Being pregnant has been an interesting experience so far. It has been difficult sometimes, like when I couldn’t keep anything down in the first trimester, but overall there are so many things that I enjoy about pregnancy. I’m sure I will probably write a post about all the things I hate about pregnancy when I am closer to my due date, but as of right now here are some things I like:
1. Feeling the baby move! I just started feeling the little creature a week ago. I was sitting at the computer and I felt this gentle push down below my bellybutton. I turned to Brett and told him that I thought I just felt the baby and his face was so cute! He was so excited! We called our parents and told them and they were ecstatic of course. Now throughout the day I’ll feel this little flutter and I love it because it’s a real reminder that the baby is there. Before that, I only had to rely on faith that it was still there and growing. I kept wishing I could see it more often just to check in on it. Now, the baby reminds me everyday.
2. Eating whatever I want and not feeling guilty about the weight gain. It’s kind of nice to break away from the “social norms” and embrace a new body. Well, kind of. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with my body still. I look in the mirror and think “oh my gosh I look so FAT!” but then I say “but you’re supposed to be gaining weight! You’re supposed to have a belly! There’s a tiny baby in there depending on you and your weight gain.” That second part usually wins over the negativity of looking so fat, especially when I think of the little tiny baby and my heart goes all soft for it. What’s it going to be like when I actually get to hold that tiny baby?? I already cry just thinking about it. Oh and cravings? I have a few. I always want pizza and Mexican food. Not at the same time of course. But doesn’t that sound so good to you already? mmm… Oh and popsicles. Those summertime Otter Pops that are amazing and have no nutritional value. Yes, I love those! I eat probably 4 a day.
3. How I am allowed to be an emotional roller coaster. Well I kind of have mixed feelings about this one too. On one side, it makes for great stories. On the other side, I feel sorry for poor Brett. One time I was mad at him because I needed a tissue and he was standing in between me and the tissue box. Finally, I just burst into tears and yelled out “I JUST WANT A TISSUE!” and ran to the bathroom where I cried for a few minutes and then laughed because I was indeed crying over a tissue. Sensitive? Yes. When I walked out of the bathroom, Brett looked at me with an expression that clearly said “I have no idea what just went on there and I have no idea what to say or do.” It was so adorable. I apologized for being so crazy pregnant.
4. Funny pregnancy stories. Brett told me one time that I woke up him up in the middle of the night because I was patting his bum and saying “nakey bum!” when it was clearly not naked. That story still makes me laugh today. Another time, I thought I felt the baby moving (before I had actually felt it for the first time) and it turned out to be my cell phone vibrating against my stomach. I was a little eager, I guess.
5. Sharing the experience with others. Before I got pregnant, I thought it would be best to go through pregnancy on my own. That way I could hide in my apartment when I was huge and hideous and no one would have to see me. But it turns out that a lot of my friends are pregnant at the same time that I am and it’s been so much fun talking with them about their pregnancies, plans for baby gear and of course the adorable baby at the end of our journey.
6. Having something to blame everything on. Crying in the middle of a commercial (or because I want a tissue, or after reading a story about motherhood…)? Oh that’s because I’m pregnant. Wanting random food items like breadsticks at 11pm? Pregnancy! Wanting to take a nap or go to bed at 9pm? Pregnancy! Forgetting the name of everyday items and feeling so scatter-brained? Pregnancy again! Not being able to figure out a 15% tip? Pregnancy…or maybe just a bad math day…no, definitely pregnancy!
Overall, it is quite interesting to be pregnant and experience symptoms you wouldn’t normally experience. Even if the symptoms are good or bad, it still makes it special because everything is for that tiny baby that’s growing inside you. I’ve also been grateful that my pregnancy has not been nearly as bad as I was expecting. I think it was because I thought I was going to have every symptom described in all the books I was reading. But I haven’t! I’ve only been nauseas, had a few cravings, and been a little more emotional than normal. I’ve had a few headaches, but nothing bad enough to take medicine for. My pregnancy has been absolutely wonderful overall. I’m enjoying watching my body change and experiencing something that only comes to those in womanhood. It’s really amazing that I get to bring this new life into the world. I hope and pray that my pregnancy will continue to be without complications and that the baby will be healthy in the end.