Having Known for 5.5 months, with 2.5 to go.

Physical:  Boy, I majorly underestimated the amount of changes that a body goes through when pregnant.  There is so much that goes undiscussed!

Ladies, women have been reproducing since the beginning of time!  How could so many things remain a mystery?!  Better yet, WHY should they remain a mystery?  What? Is? The? Point?!

New development of the week: a couple of skin tags no larger than a teeny grain of sand.  I discovered myself picking and picking and picking at something on my neck.  When I realized that I couldn’t yank it off with my fingernails, I took a look in the mirror and noticed that whatever it was seemed attached, but was still the color of my skin.

Awesome.  I’m gonna look like a grandma.

Strangely enough, try as I might to find these suckers while I’m typing this very post… I don’t know where they went.  Maybe they’ve already gone away, but I suspect they’re lurking.

Then there’s just a few tiny red spots randomly here and there.  I’m talking tiny, like the size of a small freckle.  Only one seems risen.

Spiritual:  God is good.  I’ve started a few different devotionals this week that have led me to Psalms and Galations and our church has a guest pastor that’s preaching through the book of Jonah.  There are two more sermons so go so far.  I love taking something that we unintentionally perceive to be a children’s story and discovering so much more meat and application to it.

Emotional:  So I don’t know when this started, perhaps a month ago.  It happens quite infrequently so it’s easy for me to forget to mention this on Square Piece.  But the more I think about it, the more I conclude that it feels like Braxton Hicks contractions for the heart, not the uterus.

But here goes:

Every now and then I’ll see a mother with her son, perhaps age four or so, and this sharp, consuming, loving, aching pain will hit my chest, causing a surge of very romantic, “I want that” sort of emotions.  As quickly as I’m blindsided, it subsides and life goes back to normal.

It’s a nice rush though.

Mental:  Pregnancy brain moments of the week (which, incidentally, all happened in one day):

  1. “I’m in my seventh week of pregnancy.”  How many times have I said this?  A lot.  No, it’s the seventh month; but try telling that to my brain.
  2. My coworker was playing Family Feud on her phone.  When she asked me to name some countries in South America, initially I rattled off, “Chili, Ecuador, Brazil…”  Then, in my pregnancy brilliance, I declared, “Oh!  Madagascar!”  I was quite proud of myself until about six hours later when it hit me that Madagascar is a French-speaking country off of Africa.  I know this. I KNOW that I know this.  For crying out loud, I went an entire year thinking that I wanted to live there some day!  What the heck happened to me?!
  3. Later that day, after the Madagascar incident, I reached into the fridge to grab an apricot that I brought for a snack.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered a tomato instead.  It looks like I can’t tell the difference between produce anymore.  Meal prep should be interesting…


  1. August 17, 2012

    Hahahahahahaha! @ Meal prep should be interesting. 🙂

    I love these updates. 🙂

  2. August 17, 2012

    Andy Stanley did a series on the story of Jonah too and I was blown away by the life application past the obvious meaning we grew up learning.
    Gotta love pregnancy brain. Although you do hold Sharp objects by peoples heads all day, at least you are calculating, drawing, and administering drugs to clients beloved pets….that was scarey! I didnt trust myself at all and had at least one or two souble check all of my work. Thankfully no one got hurt, but I did a few really stupid things.
    Yes, the I had done a lot of reading about the body changes and was still amazed at the degree of change…esp postpartum.

  3. August 17, 2012
    Adele Bernard

    Girl you are so funny. Love you

  4. August 17, 2012
    Nicole Keefauver

    Those Brazton Hicks of the heart never go away. 🙂

    • August 17, 2012
      Mary Kaye

      That’s correct. That pain you’re feeling is love for that little boy, it’s not really a pain. It’s joy. In your life, with as much love as you have already for family, husband, etc., you have yet to feel the kind love that will surround you when Bennett arrives. I could never hold my children close enough, kiss them enough, tell them that I love them enough…impossible! Once my grandson told me, “Nana, hugs are supposed to feel good, not hurt”. I’m so excited for you and Brian and the whole family. Love..the shoes too.

  5. August 17, 2012

    I got the red dots. They were the blood vessels going to the surface of skin. After having my boys they mostly all went away!

  6. August 17, 2012

    Oh Suzy. I hit a low moment today when I showed my family my belly and my dad said my belly looked like a road map. ( stretch marks) now he said this the first time I was pregnant too. So this time I was like yeah here is turkey and pointed to my belly.

    So all in all I think women become embarrassed about their bodies or at least society wants us to feel that way. Bottom line yes tons of things change. Somethings go
    Back to normal and something fade. You are beautiful. All of these changes will believe it or not seem less and less important. For example the first time your son calls you mama and reaches out for you. You will be saying what skin tags!

  7. August 17, 2012

    The red spots may be a result of a slightly lowered platelet count due to pregnancy or hormonal changes. If they get bigger or more prevalent, see the doctor. Animals get them too. As long as your blood tests check out as normal, no need to worry.

    Your beauty is too great to be marred by any physical changes your body is undergoing. You glow.

  8. August 18, 2012
    margaret treadwell

    I wish I could tell you that the brain lapses go away after delivery but they are here to stay and you get more the more kids you have! That may be why other mothers forgot to mention all the negative side affects of pregnancy…out brains are too full of other, more important things…like, where did I leave the bottle or When did I last eat a real meal?

  9. August 20, 2012

    BAH HA HA HA! Awwww, preggo brains don’t work very well or so I’ve heard. Hey, I have those skin tags popping up too and I’ve always had those red dots thingys. DO NOT pick those, they bleed without stopping for awhile! Oh and the more that I grow closer to him, the more emotional I am getting. I teared up at work the other day when a lady asked me if I could cut her friends meal(sitting across from her). I said, “of course” and then sat down beside her and cut her chicken. I asked her if she had a stroke and she said yes and then I talked about ma. I went back into the drink station and teared up(much as I am now) I’m glad I had the pleasure of doing that for her. 🙂

  10. August 20, 2012

    Jonah is such an amazing book!

    and you gotta love that this guy was SO moved by God that he ended up writing a book that basically said,

    “I was ridiculously self-righteous and whined and moaned when God gave me something to do that I didn’t want to do. But God took my reluctant evangelism and worked a miracle, and in the process He changed my heart as well. God is amazing”

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