4. Crabiness times 100. Chances are if you are talking to me, or around me or within ear shot of me...I want to punch you in the face. Remember that evil wench that was 9th grade PMS who would come visit you maybe one week a month???? Yeah, this is her bigger, meaner pissed off olde sister and she is here to wreck shop. One measly week a month??? Try every day for three months. And the first few weeks, when you don't even know you are pregnant, really messes with you. I thought I had turned into the world's most hateful person overnight. I am usually a pretty positive person who tries to see the good in people. Nope. Not when pregnant. Everyone on Facebook is the devil, everyone at work are idiots and everyone in my family is annoying. I had zero filter and had to fight to keep my mouth shut half the time. I was unfriending people left and right on social media.
|babies in the womb|
7. Feeling tired doesn't begin to cover it. From 1 pm to around 7 pm I feel like I am in a groggy daze. All I can think about is the next time I can sneak to my car for a nap. I have fallen asleep on the phone, sitting up at my desk and in the drive through at Chick-Fil-A. The only reason it stops at 7 pm is because I go to bed.
9. Boobies. I knew they would get bigger and would continue to do so...but I had no idea that my areolas would double in size and get darker so quickly. It really is quite amazing. Our bodies are so genetically streamlined for reproduction that your nipples prepare for a newborns bad eyesight. The increased size and darkening color are to help that new little nugget more easily find your breast and zero in on his/her feeding time target. Reading about the biology behind it all has been mind-blowing. Our bodies were made for this. I can see why people get so upset when people make negative comments about mothers breastfeeding in public. We were made to do this. Our bodies know it even if your mind doesn't. Get over it. Or don't. Either way, keep your mouth shut.
10. Speaking of keeping your mouth shut. People cannot. Everyone and their mother, literally, will have advice for you, opinions for you and horror stories for you. And everyone tells you conflicting stuff. They are all 100% positive they know what they are talking about and then someone two hours later with a conflicting opinion is 100% positive they are correct. Same goes for baby books. I have read about 6 of them now, and all are helpful in one way or another, each one has contradicted the other at some point. Just take all advice with a grain of salt and a smile. Just educate yourself and go with what works best for your family. That’s all you can do. And as much as you try to prepare yourself, you can never really prepare yourself and none of this is in our control.
I know all of this makes pregnancy sound awful. But the truth is, I love it. And I wouldn't trade this feeling for anything in the world.
Hope I didn’t scare you off.