Friday, January 07, 2005

This picture was taken by my Mom last weekend when we celebrated my birthday and my sister Kristi's birthday in McMinnville at my parents' house.

Today--another day of being sick. I basically would get up for about 20 to 30 minutes and do things around the house, then have to lay down again. I have also been dealing with increasing discomfort in my hands due to excessive swelling in the tissues & joints. When I woke up from my morning nap this morning, my hands were SO swollen, and I couldn't bend my fingers w/out a lot of pain. My face was also super swollen, as well as my lips, which is common. After I sat up and elevated my hands/fingers for awhile, the swelling went down. I need to continue to drink a LOT of water over the next four weeks. Studies have shown that the more hydrated your skin is, the better chance you have of delivering your baby w/out tearing. Also, it helps to prevent stretch marks, and keeps the baby healthy. The amniotic fluid is able to be continually replaced as you drink lots of water.

I'm hoping to get some more accomplished this weekend. All I was able to do today was the laundry, the dishes, clean the microwave, pick up around the living room & kitchen, and get the kitchen table organized for sending out thank-you cards. I'm starting to feel the "nesting" instinct to get the house in complete order. I need to get as much done in the next two weeks as possible, just in case I do go into labor early.

--Karli

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