Friday, November 28, 2014

I'm Loving It! Christmas for the Wine-O

Since it's Black Friday, I figured it was a good day to start talking Christmas gifts! This summer I was approached by Wine 2 Go to try out their super cool plastic wine flask. The only problem was, by they time it arrived, I had found out I was pregnant, so no wine for me!! They were super sweet and agreed to let me wait until football season so I could get a friend to use it during tailgating since I wouldn't be using it myself for a good while. My sister came down for the Bama v. Texas A&M game and she put that bad boy to work!!

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That's right, she poured that whole bottle of wine into the Wine 2 Go!

 The Wine 2 Go is a plastic flask that fits an entire bottle of wine---AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF WINE I said!! It's so perfect because it is light weight and you don't have to worry about breaking it. You know those signs at the pool that say no glass bottles? Enter the Wine 2 Go. It also makes it really easy to chill wine in a cooler AND the lid is super secure so you don't have to worry about spills. My sister said they absolutely loved using it on the Quad in Tuscaloosa because it was light weight and they didn't have to worry that they might accidentally spill it. She liked it so much she is purchasing them for all of her girlfriends for Christmas, and I'm thinking along those same lines myself!! It is really the perfect present for those wine loving friends of yours--plus, it only costs $12.99 plus shipping. It's really the gift that keeps on giving, glass after glass! The sweet people of Wine 2 Go also make Flask 2 Go for any other drink carrying needs you may have!

Thank you SO much to Addie and the whole Wine 2 Go gang for hanging in there with me while I waited pretty much 24 weeks (aka my entire pregnancy thus far) to get their product used and reviewed. Please check them out!!! You won't be sorry--and you'll never haul around a wine bottle again!
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bump Update

It's been a while since I've done an update so here goes!!

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This was me at 23 weeks. I'm nearly 25 now, so.........

Total Weight Gain: 18 lbs!!! I say this incredulously. I know I'm supposed to gain weight, I mean duh, and I'm right in line with where my doctor wants me to be, but gah--it's hard for me for some reason! 18 sounds like a lot!

Gender: GIRL!! A sweet little beautiful baby girl!!!

Maternity Clothes? "The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things." Feeling slightly walrus-y myself, that quote from Alice and Wonderland seemed fitting. Anyway, I broke down and upon the advice of my friend Denise who is due in December and is small like me, I ordered some maternity clothes from Old Navy. I got some jeans and 2 work skirts and a pair of legging that I've had on for nearly 40 hours. I don't know why I fought it so much because I was just delaying the inevitable. I can wear some of my regular sweater dresses but my old clothes are not really working for me any more. Hopefully I can get through the winter without having to spend much more. I have to applaud Old Navy for their comfy leggings, super low prices, and lightening fast shipping!

Stretch Marks? None so far! Fingers crossed!

Sleep: All good so far!

Movement: I have been feeling her for weeks apparently. However, people kept telling me it felt like flutters or butterflies. I never felt a single flutter--just pokes and something kind of like popping bubbles. I figured it was something digestive. Well, not so much. I thought I felt her on the way to Birmingham one night when Forrest had to slam on the brakes and I tensed up. I could have sworn she kicked the crap out of me so hard that I felt it from the outside while I was watching Alabama try to give the game away to Tennessee, but was convinced it was too early to feel her on the outside. (What I thought I felt kick me, I have no idea.) Then I  pretty much decided I felt her when I was at the Service Guild Rummage Sale Preview Party after I downed a giant Sprite. We were on our babymoon last week and while I was rocking my 2 piece I started to feel her so much that I could feel her on the outside. I wasn't sure but since my belly was bare I was watching and then  I SAW her move!! It was so freaky! Forrest saw it too and felt her kick his hand. It was amazing! Then I got in the pool and it was apparently too cold for my princess and she balled up and burrowed into my back. It scared me so much I started climbing out of the pool, which is NOT a graceful sight let me just say! I love now that I know I'm feeling her in there and it makes this whole process seem a lot more real.

Food Cravings: Bring on any and all food. The all inclusive babymoon was perfect for me.

Food Aversions: I'm over the nut thing, thank goodness!

