A "lovely" (quotes = sarcasm) symptom of pregnancy is leg cramps. I don't remember ('forgetfulness' = another "lovely" symptom) why that is and if I had enough energy ('lack of energy = yet another "lovely" symptom), I would look it up to include on this post so that I would appear extremely knowledgeable about my "condition," however, I don't have that energy today so just take my word for it.
Anyway, for whatever reason (again, I used to know the answer, but don't remember), the chances of getting these leg cramps increases at night while sleeping. Every once in a while, I will feel one coming on, but am able to flex my feet towards my head in time to stop it. Well, that is except for last Sunday. Wes and I were taking a Sunday nap after church, and the sudden overwhelming "here-I-come" of a leg cramp threw me out of a dead sleep. I inadvertently pointed my toes instead of flexing my feet towards my face. BIG MISTAKE! That caused the cramp to come full force. I screamed, waking Wes up, and tried, unsuccessfully, to jump up. (Now, as you picture this scene, make sure you add the basketball-sized belly that I've managed to "grow" over the pass 7 months.) I fell back on the couch, screaming "My calf! My calf!" Wes, now wide awake, frantically began to massage my calf, which didn't work. I "somehow" managed to get myself to my feet and applied pressure, trying to "walk it out."
Okay, now for where I'm trying to go with this re-enactment.... In the midst of all this pain (yes, P.A.I.N.), I was thinking, "Oh my gosh! Being in labor is going to hurt even more than this!" I'd like to say that I'm not sure what caused me to think that in the middle of a leg cramp, but these days, it's all pregnancy-related, and the closer and closer we get to Tucker's "birth"day, the more those thoughts go to the actual labor process. It's all relative.
As with all muscle cramps, once I stretched it out, it went away; however, the pain remained in my calf for the next few days, like a constant reminder of the pain I'm inevitably going to endure in order to bring my sweet, sweet son into this world.
Okay, before all you Mommies out there scold me for putting "leg cramp" and "labor" in the same sentence, I do acknowledge that a leg cramp probably does not even come close to the pain that us super-women go through/will go through in order to welcome healthy bambinos into this world. It's where my mind went on that occasion, and I just had to share! It also represents the anxiety that goes along with the unexpected process of giving birth. I already know that whatever my delivery has in store for me, it will all be worth it. HOWEVER, I still pray that I have an "easy" delivery (does that actually exist?) and most importantly above all else, that Tucker is healthy.
Thank you to those of you that are also praying for me, Tucker, and Wes! Those prayers are very much appreciated!