Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Waiting Game

I am 23ish weeks pregnant; second trimester almost at an end. Three months to go - the time is counting down and that should make me happy, but it seems like forever to go.

Maybe it's just my faulty memory playing tricks on me - was it like this last time? Did I feel so frustrated and incapacitated at barely six months? I remember the last month or so with Hamlet, feeling so tired and wretched, unable to catch my breath or find a comfortable position.

Just like now. At six months. Ish.

The good news is that I've managed to cow and browbeat most of the general population who seemed bent on enforcing happiness upon me. "This should be the happiest time in your life!"

Seriously, anyone who says this should be a) punched, and 2) required to leave the house more. Let's see: constant heartburn, bleeding gums, nosebleeds, breathlessness, inability to sleep due to NO COMFORTABLE POSITION TO BE FOUND, incessant peeing, sobriety. Doesn't that just sound like a ball?

Joyful pregnancy is a myth that women like to perpetuate on each other. I guess that some of us are just better at confusing a desired end with a trying process; "Oh, I just wanted a baby so badly that the whole thing was worth it!". I can buy that everyone is looking forward to having a baby, but not the literal having of the baby. Labour also blows ladies; don't let anyone tell you different. At no other time in your life does a giant needle to the spine sound like a good idea.

And don't even start with the natural childbirth tut-tutting or I will punch you in the throat.

I just want the baby to get here so we can do baby things and be a family - this gestating shit is for the birds.


Snooze said...

Agreed. I so want this baby but the whole pregs bit is getting on my nerves. I'm finally beginning to have a good second trimester, but it's just a brief respite in a long arduous process.

Hope you feel better and get some sleep.

Snooze said...

How are you doing? I still can't feel the fetus so I'm a bit worried - but you're in the home stretch now!

Hammy said...

Hey Snooze - don't worry, it's really hard to feel the little parasite first time around. You'll get all sorts of descriptions like "feels like goldfish fluttering"...blah, blah. Truthfully, is kinda like low-abdomen indigestion. :)

Once you do feel things, it'll be weeks before anyone else can. Your husband will be thrilled (or not) by endless games of "give me your hand - can you feel that?" - which may not be nearly as much fun as it sounds. Heh.

If things have been fine at your checkups, baby is just in there cooking away. If you are really worried, go in and get them to hunt for the heartbeat with the office doppler. How many weeks are you at now? (Sorry miss, can't remember!) Have you had an ultrasound yet?

I am 30 weeks this week and I can't wait to get off this ride, healthy baby permitting of course. March due date - here we come!