Symptoms: I had my first leg cramp during pregnancy the other night. I used to get them terribly when I was little, so much so I would be screaming in my bed and my mom would have to come and press giant knots out of my legs. Every now and then I'll have one but I'm talking like 1 a year. I'm hoping that the one last night was a "one of" but I'm doubting it. My "cramp training" when I was little at least prepared me for what to do!

Belly Button In or Out? It is nearly flush with my belly--how weird is THAT! It really creeps me out. I don't like to look at it.

Wedding Rings On or Off? On. My hands aren't swelling any. My feet were frighteningly swollen on our trip to Cancun but I figure that was because of the flight and the humidity. Once I got back home I went back to normal. Note to myself: consider if squeezing giant sausage feet into tiny wedges was really worth it for those few days.

Miss Anything? Being able to bend over, cross my legs, and get out of bed normally. You would not imagine how crazy you feel when you have to THINK about what you are going to have to do to get yourself out of bed in the morning. This scares me because I have so much longer to go!

Best Moment This Week: Sharing our babymoon together! It was our last big trip (we have a couple of weekend adventures coming up but nothing major) before she comes. It was truly wonderful to just relax and be "us". I'm crying as I type this tiny paragraph--may take me a few days to recount the trip if I had to guess!

Looking Forward To: Setting up the nursery!  I have FINALLY chosen a bedding design and now it's time to choose fabrics and order things. I also need to buy a chair and side table and maybe a dresser or something. Oh and another note to self: don't forget to order fabric for a shower curtain and find someone who can monogram it.

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is our last one with out children! I have a feeling baby girl is going to be super awesome at the holiday eating this year, considering we currently eat all the time anyway....
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Of Late...

So life will most definitely change when our sweet baby girl arrives, and being pregnant is a pretty big change in and of itself. I have tried my hardest to keep a normal routine when I'm feeling well and energized so I can soak up these last few months of baby-less-ness. Here is what we've been up to lately!

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This picture sums up our past few weeks perfectly--fall and football.

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Star power! One Friday night we went out to eat with several couples and Kelly brought along these tattoos. We thought they were cute so we all tatted up--what a riot.

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We got our first baby mail! Aunt Karen and Uncle Tommy sent us this cute tshirt and headband from Colorado. I can't wait for Little Miss to wear it!

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Our friends the Gandhis hosted a pumpkin carving party--it was SUCH a fun idea!! Mine is the sad dark one. I thought I could get away easy with drilling holes into the sides to make polka dots but they weren't big enough. Pumpkin carving fail!!

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We've still been making our way to see the Tide play despite my rapidly expanding belly! This was at the Texas A&M game where we totally shut them out! ROLL TIDE!!

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Every other year we tag along with my parents and their friends as they make their annual pilgrimage to Gatlinburg. Forrest and I enjoy a long weekend and having a little time to ourselves without worrying about laundry, yard work, etc. Here we are in the mirror maze!

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Halloween as a prego is SO much fun! I dressed as my dad--beer belly and all! It was a hoot!

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Our favorite trick or treater, Arth!

 That about wraps up our October, and here it is already into November. My how time flies!!!
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How I Told

Telling people you are pregnant is a weird thing, at least it was to me. It's exciting and scary and a little something else I can't put my finger quite on. I wish I was one of those people who planned cute ways to tell big news, but unfortunately I'm neither creative nor good at keeping my mouth shut, so I end up blurting out good news most of the time. Here are some of the most memorable ways I got to tell people we are expecting:

