Pregnancy, love it or hate it. It's full of changes, weird body quirks, feelings of discomfort, and whole lot of unknowns happening to you all at once. I'll admit, I'd always wondered how my little 5'0" body would handle pregnancy and I prayed I'd never reach the stage of fat that just wasn't cute anymore, but now that it's happening... I LOVE IT! Yes, I guess I'm one of those weirdos that enjoys being pregnant, at least with 7 months under my belt (I'll let you know about the last 2). So if you're scared to get pregnant or wondering what cause someone to have this amount of insanity, let me share my favorite things about my current condition.
First, I surprisingly love the shape of my body. While I don't like not being able to fit into my clothes and having to buy new ones that I know will only be good for a few short months, I love dressing my
Second, feeling them move is the best feeling in the whole wide world. I could be in the worst most stressed out mood when they give me a little poke, and everything is ok. I talk to them, I pat them, we play poking games through my skin. I love having them in my pouch and getting to carry them literally everywhere I go. I almost feel like that will be a tough part once they are born, having to separate, even if only to the other side of the room.
Third, I like not drinking?? Wait, no, I hate it actually. But I do love the fact that I've made it since mid December without a single drink relatively painlessly. I'll admit I used to be a nightly glass of wine kinda girl (or bottle on the weekend ;)), and I used to look at the people who gave up alcohol for lent like they were out of their dang minds. I mean, how can one go an entire 6 weeks without a drink?! Shockingly, it's actually not difficult at all! I've still wanted to hang out with friends for the most part, and have rediscovered my love of tea, lemonade, and various juices. Everyone keeps telling me I can have a glass of wine now and then, but I really don't even want to bother. It's not paining me, so I'll wait until after they make their appearance to savor my first cocktail.
Fourth, it's taken mine and my husband's relationship to a whole new level. I know we were "family" when it was just the two of us, but the amount of adult decisions we've had to converge on lately has really brought a whole new realness to it. From getting on the same insurance coverage to buying a brand new vehicle, it's been one change after another and slowly our lives are really becoming one. On top of that, he's been such an amazing partner that I can't even type it into one paragraph (I'll save that for another post). The love he has for me and his girls actually makes me want to cry it's so sweet. I have no idea how I got so lucky.
Finally, it's rekindled old friendships and brought me into this secret circle of "moms". I definitely didn't need to have kids to keep my best friends close, but I do feel like going through pregnancy and similar experiences has caused me to lean on them a little bit more. My best friend from college coincidentally has twins herself, and I find myself talking to her now more than I have in years, utilizing her vat of twin knowledge and looking forward to raising our kids together, even if mine are quite a few years behind. While I do worry about the mom life pulling me away from friendships that have meant so much to me, I'm hopeful that I can balance it all and will find a way to be a great mommy and friend!