Thursday, March 29, 2018

This is not a pregnancy blog...

Well, folks, we're about 2 weeks away from my due date.  But I'm really hoping that baby girl will be born early.  I am soooo sick of being pregnant!

BUT this is not a pregnancy blog.  Or a mommy blog.  It's just my personal blog.  It used to be a travel blog, but now it has morphed into just me updating about my life and sharing random things I find interesting.  I have no plans to use it as a baby or mommy blog.  But I do want to share a few things for my own personal memories, so I hope you'll indulge me for at least one more pregnancy post!

I thought I would write down some common questions I've gotten this pregnancy, some random things I want to make sure I remember for the future, and any other things I want to post on here before going MIA for awhile!

Ok, let's dive in!~

Frequently Asked Questions

When are you due?
April 13

Do you have a name picked out?
We kind of do. But we haven't told anyone.  We reserve the right to change our minds at any time.  In fact, just last night we were talking about another name option that we both like.  So even though we "picked" one awhile ago, we might end up changing our minds once we meet the baby...

What's your birth plan?
The plan is to have the baby.  Somehow, she will come out of me. 

Have you had any weird cravings?
Fruit in general, but especially citrus.

Have you had any weird food aversions?
In the first trimester I had a really hard time eating meat, especially chicken.  I basically survived on bean burritos and mac 'n' cheese!

Any morning sickness?
No "morning" sickness.  I never threw up (except when I got the flu).  But I did have constant nausea all day long for about 4 months.  I also felt really dizzy and almost fainted a few times.  I also had extreme fatigue.  And some migraines.  Overall I just felt really icky and tired all the time.

Any other weird symptoms?
Bloody noses.  One time I was in class with my 9th grade choir, sitting at the piano teaching them something, and my nose just started dripping blood.  It freaked them out!!!

Pelvic pain.  This was the worst.  I've had extreme ligament and pelvic pain since about week 16.  And it has only gotten worse.  It's so bad now that it's painful to just stand or walk.

Being hot all the time. But I don't think this is unique to me.  I think it's definitely a common pregnancy symptom.  Sweating a lot.  General heat radiating from my body.  It's so sexy...

Things I Want To Remember

Pregnancy is not fun.
I don't know who these people are who love being pregnant.  Why???  In my experience it has been extremely painful and exhausting and frustrating.  I'm lucky that I didn't have too many emotional rollercoasters, but the physical toll it has taken has been extremely frustrating.  Maybe my experience is not "normal."  Maybe "normal" pregnancies don't come with as much pain.  But everyone has said that you forget the pain and you forget everything bad about being pregnant once you have the baby.  I don't want to forget.  I don't want to do this again!  Is that selfish?  I think I might like to have more kids, but I'd really love to adopt.  To be honest, I've wanted to adopt anyway, and even told my husband I'd be ok with adopting only (before I got pregnant, obviously).  So I need to remember that this has been a rough experience and I don't really want to go through it again.

My husband should win some sort of award.
He has been amazing.  For the first half of the pregnancy, he worked from home.  And that made it very easy for him to take care of things that I couldn't.  For the first trimester, I would basically go to work, come home and get in bed and sleep until dinner time, wake up and eat dinner, then go back to sleep.  He had to pick up a lot of slack with taking care of our dog, keeping the house tidy, doing laundry, making all our food, etc.  And he never once complained!  Even after the first trimester, when I started having more energy, and he started working outside the home, he would still bring me oatmeal in bed every morning, clean the house, cook dinner, etc.  Very thankful for him!

Pregnancy brain is so real.
I don't know if it comes from lack of sleep, hormonal changes, or sheer exhaustion, but pregnancy brain is so real.  I've always been quick-witted and smart.  Not anymore!  I feel like I can not form one coherent sentence, words elude me, and anything that requires thinking.... doesn't happen.  It's very frustrating!  My students think it's funny.  But it's really annoying to have a complete mind-blank (COMPLETE MIND BLANK) in the middle of a sentence with a classroom full of teenagers!

Something Random

The closer my due date comes, the stronger my urge to travel!  Maybe it's because I know I'll be tied down for awhile (although we still plan on traveling as much as possible with our baby), but I can't stop thinking about all the places I want to travel to!  I want to go to Hawaii!  I want to take Peter to Italy!  I want to go back to Brazil!  Heck, I'd be happy with just going somewhere local.  I just want to get out and do things and see the world!  But I can't.  Because I'm stuck in my bed with extreme pelvic pain, just waiting for this baby to pop out...

Will it all be worth it once the baby arrives?  I'll let you know!