."

Or don't. Because sitting is just about the worst thing you can do for your lumbar system (or whatever it's called) and puts more pressure on your poor backbones than standing any day. Or it can. And in my case, it does. My chiropractor said that sitting was awful and then gave me some paper that had all the different amounts of pressure exerted on your spine with various positions. Yep, sitting is not good. Laying flat is best, walking/standing is ok and sitting is the worst. So, as sweet and helpful and kind as it is to have people tell me, "Sit down, take a load off," or "My goodness, look at your feet!!! Sit down!!" it doesn't help. According to my OB-GYN, unless I am laying down with feet above heart, swelling will happen. And folks, that just doesn't happen when you teach second grade. OR when you spend two full days in the worst chairs in the world at workshops. So...the countdown is officially on until I am able to be home, relax a bit, go to the bathroom when I have to and let Matthew just grow. October 16 is it.

On a funnier note (because the back pain right now is SO not funny!), last night when weighing myself, I hit 125. (Remember I was 97 pounds when I got pregnant.) John said, "Hmmmm....when we got married I was 100 pounds heavier than you were. Now I'm only 50. You're sure gaining." Ha ha...he's so funny. And what perspective--I now weigh only 50 pounds less than my 6 foot Marine husband. And I'm not even 5 feet. And I'm continuing to gain. Super!


  1. Ugh, I think I was pre-teen the last time I weighed 125.

    By the way, am I the only one that thinks the embryo picture on your banner looks like he's fighting to get out of a plastic grocery bag?? *shudder*

  2. 125!!!!??? Seriously. I weigh ... well, more ... and am not creating life. Give yourself a break and enjoy the license to eat ice cream and pickles. Also, I hear ya on the swelling. E was March due date and I wore flip-flops from Jan-Mar b/c my feet were marshmallows. ( :