1. Forrest--I was convinced that I wasn't pregnant, so much so that I threw a little pity party for myself the night before I found out. But, on July 1, 2014, the plus sign appeared, and I had news to share. I knew Forrest wouldn't want me to wait (he's still upset I didn't tell him when I dropped his wallet off at his front desk that morning), so I assumed I'd tell him when he got home from work. I'd have all day to look at Pinterest and try to be clever. No such luck. I suppose since I'd had a bad evening the night before, he decided to invite me to lunch that day to make me feel better. I knew I'd never be able to keep my mouth shut, so I ended up telling him in the parking lot of the restaurant. It may not have been glamorous, but it was surreal. Boys get to propose, and girls get to tell husbands they are having their baby. I will never forget the way he looked at me and smiled.....
2. My sister--Auntie M got a video from Ruffles. She is always asking for "Ruffles videos" and they usually involve Ruffles "singing" or "talking" to Auntie M. This time she sang "Auntie M is an AUNT". It was so much fun to hit send and then wait for her to respond!
3. My mom--I don't know why but I was shaking nervous to tell my mom. My dad foiled my plan by insisting we take the whole office to lunch, when I had wanted to tell my mom at her house during lunch. I went after lunch because I just couldn't stand it and told her she was going to be a "real Momsie", the grandmother name she picked out years ago and that Ruffles "calls" her.
4. My dad and brother--we were all going to the lake as a family on July 3rd, which afforded us a great opportunity to tell them and celebrate with just our family. Both of them looked kind of shocked actually.
5. Farrah--Justin and Farrah celebrated their 3 year anniversary and I used it to my advantage. I had a bottle of champagne wrapped and signed the card from "Catherine, Forrest, and BABY Bailey". Chaos ensued.
6. Claire--We'd been at many events with Claire and Jay and Claire caught on to the fact that I wasn't drinking, apparently. When we went to dinner with a group at Canyon Grill, she took me to the bathroom and instructed me to "blink once for no and twice for yes" and then asked if I was pregnant. I of course blinked twice.
7. Randi--I am really good at using friend's situations to my own personal advantage, or so it seems. Randi was having her tonsils out and so I sent her flowers with the same from "Catherine, Forrest, and BABY" card on them. It was hilarious because she couldn't talk to call me. I also had to get the flower lady to write at the bottom of the card that she still had to keep it a secret. Best card ever.
8. Deborah--I was most worked up about telling Deborah because she had gone to great lengths to get to me to tell me when she was expecting. It worked out perfectly that we were going to see each other in ATL for the first Alabama game. When I told her she scream and gave me the biggest hug and then paraded me around the tailgate to tell everyone, including strangers. So much fun.
9. Jenny--Jenny has been on me to have a baby for a while so she always would give me the "eye" when she noticed that I wasn't drinking wine, pregnant or not. She and Farrah and I planned a quick dinner and movie date one random week night and I KNEW she would notice I didn't order a wine so I had to tell her that there was a possibility I was expecting but I wouldn't know until the following week. Well, she text me the following week wanting to know if I knew or not and since I was at dinner with my parents (only my mom knew at the time) and a bunch of their friends I couldn't talk so I just sent back the baby emoji. Yes, I told her via text and by emoji. She called immediately and I answered her screaming phone call and had to calmly say I was busy and couldn't talk, even though I was anything but calm!

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  How did you tell that you were expecting?? 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bump Update

So much has happened in the past few baby weeks and since we had an appointment yesterday I figured it was time for an update!

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19 weeks and counting!

Total Weight Gain: 11 lbs!!! OH holy Moses--I'm not over it. When I climbed on the scale yesterday (fully clothed, might I add so I think you are allowed to deduct a few lbs). I KNOW that's supposed to happen and I KNOW that's a good thing but that was the biggest weight jump I've seen thus far and it was hard for this petite one to see. Granted, I was scarfing down a chicken biscuit right before being weighed, at 11 am, which was my 3rd time to eat that day, so I really shouldn't be surprised.

Gender: GIRL!! She kept flipping upside down during the ultrasound yesterday so there was no doubt.

Maternity Clothes? Oh my gosh the time has come. I wore my first pair of maternity pants to my dr yesterday and I don't know why I hadn't worn them earlier--they are so comfy! They are Tummi brand and were given to me by a sweet friend. Lucky for me she gave me a pair in 3 different colors! I also purchased the Bella Band so I can wear my regular pants unbuttoned and unzipped.

Stretch Marks? Not yet. I'm slathering myself in a variety of lotions just in case.

Sleep: I've recently started to get tired again, but a different type of tired than in the beginning. This is more like a really tired, an "I've been walking around all day" tired. It probably has something to do with the fact that I'm toting around the excess weight.

Movement: I'm not sure!!! How are you supposed to know what it feels like if you have never felt it before? How can you be sure??? One of the Drs that was a man was trying to tell me what it felt like yesterday which made me laugh. It's easy to say it feels like flutters or bubbles or whatever but how do you KNOW what that feels like? I mean I don't want to get all excited over a feeling and then it be some part of the digestion process. I'm sure when she's bigger it will be easier to distinguish.

