9 Months In Three Paragraphs (p3)

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9 Months In Three Paragraphs (p3)

February 1, 2017

You wake up one day and reach for the book (or app) You know the page, its been marked with a dog tail for months now. It is day one of your third trimester. You decided weeks ago not to skip ahead so much because you believe it slows the days. There is an image on the first page of T3 and its very familiar but you examine it once again just to be sure you haven’t missed anything. The baby is growing fast now. You are routinely prodded from within. You’ve begun to sleep on your side with a pillow under the bump and between your legs. You don’t feel very sexy anymore and you don’t care! Your ankles feel thick when you stand too long. Nothing fits but the maternity clothes and your belly is too itchy from stretching to wear the up and over pants anyway. Despite the growing discomfort you are happy and excited and feeling strong. You’re doctors appointments increase as they monitor the babies growth. You’ve packed your bag for the hospital. You’ve created a call list for your partner to announce the news and you’ve updated your social media status to ‘Expecting’. The book says it can happen any day (so prepare). You feel pretty good aside from increasing physical discomfort and that heart burn that just wont go away. Soon you will be on mat leave. A co-workers tells you that you are big for dates, this annoys you. The woman inline at the bank asks your due date and says the same. You try hard to be polite. Others tell you that you are carrying ‘high’ or ‘tidy’ or ‘neat’ and this also annoys you. Colleagues want to touch your belly…Grrrr!! This seriously annoys you. The clerk at the grocery store who seems to never smile (or even look up) smiles and says ‘Congratulations! You must be ready to POP?’ You find this rather crude and deploy the ‘Smile and Nod’ technique not used since you were 16. Your partner rubs your back at night (‘as he should’). Your mother calls even more frequently. The doctors examines you with a pinch and schedules you an appointment in two weeks….(you thought the examination appointment might be your last). He says, “Try to stay active (it will help)’. You plan a date night. You spend increasingly more time cleaning and straightening. You wash all of the baby clothes , sheets and blankets and fold them perfectly in neat piles. You hope that your nesting instinct kicking in, but you know its only mat leave boredom combined with your knowledge that nesting marks the proximity of birth (I nest therefore I am going into labor soon!) You finally commit to buying a buggy after months of comparative online shopping. Your friends give you a baby shower with lovely diaper cake and they make you wear a shirt that reads “Pregzilla’ because, they say, you’re a bit snarky lately. You attend prenatal yoga classes, sip your expectant mama blend, watch another Netflix series (while practicing your breathing technique) and… OMG you wet yourself. Too much tea perhaps?? NO., Wait…it’s…it’s the day…you water’s broken! In a few (long) hours you will be a mother.(Hurray, Congratulations and Hallelujah are in order!! You’ve come a long way baby!!)

By Claudia Marion : Claudia is a mother of four. She’s also President and co-founder at Stork and Dove. He ‘9 months’ blog is based on (her) experience only (though she feels it’s fairly universal!)