The One with Cankles


Monday, July 19, 2010

I love me some cankles: The area in affected female legs where the calf meets the foot in an abrupt, nontapering terminus; medical cause: adipose tissue surrounding the soleus tendon, probably congenital, worsened by weight gain and improved in appearance only by boots (haha, that makes me laugh). From the English "calf" meaning wide portion of the lower leg, and "ankle" meaning slender joint of leg with foot.

I've outgrown my pants, my shirts, my garments, and my bra (woohoo!). I guess it was only a matter of time before I outgrew my shoes too. This is one pregnancy symptom I was not prepared for! I, like my Grandma Cathie, LOVE SHOES. It was one of my first words as a baby, I have three racks full of them, and I've even made a mini album completely dedicated to each and every pair of shoes I had at the time. I don't spend much money on my shoes, the most I've shelled out is probably $60 or so. Usually I'm a Target or Payless kind of shoe gal. One interesting thing to note: I don't wear sandals. I wish I could. See, I have a disease called Hyperhydrosis which basically means I sweat ridiculously excessive amounts from my hands and feet so to absorb the sweat I have to wear socks, which means no sandals for me cuz socks with sandals is like a big fashion no-no :) The sweating is 1000 times worse when it's hot, which it currently is in So Cal. So heat makes me sweat and swell and pregnancy itself causes my feet to blow up like balloons. Hence my size 8 to 8.5 closet of shoes no longer fits. Waaaaahhhhh.
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Even these new shoes that I got at Target a couple weeks ago are super painful to wear because that bridge at the top digs into my feet.
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These are the shoes I wore to church today, or rather, wore from the house to the car, from the car to church, and between meetings when I had to walk.
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Whenever I sat down the first thing I did was take my shoes off.

The only pair of shoes that fits me comfortably is this pair I got in Washington last week:
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They're nice because they have holes all through them which lets the air flow and reduces swelling.

Moral of the story: tomorrow I'm going to Target and getting me a size 10 pair of shoes and I'll probably wear them every day for the next 89 days!

15 comments

  1. Oh my goodness Paige... I am busting a gut! Congrats on the outgrowing of the bra! :) I feel you on the cankles! I had them too! Sometimes I notice that my ankles still swell a little from time to time. I never had that problem before I was pregnant. Of course... I have a little more weight on me now so maybe I shouldn't blame having been pregnant! :) I love reading your posts!! :)

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  2. Good Golly, Miss (Mrs.) Molly...I've had those before after two pregnancies. The good news is that they go away but holy cow they are a pain while you have them! Love reading your hilarious posts and sending prayers throughout your pregnancy

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  3. oh my paige. you poor thing. but this was one of the most hilarious posts i've ever read on anyone's blog!

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  4. I am laughing so hard right now - the pictures are so funny. Thank you Paige - I really needed a laugh tonight.
    Hope you are less puffy in the a.m. I joined the size 10 club when I was pregnant and have happily returned to 9's recently.

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  5. LMAO, Oh honey, I am so sorry to laugh, but I remember those days! I, unlike you was NOT so happy to grow out of my bra... it's not cool going from a nice C cup to a DD!! Your poor ankles...I mean cankles!

    It will subside... eventually.

    Thanks for the laugh.. and you are looking super cute btw! Love reading your blog!

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  6. been there done that. i just got the cheap flip flops, but since you don't wear sandals...the size 10 is probably going to be your only option.

    love the shoes BTW...Savannah has the purple version of the top pair. =)

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  7. My biggest fear is my feet getting bigger from pregnancy. When someone told me your feet can flaten because of pregnancy thus causing you to wear a larger size shoe the rest of your life... I freaked! I would be mortified if I couldnt wear my shoes ever again! Cute shoes you've got there! Find yourself a comfy pair for the rest of the pregnancy! :D

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  8. LOL this is the funniest post. I had major cankles with my first son and had to do the same thing... size 10 at Target :)
    At least you can roll with Sandles, ya know?!

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  9. I too have hyperhydrosis. Doesn't summertime really suck with sweaty everything it seems! I haven't been pregnant before, so can't totally understand that pain, but I do feel for you!

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  10. Woo Hoo for bigger bras! :) Sorry about the cankles! :( Not too much longer though and you will have that baby in your arms and your shoes will fit again! :)

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  11. Oh Paige...I had a hard time finding the humor (ok, it was funny) I had said cankles as well and I wondered if my legs would EVER be normal again. I couldn't even remember what they looked like, haha. I ended up having to wear compression socks. Oh, pregnancy is just sooo glamorous!

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  12. Awww! You poor thing! And no, I didn't laugh... like everyone says they did. Was I supposed to?!?! LOL. I just feel too bad for you to laugh! :-(

    And holy COW, I'm NOT looking forward to THIS! I do have several pairs of slip-ons, thank goodness! :-p Look on the bright side, once you don't have a job, you can sit with your feet up... ALL DAY LONG. :-)

    I hope it's not *too* uncomfortable! Get some cute shoes that you LOVE! :-D

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  13. Cankles! So sorry about that. I watched my SIL got through this same thing recently (she just had her baby). She loved everything about being pregnant, I mean LOVED, except the puffy feet and ankles. They were so puffy she'd wear flip flops and get the indenations of the straps on her feet. So sad! But don't worry, you'll feel better in no time when the baby is born!

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  14. one word, make that 2...
    flip
    flops.
    ;D

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