Food Cravings: Right now I just want to eat, plain and simple.

Food Aversions: Still nuts but not so bad any more. I can't eat anything tomato based or that contains balsamic vinegar or I will get terrible heart burn. That means no spaghetti, salsa, pizza, and most of my favorite fall soups. Boo.

Symptoms: Sensitive teeth! I was feeling sensitivity to sugar of all things so since I have an in with the dentist, I scheduled a check up and emergency cleaning. Not a single thing was wrong with my teeth, despite me making them triple check, so chalk that one up to pregnancy. Oh and I also can't watch Grey's Anatomy anymore. My "gross out" reflex is super sensitive right now so anything remotely gross, like bloody people on Grey's or dog throw up in my car (thank you Sonny), makes me super queasy.

Belly Button In or Out? In, but it's gotten bigger! Eeewww! I miss my tiny little button!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On--thankfully no swelling yet!

Miss Anything? The foods I've had to give up have been the hardest. I mean I could definitely chow down on a pizza but I'd totally regret it afterwards. Also, we went to eat in Birmingham with friends on Friday and I couldn't eat over half of the appetizers, any of the cheeses on the cheese plate (I even specifically asked if they were pasteurized--they weren't) and I had to send my burger, the restaurant's specialty, back one time because it wasn't cooked enough for me. I'm really an adventurous eater so this part is tough. I also never miss alcohol unless I'm at a restaurant like that and there is an opportunity for fancy drinks, or if maybe we are at a party with fun beverages. Oh well, such is life. I can just put all the money I save from food and drink into baby girl clothes!

Best Moment This Week: Getting a good report at the doctor; registering with Forrest on Saturday, and test driving mom cars!

Looking Forward To: Solidifying her name, working on the nursery, feeling her move!
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

The big reveal

I'm still don't 100% believe that I'm having a girl. I have always wanted a little doll to dress up in bows and glitter (as my friend Rachel would say "glitter, bows, and leopard print--what could be better?") and watch musicals with and take to ballet, but Forrest convinced me we were having a boy, so I just started believing it. I walked out of the ultrasound place on air--a little girl. It hardly sunk in before it was time to tell all of our family and friends. I had been dead set on having a gender reveal party, but I quickly realized that it was going to be a big undertaking, PLUS I didn't want to wait that long to find out myself, so I just scrapped it. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is nothing, right? My mom and dad couldn't wait so they wanted me just to call them after we knew, and my sister made me promise I would tell her very first, so all 3 of them received phone calls. I also started calling and texting all of my aunts and cousins and was thrilled to use the little pink bow emoji!
I was BEYOND excited to tell the Baileys, however, because they haven't had a girl in their family in quite a while. That was actually one of the reasons I figured I'd have a boy. Forrest and I picked up pizza and he got pink heart balloons. It was also kind of special because Mrs. Bailey had a surgery that day so not only did we get to go brighten her day after a no fun day at the hospital, but we got to turn it pink!! I will never forget the excitement that filled their living room when we walked in with the pink balloons! A little Bailey GIRL!! Hooray!!
When we were at Forrest's grandmother's birthday party several weeks ago, his Aunt Paula told us she had already bought baby girl clothes. I remember thinking that I hoped she kept the receipt. Now I can't wait to see what she got for our little lady! Because she was so dead set on a girl we called her from the Bailey's and oh was she thrilled! She was screaming and even started crying! I TOLD Forrest everyone was ready for a little girl! Haha!
What I didn't know was that a few sweet friends planned their own little gender reveal for us. They had told me not to tell them yet and I didn't really give it a 2nd thought because we were so crazy, but I got a text later saying that they were coming over at 8 and I was going to reveal to them! So much fun, right!!?? Forrest and I decided we would have it on the patio so we could have a fire, and we had wine and champagne (well, they did). Forrest had bought some pink balloons for me too, so we tied those to the patio railing so as people arrived, they would see them. I didn't know that they would be arriving in either pink or blue for their guess, so it was fun to see them round the corner of the house in their color of choice and then see the pink balloons and squeal! Later the boys went inside and I'm pretty sure they took shots while the girls stayed outside and talked all things baby girl. It was magical--I know I'll never forget that night! I also had a sweet friend leave me some beautiful flowers and even a bottle of pink alcohol free wine on my porch because she was so excited for me. Have I mentioned that I have the best friends?
I know that I will have many memorable day in my pregnancy, but that was one of the most fun so far. I get teary thinking about all of the excitement and support we received from friends and family, near and far. I know that no matter what, this baby is already so loved!

