Possum had his first full-scale temper tantrum last night.
I can't say as I blame him. It's got to be frustrating to be nocturnal when there's nobody to play with, and it's probably hard to get comfortable when your bed keeps shifting every ten minutes. Still, I think it's time to have a talk with the little guy about productive ways to channel rage. A few mild thumps to get your point across? Perfectly acceptable. Beating the crap out of your mother's innards? N-O-T.
At this stage of the game, discomfort while sleeping is pretty common. (I'm actually pretty lucky; I've only been dealing with severe sleep issues for a few days. Some women go their entire pregnancies without relief.) I'm supposed to sleep on my left side at all times (helps with blood flow to the baby, keeps his weight off my liver and the placenta) but nagging hip pain sets in fast. Because sleep is more important to me than liver function, I've decided to throw caution to the wind and sleep on my right side too. Unfortunately seven pounds of frustrated baby pressing on one's vital organs is even less fun than hip pain. So I flip back to the left side. Then I flip back to the right side. Then I flip back to the left side.
In the immortal words of the Fonz, you get the drift.
Well last night, Possum was over it. Babies tend to gravitate to the lowest place in the body so if I'm sleeping on my left side, Possum moves to the left side. When I shift to the right, he moves to the right. Which was no problem when he was tiny but now that he's life-sized, the whole thing becomes a little more tricky. Aside from the usual bout of general grumping, last night included flailing, kicking, and a sizable amount of hiccuping. And this went on for HOURS. (At least it felt like hours. I'm pretty sure it was hours.)
Any of you mamas find a good way to sleep? Because the two of us are all ears.