I'm still here and still pregnant. Here are some of the more public-friendly thoughts I've had about being pregnant.
F-Y-I: catching the common cold or whichever flu virus is currently incubating in the London Underground is a bummer and annoying when you're not pregnant. When you're pregnant it is the Black Plague and lasts for weeks on end. On the up side, it gives you lots of opportunity to engage those pelvic floor muscles during a sneezing fit when you absolutely do no want to pee your pants in public. Of course, that battle is frequently lost before it even begins.
Pram shopping is a bit like searching for the right rental. Interpreting the lingo is the first step in assuring you aren't wasting your time fawning over a flat/pram that looks great at first blush but will cost you double in the end due to 'plumbed for oven/cooker/washer/shower' clause/additional mandatory accessories available.
Baby on board badge--smug fertile declaration or passive aggressive plea for a seat? Or, when viewed off public transport, permission to judge and remark loudly on pregnant woman's scandalous behaviour such as partaking in a cup of over-boiled mulled wine at the Christmas fair or lunching on a scalding hot sausage sandwich? Last weekend I left the badge at home so I could partake in a bit of mulled wine on my birthday while viewing the town center Christmas lights without fear of disapproving stares. I'm really living on the edge these days.
There is definitely something moving around in my lower abdomen and it's not gas. But it sure as hell isn't 'butterflies' either. The description of first movements as 'butterflies in the tummy' or 'flutters' hacks me right off. First off, the movement is no where near my 'tummy'. Let's get our anatomy straight. There's no reason to continue with the dialogue of babies in bellies as we all know they are not popping out the stomach on a hinge like Pregnancy Barbie so many years ago. Second, whenever I read this description it sounds like it's being said by some breathy hippie waxing lyrical on the beauty of life while high at a music festival. Maybe I missed the initial 'flutters' while hacking up a lung for the past month or maybe I passed it off as gas. Or maybe after 15 years of yoga and modern dance I am more attuned to my body than most so these 'flutters' feel more like burly Mexican wrestlers slinging themselves off the ropes that is my uterine wall. Whatever the case, something is alive in there and it's freaking me out a little bit.
We had our mid-pregnancy scan this week. I have to admit it was a bit anti-climactic. However, the baby did flip us off very clearly when the sonographer attempted to catch a glimpse of its face. So that's fun. Baby also has a head on the large side. Attitude and a big head. Double fun.