crazy pregnant woman - aka pregnancy hormones - a huggies post

I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!

Let's talk about something that no one ever tells you before you get pregnant. I mean, there are so many things they DON'T tell you, right? If you have been pregnant, you know this. If not, here's one thing I deem important enough to let you in on: Your hormones will be jacked up. You will become a crazy pregnant woman. Yes, you. It's OK. Really. You won't be crazy all the time, but there will definitely be moments when the crazy version of you takes over while the normal one is tied to a chair in your mind yelling, "WHAT ARE YOU SAYING, YOU CRAZY WOMAN?!?!"

I wasn't crazy for the duration of each pregnancy, but there were a few crystal clear moments that I remember happening out of my control while I was trying fruitlessly to slam on the emergency brakes. Externally I would be yelling at Doug for taking too long of a shower while internally my normal self had her arms crossed and was shaking her head at me. The good thing is once I knew what was going on, I could better prepare myself and Doug for these moments.

So, you'll be crazy.

And you will be sappy. Good luck watching commercials. Ever. I don't know what it is about those little snippets of TV, but for some reason, they drive to the core of your heart and turn on the hydrants. If you see anything with babies, puppies, servicemen, old couples, nature, kittens, men, women, children of any age, a satisfying shampoo, or anything remotely like any of those, turn away and run. Or you will need a box of tissues. Better yet, don't watch TV.

So, you will cry for no real reason.

Also, you may be snippy. Just a bit. The end of pregnancy can be challenging. You are huge. You are uncomfortable. Your doctor gives you a condescending look when he weighs you (IT WAS CHRISTMASTIME, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!). Strangers comment about how HUGE you are. Your patience was left back somewhere in the seventh month, and you really can't take another person patting your tummy like it will bring them good luck or something. Before you know it, you'll be annoyed by any ol' normal thing: out-of-date milk, no more cookies, lack of chocolate, stores closing at night when you NEED chips. The worst? Chick-fil-A closed on Sunday. Womp womp.

So, you will be a bit touchy.

My point is, you will feel like you are on one big crazy roller coaster. And you will be blind on it. In the rain. With no umbrella. The good news is that it doesn't stay that way forever. One day, weeks (yes, weeks) after you give birth, you'll look in the mirror and see your normal self again. Just hang in there until she comes back.

Any crazy/funny/amusing hormonal/emotional stories you care to share? I'd love to hear them!

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