Tuesday, October 23, 2012

perks of being pregnant {good and bad}

picture taken at 30 weeks 6 days

Lately I've been feeling very worn out. My body aches all the time, I'm exhausted and not sleeping well at night, my insides are scalded daily by heart burn, and I'm almost convinced I'll never see my ankles ever again (gotta love swelling!)... and sometimes I complain about it. I get nervous when I think about the big purchases we still need to make before baby girl arrives (in just 8 short weeks!) and all of the incredible hospital bills we are going to have. But you know what? I'd never wish any of this away!
I admit that being pregnant is not my favorite. I can't wait to breath normal again, to eat and sleep normal, and to have my body stop being stretched out because it's just uncomfortable. I'm excited to have my body back to myself but at the same time I will miss feeling baby girl move around. She is the perfect reminder that I'm never alone! 
And sometimes when I see Eric sleeping like the dead, sprawled on his stomach.... I develop the biggest urge to jump on his back, wake him up and cause him some pain. It's only fair that we both suffer, right?? Ha ha! But I suppress the urge because Eric will rub my back or my tummy (and I always feel like a puppy dog when he does, but it just feels so good!! Ha ha) anytime I need pain relief. But I've only been able to get a couple foot rubs out of him this pregnancy... :) But Eric shows me so much love and support each day because he is so grateful that we have a little miracle growing inside my body!
All the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy only last a short amount of time, and will soon be forgotten. But what won't be forgotten is our miracle daughter that Eric and I created together. We love her so much already, I can only imagine how that love will grow when we finally get to meet her. And our love for each other has grown! I seriously feel like Eric and I are in a "honeymoon" phase all over again! As scary, expensive, and nerve-racking this journey has been... it's been that much more exciting!! I can't wait to see how our love expands as our family grows :) This has been the greatest adventure so far in our marriage! I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a momma! The aches, pains and discomforts will mean nothing once I finally have my baby girl in my arms!

41 comments:

Jennifer said...

I am SO jealous of how small you look at 30 weeks!
I definitely agree, the pains and all stink during pregnancy. The sweet relief when I got that epidural though was awesome. I had bad sciatic pain PLUS I was having back labor :(

Misty said...

Pregnancy can be so hard. The heartburn is relentless and I'm sorry you're experiencing it. We propped our bed up at the headboard, using lumber, so my body was tilted downward and that seemed to offer some relief from the heartburn.
Once you have the baby though, instant relief! And you get to forget all the hard stuff! :)

Amy W. said...

First of all. How stinking cute are u pregnant..

Being prego wasnt my favorite, but it also had it perks.

hope everything goes well for you and ur wonderful family!!
xoxo

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

I was up for hours with vicious heartburn last night! I feel the same way though, it's all worth it and I have loved being in our own second honeymoon phase. It's a special feeling!

Andrea said...

You popped! You look amazing! And oh that heartburn is a stinker! Zantac was the only thing that helped for me. We are pretty lucky in Cananda we have free healthcare but when we left the hospital it still felt like we should pay at the counter lol!
The marriage grows so much stronger once you have experienced childbirth, and the newborn stage together, it's really something cool!

Courtney M said...

I love how you look on the positive side of all the aches and pains- that when it's all over you'll have a precious baby girl!

Julie said...

:)

erica[goodjobmomma] said...

yeah agree not the greatest thing in the world, but also the greatest thing in the world. ha!

after you have her you won't remember much about being pregnant only that you have her now.
it's a little bitter sweet for me knowing i'm not having any other babies, so i'm trying really hard to love every minute cause i won't experience it again.

you look fabulous my dear!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

It is amazing how after that baby is in your arms you forget allll the bad stuff that led up to it. Although, I still use the pregnancy card to get foot rubs, even though I havent been pregnant in almost 2 years ;)

Shaylynn, They Let Me Blog. said...

*going to Texas Roadhouse again one day. that is my only complaint about you being pregnant.

Kelly said...

Love the pumpkin patch pic, you are too cute!

C.Curley said...

So sweet! :) Thanks for being real on your blog. I'm both nervous and excited about hopefully getting pregnant soon.

Pamela said...

You look so good!! Love the picture!

Chelsea said...

You are almost there. I bet you're excited to be done.

Cindy said...

You are so tiny! btw, my daughter was born at 30 weeks 5 days!! :) she's perfectly healthy :)

Brittany said...

You look beautiful! Love that outfit. And I keep telling myself the same things...it will all be worth it!

Cara said...

