I can't sleep. I am tired as F. I go to bed at a reasonable time and often take my Tylenol PM. But, the discomfort supersedes all of it.
To start with, I can't get comfortable. I start on my left side with a pillow wedged in-between my thighs. The trouble is that my left shoulder is super tight and the pain radiates down my arm. It's so intense, it keeps me awake. I flip to my back and freak out. I am not supposed to sleep on my back.
Next, I "jimmy" a pillow under my left hip and sleep in a weird side, stomach position. It's kind of like I am levitating and it never lasts more than 15-minutes. By now, my feet have started to cramp up and so, I pick up my phone.
Text updates: Jenny got a job! YAY! Julia had a good date. Josh sent his personal email (needed for Baby Shower invitation). Do I have any friends whose names don't start with "J?"
Email updates: Nothing interesting.
Internet search: "Trouble Sleeping" + "Pregnancy." There is plenty of information to keep me busy here! Whether insomnia is caused by leg cramps, frequent urination, shortness of breath, a big belly, baby kicks, or anxiety, it is real and I am not alone. I find some tips which include enlisting ye ole' partner to flex the feet when they cramp (to decrease the severity) or to give me a head, neck and back massage. I like it.
However, one look at sleeping beauty and it's clear. I will leave him alone. There is no reason for me to wake him up and have both of us cranky. Plus, I should save it for important things like the upcoming third-trimester cravings for ice cream, pickles and sex!
I turn my phone off and run through my "sleep" positions for a few more cycles. I definitely sleep for several uninterrupted hours and take it as a win!
Tonight will be better.