I used to assume that pregnant women were tired because of the added weight of baby. Nope. I have only gained 6kg so thats not enough to slow me down. Let me attempt to explain what being pregnant feels like.
Imagine that you normally run, in gym clothes, for about 10mins on a speed of 8 on the treadmill. Got that? Ok, now imagine running in trousers, wearing a diaper, carrying a dog, for 20mins at double the speed wearing a coreset after attending an all you can eat buffet…still feeling good? This is what i experience everyday.
I never realised or gave the whole thing thought beyond the bump. The baby sits low making walking uncomfortable like someone is sitting on your lower abs (which they are). Then you are incubating so you are running a constant tempriture. Then your energy has to not only fuel you but the growing of a complete human being in 9months. Add to this that your heart is pumping twice as much blood as it normally would which makes you feel faint and odd at the same time. Then baby is compressing all of your organs into half the space they normally take up which has serious implications for your bowel, stomach and lungs, restricting all of them. Think about when you were a teenager and how much you longed for sleep because your body was growing so fast, well we are growing two people, it takes it out of you! added to that hormones, which for guys think on the moment where you realise you cant watch the final 20mins of your fave game, while you have a migraine and you dog just died. You simultaniously want to kill everyone for breathing and burst into tears at random intervals. I often cry over commercials for candy bars. Then you have to pull it all together and get the house ready for a baby which you will have to keep alive for the next 20years or so.
Now that i have conveyed this rollercoaster of becoming a mum, now let me tell you my issue with becoming a mum to a boy. There are 101 patterns out there for girl clothes and about 3 for boys. Go to the shop and girls have 3/4 of the shop and boys get a small selection of tshirts and pants. Not very exciting. My sister pointed out that boys can have little jeans, waist coats and jackets, well yes but i imagine its not very fun trying to run or crawl around and play as a 6month old in jeans and a waist coat… So i got online and the selection isnt much better unless you want to buy clothes for around $60 each.
Plan B: Make my own. I am scavenging any and all patterns i can find that are slightly interesting and plan on trying my hand at making clothes. I have only done super simple things before so it will be an adventure. Im also planning on selling them in my store on Etsy, more on that to come. I plan on using fabrics that will move with bub and not restrict him and also not be covered in trucks or dinosaurs.
Hormones. You think PMS is bad, imagine having it for 9months! Monday night i yelled at the dogs then burst into tears getting out of the shower. No reason. Then any time someone asks me to do something at work i feel like yelling at them to leave me the hell alone and let me do my job! Grrrrr I also burst into tears in Best and Less, while listening to the radio, and imagining going into labour on the loungeroom floor. Im a mess folks! My BD doesnt believe in hormones and just thinks im being a shit head, i mean homestly how can you not understand hormones, you cant make this shit up!
Symptoms: Heart burn and hormones. Kicking. Heavy feeling. Out of breath walking short distances or up a few stairs.
Baby: About 30cm long. Feudal height 22cm which is bellybutton height. Has got all the essentials and will start building his fat layer soon.
My friend finally had her baby last week. 7lbs Girl named Ariana. We are so excited for her, she already has a 4yr old son to another daddy. When he saw his sister he demanded to hold her than asked if he could sing to her and burst into a round of Old McDonald has a farm lol I love kids.
I am also considering doing a cert III in Children Services while im on mat leave. I wont stay where i am and the idea of coming back makes me want to cripple myself. Im not really interested in casual work but if i can get a position at a small centre maybe 3 days a week in the baby room that would work great as bub could get a place there with me and i would feel like i am actually accomplishing something each day rather than being asked to do meanial jobs that really dont need doing in the first place.
13 weeks until Maternity leave!
OMG half way. Finally. People keep asking if im excited about getting to half way and I remind them that I still have 20weeks to go…That’s a bloody long time lol so im trying to think of it in smaller chunks. 10 weeks to my next ultrasound, 14 weeks until maternity leave and 16weeks until its safe for bub to enter the world.
Symptoms: Heart burn and extreme hormonal bursts of anger and tears. Please bring chocolate.
Baby: Looked great on the scan an measuring exactly on time.
Was a bit disappointing it was my longest scan but she never really got any baby looking shots as she was mostly checking if it had veins, feet and hands. At the end my sister was like, whats the gender? The chick was like oh did you want to know I usually don’t check…YES WE WANT TO KNOW. She she gooped me up again and checked. Its a…..BOY! Yes folks there was a weiner. There was no mistaking a weiner and scrotum (horrible word honestly).
I have said it before but in our families the last 8 babies have been girls so we are pretty stoked to have the first boy of this generation. Actually in the last 2generations in my family there have been 16girls and 5boys so having a boy is cause for celebration. I feel a strange sense of old Victorian pride at baring my BD a son. I would so be worth heaps of camels as my dowry. So this means that I can start shopping with a purpose. Checked my stash and have far less than I thought. I have hardly any clothes for birth-3months. Most of the stuff I have is for 6-12months for some reason and they are all onesies. My family has started shopping though so I have passed on my list of what I still need, pants, tops, jumpers, booties. Dad also agreed to buy me a pram which knocks $500 off my budget, yay dad.
BD has been working heaps which makes me feel super lonely as im stuck at home with the dogs who I don’t really like as they shed and stink and put weird marks on the lounge which I really don’t want to know what it is. Today I cried in Best and Less because I thought BD would be home after work today but instead he went straight to his parents place for the night so wont be home until tomorrow afternoon. When I stopped crying enough to buy my things (the poor checkout chick tried to make me feel better) I got home and had 4 bits of toast with 4 slices of bacon and 4 fried eggs and felt much better. Now I’m redecorating the house because it always makes me feel better and contemplating a pedicure. Wonder what BD will say about it when he gets back 😛