How do you like that title? When my friend Erika showed her friend our "Story of Us...Plus One" video, he said we should call ourselves Vanessa McKellar Reproductions, which just cracks me up.
Anyway, if you haven't figured out by now, Brent and I are expecting a little bundle of joy in January! Of course we are super excited, and of course being pregnant occupies a lot of my thoughts these days. I thought it might be fun to write a post about some of the things I'm learning along the way. I'm only in my 13th week, so it's very early (although I think my belly started to look a wee bit pregnant literally overnight last night, which is exciting.)
In no particular order:
- My favorite quote so far, from Alex M, who explained that anything strange can be attributed to being pregnant, like "if your right pinky turns yellow and your left hand falls off, and you want to walk underwater and eat Cheetos-- that's because you're pregnant."
- The extra hormones have made me act, according to Brent, like a drunk person with my hand-eye coordination still intact. I feel everything more deeply and get excited very easily. Apparently, according to Brent, this includes becoming irrationally excited if it looks like it's going to rain.
- I, like most mommies, have had to deal with morning sickness (which we all know is not limited to the morning). My midwife gave me a tip to help with this: at night, take a Unisom tablet and a B12 vitamin (Unisom is a sleep aid). The next day you feel amazing. It really works and I do this the night before I have to film a wedding.
- My second nausea remedy is a bit unusual: when I'm feeling queasy, I spoon Brent and instantly feel better. No lie! I've always enjoyed spooning him and I think it's hilarious that it turns out to be the most soothing non-drug remedy available. He's such a good sport about it, even though it sometimes causes him to wake up with a sore back, poor thing.
- I've learned that men simply do not care as much as women that you are pregnant. I sort of wish someone would have told me this before started breaking the news to folks, it could have saved me being offended a few times. I think perhaps part of it is that they want to see and hold the baby, but until then, it is simply too vague and abstract for them to fully emotionally enter into. I dunno...any other theories out there?
- Decorating the nursery! If it's a girl I have an idea for the design, which includes a commission art piece by my friend. No ideas yet if it's a boy, let me know if you have an idea. The room is tiny, and I don't want to overspend, but I'm very much looking forward to creating a lovely little nest for my gumdrop.
- My 30th birthday party! This September marks a pretty big milestone for me. I'm going to have a big party, and I'm also going to find out the sex of the baby at the party. We will have a baker bake us a cake, and when we cut into it, if it's pink on the inside it's a girl and vice versa. I love the idea of finding out amidst all our friends instead of in a dark quiet sonogram room. (BTW, Erika will be visiting us that weekend and that is the icing on the cake!)
- I'm planning on having a home waterbirth. This just feels so right and I'm happy that everyone around me supports this decision. I'm not going to lie, the prospect of a pain-med-free labor is intimidating, but the women closest to me have had natural births and loved it (I was born at home!) so I know I can do it. Heck, I was made to do it!
So I think that's it for now. Sorry if this is a little rambling- I'm pregnant, and you know how those pregnant women are! Feel free to share any tips, ideas, or funny stories about your own pregnancy in the comments. I'm off to whip up something to eat (which will hopefully consist of some combo of sauerkraut, chocolate, gourmet cheese, and a Jersey Mike's sub.)
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