This week in honor of my dreaming of pregnancy ending (and having Myles in my arms) is the five things I am looking forward to enjoying once pregnancy is over.
forbidden foods. Pregnant women are immediately faced with a list from their doctor of foods to avoid. For the most part, it isn't too big a deal to avoid them... or you make up your own rules for what you will go ahead and enjoy. For me, there was the awkward moment of a girl's night of wine and cheeses. Of course I wasn't supposed to have the wine... but then all of the cheeses (and meats) were on my list of no-nos. Thankfully I had brought a large cup of hot chocolate with me, and there were some grapes to munch on. My rule... I would still enjoy those forbidden cheeses if they were cooked... like feta cheese on a pizza. The thing a little harder to work around... sushi. Sure there is the fried rolls... and in Louisville that was no problem... most Japanese restaurants had some great tempura rolls... but I haven't really found that to be the case down here. Someone bring me a spicy tuna roll to the hospital or even just a sandwich from Subway (because cold lunch meat was forbidden too...).
the occasional drink. I miss beer. And wine. Not that I drank much to begin with... but I really missed out on Summer Shandy season. And heck... it will be nice to not worry about how much caffeine I might consume in a day anymore. Grande pumpkin spice latte please (even if I did wake up with a mug of caffeinated coffee).
doing whatever I want. Now, I probably did more than any sane person would do... I still stood on a step stool; I painted a room; I mowed the lawn until about 2 months ago with a push mower. Heck, throughout the past week I have slowly been raking the yard because I am going just that stircrazy. But I cannot wait to be able to just do things again. Just to get out of bed without my pelvis screaming at me will be nice. Or put on shoes. Or ride a rollercoaster. Whatever.
normal clothes. I get that I won't immediately look like my old self.. but to have a waist again... to wear a belt. I am starting to get sick of these elastic waistbands that stretch out through the day. And its fall. I love sweaters. Thankfully I believe I shouldn't have any trouble wearing any of them pretty soon. Pants will be an issue at first... but I can get past that to just be able to wear a nice warm sweater again. And without fear that my belly has gotten so big that you can now see before mentioned elastic waistband or bare skin because the stretchy shirt is stretched to the max.
sleeping on my stomach. Oh I can't wait for this. I am a natural side/stomach sleeper. Sleeping on my sides the past few months hasn't been too bad... but I just really don't sleep as well that way as I do on my stomach.