Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Happy Pregnant Woman, Not to Be Confused With Happy Family at Chinese Restaurants

Being happy when you are pregnant is a challenge in itself.  I have been fortunate to have had 2 good pregnancies without significant complications.  I have experienced some bumps in the road such as leg cramps, sciatica, stretch marks, to name a few.   I have tried to maintain a positive outlook through both of the pregnancies regardless of the comments uncouth, unmannered people make.  Ahem, see below....

Co-Worker #1--"Wow, your roots are really dark!"

I do color my hair.  I don't try to hide it.  I get highlights done every 5 weeks or so.  As part of my prenatal care, I take prenatal vitamins, which accelerate the growth of my hair and my nails, so it does not take long for my roots to get dark.  Now, this is not something you want to point out to a pregnant woman.  I know that my roots are dark, I don't need to be told.  I guess some folks don't have anything better to say than the obvious.

Co-Worker #2--"You have really popped out there!'"

I do have another human growing inside of me.  With this current pregnancy, I lost 15 lbs. before I got pregnant in an effort to keep my weight gain down.  Seth was a large baby--10 lbs. 6 oz. and I wanted to try and avoid a 10 pounder this time.  I really did not start showing alot until January.  I do have to say that my stomach has grown quite much in the last 6-8 weeks, and I realize that.  I do not have to be told, but obviously some folks believe I need to be reminded.  

My Mama--"Do you think you will get as big as you were with Seth?"
Me--"I hope it doesn't happen."
My Daddy--"You are not far away!"

Yes, my own Daddy.  I am smiling all through this because I aim to be a happy pregnant woman, not one who wears her emotions or hormones on her sleeve.  Not one who keeps a chip on her shoulder and uses a pregnancy as a crutch or an excuse to be ill or unhappy.  Not one to snap someone's head off just because they do not tell me I am glowing.

Seth--"Wow mommy, your belly is really big.   How many more days until the baby comes out?"

Sooner than later buddy, sooner than later.


Jane said...

I will have to comment and laugh at this post Leigh. You have been a happy camper throughout both pregnancies and I am very proud of you. Hang in there, going to happen sooner, than later. Love you!

Julie F. said...

Love it, love it, love it! We always "glow" with the first, it is the second, they say, that we just try to remain a "happy pregnant woman", all the while now taking care of another child at the same time. You are right, sooner than later, sooner than later. Can't wait to see the "no-named" baby girl! :0

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