Welcome to another addition of The Bump Tales. This week is the last week in my 5th month (yay!). So happy to be chugging right along with this without any major complications. The baby is doing awesome, as far as I can tell, she’s kicking up a storm every day and moving around all merrily. The Hubbi finally got to feel her kicks last week, and he’s very happy about it. I’m just waiting for the right time so Baby Girl #1 can feel them since she hasn’t yet, so here’s hoping! I have yet to see my feet swell up (thank the heavens!) and I’m eating very healthily, perhaps a bit too much, but who’s going to stop me?!?!
Let me just start off with “Pregnancy Badges”. One of the (many) pregnancy/baby sites I’ve joined lately sent me an email and said I might be noticing some stretch marks creeping up and to think of them as badges of honor during pregnancy. Well, since I got all stretch marked up after my first baby and I’m sure there’s more creeping around for this baby, you would think it would bring me comfort to consider them as badges of honor. But let’s face it, after the baby’s out and you’re staring at your extra flab of skin with these ugly marks on them, know that you can NEVER wear a bikini again, well they don’t seem so honorable anymore. I love pregnancy & babies as much as the next mother, maybe even more, but what I wouldn’t give to be one of those women who don’t get stretch marks, like my best friend! She’s had two babies and miraculously there isn’t a blemish on that perfect, ivory skinned body. I’d definitely hate her if I didn’t love her so much. So no pregnancy/baby website, stretch marks aren’t badges of honor, they are your old body all mutilated and torn up there for you to stare at forever.
You know what should be considered a badge of honor? Hemorrhoids! Yes, it happens to the best of us, and no one really talks about it, but I’m gonna! Ever since I had my first baby, I was riddled with hemorrhoids and constipation, one of the many pitfalls to the joy of pregnancy. The only good thing about this is that it goes away after you have the baby, but for those few months that you have to suffer, ugh, it’s a “strain”. And you would think that since every pregnancy is different, you’re hoping the next one will be a smooth one (like some women are lucky enough to have), but no, those hemorrhoids have crept right back on my bottom and let me tell you, I’m not happy! It’s not only the whole bathroom thing, what about when you and your husband what to have sex? Sometimes men like to look down there and the last thing you want them to see is something like that, so you get all self-conscious and either have it completely dark as night when you do it, or don’t do it all, which, let’s face it, sucks and blows, because sex is scarce enough in a marriage as it is!
Anyways, I have to admit that before I got pregnant I was going through my heavier phase in my weight fluctuations, which is terrible because now everywhere I go people say “oh, when are you due?” and I have to tell them, with a little shame, that “I’m due in March”. Then there’s the awkward silence and they try to make some witty comeback that doesn’t make you feel bad but ends up doing so anyways. Honestly, I can not wait to get this over with so I can shed all the excess weight and go back to being no more than 120lbs. Right now I can barely bend down and get back up without breaking a sweat, can’t see feet or touch them, crossing my legs is very uncomfortable, and it’s already taking an effort and a half for me to switch sides in the bed. Ah, the joys of pregnancy, you gotta love ’em!
New This Week:
– Baby Girl #2 loves kicking me all the time now (and I love it in return), so happy to know that she’s active & healthy!
-Fluid & such is starting to leak from “down there” again (like it did at the beginning of this pregnancy), I know it’s nothing to worry about but it’s very annoying! And it’s like clockwork, right around 2-3 pm, I have to try to manage the situation and clean myself up (which ain’t pretty!). I know, TMI, but it is what it is =)
-It’s official, I can no longer suck in my gut to make it look like I’m smaller than I actually am. Yes, I know I’m pregnant, but I would occasionally suck in my gut, like for pictures or something, so I wouldn’t look like a house and it would work just fine. Now, the baby is all up around my belly area and there’s nothing left to suck. I guess it’s just only going to get bigger from here!
-I’m drinking water like I was stranded on a desert for a month! I know you’re supposed to stay hydrated and people tend to drink a lot of water when they’re pregnant, but up until now I’ve just been making myself drink a lot of water because I know it’s good for me. But now, well lets just say when we go out to eat, the waiter needs to leave a couple pitchers of water at our table and refill them every so often!
-I’ve also noticed that my belly area has become very tight, like I’m at the limit of skin stretch here. I really hope I don’t start ripping at the seams now! I know it’s only going to get bigger & the body does accommodate, but man, when people think I’m already about to go in when I’m only not even 6 months! It’s a shame I’ve got such a big belly for such a small person!