10 “Not-Miserable” Things About Being Preggo In The Summer

Random Stranger: “So, when are you due?”

Me: “September 26th.”

Random Stranger: “Oooh, you’re in for a long, hot, miserable summer.”

Me: “Thank you. I’m excited for him get here, too.”

I don’t think people mean to be Debbie-Downers when responding to my pregnancy calendar, but 95% of the time…they are. In all reality, if some woman told me she was due December 27th, I’d probably say, “Oh, wow, that’s so close to Christmas.” So, yes, I’m just as at fault as the relatives, friends, random strangers in line at Target who like to remind me that there’s a heat index of 105* today, and I have a big ‘ole bun roasting in the oven. But really, is the 105* heat index that enjoyable for the non-pregnant of the world? With the exception of everyone else getting to cool of with a frozen margarita at the end of the day, I’d say we’re all in the same old, hot, sweaty boat.

So, with that in mind — and to lift the spirits of all us summer moms-to-be — I thought I’d share with the world the bright, sunny side of being “very pregnant” all summer.

1. The clothing
With 10 weeks to go, I’ve survived with almost NO maternity clothes. Now, I realize that my belly is still growing, but I seriously feel like I might just make it the full 9 (10) months without have to restock my closet. Between the high-waisted, summer dresses and long, layering tanks that are out right now, I’ve been able to survive on regular Forever 21, Target and Old Navy styles. In other words — affordable, trendy and reusable next summer! I have worn a few maternity items, but I swear, the stuff that brings on the compliments is almost always the cute summer pieces found on the same rack I would have shopped a year ago.  I feel like had I been this pregnant in the winter, when pants and thick coats are a must, it might not have been so easy.

2. The pool
I officially froze my gym membership this week. I just wasn’t using it. But I am using the public pool. When you’ve been waddling around with an extra 20+ lbs hanging off your belly all day, nothing beats that weightless feeling of jumping in a pool and swimming some laps. Not that you couldn’t join an indoor pool in the winter, but I definitely prefer the ease and atmosphere of being outdoors. Seriously, there’s nothing worse than swimming inside, then going outside where it’s 20* and feeling your nose hairs freeze.

3. Fresh fruit
We’re supposed to be eating healthy, right? It’s definitely easier to do when the stores are packed with fresh blueberries, strawberries, watermelon and peaches. Something you don’t just find anytime of the year!

4. Air conditioning
Even if I wasn’t pregnant, I’d still be spending quite a bit of time at home, at work or in my car with the a/c on. I understand how being pregnant in the summer of 1965 would have been incredibly rough, but now, do we really have that much to complain about?

5. A nice tan
Hey, if you’re going to feel big and puffy, you should at least do with a nice, healthy glow, right?!

6. Sympathy
Though these strangers seem cynical, I really do think they’re just trying to be nice. And I do have to say, people are incredibly polite when they see a pregnant woman. Not that they wouldn’t be this way in cooler months, but there’s that sense of being extra kind, as they “know” how rough the summer is.

7. 1st trimester hibernation
My first two months of pregnancy were definitely the hardest (so far). But, they also matched up perfectly with (in my opinion) the worst two months of the year — January and February. When all you really want to do is stay inside and hide from the cold, it’s the perfect time to sleep for 12 hours straight, and feel like you’re not missing a thing.

8. Frozen drinks

If you have to drink non-alcoholic beverages, and least the summer offers options that are still fruity and fun!

9. Ice cream
 Ahhh, my vice. I love ice cream. And ice cream was meant for the summer. And pregnant women. And it all just fits together so well. Like hot fudge and a cherry on top…

10. A fall baby
When it’s all said and done, we’ll have some crisp, cool weather to enjoy with our baby boy! It’s the perfect time to take walks through the neighborhood and enjoy cool nights on the patio. And what’s cuter than baby pics in the pumpkin patch? (especially when there’s one in your own backyard…details on that to come).


Did I mention you also get to be sober-boat-driver at the lake?

So, whether you’re pregnant now, or hoping to be soon. Just remember, there’s no “perfect” time of year to be pregnant. But if you can make the most of the time you’re given, it’ll be that much more enjoyable in the end!

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Weeks 28-29. Please Pardon the Bump.

Weeks 27-29.

