The experience of being pregnant is nothing you can plan for! I've imagined it my whole life. What it would be like to be pregnant and to have the joy of becoming a mom. But there are just things you cannot prepare yourself for! So here are just a few of the things I have learned while being pregnant.
On that note actually it takes serious skill to not pee yourself in a lot of situations. i.e..Laughing, coughing, squatting…I mean you get the picture.
9. It is A-Okay to eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If there is one thing I have definitely learned it is the fact that your taste buds are ALL kinds of wonky when you are pregnant. One day all I can eat is cereal for every meal, the next I want smoothies, the next its all fruit and only fruit. Every day is SO different. So if all you can seem to eat is a pb&j for breakfast lunch and dinner…go for it!
One time I legit cried because the wait time at Olive Garden was WAY too long and we had to find somewhere else to eat. Like it was not one glistening tear...I bawled! I can't even list all the things I have cried about but they range from commercials on TV to being out of juice in the morning to thinking my hubby left for work without saying good-bye (he did but I was too asleep to remember) to so many other situations. You just cry it out whenever necessary. Eventually you look back and laugh at it all. Like who cries over Olive Garden? This girl does.
7. You will have to ask your hubby for things you never thought of….
Such as: shaving your legs, painting your toenails, picking up anything you drop or is already on the floor, checking your under belly and butt for stretch marks, pushing you up from any laying position, the list goes on and on. Bless your hearts hubbies!
We are talking like completely irrational fears of what could happen to you or baby. Mostly you will just turn into the most over protective mom right from the moment you see that positive pregnancy test. The day we found out we were both so so excited!! Then that very night I spent the entire night and morning on the floor of the bathroom and the only thing I was worried about was this baby!! Then my mom told me "don't worry…you can't puke up a baby!"…And the worrying has only gotten worse from there! Oh mama bear status.
5. You will completely lose your memory.
I am talking the worst case of short term memory ever to be experienced. Example: Walk downstairs to grab something important, see slippers and put those on and walk back upstairs. Then realize you didn't do what you meant to and then actually you can't even remember if you even went downstairs or not…until you look at your feet.
The next person to tell me to get my sleep now before baby comes is getting a swift kick to the bum! Everyone prepares you for the lack of sleep after baby comes. Which duh! Common sense. But NO ONE tells you that you won't sleep for months before that either. Between peeing every hour, a baby kicking you and punching you through the night, aching bones, rhinitis, and waking up hungry at 3AM…explain to me HOW exactly you would like me to get this so called sleep before baby comes? It's not happening folks.
3. You are pregnant for TEN months.
Why people say nine I am not entirely sure of because all the sudden you realize…wait a sec…40 weeks is TEN freaking months! I've been lied to my entire life. TEN. TEN MONTHS. Rude.
And I've been to hot yoga plenty of times but there is nothing like the sweat that happens while being pregnant. I don't know how many times I have said to hubby "Is it hot in here? It's just so hot in here!!" just to have him reply "Actually I was just thinking how cold it is in here." Or watching him walk around the house fully clothed and wrapped in a blanket while I'm laying there in my undies thinking it can't possibly get any hotter than this.
You really will never have a love like this. There is something so special about being able to feel this life growing inside of you. Every kick, every wiggle, every head butt to the bladder has made me smile bigger than anything else in life. This little life, this little baby is a part of something amazing. He is a part of SO much love. A part of me and a part of my husband. There is nothing more special in life to me than this sweet little baby. He makes all of the heart burn, sleepless nights, pain, and emotional ups and downs worth every minute. Becoming a mom is more of a blessing than I could have ever expected and I cannot wait to meet him and kiss his sweet little face!