Hang in there! It will all be so so worth it. You are the cutest little pregnant woman ever. I think you should jump on your husbands back and cause him some pain. Its only fair :)

Kylie said...

You're absolutely right! ....except then you have new aches and pains haha :) Just kidding. But seriously. No really, being a mom is an incredible experience. I know exactly how you feel, just ready to be done being pregnant and have that baby in your arms.

Laurie @ babyscardina.blogspot.com said...

aww girlie, you are SO close! You look adorable in this picture and I agree, men are lucky. They just get to enjoy all the PERKS of being a daddy and very little of the pain. BUT it will be totally worth it in the end(I know you feel like shooting me for saying that) but it really is true. and I can't wait to see babygirl when she arrives!

Miki {Becoming What I Always Was} said...

You are really close!! I am always pestering pregnant ladies about how weird it must feel to have a baby inside them sprawling out and grabbing your guts :)

Purposely at Home said...

Aw, how sweet. :) And that picture of you is just too adorable! :) I hope you are having a great week.

xo
purposelyathome.blogspot.com

Antoinette said...

I agree with you 100% on everything in this post. You are not alone! I am at the stage where I had to give up work cause i'm tired all the time and just feel blah! I can't wait to feel like my old self again and be-able to sleep on my stomach. I know that the minute i see my baby girls for the first time everything will be totally worth it!!

Dee Stephens said...

I love feeling her move too. It's WILD!

*Katie* said...

What a cute picture! Congrats!

Melissa Knott said...

We had Kylie one week ago today and I'll tell you what: My heartburn was unbearable. During delivery, it was excruciating. But I haven't had it since. there's light at the end of the tunnel!!!

Liz Brown said...

Hang in there!! She is going to be so worth it all ... and obviously you know that. :) Still, I can only imagine how uncomfy it is sometimes.

Alyx said...

Ugh, so not looking forward to hospital bills. But.... you know she'll be worth it, and that's all that matters. Plus, things have a way of working themselves out. :)

Shauna said...

I havn't seen your blog in awhiile, you're pregnant! Congratulations. Yes, you are going to have so much fun making decorations with your baby girl. And she's going to be precious. Girls are so much fun. I often feel blessed to have more than one and to see them interact with one another.

You look great. And it's true your heart will melt with her in your arms and you will no longer care about the "woes" of the pregnancy. That will all fix itself in time.... take great care,

Shauna

Alexis Kaye said...

I totally agree. Pregnancy has been like a living heck for me, but I wouldn't change it. It's such a blessing to carry your child and watch your tummy grow. I'm so excited for our babies to be BORN!!!! Pregnancy seems so gosh darn long, I want her here already :)

Kristin said...

You are still so cute!

lori said...

this is a great post, courtney! i love how open and honest you are... while it is so amazing what our bodies can do, i appreciate a girl who doesn't glorify all of the "side effects" of pregnancy!

Amy C said...

I can so relate, I love being pregnant but at nearly 26 weeks I'm already having trouble sleeping, exhausted all the time and uncomfortable and working a full time job plus all the stuff at home. I can relate to wanting to wake up your husband sleeping peacefully also! but yes, it will all be worth it in the end. :) And I agree with others, you look tiny.

Christina Marie said...

awww what a cute momma you are!

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Holly said...

Hahahah I had to laugh at the thought of you jumping onto Eric in the middle of the night! Somehow, I really don't think that would go down too well!

BTW, thanks for your very sweet comment on my blog the other day. It's nice to see that the encouraging bloggers FAR outweigh the crazy Anons. :)

Julie said...

How blessed you must feel! You look adorable!

Maria said...

You look beautiful, Courtney!! It is all worth it...you are right! I lol @ you wanting to jump on Eric while he's sleeping. It's bad enough my husband snores like a beast, let alone sleeps so peacefully no matter what!
Wishing you a wonderful remainder of your pregnancy!
Xox
Maria

Ashley said...

Oh no, you've got me all teary-eyed after reading this one! Just when you think you can't love much more... isn't it amazing how you can?! Your baby girl is going to have so much love... and that's such a beautiful thing.

You look so great! You'd never know by looking at your photos that you're uncomfortable. (:

eliz said...

So true...I am only experiencing the beginning and I already feel like my body is completely different. :-) Yet you always look so happy in all your pictures...just a few more weeks until your honey bunny arrives!

B said...

you may not feel great but you look great! that pic of you is so cute!

Janna Renee said...

Perception is everything ;) There is oh so much more positive and I know that baby girl will make it ALL worth while!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Aw, I'm sorry that you've been feeling really uncomfortable. You look great though!