Full of cheer

According to some random newscast I saw recently, there are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. (Fewer…than average, I guess?) The talking heads were all abuzz about how this is affecting the retail industry, but my thoughts immediately went elsewhere.

Six fewer days of horrible music assaulting my eardrums from the car radio, TV commercials, the loudspeakers at the damn gas station where I usually fill up….

Ugh. Christmas music.

I know I’ve written about this before, but Christmas music really is the worst. For some reason at this time of year, rational people who ordinarily have decent taste in music will voluntarily – and enthusiastically! – listen to hokey crap about Grandma getting run over by a reindeer and Alvin the Chipmunk whining about his hula hoop. Over and over and over again.

I don’t get it. They’re terrible songs, people!

Anyway, I am not a total grinch, I swear. Our tree is up and trimmed and our stockings have been hung with care. And I’ll admit that I get a little warm fuzzy in my coal-black heart when I look at the new one in the middle, embroidered name TBD.


I’m tempted to make a disclaimer about not turning this in to a pregnancy/kid blog, but let’s face it: for nearly a year now it’s been a nonexistent blog, and harboring a fetus is the Big Thing going on in my life right now. For months and months I didn’t post, largely because of all the shit that was going on related to acquiring and retaining said fetus. But now that we’re on the home stretch I’m feeling more chatty and open about the whole thing, so I’ll bring you up to date on the first 29 weeks of this little adventure.

Morning sickness: I never had it all that bad. There were several weeks at the beginning where I felt constantly nauseous, but as far as actually throwing up, that only happened a few times. I’m considering myself lucky here.

Food cravings/aversions: Sugar. Sugarsugarsugar. At one point I asked my husband to bring me a cupcake and when he asked what kind, I actually said “sugar flavored.” As I’ve always been a salt fiend and never really had a sweet tooth, this is bizarre to me. I’m just thankful I don’t have gestational diabetes or I’d be even more of a grinch right now.

As far as aversions, nothing. Well, nothing brought on by pregnancy. Pickles are still the epitome of disgusting evil, in spite of the pregnant-lady stereotype.

Weight gain: I didn’t gain at all for almost the first half of pregnancy. Or more accurately, I probably lost a little extra fat when I cut out the booze, which offset anything baby-related. Now, at 29+ weeks, I’m up about 12-15 pounds (net) and seem to be packing it on much more quickly. I swear sometimes my abdomen grows noticeably overnight.

Alcohol and other “banned” substances: Honestly, I haven’t missed the booze nearly as much as I thought I would. Beer sounds awful, not because of the taste but because I imagine it would quickly fill up what’s left of the real estate in my stomach and leave me a bloated, burping, reflux-y mess. I do miss wine, but I enjoy a small glass of that occasionally, just enough to scratch the itch.

As for the twelve-thousand other things you’re not supposed to consume while pregnant…eh. I do avoid cheeses that are obviously unpasteurized and while I can’t say that no raw sushi has crossed my lips, I do pass on the weird stuff that’s unlikely to turn over quickly. I was never a big eater of tunafish or deli meat, so that hasn’t been much of an issue.

I have been avoiding eating cat shit, though. As much as I love the daily feces hunt, my husband graciously offered to take that chore off my hands. Even though the risk of getting toxoplasmosis from our indoor-only cats is basically zero. I’m not complaining if he’s willing to deal with the cats’ dirty work for a while.

Running/exercise: I’m still running, slowly, a few times a week. 4-5 miles tops these days, and I always need to make at least one pee stop. It seems my bladder can take about 15-20 minutes of bouncing at a stretch. No pregnant marathons for this girl! (Seriously, that sounds so unappealing…I’d be out there for eons and I don’t even want to think about how many port-a-potties I’ve have to visit along the way.)

I’ve also been lifting weights a couple of times a week (nothing crazy, just maintenance-type stuff) and swimming laps occasionally. Swimming feels great and I would do it more often but the chlorine absolutely kills my skin, which tends to be dry and itchy in the winter anyway.

Nursery status/baby gear/crap we need to buy: We have done basically nothing on this front. I will spare you the details but we are having some not-fun-but-necessary work done on our house and the theoretical nursery is in the destruction zone. The whole thing is a disaster at this point. There may not be a nursery until after the baby’s born.

However, thanks to very generous friends and family, we’ve been baby-showered with the most essential items: car seat, pack-n-play, rock-n-play, swing, carrier, lots of cute clothes. So baby will survive, even if she has to camp out in our room for a while.

The “bump”: Lucky for you, even though I haven’t been blogging, I have been taking blurry awkward mirror selfies from time to time! Because what would kind of pregnancy would this be without them?

