Mental: I. Look. Pregnant.
No surprise there considering that I’m at my halfway point and that Bennett’s the size of a small cantaloupe.
What’s nice about looking pregnant is that people smile at you for no good reason than that they see you. Perhaps you live in Illinois or the Shenandoah Valley or some other magical land of friendliness. But here in Northern Virginia, most people don’t opt for eye contact, much less a smile.
Look how Bennett’s already breaking down those walls!
Spiritual: My step-dad, Charley, has been in my prayers this week and I hope he’s in yours, too. He’s begun another round of intense, butt-kicking chemo. It’s a four day marathon. I believe that he’s still on his first 24-hour I.V. chemo drip as I type this.
Let’s pray that Charley becomes the first man to ever be cured of multiple myeloma, shall we?
If you’re not in the loop on Charley, here’s a catch-up.
Emotional: Drained. I’m drained. And I’m pretty sure that it’s not the pregnancy this time. No, it’s just Square Piece being a square piece. Now that I’ve received extensive education through my friend’s, Karen’s, courses on Baby Necessities 101, 201 and 301, I’m fully equipped to make educated, baby registering decisions.
I want to be practical. I want to be functional. I want to be frugal. And I’m so thankful in advance for the generosity of others that I want to make it as painless as possible for them to be generous.
Clearly these goals have required me to make a formal outline of my plan of attack. Babies-R-Us is a clear no-brainer for registering, but sometimes their prices can be higher than Target. That said, Babies-R-Us often has 20% off coupons making big ticket purchases easier to swallow. Target? Not so much. (Will my friends use these coupons? Should I just put the item on the Target list instead?) Then there’s amazon.com for friends and family who live in the sticks and prefer online shopping. Amazon.com has items that the other two stores don’t carry and can almost beat every price, but there might or might not be shipping charges. Gah!
Forgive me, but when you have nothing and suddenly you need everything, it feels very… greedy in my heart… to have a list a mile long and to advertise those needs through registering. I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime kinda thing and that everyone does it, but … well… now that it’s my turn… Just know that I know that if it were up to me and Brian to survive on the bare bones necessities with zero help from the outside world, Bennett would survive, the Lord would still provide and I’d still have plenty to be thankful for.
Oh, please don’t think I’m greedy.
Physical: Here’s my lily white leg on a good day:
While it’s not uncommon to see my veins through my typically translucent skin, here’s what the extra blood volume has enabled me to enjoy now that I’m pregnant:
While these veins don’t bulge all the time, they are prone to doing so after long walks or physical exertion. Did you know that a woman’s body makes on average an extra four pints of blood during her pregnancy? This is so that when she delivers, if she were to hemorrhage, she can afford some blood loss without it being fatal. In the meantime, that extra blood volume is just going to show up in fancy squiggles on my legs.
And in other physical news, yesterday’s encounter at the salon was a doozy. A client, not my own, called for me to come talk to her. When I approached, her conversation to me went something like this:
“I want to tell you something. I think you’re going to have a boy… because boys make mommies’ butts rounder.” (Processing this.) “It’s because boys love their mommies and want their mommies to be beautiful for them and for their daddies…”
Well, I can’t argue with that.