Not that I'm greatly eager to be done with the pregnancy or nearly ready to evict this kid from the womb just yet, but I am excited to report that there are 61 days left to "B"(irth) Day. That's under 9 weeks left. Amazing how time flies and I am relishing every moment.
My favourite pasttime during pregnancy? Belly-watching. Watching the baby shape and reshape my belly while he is twirling or kicking is both amazing and, yes, plain crazy. Seriously, I think this kid is trying to kick his way out half the time! I just love it, though - feeling this secret language of baby movements - it's like a personal show 24/7. The times when we can actually feel actual body parts pushing out, that's just pure bliss!
Graeme, who loves to look at my belly, kiss it, and talk to the baby will refuse to even put a hand on my belly if I tell him the baby is kicking. I think he's afraid of getting hurt. Hahahaha!
Some things I love about being pregnant:
* Realizing again how easy it to love someone even at the point when they're no bigger than a grain of rice.
* Allowing the belly muscles to relax from years of sucking it in. :o)
* Finally having a GOOD and valid reason why I can't clean the cat box - now I just need to pay the doctor for a note for why I can't do it the rest of the time.
* Feeling the baby move when no one else knows it's happening - you just can't help but be happy during those times; it's like a being in a secret conversation, just the two of you.
* Wearing cute maternity clothes and letting the baby bump speak for itself. YAYYYYY to flaunting the baby bump!
* Working on THE perfect baby name - Aldous Bukowski Grussing is cool, right?
* Having the best excuse to take naps in the middle of the day.
* Eating an extra (or 5) helpings of food and everyone thinks it's funny, not gross - well, they could think it's gross, I just don't care.
* Listening to the baby's heartbeat and seeing the baby via sonogram - I only wish it could be every day.
* Knowing we are going to bring in the next mini-Rodney (aka, the spawn) and looking forward to meeting him.
* Looking at baby clothes and supplies for hours on end, just planning for his arrival.
* One word - cleavage - hahahahaha!
On the other side of the coin, there are things I'm not as keen about. Not to complain because it is all so worth it, but there are just a few things... come on people, back me up here:
* Increasing brain cell/memory loss and plain old acts of dumbnification, like walking somewhere and forgetting why I'm there or telling a story and forgetting my point midstream
* Sleep deficiency. Between the multiple bathroom trips and insomnia alone, I'm lucky when I get 3 hours straight. I keep forgetting that this is nature's way of getting me prepared for the next few years of sleep deprivation.
* Hyper-clumsiness. Seriously, how many times can you drop and pick up the same pen off the floor?! Sometimes I just have to leave it there so, for anyone who's wondering why there might be random items collecting at my feet, here's the answer.
* Getting emotional and teary-eyed over silly things like dropping the pen for the 10th time. :)
* Don't even get me started on what the iron pills are doing to me!
I am feeling really great though and am lucky to have escaped all the other dregs of pregnancy one more time, yes including the morning sickness at the beginning. I think I inherited the knack for breeding from my mom - she only had 7 kids, you know.
The memory thing can be funny, though - even at this late a stage, I've found myself waking up to see this huge belly before me and being surprised for a minute because I've temporarily forgotten that I'm pregnant.
To update you on the baby, this newest Grussing is over 16 inches long now and weighs about 3.3 pounds. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's moving a lot more now, too, so he is now able to wake me in the middle of the night with his kicks and turns. His eyesight continues to improve and he will respond to light shone on my belly (direct experimentation will begin tonight). I'm also starting to experience Braxton Hicks contractions, which just makes me feel even closer to the day I will meet this new little miracle.