There are some unexpected aspects of pregnancy that you don’t read about in books. One of these is the ratchet effect. This is a consequence of having a large bump and having to sleep on the left side of your body. For many nights now I have observed the ratchet effect in the lovely Sharon. She lies on her left side until she feels uncomfortable. Then she turns onto her back momentarily before turning back onto her left side. When this happens the bump takes the bedsheets with it. When this repeats itself over and over in the night it leaves me with the edge of the sheets feeling cold. For some reason I just let it happen and i’m not sure why. It could be that it forces me closer to her so that I can bury my nose in her hair. The tickly-ness of her hair is worth enduring for the lovely smell. Or it could be because I am scared of waking her and facing the anger of the ratchet.
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