Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pregnancy 101: The Good Stuff

I don't HATE being pregnant.  It's not the worst thing that has ever happened to me.  Most of the time I feel pretty good.  I have the yucky stuff I deal with (Could I BE anymore tired?  Don't answer that.  Also, since when did CHOCOLATE give anyone heartburn?) but for the most part I can still do most of the stuff I want and keep up with about 80% of what I'm used to doing.  Plus there's a big prize at the end of the TEN MONTHS (Who made up that 9 month lie?), so a little discomfort is well worth it.
There has however been a few things that have happened since I got into my second trimester that are pretty cool.  Example #1, I got's me some nice nails:

Do you SEE those nails?  First of all, let me explain I have NEVER had nails this long unless they were made out of plastic.  I am one of those lucky people that my nails grow just past the quick and then split and rip.  Plus I used to be a major nail biter.  I have small, chubby little grabbers so the short nails always made my hands look so much worse.  I've never really liked my hands because of how small and chubby they are and because I had no nails.  But now!  Lookie here!  I've got some pretty fantastic nails going on!  My hubby loves them because they are good back scratchers.  I love them because they make me feel pretty.  Especially when they are painted.  In fact they are growing so fast (and strong I might add) that they are almost becoming an annoyance.  But I'm not complaining!  No siree!  I know only a few more months and they will be a thing of the past, so I'll enjoy them while I have them.

Example #2, model worthy hair:

I have always had pretty nice hair.  It's very thick and there is bunches and gobs of it.  I can do a lot of things with it.  Plus I've always been of the mindset that it's JUST hair and if I hate something I've done with it I'll just dye it dark brown or grow it out.  However, THIS hair.  THIS hair my friends is luxurious hair!  This is the type of hair women kill for!  I have a routine with my hair down pretty good.  It only gets washed every two days (Wash it Monday, wash it Wednesday, wash it Friday, etc.).  This works really well for my hair because I've trained it to be less oily and as heavy as my hair is blow drying it is a CHORE.  And this is also why every time I DO wash my hair someone asks me if I got my hair colored.  I just tell them no, I just washed it.  But my old hair shed A LOT.  I mean, clog-up-the-bath-and-have-to-pour-a-bottle-of-Drano-down-it-every-6-weeks, alot.  However, pregnancy hair?  Holy beautiful hair.  I hardly shed at all.  It's silkier than it's ever been.  And the oiliness is pretty much non-existent.  I mean I can literally go almost 4 days without washing my hair and it looks as good on day four as it did on day one!  Crazy!  And hello weed-like growing hair!  You remember a few months a go when I chopped all my hair off?  I've mourned it ever since.  I just like my hair long so I've been trying to grow it out again and up until about 2 months ago it was doing it at a snails pace.  All of the sudden it's in the race to win it!  Go hair!  Of course, all those Debbie Downers out there have made sure to let me know that most women (And I'm sure I'll fall into this category as it happened to both my mom and sister.) lose quite a bit of hair after they give birth but honestly I think it will be okay because I've got PLENTY to spare right now.

Example #3, I'm never wearing pants with a waist again:

I would like to kiss the person on the mouth who invented this pants.  There is no comfort in the world like maternity pants.  It's like a big sigh of relief everytime I do.  It's genius I tell you.  Of course it sucks that styles are so limited and let's be honest, not always so cute, but girl all you need is a few good staples and you are set!  I have a black pair of work pants, a brown pair of work pants, a pair of jean capris and a pair of brown cargos.  I'm looking to add two pairs of jeans and I'll be good.  I would wear these pants 24 hours a day, two days in a row.  It was a little weird before I became the walking belly to have a band up that high but now it's nothing but love.  I'm seriously considering keeping these pants and wearing them every holiday season.  Think of it!  Everyone puts on a few pounds at the holidays and wishing they had more room for all that yummy food!  In these pants?  You got all the room you need.

There are a few other things that I can think of that I love about being pregnant but these are my top three.  And I fully intend to enjoy every single, solitary minute I have them.  What did you love about being pregnant or what do you think you are looking forward to?


Michelle, Queen of Everything said...

I'm one of those people who did hate being pregnant, especially the last time when I grew a ginormous baby who literally split my pelvis open. I was limping around just two days ago because I pulled it again.

ANYWAY, I loved my big hair, big nails and big boobs when I was pregnant. And I loved rubbing my big belly. I'd pull my shirt up, let it all hang out, and rub it while I watched TV.

Giving up the maternity pants was so hard! I seriously mourned every time I walked past the Motherhood store (for years!) But I wore my maternity underwear for months and months after I gave birth. They were so comfy!

Girly Muse said...

Ooo, pretty nails and hair!!! And that belly is lovely.

I really enjoyed just having a small amount of clothes to choose from every day. I didn't LOVE my clothes, but it sure simplified things to know only 6 things fit.

My favorite thing about being pregnant is feeling the baby kicking in there. Yes, it's not always comfortable, but there's nothing like it. I really missed that after my babies were born...and certain movements they made after they came out, I'd think, "Yep, I recognize that move!"