Tomorrow marks 40 weeks of pregnancy. This kid is fully cooked. I'm starting to reminisce over what the pregnancy has been like before it's even over. Multiple small concerns over the size of the baby (small), amount of amniotic fluid (small), and words about "growth retardation" (isn't "restricted" a more acceptable way of saying it?) and "placental insufficiency" will ensure that this baby doesn't cook much longer. Here is a list of 13 things that have struck me during the last 9 months:
1 - I do not love being pregnant
2 - I don't hate it either
3 - I'm way more excited about the end result than the process. Truth is, the process has taken over my body. And I don't like to share. I'd like my body back, please.
4 - My biggest symptom this whole time has been a growing belly - the unpleasant symptoms decided not to visit me this time around.
5 - The scariest moments were 2 episodes of spotting at 6 and 8 weeks
6 - I've felt more temperamental, possessive, and emotionally reactive in the last month than I did for the entire previous 8 months of pregnancy. Perhaps a symptom of too much time on my hands? I sit at home, on EI.
7 - Favorite part - fetal movements. Kicks, flutters, rolls, hiccups. And now I can see practice breathing.
8 - No stretch marks. Yet
9 - No significant cravings. But acceptable excuses for having whatever I want on a whim.
10 - My back has been surprisingly tolerant. Worse, yes. Unbearable, no.
11 - The Husband has read way more books than I have. I just don't care to. Books will make me feel guilty and I do that well enough on my own, thanks.
12 - I've worried more about the well-being of my kid in the last couple of weeks than the previous 8 months. Will it be healthy/normal? What if I think it's ugly? What if I don't even like it? What if I die before he/she grows up?
13 - I may be 9 mths pregnant, but I can still clean house, walk the dog daily, climb stairs. I could probably still do a half hour of cardio at the gym.
May labor and delivery be just as easy!