I love being pregnant. As the baby continues to grow, this whole experience keeps getting better. I will absolutely admit that I do not like watching the number on the scale creep up and up and up. It is definitely a part of pregnancy that I need to continue to work on. Letting go of control over myself and my weight has been the hardest part in many ways. But, I am getting there and really this is the best cause for weight gain: nourishing my little one.

Aside from staggering off the scale though, I really am enjoying being pregnant. The maternity closet has expanded and it feels good to be in clothes that fit again. Each morning, I am excited to pick out what to wear and to see if today’s outfit highlights the growing bump more! It is also almost that time when I can possibly feel the baby move.  While I cannot say definitively that I have felt the baby, I pause often throughout the day to give the little one a pat, to say “I love you” and to stay still for a moment and wait for a response from inside of there. Perhaps that first flutter has happened and I have missed it, but I like thinking that at any moment now it could still occur.

I also love feeling energetic again. It is crazy how I have enough energy to teach all day, lesson plan and grade, spend time with David, and now exercise each night for at least 30 minutes. I wasn’t this energetic when I was not pregnant!  My favorite online exercise videos are by Barre 3 which I would recommend to any pregnant or not pregnant lady out there. You can select from 10, 20, 30, 40, and 60 minute routines which can really fit into any lifestyle. Sitting here typing this, I am already excited to get home and get started on one of the videos.

I am also making new friends.  Now that I have entered into the soon-to-be mommy world, there is a whole new group of co-workers who I have been able to connect with over pregnancy, daycare, newborns, and children in general. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was a bit concerned with how having a child would impact my feeling of independence and my friendships. What I am finding so far is that my friendships are supportive, caring, curious, and growing. I am sure friendships will change once the baby comes and time in those early months revolves around the baby and David and I figuring out our new sleep routine, home life, and life in general. But, I am extremely hopeful now that my new friendships and connection will continue to deepen and my friendships prior to baby will continue to be supportive and understanding.

I also love the cravings. I might have gained a few too many pounds in the first trimester because I am relishing in this aspect of pregnancy. One of my favorite questions to be asked is: Do you have any cravings? The answer is yes!  But, how the craving presents itself is different from what I originally imagined. At first, I thought a craving would enter my mind randomly. All of sudden I would want cake and would be consumed by the need and desire for cake. I would then need to hunt down cake or bust! Instead, what I am noticing is that I need to be in the room with a particular food (i.e. grocery store, school cafeteria, etc.), then once I see or smell the food item, I become consumed with the idea of eating it. I take too much of said item on my plate and consume it like a feeding frenzy captured on Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. My latest craving is the common pregnancy one, which was so exciting for me. I could not get enough pickles! While David sat on the couch with a bowl of popcorn on Saturday, I sat beside him snacking from Grillo’s Hot Pickle Jar. Before our movie was over, the pickles were gone, and I was pleasantly satisfied.

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