Pregnancy Truths Part Two
As the middle of May quickly approaches (but to be honest, not quickly enough), I have once again had the opportunity to reflect on the past seven months- specifically the past two.
Second trimester was a breeze. When women say that second trimester just flies by, they aren’t kidding. Currently, I long for those carefree second trimester days when I could eat more than a granola bar without my squished stomach instantly starting to hurt. Most websites and baby books suggest eating more frequent, smaller meals during the day, unfortunately even that doesn’t work for me. My morning string cheese fills me up until about 3 p.m.
The pregnancy brain has really seemed to clear up quite a bit, but now my head is full of anxiety. Unless you are scheduled to be induced, labor and childbirth is really out of your hands. My family keeps bragging about all of the wonderful vacations they are currently taking, but I’m too afraid to drive more than an hour from the hospital.
I finally really started showing about three weeks ago, and I swear I have tripled in size since the “bump” first appeared. In this way, I am very blessed. My center of gravity hasn’t been affected until very recently. I am still nimble enough to be silly at “Young Frankenstein” rehearsal, which Joe and I are committed to unless something should happen early.
This kid is big. The last time I got an ultrasound, the head was measuring in the 94th percentile, the belly in the 97th, and the femur length in the 75th. When I was born (via C-section 10 days early), I weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces. My doctor recently commented to me that my child will most likely be of similar size. Not only that, Joe’s family seems to have larger noggins running in their family. Joe’s brother had to have specially made helmets in middle school because his head was so large. So please, wish me luck.
Finally, Joe and I made the decision that we think it would be best for one of us to stay at home and raise our child. It made the most sense for me to be the one to stay home, so as of May 1, I will no longer be the editor of the Emmetsburg newspapers. This was a very difficult decision for us to make as I absolutely love my job, but we want to put our family first. I appreciate all of the support that I have been given during my time here, and I would love to stay active in the community (just with an infant at my side). I appreciate everyone’s patience as I’ve made mistakes while learning the software at the office and the names of everybody in town. I look forward to continuing to see all of your friendly faces around town.
With that being said, Emmetsburg Publishing is currently looking for a writer to take my place. If you know of anyone that loves being social and loves to write, encourage him/her to apply. Applications and resumes can be dropped off at our office located at 1122 Broadway Suite B in Emmetsburg.