Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We pregnant women talk in terms of weeks, thankyouvermuch

Just like the freaky mind readers at Babycenter.com predicted, now that we're officially in the third trimester, I am randomly plagued by things like restless leg syndrome, shooting lower back pains and the feeling that someone has taken a chest spreader to my ribs. Okay, the last one is all me, but the rest is all Babycenter. And I hate it when those bastards are right.

As I leapt (read: hauled) myself out of bed the other night for bathroom break #37 of the day, I was greeted by a searing pain in my lower back that actually made me yelp. While hobbling around the room rubbing my back, I said to Chip, "Well, the next few weeks are certainly going to be fun around here." His response, while sympathetic, was not what I had hoped. "The next few weeks? Unless you're planning to have this baby early, I think we're talking more like the next few months."

After assuring Chip that no, I hadn't paid Dr. Simckes to expedite the delivery, I also assured him that if he's smart, he will join me in using weeks as the official baby countdown-o-meter.

Unless, of course, I am freaking out about something that has to be done pre-baby. In that case, he would be wise to speak in terms of months, as in "But babe, we have two-and-a-half months to go! Plenty of time for me to mulch all the beds, hang a new front porch light, clean the basement, install a new doorbell cover, pull out and wash all of the baby gear, visit Great-Grandma Lindh in Chicago, finish Mary Clare's new room and have new carpeting installed." Just speaking hypothetically, of course.

2 comments:

  1. And then once the baby is born people will be talking about its age in terms of months even after it turns one or maybe even two. I have always found that odd, almost disconcerting.

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  2. I have to admit until now, the week reference was always a challenge for me, you are painting a scary picture of my future, Hang in there!

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