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1. Every time you call someone, you have to preface it by saying “No, no! I’m not calling to tell you I’m in labor!”

2. The last month will kick your butt! I’ve never been so uncomfortable in my life.

3. The last week or two before you deliver, you are constantly checking your underwear for something odd…or sometimes the toilet. And is it only me? But every time I do #2 (TMI?) I worry I might start delivering. I know it’s not possible…but still….

4. I’ve come to the conclusion that anyone who’s every made an alien/horror movie where something inside the body comes bursting forth HAD to have seen a pregnant woman’s stomach. That rumbling around…odd body parts poking here and there…it’s not that far of a leap to it bursting forth.

5. You learn new words…like “effacing” (does NOT mean the baby is ‘facing’ you, I learned), and “bloody show”…muscus plug (which is as gross as it sounds).

6. You are amazed at what people will tell you about their bodies when you are pregnant…or rather when you are right about to give birth.  Of course you’re telling them about YOUR hemorrhoid, flatulence, enema, etc. so it’s really only fair. Basically, nothing is considered TMI at this point in your life.

7. All sense of privacy is thrown out the window pretty early on. I’ve had so many people poke & prod me, I don’t think twice about taking off my clothes in front of people at my exams. “Oh wait! I’ll leave to give you privacy.”  Why? You’re about to see things not even my husband has seen…or wants to see.

8. Your ability to recognize spatial difference goes out the window the last month of pregnancy. At least it did for me. I went from a relatively small size…or not showing much throughout my pregnancy…to BAM the last month, I GREW like you wouldn’t believe! So that space between the chairs in a restaurant you could squeeze through before? Nope, you can’t anymore. You’re libeled to hit one or the other guy…or both…in the head with your enormous belly. And when you turn sideways to get through a tight squeeze…you’re actually BIGGER in that direction.

9.  Another thing that goes out the window? Grooming. After a certain point, you don’t worry that you haven’t shaved your legs in a couple of month. You really can’t reach your legs without looking like a weird contortionist anyway. And ‘down below’? Ha! I haven’t see that area in more months than I can count!
Besides, do you really want to surprise your OBGYN during the delivery? “Oh, that’s new.  Is that a ducky shape or a teddy bear?” (although, going off on a tangent: women who regularly get Brazilian wax jobs might be able to take the pains of childbirth better than women who don’t, don’t you think?)

10. I’m keeping open because I still have a few more days to go. 🙂

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Originally uploaded by dragonfly_727

I’m running out of steam…missed last week because I just didn’t want.
The first trimester, you are exhausted. Second trimester is fine.
This last month has been really kicking my donkey. It’s a good thing I’ve been put on bed rest for the past 2 weeks.
It isn’t as bad as one would think. I have the phone and laptop. I can’t imagine what this would have been like without those two.
A few more weeks to go!

(This was posted a week + later than when I took the picture…just didn’t want to mess with the uploading.)

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Christmas – 1944

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I was at the doctor’s yesterday. While waiting to be examined, I picked up a book about breastfeeding. As I plan on breastfeeding Noodles, figured I need to bone up on some facts.
The chapter that caught my eyes was about ‘toughening up your nipples’. Hm. How could you NOT stop and read that?

If you aren’t a wet nurse with years of experience, I’m willing to bet you haven’t had someone or something latched onto your nipples for an extended period of time. (If you have, I don’t want to hear it…unless it’s a really interesting story!  ) Hence the need for ‘toughening’ them.

Some suggestions given:
1. When appropriate, walk around the house/apartment topless. Let the air/wind gently toughen them up. However, if you have ‘blossomed’ magnificently, your worries about not having support and stretchmarks might outweigh the gentlest toughening.
2. Same as #1…just a little more modest: Walk around with a shirt on…but no bra. Idea is to have your nipples rub up against something. Again, if you have droopage issues, skip this one.
3. Wear a T-shirt and a bra…but with a small hole cut out for the nipples. (although I’d think if you could wear the bra but have ‘them’ peek over the top, you’d get the same effect) Very doable. However, you are left with a bra (or multiple bra) with two holes cut out in the front. Try explaining that to your friends!
4. The most direct method: while you are watching TV or don’t have much to do with your hands, play with them. Well, it’s actually not quite ‘play’. It’s more like twist, pluck, rub, pinch, etc. As erotic as that sounds, it stops being fun after the first 10 seconds. (Yes, I have first hand knowledge…no pun intended.) At least if you are doing it right. You’re supposed to do this for 10 minutes or so. I couldn’t even do 10 seconds the next day because of the soreness.
Some of you are thinking, “Why don’t you let your partner do that for you?” Good suggestion…except, again, if he’s doing it right, after 10 seconds, you feel like a shortwave radio. And he’s trying to find that station he lost and can’t quite seem to zero in on it. Not romantic at all when you keep asking, “Are you done yet? Now? How about now? I’m sore!”

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Week 35b- Belly Picture
Week 33- Belly Picture

Originally uploaded by dragonfly_727

I totally missed last week’s belly picture. It was my first week back to work with the kids. I was SO tired.
I’m really starting to look and feel pregnant now. The stomach is stretching out more and more. As of right now, I don’t have stretch marks. But I told that to a friend. She said, “Yeah me, too…until the last two weeks of the pregnancy. THEN I got them.” So I am not counting my chickens just yet.
The most annoying part is that I am constantly hungry AND full at the same time. Noodles take up so much room…but I have the pangs of hunger. When I do eat…and eat one too many bites, I am SO uncomfortable for hours. It actually hurts.
Speaking of hurting, we have a soccer player. Fortunately his head is down below, but he’s constantly kicking my ribs…almost like he’s trying to get footing there to move around. I do enjoy watching him turn. It’s fascinating and completely weird at the same time.
Oh, btw, have been having Braxton Hicks contractions for about a month now. Normal…but for a few days I was having them one on top of the other.
And the swelling. I have Vienna sausages for toes! AND I can leave indentation marks on the top of my foot! Very sexy. Not!

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wk28b

Originally uploaded by dragonfly_727

I think as soon as I posted Week 27, I started to expand at an increasing rate. I know I am pregnant…but now I FEEL it. I waddle when I walk. My belly catches crumbs, liquid, or whatever I need a temporary place to rest it.
Noodles is moving around A LOT. My friend was telling me she read somewhere that the amount the baby moves means your baby may be that much more intelligent.
If that’s the case, Noodles is the next Einstein. 🙂

2 months and a half to go before we meet Noodles. Exciting AND scary!

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