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Baby Bailey is a girl! September 24, 2014.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What no one told me

I hate to be the person who says "no one told me it would be like this", but man, no one told me pregnancy would be this way. I knew the basics--morning sickness, bump growing, stretch marks--but the real story isn't well conveyed. I think it's because it might be really hard to actually convey what happens to you during pregnancy through the written word, but today, I'm going to try. So, if you are thinking about getting pregnant, check out my thoughts below. Also, if you have been pregnant, would you agree? What would you add to my list?

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 1. The whole "exhaustion/fatigue" thing is real, y'all.
I think the worst part about being pregnant was the shear exhaustion that I dealt with for a good 6 weeks. Yes you read in the books that "exhaustion and fatigue" are early symptoms of pregnancy, but I didn't really get what that meant. I'm tired all the time because I'm always running ragged. Work, exercise, cooking, friends, meetings, church, etc--I'm always doing something or going somewhere, so I'm pretty much always tired. I would look at my calendar trying to find a Sunday afternoon during which I could nap. Then week 6 of pregnancy hit and I understood what exhaustion meant. It means feeling weak and tired in your bones. Not just like a "man I need a nap" kind of feeling, but almost a sick feeling. It kind of felt like the flu. I had no desire to do anything, go anywhere, or even talk. That was just too hard. I couldn't stay awake during a full work day. If I had court in the morning I usually had to take the afternoon off. All after work commitments went by the wayside. Thank goodness that it was summer and there wasn't much going on. If we had plans on Friday or Saturday, I had to take a good 3 hour nap before I could actually handle it. I took a 2 hour nap to get a pedicure before we went to Vegas--it was that bad. Poor Forrest had to start grocery shopping and my mom cooked us dinner because I couldn't do it myself. A shower was more like a nightmare--I had to lean up against the wall half way through, and I couldn't even consider drying my hair right away, or at all. I was happy to know that the fact that I was exhausted meant that my baby was draining me of all of my energy, and that meant she was growing. Still, it meant a major change to my schedule and life for a little while. I think the Lord does this to pregnant mamas because life will never be the same again and we may as well get use to it early.
You may not deal with as extreme fatigue as me but if you do, here are some suggestions that might help you deal with it:
A. Talk to your spouse about helping--make sure he knows that you may be too tired to handle your usual chores and that he might have to pick up the slack. I'm sure he will be more than willing, but it's always nice to have a little warning first. It's probably a great idea in general to have a "pregnancy attack plan" so you both know what to do in the event you are too sick to work, too tired to fold laundry, etc.
B. Stock up on freezer meals! I wish I had done this and I'm planning to do it now that I'm in my second trimester and feeling good, because I hear the 3rd trimester is exhausting too. I have maybe cooked dinner 4 or 5 times since I got pregnant--bless Forrest's heart. It would have been nice for me to have something ready that I could throw in the crockpot or oven and sleep while it cooked!
C. Decide what's important--this was the hardest thing for me. I want to do everything, even if that means cleaning my kitchen and doing my laundry on time. Forrest had to sit me down one night and tell me that we would still live if I left the clothes in the dryer for an extra day. He is so wise.
D. Get moving--I'm not talking about going to the gym, but maybe take a walk. Do make yourself get up and fold that basket of laundry. I found that even at my tiredest, it did make me feel better to get my blood flowing a little bit. Plus, I felt a sense of accomplishment, which I was lacking at the time, so it raised my mood. Most definitely rest and take it easy, and take advantage of this for as long as possible, but do know that you may have the power to perk yourself up for a few minutes just by moving around a little. Counter intuitive, I know.

