I am trying to keep a positive attitude about this whole "still pregnant" thing and last night I was reflecting on all the things that become difficult toward the end of pregnancy. Things that you normally don't even have to think about. Here's my top 10. What am I forgetting?
10. Walking. Let's start w/ the basics b/c, lets face it, when you reach the end of your pregnancy, even the most simple things can get complicated.
9. Bending over. Again, basic, but when you no longer have a middle....it makes it difficult!
8. Rocking babies to sleep. W/ Jack it's just that it pushes on my belly, but w/ Molly Beth...there's just not enough lap left. By the time I'm ready to put her down her little bootie has slid down and she's pretty much folded in half!
7. Saying no to foods you shouldn't eat...and knowing when to stop. I don't know if it's just b/c I'm ravenous all the time or b/c I'm just giving myself all kinds of liberties I wouldn't normally give myself b/c I'm 10 months preggo and feel sorry for myself, but I'm eating all kinds of stuff I wouldn't normally eat...and in very large proportions!
6. Grocery shopping. Something I forget every pregnancy is that point when you so grocery shopping and you lean over the front of the cart to put the cans of green beans in and you are embarrassingly stopped short...by your belly. You have to check the isle to make sure no one is coming so that you can walk around to the side of the buggie to put your things in.
5. Washing dishes. At some point you have to bend forward to simply wash the dishes! This is also the case if you must cook on the back burners of the stove. By the time the dishes are clean your back is spasming!
4. Shaving legs. This becomes a problem on several levels. Not only is it quite a challenge to balance this ever growing body on one leg, but b/c of the big o' belly there are places on the leg that are near impossible to reach!!! Not to mention the switching of legs...for me this is the worst part b/c my pelvis is so tender.
3. Getting out of bed. God in His infinite wisdom made this whole pregnancy thing so smart. The fact that our bladders get smooched by the baby and cause us to pee 3 times more than normal is genius!!! Especially at night. Can you imagine how much more challenging it would be to get up several times at night w/ a newborn if we were already getting full nights of sleep? We are practically already on a feeding schedule b/c of all our potty runs. The difference is that getting up is so much harder when your pregnant. Heaven forbid you are facing the opposite direction of the edge of the bed and you have to roll over!!! I know it must look hilarious!
2. Getting up from the floor. I honestly try to avoid getting on the floor at all costs, but having littles makes that difficult. Not only does it hurt, but the steps that must be made to mearly get into a position that you may be able to actually get into a standing position from are many. For me, there's no getting to vertical w/ first getting on all fours. My children actually stand there and stare at me while they wait for me to get up. It's embarrassing....and I must laugh at myself.
1. Peeing in a cup. Isn't life ironic? When else in life do you have to catch your urine so frequently. W/o getting too graphic....just trust me....it ain't easy. And here's hoping you remember to actually pee in the cup! I usually have to go so badly by the time I'm at my appointment! Once w/ Jack and once w/ Molly Beth I actually peed while holding the cup just staring at it?! It's very embarrassing to tell your doctor that you emptied your bladder but forgot to catch any. The good thing is, by the end of the appointment you usually have another sample ready to deposit!!!
Anyone? Do you remember? Can you identify? Am I the only one? Can I get a witness?