I basically wrote this post in my head last night while laying wide awake in bed because I took a nap way too late in the day because we got home lateish from our first trip to Home Depot as HOMEOWNERS.
It was very exciting, but so physically taxing for this 40 week + 5 pregnant lady that I sweetly had to ask some employees if there was a place where I could sit a spell. The dude jumped into action and was like, “You stay right there” and he went and got me a chair and had me sit right where I was in the middle of the flooring aisle. He then asked if I was ok (I think he was asking if I was going to pass out or give birth or both), and I assured him that all I needed was to sit until my husband was done shopping.
He left and then came back with a bottle of water for me. How freaking kind is that! And not only that, but he came back several times to check on me, and other employees asked if I was ok as well. Never have I encountered such nice, helpful folks. Really renewed my faith in the goodness of this world into which I am about to bring a screaming, pooping lovebucket.
And that brings me to the entire point of this post:
Don’t ever ask a pregnant lady if she’s had the baby yet.
Like, not even if you word it differently. Or if she’s your best friend. Or your best friend’s Home Depot coworker.
You wanna know why?
Because, I’d think it’s safe to say, most 40-ish-week pregnant ladies would love nothing more than to just have the thing already, get to meet their screaming pile of joy, and get to reclaiming their bodies a bit. We’re exhausted. We’re cranky. We’re feeling heavy as hippos. We’re fucking done-zo.
And it’s because of that, that pregnant ladies are usually ready to squeal that they’ve given birth by SHOUTING IT FROM THE FRICKIN ROOFTOPS. You’d have to be absolutely deaf not to hear. Trust me. They’ll be inundating your Facebook feed with pictures, videos, and stool samples demanding that you agree that this baby and its poop is the cutest poopy baby who ever lived, ever.
You won’t have to ask.
And if there’s no news – THERE’S NO BABY. Say it with me.
Either that, or for some reason momma hasn’t told you because she’s simply not ready to. Maybe you’re not very close to her, and not all of her friends and family have gotten to see the baby yet. Maybe there were medical complications that momma is still dealing with and doesn’t feel like sharing.
At any rate – if the momma wanted you (yes, you) to know that baby was born, YOU’D KNOW.
You won’t have to ask.
And honestly, do you really want to ask knowing that the answer is most likely a thinly veiled, “Fuck off, the baby ain’t here yet and I hate my body and my life and omg, will this mucous ever stop leaking out of me?!“
No. Of course not. Because everyone would like to avoid talking about excess mucous.
And don’t say that you’re on pins and needles waiting for this baby as a means of justifying your need to ask. You know who’s even more anxious about it than you are? You know who wins this one? You know who doesn’t give a fuck how you feel about the baby not being here yet?
You guessed it – the momma.
So please, don’t ask. Be patient. The momma can’t plan for this, and so neither can you.
Now get this baby out of me so I can start drunkenly Facebook feed-bombing about how my baby is cuter than your baby.
I’m due today.
Well, actually, you’re due.
To come out.
We really can’t wait to meet you
Even though I feel like I know you already
You dance and hiccup and kick
And squirm your way up under my ribcage on the right side
You test the boundaries of your squishy little world
I can’t wait to show you my world
We’ve had our bags packed for weeks
We pretend to be ready, but we’re really not
Don’t worry, though, cuz we can’t wait to love you
and squish you
and pinch your little fat rolls
and sing you to sleep.
I don’t know what’s going to happen
And that’s pretty scary for me
So if you know, please tell me
Otherwise, we’ll just figure things out
as we go.
So get here soon
If you only knew the joy that is waiting for you
But then again, maybe you do
because how could you not?
So what are you waiting for
Come on out
So I can love you more
Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap
Hey everyone amazing news we actually closed on a house last week can you believe it we’re HOMEOWNERS
and not a moment too soon.
cuz immediately following getting our keys we went to the Oregon coast for the weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and I can’t believe this year has gone by so freaking fast omg but the decision to go to the beach/coast was an amazing one because I am DYING IN THIS HEAT and we have to wait before we can get help to move into the new AIR CONDITIONED house which means this baby had better STAY PUT so I can labor in the house not only does it have AC, but it also has a soaking tub and a shower WITH SEATS it’s like it was made for pregnant ladies
fast forward to now where we’re moving small things everyday and waiting for the big move on Saturday and omg it’s HOT and I feel crappy that I can’t physically help pack and I have zero energy and maybe I’ll just put a few books in this box but oh I can’t do too much because what if I trigger the labor to start NOT BEFORE SATURDAY
maybe I should sit down I AM NOT MOODY SHUT THE FUCK UP
my hips hurt and I am hungry again
I am so BLESSED and I can’t believe everything is falling into place right in the nick of time and I am SO EXCITED and I still can’t believe that I am going to have a little human soon and a house this kinda makes me a real grown up now and oh crap now I’m crying
that seems to happen more often these days
my feet are swelling up again maybe I should sit down and eat something WHERE IS MY FAVORITE MUG is it packed already WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MY LIFE
no labor til after Saturday Little Duck you stay in there til after Saturday
time for a nap.
