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They’re baaaaaaaa-aaack.

So, last Friday, after a 15 hour day at work (thank you, basketball season and games that go into overtime following games that ran long), I hobbled into the house completely exhausted.

I pretty much headed straight for the bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face and all that jazz. While I was standing at the sink, trying to decide whether flossing that night was worth the effort, I noticed my legs felt…tight.


I braced myself.

Took a deep breath.

And looked down.


If you don’t know what a cankle is, first, you’ve been living under a rock. Second, it’s when your ankles swell so as to be indistinguishable from your calves.

And I haz them. See Exhibit A:

Please to excuse the ashy legs.

Yes, people. Yes that is the line from the socks that had only been on my feet for a whopping two hours this evening.

Two hours!?! And sock lines!?!

When I went for my 20 week ultrasound with Joshua, my right leg was twice the size of my left. It was so big, in fact, that it alarmed the doctor and she sent me for a special ultrasound on my leg to make sure I didn’t have a blood clot.

(I didn’t.)

I did, however, have some of the most ridiculously swollen legs, ankles, and feet known to mankind, and long before I delivered, the left leg had joined the right in swelling. As had my hands, face, and nasal passages. (Sounds lovely, right?)

Up until last Friday, I’d had ZERO swelling with New Girl’s pregnancy. None. Nada. Zilch. My ankles were perfectly formed and not at all sausage-y. I was all ::happy dancing:: that maybe the swelling wouldn’t occur this time because of all the Digestive Exit issues and nausea I had in the first trimester. You know, kind of The Universe’s way of saying “Miranda, you’ve been so good this trimester we’ll put you on the non-swollen pregnant lady list.”

Since last Friday? There has been ZERO REDUCTION in swelling, y’all. None.

Sad Miranda is sad.

If this means I have to try support pantyhose again the ugly cry might happen.


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Friday 16th of December 2011

Ohmigosh, Mommy feels your pain - I was born at the end of August, and even her flip flops cut into her feet! She was literally barefoot and pregnant because she couldn't fit in any of her shoes... Do you have swelling in your hands or face, too? For Mommy, the swelling was part of a package that indicated fairly severe preeclampsia, so you may want to look out for that...


Thursday 15th of December 2011

Hey - for someone who doesn't like the way her ankles look, you sure have cute toes.

Diana @Hormonal Imbalances

Thursday 15th of December 2011


Even if it's temporary it still sucks. On the bright side - cutest toes ever. Love that polish color.


Thursday 15th of December 2011

Oh, why thank you. After the acrobatics it took to get them painted, I'm glad someone noticed! :)


Thursday 15th of December 2011

Oh noooo. So is there any way you can just, uh, lie on your left side in your classroom? You know, as part of your lesson?

My ankles ballooned some time toward the end of my 2nd trimester. You can try to eat less salt and drink more water and put your feet up as much as possible. But since mine didn't go away until several days after I delivered? I am not one to give advice.

(In my delivery I heard the doctor say "No, look, she must have edema because she's actually a fit person," and then the nurse asked "What size shoes did you USED to wear?" Yeah. Fun times.)


Thursday 15th of December 2011

I mean, I say yes. Administration says no.

And yeah, I had swollen ankles for about two weeks after we got home. Mama kept looking at them and going "THAT IS NOT NORMAL!" :/


Thursday 15th of December 2011

Crap. Just crap. I used to wear support hose after my back surgery. Those bass turds are so hard to get on. And are so not attractive. Sigh.


Thursday 15th of December 2011

I wore them when I worked at Sears and the ones I wore then were great since they didn't look like support hose. The ones from Motherhood? Bass turds. Cheap bass turds.

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