It’s been a busy few months! Running a business, working full time and making a human. I haven’t blogged in months and ceased right around the time of prime morning sickness. So as the baby bump grows I’m learning how to navigate the other bumps that come along with it.
I’m super lucky to not have to have had medical intervention to make this pregnancy possible. In fact, we were on track to see a fertility specialist after a few years of unsuccessful attempted procreation. The week before the appointment I suddenly felt a wave of hot flash and unease. I took a test and lo and behold there was THE LINE. In disbelief I kept my appointment and the doctor laughing said “you did it without me!” The adventure begins.
Month 1 – Sick sick sick. Everything makes me puke. Chicken is disgusting. Eggs are vile. I come home to the house smelling like raw chicken and I want to move immediately.
Month 2 – Now everything is disgusting. All food. Ice chips are good. My headache never stops. I wake up 8-9 times a night to pee.
Month 3 – I discover oranges and tangerines are my saviors. I eat them non stop. My mouth is always dry.
Month 4 – I consume 17 pickles for dinner. Hot and spicy. Headaches go away.
Month 5 – I go on a frozen yogurt diet. I sleep one weekend for nearly 15 hours straight.
Month 6 – I cannot stop eating. The 15 pounds I lost in the first trimester have seemed to reappear overnight. I wake up at 3 am consistently very hungry. Suddenly those stretchy pants don’t seem so funny.
Month 7 – The eating continues. I only wanted vegetables, water, and fruit. Mostly tangerines for the first several months. Now Taco Bell seems like haute cuisine.
Because we are older (okay because I’m older) I get to have so many appointments my head spins. This along with managing all the other day to day aspects of a pregnancy and life in general have been interesting.
Luckily, I have the best partner in the world. Props to anyone has done this alone. I don’t know how and I’m in awe. Also, I have found some things that have helped immensely.
- Sour food (Preggie pops from my dear friend May are a hit)
- Lotion, lotion, lotion for all the skin itchiness that comes with growing and showing
- Water and more water. The getting up at all hours sucks but the hydration is a lifesaver. I guzzle until 7 pm.
- Sleep. This goes without saying. Sleep a lot.
- Stay busy (counter intuitive to the above) but I continue to work normal hours and run my company seeking contracts. This keeps me sane and feeling like I’m productive and normal.
- You don’t have to share your news until you want to. I kept it quiet until about month 4/5. Heck some people still don’t know. That’s just fine.
- Nod when strangers give you all their ‘advice’, smile and do your own thing.
- Listen to your body.
- Don’t feel bad if you are not a hot crying mess. I keep waiting for the crying and the emotions. The only thing I get is hangry and it’s easily solved with a granola bar.
- Enjoy the ride. And letting your tummy be all round.
- Don’t over research everything to death. WebMD is not your friend. There is a fine line between being educated and freaking yourself the f*&C( out.
That is all from this 7 month and some change pregnant old lady.
The next blog will focus on my favorite thing minimalism and productivity huzzah!!