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Pillows, Pillows Everywhere. And Not a Wink of Sleep.

Pillows

Is there such thing as too many pillows when you're weeks away from giving birth? Nah.

You could look at my bed and say that most of the pillows are decorative.

Correction — You could have looked at my bed last week and said that most of the pillows were decorative. When you look at my bed this week, however, clearly there’s something else going on.

I used to sleep with two pillows: one for my head, plus the body pillow that I took to during my last pregnancy that stuck. Also on my bed is my husband’s pillow. And then there are two decorative European shams. Nothing too fancy.

But now in Week 35 of my 39-week pregnancy, two more European shams have come out of the closet and onto to the bed, although they are for function, not fashion. And all seven of them are mine. (Sorry again, honey).

I’ve recently found that being in any kind of horizontal position means I’m not breathing so well. I’m also still a stomach sleeper at heart, although of course even if I wanted to sleep on my stomach now it would necessarily mean that the rest of my body would be airborne since my stomach is so big.

But I’ve been using the other pillows in various angles to get my body in a just right kind of position — one that kind of feels like I’m on my stomach but supports the weight of my stomach and allows my limbs and other body parts to be horizontal to the bed at the same time. It might sound easier than it is. Or if it sounds difficult, that’s because it is. Not surprisingly, I’m not sleeping too well.

The other problem is that the whole thing is a house of cards and once one pillow moves slightly, I have to readjust all of them. Did I mention I’m peeing twice an hour on average?

If I weren’t so uncomfortable, I’d feel a little bad for my husband. But I don’t because he could sleep soundly in the middle of an active construction zone. Still, we have a queen-size bed and when you figure that there are two of me in my body, my body pillow is about the size of a medium-size person, and then there are six other pillows, that makes 10 of us in the bed, including my husband.

There are also four more pillows in the closet just waiting for a coming-out invitation, but we’ll see how the next couple of weeks of the pregnancy go before we go there. (You’re welcome, honey.)

How many pillows are you sleeping with at this point?

 

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