2. "Morning sickness" is actually quite the vague term. I thought that meant you threw up every morning. I didn't have that. Some people consider morning sickness feeling nauseated. I didn't really have that either. I felt like general crap, and my stomach was a little funky at times, but I didn't consider it morning sickness, but someone might. I was one of the lucky ones, but if you are thinking of getting pregnant, know that the threat is real. I don't know what it is that makes some people sick and some people not. The day I told my mom I was pregnant I started crying and saying "but Mom I don't want to have to throw up!!!". Super grown up, right? My mom was sick with all 3 of us so I figured I would be too, but not so much, praise the heavens. Understand though that being sick isn't something you can control or do anything about, other than take the meds (which I had on hand just in case). It may mean you have to tell people you are pregnant before you are ready, or that people catch on to your new "situation" because you are running to the bathroom all the time. Prepare yourself for this, as it can be upsetting to get off of your plan. Also, understand that it can strike later on in pregnancy. You may be fine weeks 4-6 but then come week 7, it hits you like a ton of bricks. I lived in fear of this moment, and still do.

3. You don't get an ultrasound at every appointment.
Whaaaatttt? After you see that little peanut for the first time, you will want to look at it every day. I still can't feel my baby move, so I feel like I should be afforded an opportunity to peek in on her at least once a week, just to see how she is and to say hi. However, your doctor only does an ultrasound at your first visit, and maybe your 2nd if they couldn't detect the heartbeat outside of your belly the first time (which means on that first visit you can have an "inside ultrasound" done--you get the idea). Then you really don't get another one, barring complications, until your gender scan at around 20 weeks. This may be the last one you get!! I would say prepare yourself but I knew that the whole time and I'm still upset about it.....

4. New and fun changes happen to you all the time--not just at the beginning
So something really weird that has happened to me is that my motion sickness has gotten worse. I'm usually fine unless I read in a moving vehicle. Now, I really need to sit in the front seat of a car. I got so sick sitting in the back seat during stop and go game day traffic last weekend that I had to get out of the car and walk to our parking location. For real. On the plane ride to Vegas I was 2 seconds from reaching for the handy baggie in the seat back pocket--thank goodness we landed before the 2 seconds was up. I've never had a problem with that before, so hooray for me. Also, I didn't think that smells really were affecting me (especially the smell of food-bring it on) but last night I was making a poppyseed chicken casserole and was convinced the condensed soup was spoiled. I was so upset I even got Farrah to come over and smell it. She and Forrest both thought I was crazy--it was fine. I guess that means my smeller is off in some way, which I hadn't noticed before. Anyway, needless to say, funky stuff happens all the time and so you have to be prepared to roll with it. Oh and another great fun one for me is that I literally can't climb stairs without having to take a rest at the top. I was running regularly before I got pregnant and am pretty fit, so the stair thing makes me feel lazy, but I supposed with all the extra blood and weight, it makes sense.

5. You will grow out of your clothes faster than you think.
This has been really hard for me, which I know is silly. But, I wasn't prepared to see that pooch at 10 weeks and to be unable to button my pants at about the same time. I can't really advise anyone on getting over it because I'm not over it. I mean I'm so happy that I'm getting big because that means baby is growing, but still, it's hard to put on a dress and have to take it off because I look like 10 lbs of sugar in a 5 lb bag. To somewhat prepare yourself for this situation, I would suggest the following:
1. Even before you are pregnant, take stock of your wardrobe. What do you have already that can grow with you? Think dresses and long tops. Knowing what you have really helps in a pinch in the mornings when the dress you picked out for work is a big fat NO.
2. Take your friends' cast offs. I really don't have the time to go shopping ever and maternity clothes are not really a genre that thrills me, so I've been avoiding them at all costs. However, some sweet friends gifted me some of their old maternity stuff (one even before I was pregnant just so she could clean out her closet) and that has been the most helpful thing. This even works with hand me downs from friends that aren't pregnant, but are maybe just a size or 2 bigger than you. Farrah had some dresses that she decided were too short for her so she just sent them my way--perfect!
3. Get comfy in your husband's clothes! I've been wearing Forrest's boxers around the house (I look super cute let me just say) and I have a feeling I'll be living in his scrub pants (generously rolled up) and tshirts at the bitter end.

 I could go on for days, but these are the main things that I felt like the books didn't prepare me for. Even though some of these things are less than pleasant, you know that it's all happening to you because of the little life you are growing, so it makes it much better to deal with.

Alright fellow pregos and moms, what would you add to my list? What crazy stuff happened to you that you weren't prepared for?? 
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