We all know that fabulous pregnancy book they claim every mother must read- What to Expect When You Are Expecting. Yeah, it's a great book, but it still didn't prepare me for the unexpected surprises of pregnancy. Let me be honest here as well, I did kind of just skim through it :) So here are the things I did not expect at all...
1. The time is dragging by. Everyone keeps saying to me, how far along are you? Oh my, almost 6 months? Isn't the time just flying? Why no, no it isn't. Especially when you sign up for a weekly email stating what week you are in your pregnancy and what is happening. I try to patiently wait every week for the email telling me the baby is a mango or a banana, but shockingly, I maybe make it one day and then look ahead at the weeks. And then when I do receive that email, it is a gentle reminder of how far along I am NOT.
2. Telling me I am not showing isn't much of a compliment to me. I get the oh, you look great, you are barely showing. Yep people, I get it. I feel like it looks like a muffin top, not a baby. Every time you tell me I am barely showing, it reminds me that yep, I don't look pregnant, I look chubby. From someone who has spent the last three years of their life trying to get their weight under control- it is somewhat self esteem damaging.
3. I guess if you aren't showing as much, you aren't allowed to have symptoms. Maybe this is a man thing, I don't know. I walked into the studio this morning after having back spasms all weekend. Murphy asked me what was wrong, I told him, and his response was, well you are barely even carrying anything right now- how can your back hurt?
4. You're husband just isn't going to get it. I know, I know, their are some AMAZING husbands out there. You know the ones who bring home flowers every week, who email daily to see how you and the baby are, who will sit and rub your back at night, or go out at two in the morning because you have a craving. To those husbands- I say suck it. You give women false hope, that pregnancy is going to be a magical time. You will be waited on hand and foot. You will be more beautiful to your husband than you ever were before- he will think of you as a superwoman, he will be in awe of your body's capability. Guess what ladies- that is not the case at all.
Yes, I will say my husband is not the most sensitive man in the world, and I am not throwing him under the bus by any means...but this is our first kid. He does not get it. At all. When I say I am tired, he responds with me too. I can't blame him. He just got home from working a twelve hour day, and sees me laying on the couch. My back hurts, well guess what, so does his. When you tell him you have a baby growing inside of you, he doesn't get that it is a baby. He sees it as a one pound mass in your stomach, if that. He has bowel movements that large, and you don't hear him complaining. I am pretty confident that if he has to hear one more time that he needs to do something for me, you know, because of the baby, I am going to get a swift kick to the shin.
These were four of my biggest shockers the first six months of my pregnancy. We are just starting to get to the good stuff though. I am sure these last 4 months are going to be a real peach, so stay tuned for more revelations from me :) I am sure you can't wait!