So, I’m into my 3rd trimester now (31 weeks on Sunday!) and beginning to experience all the wonderful side-effects of these end times. Yes, that was sarcasm. But don’t worry! I’m not going to complain! No, there’s lots of legitimate things to complain about in pregnancy, but there’s also a lot to love, right? Before things get really intense and the weather gets too hot, I’d like to list some of the fun things about pregnancy as a reminder to myself in May and June of how great I have it.
1. Guilt-free pedicures.
2. Guilt-free fast food. Ok, I know, there’s no such thing as guilt-free fast food. I just needed to share with everyone that the McDonalds Bacon Clubhouse Burger WILL be the reason why my son tips the scale at 10 pounds. It won’t be my fault, folks.
3. Flawless skin and hair. I know not everyone experiences this in pregnancy so I’m sorry if that comes off as braggy. But don’t worry, I’ll go completely bald at 4 months postpartum and have several adolescent skin reversions due to the breastfeeding hormonal surges. Right now I’m enjoying the lusciousness. 🙂
4. Wearing form fitting tops. I’m one of those gals who is normally always trying to divert attention from my waist area because I’m, what do you call it? Apple shaped? That’s a nice way of saying that I always have a pooch and love handles no matter how much I work out or how much weight I lose. But during pregnancy I actually have a socially acceptable shape for a few months, so I embrace it. Of course, at the end my belly is alarmingly big so it’s not socially acceptable anymore. But there’s nothing I can do about it at that point!
5. The constant drive to get shiz done! Sure, I collapse on the couch most afternoons for a spell, but my mind is always spinning thinking of all the little mundane things that MUST GET DONE before June 29th. I’m not a git er done kind of person normally, so it’s really good for me to have these spells when I’m crazy-productive. And the best part about feeling this way while pregnant? Inevitably I do too much and start to melt down from exhaustion or being overwhelmed and my knight-in-shining-armor of a husband has to save me and do it all for me in the end.
6. Little feet in ribs. I know, it’s annoying and uncomfortable, but it’s also incredible when you realize, “Hey! This is a little foot!” I felt our little guy’s foot (like, actually felt the outline of it and everything) for the first time the other day and I almost started crying. Soon that little foot and chicken leg will be kick-kicking angrily while we change his diapers. It’s a wild thought!
7. Little clothes, blankets, diapers, burp cloths, etc. I love preparing everything for the baby. I love washing the clothes and getting the drawers all organized and ready for baby even though they won’t stay that way once he arrives. It’s the best kind of anticipation in the world. I think that’s what makes the third trimester marginally better than the first. God willing, in the third trimester you are soooo close to meeting your little one. The anxiety about giving birth really gets intense there at the end, but I think the excitement trumps the anxiety. My first trimester this time was full of anxiety and nausea and I had a hard time trying not to be down (literally and metaphorically) all the time. So, I’m trying to remember with all the aches and pains and swelling and veins popping between now and the end, it’s better than the beginning!
Well, what do you think? Was that more or less annoying than listing 7 crummy things about 3rd trimester life? If your answer was more annoying, I apologize heartily for my smugness (<–crassness warning). Here is my humble disclaimer:
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