Remember the stupid 80’s movie Spaceballs? And remember that man-dog creature, Barf? Well, I can recall maybe 5% of what was said in that movie, but for some reason, I have a very vivid recollection of the part when Barf’s tail tries to peak under some lady’s skirt, and Barf says something to the effect of, “Oh sorry, he has a mind of his own.” Odd, right? Especially considering I was probably 8 when I first saw it. Anyway, my point is, I currently sympathize with Barf. This belly, too, seems to have a mind of its own. I’m constantly finding my growing bump copping a feel on random backsides, knocking down displays on store shelves, and struggling to squeeze through spaces that seemed oh so forgivable in the past. And with 10 weeks left, it’s only going to get worse. Thanks, Barf, for making me know I’m not alone.

And speaking of hairy, dog-like creatures, we’ve recently found out that Baby P. is not the only new guy in the neighborhood. Our next door neighbors have four baby foxes living in their backyard! He set up a game cam to catch them in action, since they only come out at night. They look like they’re doing well.

And, by pure coincidence, we now have an accessory in the baby’s room to match!

I saw these flashcards at Anthropologie a while back, and then found them cheaper on Amazon. Added some twine and some clothespins, and now have the perfect little accent!

We also picked up the baby furniture this week. I’m lucky enough to have an older sister whose children are well past the crib-stage, so we inherited some nice PBKids pieces. (And, in case you’re up-to-date on baby gear recalls, the crib was a drop-side, but Pottery Barn sent me the repair kit for free, so it’s safe.)

Oh, and those black boxes? They’re my current project. It’s actually chalkboard paint, which will soon be complete with some bold red frames. More info on that to come.

And, yes, the rug I love. All four of our pets seem to think it was placed there for them. They’re all in for a little shock come this fall. But, we’ll let them enjoy it for now.

That’s all for now. Tomorrow makes me officially 30 weeks! Once again, still feeling good. Last week Lucas and I even witnessed that creepy yet incredible moment when you actually see a body part squirm around in my belly. He’s an active little guy in there!

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Weeks 27-28. Happy 4th!

Weeks 27-28.

Things are still going well. The little man had a good time kicking right in sync with all the 4th of July fireworks this week. And a couple of days off work helped me get a little bit further along in the nursery progress! Yes, that’s the beginning of his room in the background — new furniture to come once we get that old dresser out of the way…

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Weeks 24-27. Catching Up.

I’ve fallen behind on my weekly posts. Two straight weeks of work travel will do that to a prego girl. I’m not sure how much longer I can travel. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, and that’s my only big question for her right now. However, I will say, traveling on the verge of my third trimester hasn’t been bad. I was a little concerned about the puffiness factor, but by drinking tons of water, I seemed to conquer that issue with ease. I also take a daily baby aspirin (just to be safe based on some little blood thing I was tested for because of my genetics), which helps with the whole increased risk of flying thing, too. So, while the two weeks did wear me out, I can’t say it was any more so than it would have been non-pregnant. Right now I don’t have any more scheduled trips for work before the due date, but as of now I can’t say I’d need to turn one down if I did…unless of course, my doctor said to. And now Baby P. can add Minneapolis ( Mall of America included) and Washington D.C. (second time, actually) to his list of in utero travels.

 I’ve also somehow managed to get A LOT done in the world of baby preparation the past few weeks…
1.I finally registered at Babies R Us (something I was dreading, and swore I wasn’t going to do. When it came down to it, I had no choice. Thank God I have a very focused and experienced sister to guide me).

2. We got his stroller. And never in my life would I have imagined getting giddy over a baby stroller. But, yes, I did. I was really struggling with what to get at first. And although I had a wealth of opinions coming my way on what/how many I needed, I went with my own gut. I really, really, really didn’t want to have to have 8 strollers in my garage. And while the travel systems look all cozy, they also seem bulky with a short usage period. And while the joggers look really cool, I don’t really jog…and if I do, I don’t think I will with the baby…and if I do, I’ll splurge and get one when the time comes (I know, joggers are good for rugged terrain, too. But the reviews for the one I picked said it’s great on sidewalks, and for now, that’s as rugged as I plan to get). And then there’s that shopping cart thing, and the umbrella stroller…See, people, this is stressful!

But then that stress was relinquished when I discovered — the BumbleRide Flite.

 

It’s basically the whole package. It works with the car seat I want, then converts to a simple umbrella-type for later. It folds easily (I plan to keep my Jetta for as long as I can), and is super light, yet durable. And, it’s actually really good-looking! Yes, we will be stylin’. So far, I love it. Let’s hope this love remains when it actually contains a baby, too!

