I swear this blog will not turn pregnancy on you. But it is kind of consuming my thoughts lately, so you might get stuck with it once in a while. I promise to warn you so you can skip right over, m'kay?
So I have read a lot of pregnancy blogs, and blogs where people got knocked up, and I have 3 nieces and have been very active in their lives. I felt like I had a *good* idea of what to expect. And mostly I have been ok, but let me tell you there are things I never knew about.
1. The no allergy medicine.
Seriously, WTF? I can't breathe. I am sneezing constantly. It happens to be mountain cedar time and on a scale of 1 to 10, I am about a 12 on allergic to MC. And grass, which basically means there is no off-season for my sinuses.
2. The acne
Oh Em Geezlouise, my skin. Not to brag too much, but I have always had pretty good skin. People remark on my skin all the time. Apparently I had no idea how good I had it because 29 years of minor acne has come back to explode ALL OVER MY BODY. I am gross. B offered to buy me a massage, but I would feel too guilty that someone would have to touch that. Gross. Oh, and the fancy Neutrogena Skin ID I was in love with? Can't use it because it has Salicylic Acid in it. Or benzoil peroxide, which is a no-no. But seriously, if you are looking for a product to clear your non-pregnant skin, I highly suggest Neutrogena Skin ID... great stuff.
3. Pregnancy Tests are not all or nothing
So I joined a pregnancy/baby site about the time we started attempting this whole process. This is where I learned more about my cycle than I have ever known before. I also learned there are commonly used acronyms such as BD (baby dance) and POAS (pee on a stick). I find BD creepy, but think POAS is hilarious. I don't know why.
I digress. Did you know that just because you don't see a second line on a pregnancy test that you still might, in fact, be pregnant? You did? I didn't. But there are people out there that have skillz in the photo editing scene that can take a pregnancy test that 3 years ago I would have seen and immediately followed up with a "Phew, who wants to go to happy hour?" and after turning the photo kind of glow in the darkish can find a second line. And these lines turn into positive tests in a few days? Blew me away.
4. Other pregnant people are really cranky
On this same site is a community board where you can shoot the constipated (yep, another fun fact) sh*t with other baby makers. These people have opinions. And their opinions are that everything you are doing is wrong. I hear this phenomenon continues into motherhood, so I guess I should buy a few more pairs of big girls panties that I keep hearing people say to put on.
4.5 In Laws
Also, these same people have an entire board dealing with crazy in-laws and families. Train Wreck. And addicting. I highly suggest the next time you find yourself bored and tired of facebook, sign up for baby-center and watch the fireworks. Unbelievable.
5. Exhaustion/Sympathy Pains
These wouldn't normally go together, but at my house they do. I have always been a napper. I love to sleep and have no problem spending a Friday night in bed at 8:30. Sleep is my favorite hobby. But man, I have never in my life been this tired. Luckily B is exhausted too. It may be due to the hormonal shifts he accuses me of having every day, I don't know what he is talking about, but I am ready for bed early. He is typically the first to suggest lying down for the evening. I had to put my foot down Tuesday when he suggested this at 7:12 pm. In his defense he had no idea what time it was, and had I not looked at my watch, I would have been all over that idea. He has also been in need of more back rubs lately due to unknown reasons as well as no longer sleeping. I don't sleep either thanks to the psycho dreams this baby gives me, so I think he has sympathy insomnia. Which is BS because he can take Ambien and I cannot.
Anyone out there have any other warnings for me? I think I am handling this pretty good so far, but what do I know. Apparently I am doing it all wrong anyway!
Happy Friday, and if you get some spare time to nap, please do so with me in mind. I am trying to stockpile all the sleep I can, even if it isn't MY sleep!