So we took these pictures last week when I was 36 weeks which officially makes me 9 months! I love being able to tell people that when they ask how much longer I have. Stranger, “Oh my! Look at that baby belly. How far along are you?” Me, “9 months.” Then I love to watch their awkwardly nervous reaction when their eyebrows jump up and they act like I might pop at any moment. But the truth is I have 4 more weeks. Sadly.
I have been so tired and exhausted at night that everything I think about and hope for this blog has been getting pushed aside. Now I am at 37 weeks and it does not get any easier. I Wish I could say I love being pregnant but I would be lying. I don’t ever get sick or nauseous, which I thank my lucky stars for all the time, but it’s mostly those last two months that wear me down. It’s like all of a sudden I feel incapable of really doing the simple things that were normal before.
In all honesty I wasn’t even planning on taking pictures because I put it off for so long, I felt too big to want to capture this stage. But then I tried to think about how I would feel years from now. My future self would want to see these family moments. Thanks to my brother who took these photos of course who convinced me as well.
Top 5 Things I Miss When Pregnant
- The natural motion of bending over like a normal human being. Usually around 7 months bending over feels like someone is punching you in the gut while you are trying to attempt the biggest squat in your life.
- Eating like a normal human being. This usually starts off pretty early, maybe beginning of second trimester. Eating a regular size meal all of a sudden feels like you had the biggest thanksgiving dinner of your life.
- Sleeping like a normal human being. If you were a back or stomach sleeper before, side sleeping will now be the new normal for you. Pick left side or right side depending on which one is throbbing less. In the last month I have to physically wake up every time I turn over because it feels like I have a bowling ball strapped to my belly.
- Peeing like a normal human being. Sometimes the feeling will just come out of nowhere. The babe is sitting on the bladder again so I have to quickly run to the bathroom. And by “quickly run” I actually mean slowly because it feels like you might pee on the way.
- Wearing pants like a normal human being. Some women have no problem with the transformation and somehow still fit into regular pants depending on their body shape or belly. Not in my case. Even when I try maternity pants my belly starts to refuse them and pushes them down over and over and over. I am losing the patience to pull them up constantly. Tights and dresses for me in the last trimester.
During these last stages of the pregnancy I’ve tried to be honest and genuine about how I am feeling because when I’m authentic about the process it has sort of become theraputic. Sometimes it helps me to avoid mini melt downs. My husband has been my rock and lets me tell him all my woes and complaints. I think it is important to have a support system that lets you pour your heart out sometimes. That’s also why I tell friends how I am realistically feeling when they ask, without going into too much detail of course. Most of the time it starts this empathetic conversation that’s real and almost bonding because many women have had similar troubles and difficult experiences. And sometimes it’s those little conversations that help you actually stay positive knowing this part is temporary. It will all be worth it when it’s over.
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