Sunday, November 23, 2008

Things I Have Learned...

There are several key things I have learned throughout my pregnancy and I'm going to attempt to document them a couple at a time here, hopefully before pregnancy is over. Here are the first two...of many:

1. Exceptional Peeing in a Cup Skills

So as every doctors appointment requires me to pee in a cup, I have since because extremely skilled in the art of cup peeing. In the beginning, by the time I got to the doctor's office I would have to pee so badly that I would run into the bathroom, do a dance while writing my name on the label, slap it on and grab the cup and pee. This seems simple enough except for the fact that I don't think I've every quite pinpointed the exact location of my urethra. Gros overshare, maybe, but true...yes! Half the time I would end up peeing all over my hand or all over the cup, which I would have already put the label on and now said label is all wet with pee. Or I would completely miss the cup completely and end up forcing myself to produce the most pathetic pee sample ever. I would always feel so bad for the nurse who had to pick it up after I was done with it. Now I am awesome. I know now to write the label AFTER I've peed in the cup which = no pee-stained label and I've pretty much pinpointed the appropriate location, which means I can now bulls-eye into my target like you wouldn't believe. No need for wiping the cup or re-writing the label afterwards. I have become a CHAMP at peeing in a cup. Thank you pregnancy!

2. Have Come to Accept that I am Either a Freak of Nature or a Show and Tell Project

Another thing I've learned is that pregnant people are completely amazing in the eyes of others, either in the "Oh my lord I didn't know people could get that big you freak of nature" kind of amazing or the "Oh look at this fabulous specimen of a glowing child bearing vessel of loveliness" amazing. Complete strangers approach me on the street commenting about my belly, whether it is pointing out how large I am or pointing out how incredible I am. My own mother uses me as her own personal show and tell project, as in whenever we see someone we might vaguely know or recognize it is immediately "Hi, So-And-So... look, here is my daughter she is PREGNANT! Can you believe it?" (as if they couldn't already tell by the massive protrusion coming from my middle). The other day a woman stopped me and and said "I just love your belly", like it was a super cute pair of designer jeans I was sporting, I wanted to say "Thank you! I picked it up at this super cute boutique (called Oregon Reproductive Medicine) down on 23rd Ave." Fabulous!

To be continued...

Had my maternity photo session today and had SO much fun! I can't wait to see how they turned out. Thank you Jen!!

We're coming along quite swimmingly on Lucy's nursery. I'll take some pictures tomorrow to show the progress we have made...and of her jam packed closet, she is going to be one fashionable gal!

AND ps. It's my 28th Birthday tomorrow!!

"Pregnant women... They had that weird frisson, an aura of magic that combined awkwardly with an earthy sense of duty. Mundane, because they were nothing unique on the suburban streets; ethereal because their attention was ever somewhere else. Whatever you said was trivial. And they had that preciousness which they imposed wherever they went, compelling attention, constantly reminding you that they carried the future inside, its contours already drawn, but veiled, private, an inner secret."
-Ruth Morgan

19 comments:

Harmony said...

happy birthday! i hope you have a wonderful day hun!

can't wait to see the pics!

JustaKidAtHeart said...

Man now you posted it so I feel I needed to say it when I was planning on being all sly with the birthday email leaving you to wonder how I knew it is your birthday. Well anyway happy Birthday. I too am now a cup peeing master.

Stacia said...

Happy Birthday! Can you believe your due date is getting so close? I have read your blog since around the time you found out you were pg, and it has gone by so fast! (easy for me to say, right?) Can't wait for the pics.

Marcy said...

I know it seems wierd, but honestly good for those people pointing out the amazingness of your belly! Pregnancy can seem like such a common thing, that I think we often forget how incredibly amazing it is to be growing a human being. And I think a cute belly is certainly something to praise. =P

It's also great that your mom loves showing off your pregnancy. Imagine how excited she'll be about this grandchild, and how loved she will be (is!).

NHmommy said...

Happpy bday! I've been following your blog since..I don't know when but love it and can't wait for some pics. The whole peeing in the cup thing...awesome right?

sabrina's spot said...

Happy Birthday! Can't wait to see your pictures of your photo shoot and of the nursery. Have a great day!

Courtney said...

Happy early birthday! I remember when i use to be a pro at peeing in a cup. I had 2 kids 13 months apart so for all most 2 straight years i peed in cup and i think i could have beat any man lol. And the show piece...thats what i called my belly...it is an attention getter whether it be good or bad attention.

the d'angelo family said...

Happy Birthday Bev!! Here's hoping you are able to relax and enjoy...enduldge in a mani/pedi or something...will be the "last" birthday where you can still pamper yourself!!

FSD said...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a great one!

Can't wait to see pics of the nursery progress. Our nursery has come the BANE OF MY EXISTENCE!!! Argh! Why is this so hard?!

Hey, whatever happened with your 3 hr. glucose test? Did you pass?

TessCPDF from the Nest said...

Happy Birthday!!

happymomof2 said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! Hope that you have a fantastic birthday. God Bless

Rebecca said...

Have a great birthday...I am with you on the peeing in a cup thing. When I finally checked into the hospital for my c-section, they gave me a cup with a funnel...why hadn't they been giving me the funnel all along! It was sooo much easier!

Love the quote too...nothing really mattered to me when I was pregnant. I was the least stressed about things at work than I had ever been!

KK said...

Happy Birthday!

Kris Norman said...

Happy Birthday!

Glad to see you've become a pro at peeing in a cup! At my office, I had to master peeing on a stick - Let's just say my aim is pretty good now! =]

Shanny said...

happy birthday! I just turned 28 on Saturday. I'm 2 days older than you :-)

Queenie. . . said...

Happy birthday, you glowing vessel!

LDRN said...

Happy Birthday (one day late)....You are just too cute! Hope you are feeling well & that you had a fun birthday!

Erika said...

LOL.....you are too funny....:)

Have a VERY Happy Birthday.

Well, its almost crunch time... how exciting I wish you all the best and have a very happy thanksgiving!!

Laura said...

Hey there. I've been following your blog for awhile and I hope that you and little Lucy are doing great! I have to tell you that this weekend I went to TJMaxx and got the same stroller as you! I'm so excited, it was only $159 - Thanks for suggesting to look there. If you have time, I'd love to hear about what other products you have chosen to go with! Right now, I am trying to look at car seats.

Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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