Photo: Courtesy of KennaKat -I told her to make sure she got my belly and she did. Guess next time I'll tell her to include my face as well :-)
I'm 24 weeks pregnant!  Well over half way now and definitely feeling "larger".  

So a few things that I have learned and other updates:
 really, to think you'd still have things to learn even on your third seems kind of crazy (I like to think I'm a humble pregnancy "know-it-all" open to suggestions, but until given new information, like to thing I'm familiar with all things "pregnant").

1. No 2 pregnancies are the same...even for yourself, crazy.
2. I felt like an idiot today - I googled pregnancy calendars to find out what official month I was in because the weeks and months don't really add up, I was curious to see what the "experts" said on the matter.  Little did I know, even though you carry the baby for "9 months" you go by 4 weeks to the month, which puts me at 7 months today and the term ending in the 10th.  I was not ready for this.  Already I feel like this pregnancy has gone by too fast, and instead of thinking I'm about to begin my 6th month, in reality I've lost a month completely!  Now you could reason and say that since I am just learning the new "10th month" rule, really I didn't lose a month at all...I say "I'm pregnant and I don't feel like being reasonable" :-P  I'll be sad about losing my month and feeling too close to the end if I feel like it!
3. I hate being pregnant.  I don't see how anyone could love this feeling of constantly being uncomfortable and changing and being moody and hormonal and tired and feeling like someone hooked a vaccuume up to my insides and it's draining everything out of me that I could possibly have in there...
4. I love the feeling of growing life inside of me.  Yes, I know I just said that I hate being pregnant, but anyone has to admit that feeling a tiny living being inside of you has got to be the most amazing thing you could ever experience!  I feel sad for those that want to have kids but physically can't.  Though I envy their prebaby bodies and all the things that babies do to destroy your body while growing inside of you.
5. The leg cramps are back!  Yep, I woke up in the middle of the night last night in piercing agony from the leg cramps that come every time I'm pregnant.  No fun.
6. I hate you heart burn, it comes early and lasts till I give birth.  It is terrible.  I hate it.  Enough said.
7. I'm still terrified of having to have a c-section from my placenta previa.
8. The majority of people are nicer to pregnant people.  I've never really been one of them, though I think I might try harder to be in the future. (Wait, Wait!! I'm not saying I'm a jerk to pregnant people, I just treat them with the same courtesy and kindness that I would anyone, nothing extra special)  But I do enjoy the extra dose of sugar that most people bestow on ladies in my state, it makes me feel special, especially in my current hormonal state.
9. OBGYN dr's and nurses do not treat pregnant people with extra sugar.  But they always offer a helping hand to sit up after your rather embarrassing "down there" exams.  I don't need a helping hand.  I don't like them.  And I always find myself being shocked by the gesture and then pausing for a moment to weigh the options :Accept their hand after they so rudely poked and prodded your tender girl parts and feel awkward accepting help where you don't know how to. OR help yourself up and snub their efforts.  I always choose the first one, but it's still very awkward. 
10. My lap is slowly disappearing.  I miss my lap and the ability to hold the kids on it comfortably.  Now they sit on the lower part of my upper legs and lean back...thus leading to point #11
11.  I have never had a more tender belly in any of my other pregnancies than I do in this one.  Any tight clothing, pressure, weight on my stomach is incredibly UNCOMFORTABLE!  I've felt the discomfort in the other pregnancies.  But this time it takes my breath away and makes me want to cry in pain.  Sooo. Not. Cool.
12. At my next dr visit, I get to have another ultrasound.  I've been very spoiled with all of the extra ultrasounds that I've received during this pregnancy.  And I'm loooving it!  I'm also really hoping that my placenta will have moved to it's required position.
13.  This baby is super wiggly.  I felt her sooner than any of my others.  At 2 1/2 months, she was doing somersaults in there and it felt like I swallowed a very fluttery butterfly.  I have always been able to feel my babies a lot sooner than the drs say you can which is awesome.  The other 2 were right around 3 months.  This girly is wiggly just like her sister.  I'm starting to think  that either girls in general are more active and fast-paced than boys OR the more likely story, girls in this family are genetically predisposed to being feisty.  You decide.
14. This pregnancy wins the awards for most painful, highest quota of carbs craved, highest level of nausea, and overall biggest pain in my butt.  But I am relishing it even more than my previous ones, I don't know why, maybe because I'm getting "older".
15. I'm pretty sure I'm going to need to invest in depends after this 3rd birth.  Already on more than one occasion I've forgotten to "clench" when sneezing and peed my pants.  My bet is that I wont be able to clench anything after this baby comes sliding out.
16. I get to take the wonderful gestational diabetes tests at my next visit.  Something is telling me that it's going to come up positive this time.  I don't know why that may be -perhaps the amount of sugar and carbs that I crave have something to do with that?
17. I still haven't settled on a single baby name.  All of my favorite names that I had saved from being pregnant with Ethylwolfe are all used up by people we know.  So I'm still searching... suggestions are appreciated, as long as you don't mind my laughing at them :-)

So that wraps up my current pregnancy state.  I just asked the hubby to take a shot of my belly, this is what he got...

Happy weekend everybody!!
10/26/2012 07:22:51 am

You are a gorgeous pregnant "lady". Can't wait to meet her. I'll try to think of some names. I love Makenna's name...can't remember her middle name?

10/26/2012 08:21:53 am

Thank you Tricia. I hardly feel gorgeous but do appreciate the complement :) Katherine is the middle name.

10/26/2012 07:58:31 am

I am so jealous of your cute pregnant belly! You don't look like a beached whale like I did! And you brought back a lot of memories...the tender belly, the heartburn, the uncomfortablity, etc... No shame in peeing on yourself after babies, I may or may not have done that myself just last night when I sneezed twice in a row. And if you end up having gestational diabetes, I have great recipes and snack options I can give you, since I had to go through that mess! You look adorable!

10/26/2012 08:25:17 am

Thanks Shelly, beached whale or not, you looked fantastic pregnant, and you had 2 growing in there! I think every pregnant person feels like a beached whale! Go ahead and send those recipes my way, I'd like to prepare myself for what I may have to eat and eating healthier regardless wouldn't kill me either!

10/26/2012 08:00:14 am

You are way to funny! and I'm so with you on #3, I hated being pregnant, the delivery on the other hand I could pop babies out for a living ;) but being pregnant sucked EVERY THING out if me I was so tired all the time. I felt so much better when she was out. Also you have something to cuddle with and that makes it so much better.

10/28/2012 12:38:40 pm

Glad to know I'm not the only one who feels that way Kandace! I can't wait to snuggle this new baby!! :)

10/26/2012 11:17:12 am

You look adorable!!!


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