Pregnancy is an incredible gift. Every day I discover a new, miraculous thing my body is capable of doing. I mean, hello - I'm creating a human! But I think we can all agree the rapid bodily changes brought on by maternity make for some hilarious moments.
There are some things the baby books won't tell you and these are just a few. Here are five easy things that my pregnancy has made laughably hard.
Chores: Every Saturday morning, I used to wake up bright and early to clean my home. I actually loved my routine, but pregnancy has changed everything. I can no longer reach into my top-load washing machine; stairs are the enemy; and certain cleaning products are completely off limits. I come from a long-line of perfection-seeking housewives, so I feel very guilty leaning on my husband for more than his fair share of housework. Ultimately, I'll be even more useless if I hurt myself trying to be a hero so I've chalked this one up to 'it is what it is.'
Shopping: My best friend is getting married the week I'm due. I am thrilled to be her maid of honor, but ordering a dress proved to be quite the challenge. "What's your current bust size?" asked the well-meaning salesgirl.
Ummm...is steroid-injected watermelons a size?
By October I could be producing milk so there's no way to predict my trajectory with any real accuracy. I ended up ordering a 12 - with a tailor and some fairy dust I may make it out of this alive.
Getting dressed: Remember the days of flinging on whatever and running out the door?
I sure don't.
But people tell me it takes pressure off the laundry schedule and reconnects you with those forgotten gems in the back of your closet. For me, getting dressed is now a daily exercise in shame and humiliation. My wardrobe currently consists of six stretchy, loose and forgiving pieces I try my best to mix up every week. If the laundry doesn't get done...Fabreze and forget it my friend! Until my boss sanctions sweat pants - I'm going to have at least one panicked morning a week and I've pretty much made peace with that.
Grooming: This weekend I discovered that shaving while pregnant is PURE COMEDY. It's kind of like doing lawn work while blindfolded. Except you're wet. And naked. And in positions even a yoga instructor would advise against.
Sex: You can't breathe on your back and if you're sitting up, someone is BOUND to lose an eye. You may be frisky all the time, but you're also gassy all the time - which is without a doubt the saddest/funniest combination of things ever concocted by God and man. Luckily Will is patient, strong and creative so I'm hopeful we'll find a consistent repertoire before this pregnancy is out. Ya know what they say - practice makes perfect!
So these are a few of the funniest situations I've encountered so far. NOTE: I haven't peed myself yet, though ---as you know---I got DANGEROUSLY close this week! In the meantime, I'd love to hear some of your funny pregnancy stories. Feel free to drop me a line if you're in the mood to share!