I was weighing myself because I’m pregnant and it was Monday. I lead a very exciting life, I know.
Brian: “I wonder when you’ll weigh as much as me?”
Me: “What? I’ll never weigh as much as you. You’re always going to be fatter than me. Always.”
Brian: “Oh yeah? Let’s see then.”
I write down my new weight for this week. On average, I’ve been gaining about 2 pounds a week for a while now.
Brian then weighed himself. To my horror, it was only about 3 pounds heavier.
Me: “I don’t think so! You didn’t eat enough for dinner! Here, have this muffin.”
Brian: “See?! Only about another week and a half and we’ll be the same!”
Me: “Hang on, let me pee and I’ll weigh myself again. I probably have a few pounds of pee in here.”
Brian: “But now you know how I feel!”
Me: “Please, Brian, tell me how it feels to be you. Because this is so the same.’
Brian: “…it feels awesome?”
Me: “Yes. My swollen hands and feet feel awesome. So does your baby’s head pushing on my cervix. Do you know what that feels like?”
Brian: “…the opposite of awesome?”
Me: “Now get in the kitchen and go eat some muffins. But make sure to save me one. Or ten.”
Fast forward to last night – another Monday night weigh-in.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s happened. Brian and I now weigh the same.
He did an odd sort of happy dance. I got into a sumo stance, pushed him over, and sat on him.
It felt awesome.
In case you haven’t heard, my online shirtless husband Ryan Gosling is now my online shirtless babydaddy, complete with memes. (Reposted from Today.com)
For the record, nothing is sexier than reminding me to take my folic acid.
If you’re Ryan Gosling, that is.
I think it’s time to admit it – this pregnancy has turned a corner.
I’ve been getting a little moody.
Usually, I love the heat. I am a California girl, and I had been living in the central valley for the past 5 years. I’m now realizing that what made living there in the heat even remotely bearable was that AC was pretty standard in both public and private dwellings – overused, even – and because I wasn’t pregnant with an exothermic squid.
Recently, it got warmer here in Oregon than it was in my homeland, which doesn’t happen very often. And we don’t have AC in our box-filled second story oven. Result: I get a little moody, drenched in sweat, and exhausted from doing exactly nothing.
I’m starting to not see the point of clothing. Or having to get up to use the bathroom.
The heat has also been causing my normally dainty hands and feet to swell like Johnsonville brats in a beer bath on the 4th of July. In Hell.
I’ve taken to soaking my feet in ice water while doing nothing. It helps on days that end in killmenow.
Speaking of beer baths, there’s this random cooking show that comes on TV in the middle of my day spent waiting for death, and today they were concocting delicious-looking cocktails paired with mouthwatering, listeria-laden deli meats with a side of E Coli-infused hollandiase sauce. I wanted to punch someone and then put the entire contents of the show in my mouth.
In an attempt to stay alive, I’ve been trying to waddle down to our complex’s pool when it’s empty or nearly empty, which is never. The water isn’t heated, but it’s still not cold enough. Maybe next time I’ll bring down a tray of ice cubes to add to the mix.
I must say, being submerged in water feels pretty damn nice. It actually reminds me of what it must feel like to be in the womb – all safe and suspended and weightless. You’d better count your blessings while you can, Little Duck. Cuz if being expelled from my uterus is anything like me having to heave my now heavier-than-ever body out of the pool, you’re in for some hard times, my friend.
I vote for staying in that pool until my due date. It would definitely solve a number of my current issues.
Trying to sleep has been fun. If by fun, you mean setting my feet on fire, mashing my calves in an electric mixer, and pounding a mallet on my bladder. Either that, or by shoving bamboo under my rapidly-growing fingernails. Either one. You know.
The most interesting part is trying to turn my Moby Dick body over in the middle of the night without a) waking my husband, and b) falling out of bed. The process is quite simple, actually. Step one: wake up for the 1000th time to a full bladder, which isn’t really full, it’s just being squeezed down to the size of a raisin. Shove my arms against the mattress in an attempt to right myself. Try again if needed. And a third time. Waddle to bathroom, trip over the cat in the dark. Pee – in the toilet this time. Waddle back. Gently lower myself into bed onto the side of my body whose hip burns the least. Decide this side still hurts like a motherfucker (this word has gained new meaning since getting pregnant, btw), and begin the classic 8-point turn while holding up my belly with one hand, lest its dense weight slosh over before the rest of my abdomen, causing severe pain and discomfort. Lastly, gently punch unborn baby back into a reasonable position that chokes my liver, rather than my bladder. It’s not like I am using it, anyway (the liver, I mean).
So yeah, I’ve been having to waddle for quite some time. I get it now, you guys. My muscles are being stretched in ways they should only be stretched by Gomez Addams during foreplay.