So here ya go:


Merry Christmas. :)

19 responses to “Full of cheer

  1. I’m with you on the sugar. I’m the same as you — 29 / 30 weeks and I want / need / lust after baked goods on a daily basis. Strangely enough, I always feel slightly sick after eating them, but not enough to keep the cravings from coming back. Its all I’ve craved, too. No other weird stuff or middle-of-the-night demands. Just good old fashioned brownies, blondies, cookies, cakes and buns dripping with icing.

    Unlike you, I’d love a beer or four from time to time. I’ve had sips of delicious beer (okay, half a pints) and it only leaves me wanting more.

    You look great, though. Here’s to the homestretch!

    (Also with you on the marathon running while pregnant. Who are these people? I’m waddling around out there from time to time, but the idea of doing 26 miles — seriously it would take 7+ hours at this point — is so unappealing it actually upsets me.)

    • Oh yeah. I will take down an gigantic piece of cake or whatever and then feel awful and tell myself that I’m NOT DOING THAT ANYMORE. Then, the next day, it seems like a great idea all over again. These hormones are messing with my memory!

  2. Glad you are back to blogging! I also hate Christmas music. HATE. Everyone acts like I’m such a weirdo for hating it, so I’m stoked I’m not alone.

  3. You look adorable in the photos!

  4. I love that she has a stocking. :) Also — I can’t help it ; I am one of those Christmas music lovers. NOT the chipmunk crap though. More like O Holy Night and Bing Crosby singing the Christmas Song.

    You’re getting so close to being a mom! Glad you’ve been documenting with photos for us.

  5. Ha, I think I’ve gained 12 pounds already! Thanks for the belly pics– sincerely. I have a sick fascination with other people’s pregnant bellies.

    • Haha, I do too. I’ve been feeling guilty because I’ve been totally stalking other peoples’ blogs for them, but then I hadn’t posted any myself. And I guess I’ll have to post another one soon because that last one is from last week and I it already looks small compared to what I’m dealing with now.

  6. I don’t understand how people can like that “Baby it’s cold outside” song. It’s basically the prelude to a date rape. The lyrics are like “My family is going to start to worry” and “What’s in this drink?”.

    Good luck with all the bebe stuff. The only thing I’d add to the “really need” list is lanolin for the girls if you plan to nurse. No matter how much you try to do it “right”, it hurts pretty bad at first.

    And as far as banned substances go, DH and I went out for a big sushi dinner (at a very clean, reputable, fancy place) three days before my son was born and he came out with all his fingers and toes.

  7. You are adorable. Sign me up for people who don’t mind reading about pregnancies/babies or seeing belly pics. (Most of the time, there are some people who annoy me with their humble bragging. You are not one of them.)

    I felt so behind other July moms in setting up our nursery. We got everything together before baby arrived, but now I realize it’s so not a big deal. I could have and probably should have spent that time/energy doing something else like reading up on baby stuff, the challenges of breastfeeding (ugh!), parenting, etc. We barely use the nursery for more than just storage.

  8. Congrats and feel good. I ran my first and second half marathons last year while pregnant with my fifth child. It was slow and hard but manageable. After the second I was restricted from all workouts (including walking at any real speed). I was horribly depressed for the next four months. But he’s a gorgeous eight month old now and I ran my first full marathon last month. Enjoy this time. The first pregnancy is great cuz you have time to take care of yourself.

  9. Adorbs!

    I hate to break it to you, but as a fellow Christmas music hater, you will be subjected to it even more as a parent. I thought I had a few years before they knew what it was, but THEY KNOW. They love that crap.

  10. I’m also a Christmas music grinch – I can tolerate the traditional stuff long enough to decorate the tree, but once that’s done, that crap has got to go.

    On the sugar front, Chris pointed out to me earlier this week that I haven’t had any bizarre cravings but I’ve eaten more sugar in the last 9 months than I’ve eaten in our 9yr relationship. Welp, thanks for pointing that out honey, I’m a fattie, leave me alone.

    You are quite the adorable pregnant lady! Only a little bit longer!

  11. Glad to see you back here. I’ve missed you. I do like some Christmas music but not all. And Bree is right, you’re going to hear more Christmas music than you ever wanted when that baby gets bigger. Tyler had a Christmas program today. They started practicing in October. OMG I’m over those songs.

    You look adorable. Hoping to see more pictures soon! Miss ya!

  12. I’m with you. I have listened to zero Christmas music by choice this season.

    And I don’t know how you’ve made it this long without eating the cat poop. Once you birth that kid … YOU WILL EAT CAT POOP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOCjwHzo7y8

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