Okay, truthfully, I am missing pants.
We are t-minus six days till delivery and I can no longer deal with waistbands of any variety...regular OR maternity. And lets not even talk about shirts. Nothing is covering the belly at this point in time. I've slipped into the realm of maxi dresses, tunics and leggings.
Folks, I'm huge.
Yes, the water retention I'd staved off for so long has reared it's ugly head. Hello, cankles! I will say I'm thankful they waited until now to show up. I remember sitting in the tub at 7 months during my first pregnancy and screaming out to my poor husband, "Get in here!"
Poor guy came racing in to me pointing tearfully to my legs.
"I have elephant ankles," I sobbed.
And from that day on, it was all about the Crocs for me. That was all I could shove my poor swollen feet into...and was a GREAT look for work where I was required to dress office casual.
So this time, I'm trying to take it in stride. This too shall pass, hopefully at the hospital, in the form of pee or sweat...
I'll tell you what I'm not looking forward to - losing the baby weight. After my son, I didn't even really start losing the weight till a YEAR after he was born. And even then it was a struggle. Honestly, the factors that finally helped me drop the weight were: losing my job, caring for my dying mother in law, quitting breastfeeding after two years and training for a half marathon.
Two of those things I don't care to repeat. Stress as a diet is not a great option, trust.
So on to the ending breastfeeding - you might be like "Well, doesn't breastfeeding help you lose weight?"
In a word (or two) : eff no.
I am in the lucky .05% of women who hang onto pregnancy weight while breastfeeding. At least that's what my doc told me. Maybe he was just trying to soothe my borderline PPD.
Regardless, I will be breastfeeding this baby. I'm hoping against all hope that this time around, I can be one of those bitches who breezily says "I breastfed and the weight just evaporated."
I'm looking at you, Gisele.
Otherwise, running, here I come. Just call me Forrest Gump.