Things I would not make it through this pregnancy without.
1. Breathe Right Nasal Strips. I can't believe how stuffy I get at night. These things make it easier to get to sleep and stay sleeping, as opposed to waking myself up from my chainsaw snoring every hour.
2. My body pillow. I love this thing. I am a complete stomach sleeper, so not being able to do that has been difficult, and still continues to be! My pillow has helped so much!
3. Hot/cold gel eye mask. Brilliant. Since I'm not supposed to be taking anything for anything anymore, this helps a lot when I get headaches and/or migraines. Additionally, it helped tremendously when I was so sick a couple weeks ago and felt hot, sticky, and miserable. We just keep it in the fridge or freezer so I can use it whenever I need it.
4. Bella Band. Since they apparently don't make maternity pants for tall, overweight women (at least not that I can find or afford!), these things help keep my pants up and zipped since they don't button anymore.
5. Head On. I know the commercials are ridiculous, but this stuff is awesome!
6. Warm milk. Every night. It's great. Not only does it help me get to sleep and relax, it also helps stave off the heartburn for a bit.
7. Sports bras. The only bras I can find for the massively huge size I've become that do not have underwires. Underwires are horrible when you're pregnant.
Things I cannot do anymore.
1. Bend over. I know this is obvious, but you get bigger so slowly that the day you suddenly discover that to reach anything below your knees, you have to either split your legs apart, get down on your hands and knees, or wait for your husband to get home and pick it up for you is quite a surprise.
2. Clean my belly button. I won't believe you if you tell me you clean yours every day. I don't neglect mine for months on end, but every so often, I'll give it a check up to see if I'm growing anything there. The other day I started to give it a check-up and realized it has officially collapsed on itself. WEIRD.
3. Make it through a night without getting up to pee at least once. Enough said.
4. Watch any TV show/movie without emotion. It used to be a rare occasion that I would cry or become emotional during a show or movie. Not anymore. And I never know when it will hit. Example: I was watching Jon and Kate Plus 8. It was a fairly typical scene for this show--some chaos and slight bickering between family members, and all of a sudden, the thought hits me--"Those are such beautiful children! It will be so amazing to be a mom!" and there goes the tears! Sheesh.
5. Walk without waddling. Is this what it feels like to be a duck or a penguin?
6. Go grocery shopping without the people who bag your groceries automatically calling another staff over to help me out to my car. And then when I politely decline and let them know I'm fine to take care of my own groceries, they raise their eyebrows and ask, "Are you sure?"
And to end today's post....
I completely reorganized our kitchen to make room for to upcoming baby "stuff" (food, formula, utensils, etc.). Just as I was finishing the very last cupboard, I snagged my shoe on the kitchen rug and fell against the cupboard door. My balance is not great since I'm a little front-heavy these days. I didn't hurt myself, but the door fell on the floor in two pieces. So much for "nesting!" This is Kitty examining the broken door.