As I approach my 32 week of pregnancy I thought I would do a list of “highlights.” Most of these are topics or events that I haven’t gotten in to any other posts and some I have talked about over and over again so remember that I am very pregnant and my brain is not the most organized part of my life. So here we go.
Since being pregnant:
- I had my first “I-can-no-longer-reach-my-toes-with-enough-ease-to-paint-them” pedicure. My friend came with me and it was fabulous.
- I got a prenatal massage and it was also fabulous.
- Zach and I have now babysat for two children – one at 5 months and one at 19 months – who were perfectly reasonable little creatures who slept happily for 90% of the time they stayed with us. In fact the 19-month-old told me “night-night” and started walking up the stairs to the baby’s room on her own. Somehow I don’t think that parenting will be quite like this.
- I – or my BFF or husband – have reorganized the kitchen, basement, office, sun porch/storage area, TV room, bedroom, baby’s room, and linen closet. No area is safe.
- We have sold 13 items on various online forums, only had 1 item returned because I had thrown a key piece of it out in the reorganizing mania, and bought 2 golf clubs from various online forums (guess which one of us did this?)
- I have read countless pregnancy and baby-related books, magazines, and articles including the oh-so-helpful Mommywood by Tori Spelling. (My mother-in-law thought I needed some balance in my reading selections.)
- I have given my dog the command “stop pulling me, I’m pregnant” several times with little to no change to his behavior. (He has a harness so don’t worry about my safety.)
- I have also given my dog the command “pull me up this last hill, I’m pregnant” which has a much higher success rate.
- Zach and I went on a “babymoon” trip – otherwise known as the last trip you take before parenthood – to San Diego with two of my high school friends and their boyfriends. (Don’t despair for us – I am totally excited for travel after parenthood as well. I plan on vacationing with the little guy as well as leaving him with either set of willing grandparents.)
- I have progressed from gleefully calling my husband at work the first time I felt a kick and the first time I saw a kick, to pushing back on my belly and begging the little guy to stop kicking his mother so much. (He is rolling his knees back and forth under my ribcage as I write this.)
- I will always remember the look Zach gave me when we heard our baby’s heartbeat for the first time, the delight I felt when I knew I was feeling a kick for the first time, and the awe I had at seeing our babe for the first time on the ultrasound.
- I have written 102 posts on this blog about my pregnancy experience. (103 counting this one.)
- I have had 3 complete and total meltdowns. One because of a TV plot line involving an infant left in a hot car, one because at 28 weeks I couldn’t fit into a pre-pregnancy dress, and one because I couldn’t get the footrest on the couch to come up. (Ask Zach if you really must know the accurate total of my crying fits.)
- I bought a Father’s Day gift for my husband for the first time.
- I have started holding my arms out for balance when I walk down stairs.
- I joined a community supported agriculture group and have been actually planning and cooking meals weekly in an effort to use all our fresh produce. And my husband actually likes what I am cooking. (Last night we grilled pork chops and radishes and I made banana bread.)
- I have made an effort to learn more about taking better photos in preparation of taking lots of the boy.
- I have read the same book and sung the same song almost every night for the last couple of weeks in the hope that I will create a bedtime routine now that will magically lull our child to sleep once he’s on the outside.
- I have gone upstairs to stand in the doorway of his room countless times just to look and to wait.
All this and I still know that part of me can never imagine what it is really going to be like.