Monday, January 28, 2008

Can Anyone Tell My Why My Hips Don't Work?

For the last couple of days, I've been a little awkward standing up after being seated for more than a half hour. My hips are acting sort of wacky. I even dug out my copy of that wretched, wretched book, What to Fear (I mean, Expect) When You are Expecting, to see if any hip joint issues come up in the six or seventh month. Surprisingly, it didn't mention anything.

I didn't run across this with my first pregnancy, although at this point, I was still taking so many weekly ballet classes that I would have chalked up any hip discomfort to standard ballet strain. Or maybe all the exercise kept me from having problems. In any case, I sort of lurch around like a drunken sailor for a few minutes after I stand up, and then I'm fine. I'm going to add some daily stretches back into routine to see if it helps.

As you can tell from above, I decided that life is too short to not obtain a cute octopus wastebasket if one has the opportunity. Yes, I'm reading blogs about simplifying life and not buying anything new, and it's very inspiring. I've also come to grips with the realization that our life is just in a different place right now.

We're not simplifying. We're only making our lives more complicated for the foreseeable future, primarily by having another child, and also by moving to a different house. We're going to need things like a couch for the living room and a soap dispenser and wastebasket for the additional bathroom.

This isn't an excuse to just go nuts and buy the entire contents of Target (for one thing, there is our budget to consider), so I'm still thinking about what I bring into the house and working to reduce our waste. By the way, the cloth kitchen wipes effort is going very well – I can't remember the last time we had to change a roll of paper towels!

I didn't end up getting the toothbrush holder or shower curtain hooks since we didn't need either, but I did replace the floral curtain with a new one. Pardon the wrinkles – I'll have to get around to ironing the shower curtain, uh, sometime.

10 comments:

Mir said...

I got the wonky hips (as well as a hefty helping of sciatica) with both pregnancies. It has to do with the cartilage softening, which throws your alignment off when combined with that bowling ball in your stomach. Or so my doctor told me as I sat in his office weeping. ;)

Consider it just another gift from Mother Nature to make you look forward to birth....

P.S. Good for you on the Octopus trash can. Love it!

Bob said...

Good peekaboo.

Mayberry said...

Life is way too short to iron a shower curtain! (and also too short to deny yourself the adorable trash can.)

kittenpie said...

I seem to recall that you are supposed to get loosened joints and that hips are prime for that, so maybe it's just the loosening that's causing it?

And um, who irons a shower curtain?

Christina said...

Totally normal, according to my nursing book. Everything relaxes much faster after the first pregnancy. It's the relaxin in your bloodstream, loosening up your joints to get ready for birth.

little bird said...

As far as the hips go, I got nothing. But don't iron that curtain. Just run the shower super hot for a little while, steam the wrinkles out! If looking for towels and such, check Ikea, they have so many colors and inexpensive. And you'll be able to match that curtain AND the wastebasket.

Occidental Girl said...

I love the octopus things!

Wow, I can't believe you are six months along already. Go, you!

The Simple Family said...

That curtain is too cute. And that trash can? Would be used as a toy here.

I'm all for not feeling deprived-- if you need something, then get it. It is just the thought of conscious consuming that's always good.

That being said...you can sometimes find good things at thrift store ;)

The Simple Family said...

PS, I think the hip joint issues have to do with everything down there spreading in preparation for birth.

I had the same sciatica as Mir...and woo, I would have given birth in the middle of target if you could have promised the pain would go away.

Damselfly said...

Oh, the hip pain! I felt 90 years old.

I'd say skip the ironing and just hang the curtain in the bathroom when you're taking a steamy shower. Oh, wait ...

;)