Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pregnancy Confessions

Teresha: When people ask me, "how's the pregnancy going?" I am quick to extol the virtues of carrying a new life. I usually respond by saying that I would have done it sooner had I known it would be this easy. This is mostly the truth. I have little to complain about...I had no real morning sickness, no disgusting food cravings, no heartburn, no stretch marks so far. But I do have my off days, so I am coming clean about the dark side of pregnancy:
  • Some days being pregnant makes me miserable, especially now that the weight of the baby is straining my petite frame.
  • I don't care if I ever have sex again.
  • Paradoxically, I am horny all the time, but usually can't muster the energy to do anything about it.
  • I stopped shaving my legs (and other areas of my body) at 26 weeks.
  • I don't always eat healthy. Sometimes I prefer a bowl of cereal to a well-balanced, homemade meal.
  • I have reached the point where I just spot clean the bathrooms
  • I resent the fact that my husband can do things I no longer can like lay on his stomach, bend over, see his toes, walk fast, climb the stairs without gasping for air, and drink alcohol.
  • I relish the fact that I have this amazing bond with the life growing inside me, get to feel her every movement and response to my voice, and he doesn't!
  • Being pregnant is one thing...baby girl Petite is safe and snug inside me, and I have to do very little to except take vitamins, eat right, exercise, go to appointments, and get plenty of rest. I am petrified about the life changes that parenthood will bring.
Whew! It feels good to get that off my chest! So, what's your pregnancy confession? Spill it, sister!

Damon: I don't think there really is a "dark side" of pregnancy for guys. And even if there was one - I think my wife would kill me for putting any of it down in writing: ) To tell you the truth, the pregnancy has been somewhat uneventful for me. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait for baby Petite to get here, but right now it's just a waiting game. So, instead I have included a little cheat sheet below that I found on the internet for what expecting dads should be doing during the pregnancy. Um, I do each one to varying degrees - and I have about two months left to work on it!

List of Things To Do For The Expectant Father (Source: babycenter.com)
  • Pay attention
  • Be there
  • Get healthier, too
  • Love her changing body
  • Go the extra mile
  • Memorize the route to the hospital
  • Be a a partner in labor
  • Shop, talk and make lots of decisions together
  • Prepare for your new life as a family

9 comments:

Maureen said...

This list is too funny and soooo true. I wish someone had posted such a list when I was pregnant, it would have felt better to know I wasn't the only one who wasn't doing all the things I used to do. It always seems like every other mom I know loves being pregnant and just goes right on living like they did when they weren't pregnant. Meanwhile, I'm puking all over the place and just when that finally stops, if it stops at all, the baby starts sitting on my hips and kicking my ribs and my feet start swelling and I have such bad heartburn that I have to sleep sitting up (while trying to pee my pants). I do have VERY EASY AND FAST labors though, so I guess that kind of makes up for it. All in all, I prefer not being pregnant.

Melissa B. said...

I think I was custom-made to be a Baby Machine. I have never felt as good or as healthy as I did during my 2 pregnancies. Of course, #3 probably wouldn't be a charm...

Mighty M said...

Hi - Popping by from SITS. Enjoyed your list. I am very tall, so I was fortunate enough to be able to do most things (like shave) for my entire pregnancy. My belly wasn't too much in my way as it can be with you petite gals out there. With my first pregnancy I also hated all the swelling I had. You're almost on the home stretch now! ;-)

Soon to be Mrs. M said...

LOL...love this list. You are too beautiful! Great site!

Darcel said...

Stopping by from SITS to say hello and congrats on the baby.
You'll find after the baby gets here there will be more lists to make :)

Debbie said...

Hi, just stopping by from SITS. I haven't had a baby yet so I enjoyed reading your list! Good luck with the next few month.

BlogBaby said...

Hi Teresha - I'm stopping by from SITS too.

Believe me, children are no picnic, not in the womb and not out! Thankfully we are adorable enough to compensate for some of the less desirable realities of having a baby.

Plus, Baby Girls are THE BEST, trust me on this one. ;)

BlogBaby (Yes, a BABY who BLOGS)

ItsKelly said...

Me again... I just found your blog and love it! Your list is so honest and beautiful. I didn't think it was possible, but now I want to be pregnant more than ever :)

Tooj said...

I hope that Damon continues to think that there isn't a true dark side for me....my hubby might disagree after I had our second baby. LOL I was soooooo crabby, I admit it. I know he put up with a LOT. That baby did me IN and I in turn did him in. We're just now recovering from that baby's madness and he's 15 months old. :)