And I know pregnant ladies complain about not being able to see their feet, and I suppose I get that. My abdomen has never stuck out quite this far before, even after eating a few burritos. But you know what concerns me more? I haven’t been able to establish a visual with my ladygarden for far too long. I mean, I can sense her, I know she’s there – but how is she? I can’t tend to her anymore (because god knows I am not even going to attempt to approach with anything sharp with the aid of a mirror – everything being backwards and objects larger than they appear…), and that makes me sad. She’s about to go through her biggest performance to date and she won’t even look her best (leading up to it, anyway).
I’m sorry, my dear friend. You’re on your own now. I’ll see you on the other side.
Psychos, I’ll leave you with a memento of happier times before The Fall. This was taken several weeks ago when my list of ailments was considerably shorter.
Lookit what I got for writing a post on Crazy Good Parent! Thanks, Janice!
That’s right, now I can consume schnapps-flavored coffee during 2am feedings and no one will be the wiser. No one.
If you missed my guest post, be sure to check it out.
And now we’ll return to our regularly scheduled pregnancy nap.
Hey, this is Brian.
Yup, the husband-of-a-pregnant-blogger-Melissa Brian.
I’m here to school all the partners of pregnant ladies so that they get through the experience relatively unscathed.
Can you believe Melissa actually let me on here to write my very own post?
Yeah, neither can I…because this is Melissa, and I am writing this from Brian’s point of view with his general oversight and mild approval. Learn from these tales, my friends.
I decided to wait to eat breakfast on this lovely Sunday morning, opting for brunch instead. Of course, Melissa wolfed down two bowls of cereal and about ten lemon poppyseed muffins before I even got out of bed, so I figured she’d be good for a while.
I walk into the room with my beautifully prepared brunch and I see that she’s on her computer. I sit down next to her. She looks up expectantly. “What’s that?”
I paused, realizing my mistake too late. Could I still get away? Maybe I could pretend that I didn’t hear her.
I faced my fate head-on: “Uh…it’s a sandwich. Made with this delicious bagel, pesto, lettuce…and from diseased deli meat and unpasteurized cheese.”
At Melissa’s rageful silence, I got up and backed away slowly, and once I was a safe distance away, I threw another muffin at her for good measure.
The Hangry Plan
Pregnant ladies have gold medals in being hangry, so Melissa and I have learned to try and plan for the worst when we go out shopping or to run some errands. We bring water and snacks, and we also conjure up contingency plans, especially since she’ll be less able to run and defend herself in the event of a zombie apocalypse breaking out mid-outing.
For this particular outing, I wanted to go clothes shopping, and I gave Melissa the option of staying home, but she insisted on getting out of the apartment.
Melissa: “If I get hangry, just drop me at Cinnabon.”
Me: “You mean when you get hangry.”
Me: “And we may have to think of somewhere else, because they went out of business.”
Wide-eyed, panicked Melissa: “What?!”
Me, making sure I was more than an arm’s length away: “Ha, just kidding. You totally believed me!”
Melissa: “You are dead to me.”
The Sperm Whale
We’re at the doctor’s office, and Melissa has some fetal heart monitors strapped to her belly to check some things out. Everything was awesome, and when they took the monitors off, they had made two round impressions on her very pregnant belly.
As Melissa was getting dressed, I giggled.
Me: “Nothing, it’s just that you reminded me of a sperm whale.”
Melissa, her tone of voice flat-lining: “…a whatnow?”
Me, as I point to her belly: “You know, the sperm whale surfaces and the squid has been attacking it, and you can see where the squid’s suction cups were stuck to the whale.”
Melissa: “And that makes me a sperm whale?”
Me: “…a small, cute one!”
Melissa: “You know what else sperm whales can do?”
And without waiting for an answer, she sat on me.
The Jungle Cat
It’s 6 in the morning, and Melissa got up with me because she couldn’t sleep, so she was naturally hungry again.
But also because she loves me madly and couldn’t bear to miss seeing me off to work. As you recall from previous blog posts, it’s my responsibility to feed the meowing, howling cat at this time of day.
After spending a few minutes in the bathroom doing disgusting boy things, I entered the kitchen and threw some kibble in the cat’s bowl. The howling stopped, replaced by sounds of frantic gulping as she turned all of her attention to her food bowl. I looked up and realized that my cat and pregnant wife mirrored each other – each were hunched over their food in intense focus, like jungle cats tearing their fresh prey apart. Melissa even had on adorable cheetah print skivvies.
Foolishly, I reached over and patted Melissa’s bum. “You’re like a cheetah!” I told her. And then I growled for good measure.
Melissa looked up from her peanut butter and jelly topped onion bagel. “Huh?!” she said with her mouth full.
I pointed at her underwear and growled again.
She looked down and then quickly looked back up. “Yeah, I can’t see what underwear I am wearing from this angle. Thanks.”
“Well…it looks fabulous!”
And then I threw another muffin and ran away.