Hmmmm… Say What?

pregnant1Here are some things people have said to me in the last few weeks that has made me chuckle. I’m not a person who is easily offended, so none of this really bothered me that much. Something about seeing a pregnant belly makes people open up in wildly inappropriate and mildly funny ways. I think it’s the circle of life thing that makes strangers feel sentimental… But, I do admire the courage of these people to be able to say such things to a uber pregnant woman… a complete stranger, at that! Rock on!

7. Hey, pregnancy sounds great! You can do anything you want, anywhere with little to no consequences.
Are you sure about that? I’v e been growing a human being for the last 9 months. I can’t drink or eat what I want. I have no control over my bodily functions or my mood or my energy levels. Can I really do anything I want without suffering the consequences?

6. You look like a oompa loompa  in those pants.
Are you kidding me? I’m 8 months pregnant and nothing fits. My clothes wear me, not the other way around. 

5. Oh, that feeling when your milk starts to come in and your baby starts to nurse… it’s like nothing else.
Yeah, well this sounds mildly erotic and it’s making me uncomfortable… Make it stop!

4. Are you still eating that?
Seriously? My stomach has shrunk so much that I’m full after 2 bites, and my hormones have rendered my appetite non-existent. I have no cravings. But, if you want to eat off my plate, go right ahead…

3. OMG. You’re soooo huge. You look like you’re going to pop!
Not quite… I still have 6 weeks to go, but thanks for noticing. And, NO I’m not a balloon.

2. Are you leaking yet?
Yes, I am… Oh dear God, yes I am in places I never knew I would and no one warned me about it. But, did you really want to know? Look who’s gross now?

1. For some reason, I feel like you’re always going to look like this.
Yes, I will always look 8 months pregnant even after I’ve given birth. Like, forever ever. 

As I see it, there is a choice to be made here. I can either get worked up and get all protective about my body or just laugh out loud. You can guess where my head’s at. Sadly, we live in a hyper sensitive world where anything can be taken the wrong way. People are quick to jump to conclusions and offended by the silliest things.

C’mon pregnant people, it’s just an observation. Just words. No one is judging your lifestyle or trying to wound your sensibilities… unless they are, in which case all bets are off. Sure, it can be annoying to always have to field questions about your pregnancy, but people are just tying to relate and most comments are harmless, well intended and somewhat endearing, even.

So, the next time your colleague, or a stranger makes an offhanded comment, instead of reacting poorly why not give them the benefit of the doubt?

Baby Lelan- 32 Weeks!

How am I already 32 weeks pregnant? The last time I wrote this update I was around 23 weeks so I can’t explain where the time has gone, really. Only that with each new day, I’m getting more and more excited to meet my son.

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How far along? Only 54 days left to go according to my app! But, I have a feeling it will be sooner than that. My darling boy is approx. 4lbs and the size of a head of lettuce. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). He’s plumping up nicely and getting ready for survival outside the womb.

Total weight gain/loss: I’ve gained an impressive 29 lbs so far and all of it is in my belly and butt. Most days I feel no discomfort at all, but there are those days when my joints and ligaments are stretched to the limit and I definitely feel pregnant. I’ve said this before, but the human body is awe inspiring and growing a human is the single most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced! I would do it again in a heartbeat. I’m still not following any specific exercise regimen, maybe today I’ll finally tear the plastic off the prenatal yoga DVD I bought months ago. Ha!

Symptoms: Most people warned me that the third trimester would be the hardest, but so far it’s been pretty manageable. I have more energy now than all of the months prior. I have none of the yucky symptoms that I had during my 2nd trimester. All in all, I feel very blessed to have had a wonderful pregnancy so far.

Food cravings: No cravings at all except for the occasional sugar buzz. I made my partner go out and buy cupcakes on Saturday and boy were they good! I’ve been eating like I normally do for weeks now. It’s kind of strange because I thought I would be hungry all the time.

Best moments: Feeling my son move… I could just sit and watch my belly contort all day long. Baby Lelan loves music, so we’ve been playing him some songs, chants etc. via belly buds. It’s pretty cool seeing him go crazy when the drum beat picks up… Also, starting today, I’ll be working from home 3 days a week. My boss is seriously one cool dude!

Looking forward to: My baby shower! My in-laws are throwing me a shower in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait to see everyone!!!

Current wisdom: As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started researching ways to 142a342bbc5096f766f523c65744e402-1.jpgbirth my baby naturally. Some would say it was coincidence that I ended up with an OB who not only shares my philosophy on natural child birth, but is also the only physician in all of Long Island with privileges at a birthing center. Alas, I don’t believe in coincidences! I think the universe has a plan for each of us and all we need is to get out of the way and watch it unfold.

I’m beyond excited for what’s ahead, but I’m in no rush, whatsoever. I’m going to savor every last bit of this moment in my personal journey where I’m absolutely at peace with myself.

My Very First Weird Craving

I’m beyond excited to report that my very first weird craving happened today at exactly 31 weeks pregnant.

Spagetti with tomato sauce with a side of bbq flavored potato chips. It was soooo disgusting yummy!

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