5.21.2015

Awkward & Awesome | Pregnancy Edition, Round 2

third trimester maternity selfies


Get it?  Round?  Like my big ol' belly?  Also, those are shadows, not sweat stains, thankyouverymuch.

AWKWARD
1  |  Pregnancy brain is real, folks.  I used to think it was just lazy/forgetful ladies playing the pregnancy card when it was convenient and to all you currently or previously pregnant women, I'm so sorry about my misconception.  It's a legit thing and I will never judge again.  While running errands to the grocery store recently, I managed to put my keys in the trunk instead of my canvas shopping bags, leave my purse in the car when I went into Trader Joe's even though it was sitting in the passenger seat right next to me, and then proceed to put my phone in the fridge while putting away the groceries when I got home.  All that in just one day!

2  |  So many grandma-like behaviors!  Besides the pregnancy brain that borders on full-out memory loss, I also find myself needing to wear compression hose to help with the swelling in my ankles and feet.  Which I not-so-lovingly refer to as my "feecankles" now because they're basically the same size from my calves all the way to my toes.  We're way past cankles at this point, people.  And if you've never had the privilege of wearing compression hose, the ones I've found that work best under pants are the glorious knee highs.  They look great with loafers and flats... Not really.  Add to that the fact that I can't bend over to save my life and I've got full granny status going on.  I'm sure my AARP card will arrive any day now.

3  |  The last few weeks, I've had to start sitting on the floor to eat.  It's so ... classy?  My belly is too big for the table, which means I have to sit so far away from it that food inevitably spills all over whatever I'm wearing.  So instead I eat most of my meals in the living room, where I can sit on the floor nice and close to the coffee table and keep my food on its plate where it belongs.  I supposed I could wear one of those full coverage lobster bibs at every meal but I'm dealing with enough uncomfortable/humiliating scenarios at this point, thank you very much.

AWESOME
1  |  While the swelling may not exactly be glamorous, and the compression hose leave a lot to be desired when it comes to style, swollen feet/legs IS a good excuse to lounge on the couch or bed and catch up on a few TV shows.  As per doctor's orders, I now get to take many breaks throughout the day to put my feet up and relieve the pressure all this swelling is putting on my nerves to watch some guilt-free TV.  Sometimes I read instead but, let's be honest, I usually reach for the remote over my Kindle.

2  |  At this point, everything -sitting, standing, laying down, walking- is so uncomfortable that all my anxiety about labor & delivery is pretty much gone.  That's a good thing, right!?  While I'm not necessarily convinced I'm ready to be responsible for a tiny human being, I am ready to not be pregnant anymore so let's get this show on the road!

3  |  Food.  And the excuse to eat random stuff I would otherwise probably never touch.  I haven't had too many weird cravings but I do get some "I must have that now" moments every once in a while.  A month or two ago, I had to have at least one cucumber sandwich a day for about two weeks straight or I couldn't think about anything else.  I also had a brief few days where apple juice was the only thing I wanted to drink.  I even woke up around 4am with this urge to run to the grocery store in my PJ's and get some rightthissecond until I remembered the store was closed.  The latest craving I've been indulging?  Hot dogs.  Don't ask me why.  I basically never eat them except for maybe at the occasional baseball game and even then, not really because of the whole gluten issue.  But for some reason, over the weekend, a little hot dog thought snuck into my brain and just would not leave.  So I bought some gluten-free/nitrate-free/hormone-free all-beef hot dogs from Trader Joe's (obvi), along with some gluten-free bread (couldn't find the buns and I was too lazy to try Whole Foods) and I've been eating them everyday for lunch this week.  I'm sure once this pregnancy is over I'll never want to see another hot dog again but for now, they're like manna from heaven.

Isn't pregnancy glamorous?  I am thankful that we were able to get pregnant without any issues and the pregnancy itself has been pretty healthy and complication-free but, let's be honest, not every aspect of being pregnant is sunshine and roses.  Being truthful about the awkward bits -and being able to laugh about them- in no way diminishes the gratitude The Husband and I feel, either.  We're human beings capable of multiple complicated emotions all at once.  No need to hide that or make excuses for it. :)

xo

PS - Linking up with Nicole today!

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  1. I have loved following your pregnancy status, and the way you are honest and grateful at the same time :) I'm sure the feecankles will go away, but they are a good excuse to rest up. I secretly love wearing compression stockings actually (I've had to wear them for surgery before), I feel so...supported? Hope you enjoy the last few weeks, and your hot dog sandwiches :)

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