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My Favorite (and Least Favorite) Things About Pregnancy

Well, I'm 41 weeks pregnant today, and still feel great. I don't feel much larger than I did before. I think once you get to a certain point big is just big. Can't see my toes, or anything past my belly. It's more efficient to walk straight through, instead of turning to the side to try to squeeze by someone, and the kicks to the ribs have become welcomed.

Since I know I'm not going to be pregnant for much longer I decided to document my favorite, and least favorite things about pregnancy.

As far as least favorites go, I actually don't have many. It was hard coming up with this list because I was blessed with a very easy, uncomplicated pregnancy. Nevertheless, there are a few things I generally could have lived without.

1. The urge to pee. I use to brag about being good at holding my pee. It's a strange talent to boast about, I know, but it came in handy on long trips, or during times when I had to sit in one place for awhile. I also absolutely HATE public restrooms. It's like a phobia. So I hardly every resorted to using them pre-pregnancy. Unfortunately I had to adjust. There are some positives though: I've become really good at squatting now--As even with toilet paper guarding my butt from the public seat, I still don't want to risk it.

There have also been some close-calls in parking lots of places when the urge to pee hits me in the middle of no where--yet I still debate driving home before I go. I went from having to go about 2-3 times a day, to 2-3 times an hour. I eventually just gave in to the urges and adjusted to public restrooms realizing it's life. So I'm not too upset when I have to excuse myself from a dinner or a meeting because nature calls.

2. Wardrobe limitation. This downfall is my own fault. I'm sorta cheap. And it is really really hard for me to justify buying maternity attire I will only wear for a few months. Then if I'm lucky, tuck away until the next time I'm pregnant. Luckily a few friends gave me some maternity hand me downs, and I got a Bellaband to help keep my pants from falling down in their unzipped state. It helped me save some pennies for more things for my little girl, but it also hindered the variety in what I was wearing.

I thought I'd be a cute pregnant lady with a stylish wardrobe, but I ended up being that girl who maybe shouldn't be wearing that, or wore that shirt last week, and the week before, and the week before that.

3. Morning sickness. I don't think you can have a list of things you dislike about pregnancy and not include morning sickness if you had it. First of all, most of us know now know that the term "morning sickness" is a lie, and doesn't stop at noon. After you cope with that realization it's not so bad. I had a love-hate relationship with morning sickness. I hated it when I had it, and I hated it when I didn't.--Therefore also loving it when I did. Morning sickness to me was a sign that I was still pregnant and things were going well. At times all I could eat were cold grapes, but when the nausea stopped, I was panicking, and wondering if everything was ok with my little Spawnie. I was happy when internal kicks took over as my security blanket.

4. Crotch pain. We talked about this a little last week. Apparently it wasn't a sign my labor was near because, well... I'm still pregnant. The pains have subsided a little too, so who knows what's up, but when they're there, boy do they hurt! It hurts to sit down, it hurts to walk. It pretty much hurts to do anything. I guess after I push this baby out there will be some more SERIOUS crotch pain, so maybe it's a good thing I've had some practice.

5. Unsolicited advice. I didn't rank these in order of my least favorite of my least favorite things but if I did this would be number one. I've officially been sustained into the world of motherhood, because with it comes a slew of people telling you what you should do for EVERYTHING. I'm the oldest child, so I HATE being told what to do, and a surefire way to get my blood boiling is to bud in and tell me I'm not doing something right. At least I got practice I guess. Now I just need to come up with comebacks for the ones that'll come after she's born.

6. Cankles. The only place I've gotten stretch marks in my pregnancy has been on my feet. I wore a size 11 shoe and thanks to my cankles I now wear an 11 WIDE. Seriously, how much more embarrassing could it be shopping for shoes? I've resorted to wearing flip flops these last few weeks, which helps with the pain but not with the shocked looks I get from people when they eyeball my ginormous feet. People ask me if something's wrong... Toxemia? No... just edema. A really bad case. Yes, walking hurts. Running is impossible. Good thing I haven't been chased my any bears lately.

So quite honestly, that's the worst of the worst to me. Not bad huh? There are many more things I LOVE about pregnancy but here are my favorites in no particular order:

1. Cankles. What? Wasn't this one my other list? Yes. But I feel like my cankles have become some kind of trademark. They are so big that I literally have people comparing their cankles to mine. I also feel like they're come kind of rite of passage, or apparent sacrifice that I'm making for my little girl, and I can't wait to show her my cankle scrapbook some day. It's safe to say I have a teeny tiny obsession with them, and they've been fun to brag about during my pregnancy.

2. Guessing and finding out the sex of my baby. In the very beginning I thought I was having a girl. I dreamed I was pregnant with a girl, and our moms thought we were having baby girls. My husband also had an including that we were having a girl, and hoped that we were, so that just magnified my desire for a girl (yes I know you're never suppose to admit these things but I couldn't help it!). I also knew that this would just be too good to be true. I got pregnant quickly AND I'd be having a girl? That's just too good to be true! So I tried not to get my hopes up. I started browsing little boy things and got myself all pumped up to be having a little boy. Intelligender said it was a boy, and so did my craving for steak. So when the 20-week ultrasound said it was a girl I was SO HAPPY. My excitement and happiness level was up there with my wedding day. I couldn't believe it.

I was so excited and impatient in those first 20 weeks of not knowing, but they were so fun.

3. Feeling my baby kick. I remember the first few times I felt her move I wasn't sure if it was actually her moving, or gas bubbles floating around in there. Once I knew for sure it was my little bean I was more in love. I felt her pretty early in pregnancy, I believe around 13 weeks. Then my husband was able to feel her kick from the outside fairly early too. I remember holding his hand to my stomach and not letting him move it until he felt our baby kick (or more likely--body slam into my uterus). I'll never forget the look on his face when he felt her (though we didn't know it was a her yet). His eyes got all wide and he smiled and said "WOAH." I think that's when it hit him hard that this was real.

4. Setting up the nursery. I never thought I'd get everything done in time, but wow--Now everything's done and I STILL have time. I got the bedding I wanted, and more adorable things than I ever imagined having in my first child's room. It's perfect for a little princess though, and I can't wait to see her in it.

5. Sleep. Sleep hasn't necessarily been better than it is when I wasn't pregnant, but it hasn't really been much worse either. Potty breaks are usually the only thing inhibiting me from sleeping my best, but I've mastered the zombie-bathroom-break during he middle of the night. I have sleep to the list because I keep hearing I need to enjoy it now, and lately I've been enjoying it so much that it's become a favorite part of pregnancy.

I take naps when I want, sleep in all of the time, it's wonderful. The past week has especially been nice since my husband and I both took time off work (expecting a baby) and since there was no baby, we've had lots of time to spend together, sleeping in every morning, and napping together during the day. I think this last week together will be one will look back and cherish forever.

6. Becoming a mother. I know my baby isn't OUT yet but I still am a mom. I've made decisions for my little one already and have falling in love with her so quickly. I've already become a different person. I've wanted and strived to be better. I've learned new craft skills I never thought I had, and I've challenged myself in new ways.

The anticipation of meeting her is overwhelming and I can't stop thinking about what she'll look like, act like, be like. I'm just beginning on a journey of a lifetime and I've really enjoyed relishing in the beginning stages of motherhood.

I hear the love you feel when you first see your child is indescribable, and I'm sure those first few moments with her will make me forget all of the difficult parts of pregnancy, and top all of my favorite parts. I can't wait.

What were your favorite and least favorite parts of pregnancy?