Hey guys and gals! I’m sitting here writing today in somewhat of a disbelief that it’s nearly September and I’m 33 weeks pregnant. The fact that I will be having this baby in a month and a half or so is seriously cray cray. I’ve been trying to savor the moments and at the same time, time is flying by at lightening speed.
I’m feverishly trying to get ahead of schedule on work related things so that I can rest assured during my maternity leave, and I want to enjoy the blessings of my first pregnancy too. While everyone’s pregnancy is different, I thought I’d share some of my best and worst things about being pregnant with you today.
Best of Pregnancy: The oh-so-fun things!
New Clothes– Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love updating their wardrobe? Since I’ve been prego during the summer I’ve been relying on maxi skirts and dresses to get me through. I haven’t had to buy many maternity clothes so far… I did invest in some maternity jeans at 28 weeks. At that point I was walking around in my last pair of skinny jeans (with stretch material) and by the end of the day I just couldn’t keep the pants buttoned. They were putting so much pressure on my tummy and I didn’t think that was okay or comfortable for the baby either. I had a coffee date with a friend that evening so I marched myself straight to Target after work to try on some maternity jeans. Let me just say once I put them on those bad boys were not coming off– I had a store employee walk me to the cashier to pay so I could wear them out.
Feeling the Baby Kick & Move. I felt the first flutters around 16 weeks and now they are full on kicks, jabs, and rolls. I love looking down at my bump and seeing it move from side to side. It doesn’t hurt at all (yet), but I just cannot believe there is a living human being growing inside of me. It’s a wonderful feeling and a blessing.
Not having to suck in. This is seriously the best… when you’re pregnant, you’re supposed to have a baby bump. Looking back down memory lane at photos pre-pregnancy, it’s hard to believe that my stomach flat.. pregnancy changes your body so much that it’s hard to image what it was like before. It’s crazy how much society puts pressure on us to hold it all in, but when you’re pregnant it’s “accpetable” for your stomach to grow after meals. In fact, after I eat a bigger meal, the top part of my belly button will stick out. :)
Seeing Eric interact with our little one. Reading, walking, talking, listening. I especially love it when he puts his head on my belly to feel the baby kick. It’s the sweetest. He’s going to be a wonderful dad.
Nesting. This has become my weekend pastime, and honestly why the blog has been more silent (since that’s when I develop recipes and blog). Baby is on the brain and I’ve been spending time organizing and hunting for just the right nursery decor (on a budget of course). I realize that there is only a few short months that I can spend obsessing over which high chair to register for or what to put on the nursery walls. So I’m going to do it. It’s the fun in being pregnant.
Worst of Pregnancy: The not-so-fun things!
Heartburn. I’ve had mild heartburn since early 2nd trimester. It comes and goes and it’s everyday… and strangely happens when I’m hungry.
Swollen Fingers. Ick. I swear once I hit the 3rd trimester, pregnancy symptoms started to hit the fan. Maybe it’s the heat of the summer that’s also dragging me down, but I can no longer wear my rings, unless I want to risk them getting stuck forever. #scary
Letting Go. This is one I had to come to grips with pretty early on during pregnancy. I’m constantly reminded that my body is not my own and that I am not in control of my body or the baby. With that, I can be my best self but I do not determine the outcomes in life and I have to let go in order to experience the fullness.
Sleeping on my side! Side sleeping is my nemesis. I hate it with a passion so much that I find myself dreading going to bed at night. Gone are the nights of getting a goodnight sleep– I guess this is prepping me for the after-birth, right?
Achy feet. I have high arches, and now the arches of my feet begin to ache especially if I don’t have on supportive shoes. I found some pretty awesome sandals that have helped tremendously– they are Sanuks and made out of yoga mats. Every pregnant lady needs shoes made out of yoga mats.
Calf cramps. When I wake up in the morning (read: middle of the night), I sometimes stretch my legs by pointing my toes and this triggers a very painful spasm in the calf muscles. So much so that I’m sore for the next day after one of those episodes. OUCH! Poor Eric has been woken up on several occasions from me writhing in pain.