looking back on the last 39 weeks

when i found out i was pregnant i immediately made the following statements:

  • i will not pig out just because i'm pregnant. i will only gain the 25-30lbs you are supposed to gain
  • i won't eat junk food. when i snack, it will be organic produce because what i eat feeds my baby
  • i won't complain. it is a gift to be able to grow and carry a baby. a gift that so many aren't blessed with.

this is what my pregnancy was really like:

  • i'm gonna go ahead and throw out a number here. because i need to own up to it...  64lbs. omg.
  • chocolate milk, sugary cereal (like 4 bowls a day sometimes), ice dream cones, candy, cakes, pasta
  • crying, whining, making jake rub my back and feet, making jake play with my hair until i fall asleep, begging a baby to hurry the heck up because i can't stand one more freaking night of near suffocation every time i roll onto my back for 2 seconds, making jake run some hot water in the tub so i can soak my feet... (poor jake!)
this is what i'll do differently next time:
  • not eat everything that isn't moving. 
  • know beforehand and mentally prepare that pregnancy changes EVERYTHING about your body.
  • set more realistic expectations for myself
  • walk more, whine less
things i'm looking forward to about not being pregnant:
  • holding a wittle, bitty baby and being able to smell her little baby-scented head any time i want.
  • starting weight watchers and getting back into my old clothes that i miss so much. i'm looking at you, jcrew cords. 
  • watching jake be a dad. 
  • sleeping on my back, shave my legs while standing up, being able to pick up something off the floor when i drop it, painting my own toenails, not wearing carpal tunnel gloves and being able to feel my fingers again
  • pickle martinis, raw oysters and sushi 
things i'll miss about being pregnant:
  • feeling a little butt pressed against the upper right side of my stomach, sitting on the couch watching poppy do somersaults
  • the food!
  • the smiles and "congrats" and well wishes you get from strangers out in public 
  • being excused from having to do anything you don't want to do. "oh, you don't worry about doing that! you're pregnant... let me get that for you." :)
  • having poppy all to myself

photo by caroline ziebarth 

jake has almost sworn off any more kids after dealing with me crying and pitching fits almost every night, but i owe it to poppy to have more kids so she can have what i have with my sister and brother. so buckle up, jake! these next few years are gonna be hell challenging! :)

photo by caroline ziebarth

love, michel

1 comment:

Dylana Suarez said...

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