3. My RUG came!

I was waiting and waiting, and since it was on backorder I even got a little nervous. But it came and it’s adorable and I even…

4. …picked out a paint color to match! Yep, I painted Baby P’s room turquoise this weekend, and it’s so, so cute. Granted, it’s bright (as Lucas immediately pointed out), but it’s cheery and adorable. And now I can’t wait to do the rest. As soon as it all comes together (don’t hold your breath, this is gonna take a few weeks), I’ll post some pics. At least I’ve gotten the ball rolling.

So, that’s my past three weeks in a nutshell. And now I’ve reached the third trimester! The bigger my belly gets, the more prepared I am for him to come. And, yet, there’s still so much to do. We’re getting there. Come on “nesting,” time to work your magic…

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Weeks 23-24. Kickin’ It.

Weeks 23-24.

I have officially reached the 6 month mark! Which also means I’m officially starting to feel huge, grunt when I bend down to tie my shoes, and wake up grateful for each day that my wedding ring still slides on and off of my finger (I’ve heard that combined with this heat wave, the ring thing may not last too much longer).

Baby P. got to experience the sounds of his very first Cards/Cubs game last Friday. It was clear he enjoyed the big win — when I got home and laid down, he started kicking away, and Lucas was able to feel him for the very first time! I was so excited to share all the movement. It’s been killing me that I’ve basically been feeling him moving around in there since week 15, and Lucas  just had to take my word for it. I swear, each week there’s something that makes this whole thing seem that much more real.

Another random beginning this week, a new exercise routine. Since the pools are now open, I’ve decided to start swimming laps. And seriously, if you’re pregnant, go swim. It’s honestly the greatest form of exercise when you’ve got a baby in your belly. The water makes you totally forget you’re even pregnant, and you feel so good and stretched out when it’s over. Plus, when your head’s in the water, you don’t even notice all those cute, skinny girls running around in those teensy bikinis with their super-flat tummys…and if you do, it’s just more motivation to swim another lap.

Anyway, just 4 more months to go. Seriously? That sounds like forever. Six months did come and go awfully quickly, though. Hope these next 4 do, too…but not until he’s big and healthy, the nursery is done (or even started), I force myself to go register…

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Weeks #22-23. Still Growing.

Nothing too big going on this week. For Memorial Day, we took a trip down to The Lake and let this baby soak up some vitamin D. It was sooo nice to get away.

I did read that the baby’s pancreas is developing and beginning to function this week. I know, not a big milestone for most moms-to-be. However, if you know me, you know that my pancreas and I have had quite the bitter past. So, as odd as it sounds, I really hope that’s one gene I don’t pass on. Way back when I was dealing with the issues it caused (it’s been 9 years now, wow), I was told the pain of pancreatitis was worse than natural childbirth (this came from a woman who experienced both). It almost makes me curious enough to forego the epidural. Almost. Not quite. I also remember how much better I felt once that morphine drip reached my body…

Anyway, for now I’ll just enjoy the fact that I’m currently feeling good, and I’m almost 6 months along! Time flies!

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Week #21-22. Boys ‘n Bugs.

Weeks 21-22…..

This has been quite a spring. Between the tornadoes and the cicadas, it’s hard not to wonder if that “rapture” guy wasn’t too far off. But I’ll go ahead and continue believing he’s as crazy as he sounds, send thoughts and prayers to those down in Joplin who have been devastated by the storms, and do my best to embrace the masses of red-eyed, shell-shedding, goose-bump inducing creatures invading our backyard.

Afterall, I’m growing a boy.

And not just any boy. Lucas’ boy.

Unlike most people, my husband is enamored by the cicadas. He has undergrad degrees in Biology and in Fishery and Wildlife Management, so he does know his stuff. Like when he let me know the kind that came out this year are distinguished by their beady red eyes.


And that they’re harmless. And since our son will be THIRTEEN when he actually gets to see them for himself, it was only right to document the occasion.
If he takes after his dad, he’ll be very grateful.

Isn’t that disgusting?

Yep, kind of gives me chills. But it’s also a good preparation for the types of encounters I foresee in the years to come. Afterall, one of Lucas’ mom’s favorite stories is when she got in the shower and was greeted by a snake wrapped around the shower head. And the same thing happened on the dashboard of her car once, too. Apparently Lucas had a hard time keeping his snakes in a cage? Eek.

To top off my week of boyish preparation, I was thrilled to see this adorable photo snapped by my old friend Jennie from Arkansas. We used to work in advertising together, but she’s now doing an incredible job as a professional photographer in Colorado. See her great stuff here. When I told her I loved the shot, she sent me the link to the high-res image. Yay! It’s definitely going to get framed and hung in the baby’s new room.

 It’s so perfect for him!

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