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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Steep Learning Curves

This post is posted days after I wrote it because there was a bloggy problem!

I am watching the Aria awards and Youth Group are singing 'Forever Young' which always brings tears to my eyes because B and T played it at the service for their little son. Also it's just one of those songs that evokes emotion.

Here are some things no-one told me about being pregnant.
1) When your skin stretches it gets really really really itchy.
2) as do boobs. Itchy boobs are not nice. I have some big scratches on mine. Not from rampant sex but from scratching in the night!
3) That stretching stomach muscles can hurt like hell when just carrying out simple tasks like turning over in bed.
4) That chocolate can give you heart burn :(

Or maybe they just happen to me. Some how I doubt it!
I went to a sale of baby good items in a church hall on the weekend. I went with my friend and her baby girl. It was full of 2nd hand baby furniture, clothing, maternity wear and accessories. The hall was chock-a-block full of pregnant women and women with prams, kids and little babies. I saw one man!
It was an infertile woman's nightmare. I went weak at the knees at the sight of it all. I couldn't believe I was there.
I saw Action Man's nasty, ugly old cousins and they stared at my belly in disbelief. I think we may have forgotten to tell them. Whoops.
I bought some very nice, cheap maternity items but I'm not ready to purchase anything else. Another friend I saw there talked me into buying this travel bottle sterilizer thing for $5. I did because she told me it was invaluable. I dunno, it just looks like a lunch box. I don't know what anything is for. There is so much stuff, SURELY I don't need it! My friend also tried to talk me into buying this huge baby bag with a compartment for everything. I just can't imagine ever needing to take that much stuff anywhere with me. My friends laughed a knowing, wicked laugh to each other.
It was all a bit overwhelming I have to say. It was also a big moment for me! Fancy me being in that kind of environment without wanting to dissolve into tears and run from the room.

I read a couple of blogs tonight and some of the girls are having a really rough time. I just wish this didn't have to happen to people. Struggling to have a baby does horrible things to our confidence and our belief in ourselves as valuable people.....I wish I had a magic wand. If I did I would wave it like crazy.


  • Oh Betty...

    My stomach is not that itchy yet, but I get hideous hairs around my belly button and they hideously crawl all the way up halfway through my stomach!!! Eeek.

    I love my boobs though. For the first time in my life I have a cleveage without having to `CREATE' one.

    By Blogger Drew, at 6:19 pm  

  • A bag with lots of compartments is handy and I have found backpacks are just a lot easier. I have researched this - I have bought about five different types and the good old backpack nappy bag is the best. There is heaps of stuff you don't need. If you are going to breastfeed then a bottle warmer is a waste of time...for a while. If you are expressing then you just do it then pop it in a compartment in your nappy bag, which will have insulated pockets. Or, you let it go to room temp in the bag anyway.

    By Blogger Em, at 11:56 pm  

  • Is everything alright? You haven't been around in a while...

    By Blogger Artblog, at 7:08 pm  

  • Betty,

    I wish I had a backpack diaper bag...and crazy as it sounds, the bigger the better. Most of the time I use it as my purse, too! It is hard hauling that and a little one around.

    I am so glad to hear all is going well!

    By Blogger lucky #2, at 1:38 am  

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