My little Pickles is 29-weeks today, and according to different sites, that means I’m SEVEN months pregnant. What the what?! I know I wanted time to go by quickly during this deployment, but I’m having a hard time realizing I’ll have a little girl in my arms in a little more than two months! Tomorrow is my baby shower, so I’m sure I can round someone up to take a bump photo.
I posted 9 Pregnant Thoughts a couple months ago and I’m back with some more thoughts! I’ve been jotting these down on my iPhone when I think of them just in case pregnancy brain took over when it came time to writing this post.
1. The stomach! For some reason I thought when I got pregnant it would just be like getting fat and you’d have a little extra somethin’ there. Yeah, that’s not it at all. I first noticed my stomach poking out when I would go to the post office. My tummy would hit the desk and I’d have to back up to sign the credit card slip. Another clue that it’s nothing like having extra fat? During one of my bumpdate photos I absentmindedly tried to suck in my tummy—I’ve been doing that for at least two decades, so it was just second nature—only my stomach didn’t budge! On the same note with it not budging, I’m officially at the point where I can’t easily bend over. If I need something that’s on the floor I need to do an elaborate squat, or have someone else pick it up for me.
2. Cravings. I haven’t had any strange cravings, which is kind of sad. I was hoping I’d want something really weird and wouldn’t be satisfied until it was gracing my lips. Instead, I’ve just developed a major sweet tooth, which is really, really new to me. I’m usually all about the salt. Give me a bag of potato chips and I’d be in heaven. But now? Pass me the milkshakes, donuts, brownies, pie, etc. Luckily, I passed my glucose test a few weeks ago, but now that I’m home and have access to all of the things I could ever possibly want, I’m trying hard to say no and make healthier decisions. (Note that I said try. If you see me indulging in something “bad” don’t stop me, because what happens next won’t be pretty.) I just really hope this sweet tooth goes away once I have little Pickles.
3. The “Glow.” Heh. I’ve had a lot of very nice people tell me that I have that ever-so coveted pregnancy “glow.” While it’s incredibly flattering, I have to let you all in on a little secret: my glow is called makeup. See, I typically don’t wear makeup, even in public. It’s not that my skin is so great that I can get away with not wearing it. It’s because A) I’m lazy and B) my husband prefers that I don’t have “gunk” on my face so that he can kiss me more. But once I got pregnant something in me changed. I started loving my ever-changing body and actually put more effort into the things I wore. I even started showering more often (I’m just being honest here!). Along with all of that, I decided to start wearing makeup again. My makeup isn’t over the top at all (I seriously put it on in less than five minutes), but I’m pretty positive that’s where my glow is coming from. It’s amazing what a little cover up, blush, eyeshadow, and mascara can do. Trust me, I see no glow on the days (like this week) I don’t put on makeup.
4. My “baby woman.” This just made me laugh, so I thought I’d share it with you. I told my (male) Italian landlord that I’m having a girl and he congratulated me on my “baby woman.” He said it several times in the conversation and it made me giggle every single time. Actually, it still makes me laugh.
5. The burping. Oh. My. Word. It just doesn’t stop! Before being pregnant I’d have the occasional belch, but it’s basically out of control now. To my friends, family, and random strangers caught in the crossfire: I know I excuse myself every time I burp (sigh…I literally just burped after typing the word “burp”—go figure), but I really am sorry!!
6. Unexpected peeing. Yup, I’m going there. It’s not that I thought this was a myth or something, because I heard enough women talk about it, but I truly believed maybe it wouldn’t happen to me. But then it did. The first time it happened I laughed at myself. Now it’s just annoying. I’m not kidding when I say I’ve been coughing a lot and that it’s been really intense coughing. Wellllll…..almost every time I have one of those strong coughing attacks, I pee. Awesome.
That’s all I have for you today! My apologies for the lack of pictures. Have you been there and done that and can relate to any of the above?