Listening to the Rain


Sometimes I’m amazed by how no one prepared me for certain pregnancy symtoms. I mean, I had heard the gist of it, but there are random things I never knew about until I experienced them myself. So, I’m going to prepare you. Here’s the newest symptom: I can’t get a full breath very often. My Mayo Clinic book says it’s nothing to worried about and that I’m still getting more oxygen than I was before I was pregnant. The baby is getting bigger, so there’s just less space for the ol’ lungs. But it’s almost hard to believe because it feels like the baby is using my lungs as squeeze toys. When I finally get a good breath, I am so surprised, I say out loud, “Wow, that was a good one!”

Another thing as you get bigger, when you stand up, your belly and baby follow gravity and there’s some strange pressure going on down there. I can’t describe it, you just will have to wait and see how it feels.

And lastly, forget about baby kicks. Well, they still happen regularly and often, but the newest sensation is how the baby likes to stretch out  and really push right up against the wall in there. It’s the most bizarre feeling ever. I try to push her back into a more comfortable place. But if that doesn’t work, I start talking to her telling her she must move because it’s starting to really hurt me and more importantly, freak me out. Then I realize that I have gone crazy because I’m talking to the nameless baby in my womb.

Overall, pregnancy is really weird. I hope you’re not offended by me saying that. I just am definitely not one of those people who will tell you that being pregnant is the best time of my life. And it’s not because I’m sick, I have had a mild couple of months. I just hate how close I am to the baby, yet I’m still so far away from her. I want to hold her, dang it, right here in my arms! I try and try to picture what she will look like and pray to have dreams about her, but in the end, I have to wait. A full 40 weeks. And when you realize how long that is, the pregnancy hormones kick in harder than the baby kicks and you just cry and cry and cry. It’s pathetic.

But in the end, I know it will all be worth it. Less than two months and this baby will be right here with me. I’m down to the last stretch here. We will listen to Justin Bieber’s new Christmas album together and it will be the greatest time of my life.

4 replies
  1. Allison
    Allison says:

    Oh my goodness, that brings back so many memories. I had such a hard time breathing I ended up in the ER at 24 weeks then I just had to sleep sitting up for the rest of the pregnancy. Good luck!

  2. Kari
    Kari says:

    I know! It’s amazing all the things no one ever tells you, even your mother! The thing that surprised me the most was when I started getting pressure when baby started to burrow itself into the birthing canal. The pressure was incredible and it scared me at first! When you first start to feel it you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Don’t let it scare you because it is natural, but I wish someone would have told me about that before it happened! Oh, and because of this we started calling all of our kids gophers because they “burrowed” so hard! lol

  3. Kate C
    Kate C says:

    So true. In a couple months, it will be so worth it. It’s a good thing that as mothers, we’re so deliriously in love because then when you get no sleep, it’s not so bad. Wishing you a fast few weeks!


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