My whole hands will often go numb when I’m asleep; at the very least my fingers do every night. My doctor says it’s just pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel, caused by the same swelling tissues that cause my stuffy nose. About the only thing I can do for it is to wear splints to bed to keep my wrists straight, and of course I haven,t gotten any. They are so bad these days that I can’t make a fist when I get up in the morning, it hurts too much.
My history doesn’t help with this problem because I’ve been on the verge of full-blown carpal tunnel, as well as arthritis, for several years. Between playing piano, typing full-time, sewing, kniting, and crochet, it’s really easy to wear out your hands young!! Fortunately (depending on how you look at it) I can’t play piano this fall anyway (obviously!), and I can deal with the pain and discomfort at other things I still do. I can’t wait until it goes away after these babies are born, though; I can barely pull the covers off myself when I first wake up!
I still don’t really feel like a mother. I’m too young for this! I still feel like I’m fifteen years old. Of course, when I was fifteen, I felt like I was thirty, but I don’t feel like I’ve changed at all since then. It’s a strange feeling. I certainly don’t feel like a “grownup.”