Thursday, June 19, 2008

Not much longer...

Are we prepared? Not totally, no. We still need our car seat and stroller. We NEED a digital camera (well, a real one, for crying out loud).

My baby shower was a couple weeks ago now and that went really well! Got a lot of stuff I've very excited to have. My mom and sister did a really good job putting everything together, and Meghan helped sooo much. You only get one! Unless we break etiquette rules with the second child...

We went on a hospital tour. Didn't learn much new stuff except where to go the "day of" and it was good to get a feel for the layout of the rooms and what to expect there. Then a few days ago we went to fill out my "Birth Day Wishes" and pre-register (so I don't have to answer any questions when in labor, they've already got it all down). That was good. I'm really glad I did that because they now have on file the things that are important to me or that I'm concerned about so that the nurses can just read it when I get there and I don't have to worry about remembering everything.

So a few weeks ago I was actually feeling pretty wonderful about being pregnant. Unlike the first months where I was sick as a dog, I actually was thinking to myself, "I think I like being pregnant!"

Now... I'm in the third trimester. About 8 months now! I'm starting to get hints of that feeling I knew would come. The "I don't want to be pregnant anymore" feelings. I guess, it's just getting old.

And I'm thankful I quit my job. I went in to help yesterday from 12.30 - 6pm and it hurt. By 3pm I was already getting pains in my abdomen. By 5pm my back was killing me and I refused to do anymore washes. By the time I got home, I was walking around like a 90 year old woman again. I even had to ask Justin at one point to bend over and scratch my ankle because I couldn't do it. Getting up out of chairs is hard. To someone this young, that's just not normal.

It reminded me of why I quit. Sometimes I feel like a wuss, because plenty of women work up til the day they deliver. But having hip and back pains, 8 months pregnant, and working bent over kids all day doing haircuts was rough on me. I won't apologize for that. In fact, one of the leading causes of having to be put on bed rest is being on your feet all day at work. I kid you not. At home, I've been cleaning a lot and doing lots of housework, but I get to take breaks whenever I want and sleep when I need to. You can't beat that.

The never-ending advice from almost everyone I come in contact with gets old too. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't hear 10 different things from 10 different people. Everyone loves to tell me their favorite brand of this, their perfect cure for that. Unfortunately, every pregnancy and every person is different. I learned during the morning sickness phase that you can't listen to all that advice. Just because it worked for you doesn't mean it will for me. And yes, for the love people, I know summer is going to be hot. SUMMERS ARE ALWAYS HOT. I'm currently in my 24th summer. They're hot. YES. I know!

But the good parts of pregnancy is still there. First of all, I feel fortunate that I even could get pregnant. A LOT of people struggle these days. And being a mom is what I call my "dream job". I've always wanted to have kids. Eisley is the biggest plus to all this pregnancy stuff, hands down. Feeling her kick and hiccup is really cool, and it's what I was looking forward to the most.

Last night I could feel her little foot on the side of my belly. So cute. Never though I'd say that about an appendage not belonging to me making a lump in my belly.

So yes, there are the good parts, the enjoyable parts. But I am looking forward to having her HERE and not in there.

:-)

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