We’re in the third trimester!
I can’t believe that our little son is getting close to arriving. Just a few months ago, it felt pretty theoretical. But that’s all quickly changing. Pre-registering at the hospital, pricing diapers, finding a pediatrician, and loading up on baby gear have all made the reality of parenthood significantly more tangible. Emotionally, I feel ready for our baby’s birth. I am really looking forward to the moment I get to hold him in the delivery room, and for everything that will follow. On the other hand, I’m thankful for a little more time to prepare.
During our most recent check-up, our doctor did an ultrasound, and everything looked good. The baby is sideways in my stomach, squiggling around.
The last few weeks of pregnancy in particular have felt great. I have lots of energy, with no major physical discomforts. But pregnancy does come with certain I’m-ready-for-this-to-be-over moments.
My clumsiness has gotten out of control. Last week, I hip-bumped a woman in a restaurant, and while apologizing to her, got my coat caught on another person’s chair. The grocery store aisle is another hazardous place. Frankly, it is unreasonable to think that a pregnant woman should be able to maneuver a shopping cart through a narrow aisle, and not walk into people or objects.
There are also the days when I simply feel extra large and uncomfortable. It’s more difficult to do simple things like walk up a flight of stairs, or stand up from a sitting position. My body aches in weird places. Finding clothes to wear that are comfortable and non-frumpy is a multiple-change ordeal. And I have begun the pregnant waddle. I imagine this is what a hippopotamus’s life is like. Those are the days being pregnant is less than thrilling.
But then I remember that this is a unique experience that’s not going to last forever. Soon, being pregnant will be a distant memory. Even if we have future children, this is my one chance to do it the first time. And in the end, we’ll have a wonderful child to bring home. That makes it all worth it.