Our little dude at 35 weeks
Today is our “due date”! Woo! I put it in quotes because no one is really expected to take it seriously. Obviously, it’s just a suggested birth date, but since my body and my baby are colluding and leaving me out of their plans, I have no way of knowing when the birth will actually happen.
A few weeks ago I wrote a list of 10 Things I’ll Miss About Being Pregnant. Now that the end of the pregnancy is imminent I felt I should come up with a list of things I won’t miss in order to mentally prepare myself. So, to the items on this list I say, “good riddance!”….soon.
Peeing in a cup – I mentioned this in my last post, but didn’t go into detail. Peeing in a cup is required at every doctor’s appointment. At first I just accepted it, but back then I had appointments once every four weeks. Now, I have the joy of attempting to pee into a tiny container that I can’t see, as I hold it blindly under my engorged belly, with the few drops of urine available in my squirshed bladder…every…single…week. Nice.
Headbutts to the cervix – Toward the end of the pregnancy babies tend to hang out facing head down. This is a good thing as I hear breach babies are no fun to birth. The downside is this, skulls are hard and cervixes are sensitive. If I didn’t believe that it was helping to get the darn thing dilated I’d be one mad momma.
Pooping a lot – It’s not that I really mind pooping, but four times a day? I mean, c’mon! I might have to start scheduling time for it. Everyone talks about how pregnant women have to pee a lot so I was prepared. Peeing frequently I can deal with as long as there’s a bathroom nearby. But no one likes to talk about poo. It wasn’t until one of my doulas brought it up the other day (doulas are great at bringing up things that other people won’t!) that I knew it was normal. I figured my body was making more space or flushing (ha ha, get it?) itself out in preparation, but having extra reassurance that things are working as they should be was great. Hearing that the things you’re experiencing are normal is very helpful when pregnant.
Being asked the same questions repeatedly – I know y’all are just being nice and it really is sweet that you care, but if I’m asked “how are you feeling?” one more time I’m gonna lose my shit (what’s left of it. Ha!). I’m not sure exactly why it’s so frustrating, besides the fact that repetitive things tend to grate on my nerves. Maybe it’s because the only thing I can ever think of to say in response is, “good”. I know you want me to elaborate, but do you really want to hear, “well, I’m pooping about four times a day, my kid keeps headbutting my cervix, and I’m getting really tired of peeing in a cup once a week. Seriously, sometimes it gets on my hand. That sucks. So, how are you?” Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Baby feet wedged in my rib cage – Baby feet are cute, I know. And I agree that it can be comforting to wiggle toes into snug little places. But they don’t feel good in my rib cage, baby! It’s like someone stuck a lever under the right side of my ribs and is slowly trying to pry the bones right out of my chest. Oh no! Did that gross you out? Try feeling it! Besides, you just read about poop. If you had a low threshold for ick, you would have stopped reading by now.
I can only manage half the list now because I’m tired. I would have added “being tired” to the list, but from what I hear I won’t be missing that, it will only get worse.
If a couple more days pass and I’ve still got a belly full of baby, you’ll likely see the second half of this list. If the floodgates open soon…well, who knows when you’ll hear from me again. Thanks for being flexible readers. 😉 Feel free to tell me about what you don’t miss about being pregnant. Who knows? I might steal some for the second half of my list.