things i didn’t know…

evidence to remind us when it didn’t feel real…

before i got pregnant (1st trimester):

1. that the 40 week pregnancy countdown starts on the first day of your last period. who knew i was technically 1 week pregnant on my wedding day (surprise!). it does make it easy to remember how many weeks i’ve been married…

2. what exhaustion really feels like (i.e. the not-wanting-to-pick-my-head-off-the-pillow/take-the-elevator-to-my-office/fighting-yawns-during-meetings/all-i-can-think-of-is-sleep/lay-on-the-couch-as-soon-as-i-get-home-from-work kind of exhaustion). the last couple weeks i’ve been more alert, but boy, those first two months were tough!

3. how emotional i could be. crying for no reason…(i.e. on our picnic lunch today, nate was laughing at how upset i was that i forgot salt for my tomato and how the wind kept pushing my hair into my face. instant tears. and consoling. ridiculous, right?)

4. how crazy ocd neurotic cautious i would be about germs/food cleanliness/expiration dates/level of done-ness (no more rare steaks…). i.e. having a freak out in the walmart checkout line…that i’m going to get whooping cough. i didn’t know i wouldn’t be able to eat lunch meat (without heating it), some fish, some cheeses… feta or my other favorite soft cheeses. no more farmers market samples….

5. how much i’d actually have to pee at night. it’s so crazy how God designed pregnancy to prepare a woman for those late night awakenings once baby has arrived!

6. how much love i could feel for our “pebble” already. and how much more love i could feel for nate (especially as he gets down and talks to pebble every night). so much love in me.

what surprised you about pregnancy?

7 responses to “things i didn’t know…

  1. It was a LONG time ago, but I also remember how extraordinarily tired I was!! I would get home from grocery shopping and take a cat nap in the car before going in the house.

  2. The fact that after almost 22 yrs AFTER being PG the first time… I would still remember all 3 of them (each pregnancy was SO different) like they were yesterday and that no matter how big or little the kids are, how close or far away they are or even if they are still with me in this life of mine,… I love them more and more every single day.

  3. This all sounds so familiar! I’m a complete freak now about germs in all the things you described. Every person that coughed near me made gave me the urge to glare at them. And I worked in retail for the first 5 months. Yikes!

  4. Don’t worry, pretty much all of that will get worse, or better (depending on which number :)). Enjoy it and love sharing every minute with Nate! I have to admit that I am envious of you guys getting to share it all..makes me want another one just to share the whole 40 weeks with Rick 🙂 love you friend!

  5. Sheena, I am so happy for you! Being a mother is the best thing you can ever imagine. The biggest thing that I didn’t know (or could have not yet understood) was how much love you are capable of when you’re holding your little one for the first time and how much closer you’ll become to your husband in seeing him as a father. Enjoy!

  6. I remember getting heartburn for the very first time in my life at 3 am….from a radish! That is when I knew Chad loved me. He went to the gas station in Thorp to get me Tums but they were closed so he drove alll the way to Stanley just for me. Every day you will realize how much love you are capable of giving/receiving. I hope that your pregnancy treats you well – hang in there, it goes by fast.

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