At this point I am hoping that the next post I'll publish will be a birth announcement, but since it is not happening yet (even though she is making a repeated effort to rip the side of my belly open and crawl out that way), I have decided to write about the good things in this pregnancy. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. I did write "good things" and "pregnancy" in one sentence and didn't really mean it in an ironic way (at least I don't think so).
While there were many plagues that accompanied me on this journey, some things I have escaped unscathed.
No stretch marks: I have come across statistics claiming that almost 90% of pregnant women develop stretch marks. Guess what - I am one of those lucky bitches who don't. Not with my first, and at this point I think it is safe to say not with my second pregnancy either. I didn't do anything to prevent them. My skin is naturally dry and even then I don't moisturize more than once a week, because I am lazy. And while I try not to dwell on shallow things like appearance and appreciate the "you are a tigress, you earned your stripes" kind of a pep talk, I am also just plainly happy I don't have to deal with this.
Sleep: Considering the first 4-5 months of hyperemesis and horrible never ending nausea (have no doubts, it is still present and strong at 38+ weeks), I was lucky enough not to have to work. The kid was in daycare 4 days a week which allowed me to basically hibernate for 9 months. I know that many women struggle with insomnia when pregnant. I am happy to report I had no problem to sleep at any given time, day or night. I had to get up and go to pee at least once a night, and I was woken at times by aches and pains related to pregnancy, but all in all my sleep was intact. It has gotten worse in the past couple of weeks. I hurt a lot more. It keeps me up at night at this point. But all in all, I can't complain.
Limited leg cramps: I only had a few night episodes with cramps in my legs, both when pregnant with Kai and now. Considering how excruciatingly painful these are, I can certainly appreciate how lucky I got not to suffer from them regularly.
Boobs: They are big. And I love it. Right now they don't appear to be so because of the relative proportions to the huge belly I happen to carry around with me, but every time I put on a C-cup bra I know!
Built-In Shelf: Look at that picture! How convenient is that? Works great for my Kindle, too - it is at a perfect angle to read hands free while eating ice-cream.
I am glad to present you with this optimistic post. If this baby doesn't come out soon, I can't promise you another one in the same spirit. Cheers!