Monday, January 21, 2013

On Being Pregnant

I'm not going to turn this into a pregnancy/ baby/kid blog. But now that Blogger has an app, it's easier for me to post. So I just wanted to share some things I've learned this time around.

My oldest is 7. My youngest is 5. Honest to god, I feel like A LOT has changed in five years. First, when I had my first appointment with the doctor, I had to sign a payment contract. With the other two, we had to meet with them to decide about payment, but we didn't have to sign anything.

Second, the technology available now is crazy. I didn't have an iPhone back then. When The Eldest was born, I didn't even have a digital camera! Now there's an app for tracking your pregnancy, week by week. There are apps for tracking feedings and diaper changes and which boob you fed them on last.

Then there's the maternity clothes. I'm not a fashionista by any means. But when I pulled out my old clothes, I knew I had a problem. Gone are the days of the huge shirts that gave you room to breathe. Everything is tight now. Plus most of the pants I had were the low rise, big piece of elastic that was supposed to hold up your pants below your ever growing belly. I hated maternity pants then and I hate them now. Now you wear the big, stretchy panel all the way over the belly. I'm only 20 weeks so my belly isn't huge, but its popped out there now. Pants are just the worse. I'm ready for a warm up so I can get some wear out of my pre-pregnancy maxi dresses.

But now I have an excuse to wear things I normally wouldn't. Like skinny jeans and leggings. And the tight shirts are okay. I stopped wearing Spanx as soon as I found out I was pregnant, but I still had to hide the belly for a while. Now that I actually look pregnant and not just fat, I can embrace it and show it off.

I'm most concerned about how labor and delivery will be different. I was induced with the other two because the doctor was cool with it. I have a different doctor now and I've heard he doesn't induce. It kind of scares me to think I might actually have to go into labor on my own (I'm a wuss). I had it pretty easy with them (no epidural! Whoo!). Will this one go even faster? So many questions and things to think about. But I think I'm ready for it.

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