One of my best friends who I’ve known since elementary school just had her first baby last week. And one of my co-workers just had her first as well. As I met one newborn and have been seeing tons of fun pics of the other, I realized that it still hasn’t quite hit me that I’ll be there soon enough as well.
I mean, on a logical level, I know this is happening. Unlike before, when the pregnancy didn’t quite seem real, it’s obvious now. I’m 28 weeks now, and for the past month or so, many patients will straight up ask/notice that I’m pregnant. And then many see the bump but are just afraid to ask. Because we all know that if you ask a woman if she’s pregnant and the answer is no… AWKWARD!
And by now there’s no mistaking Little Willie’s movements. So the pregnancy is definitely real. But realizing that I will have a newborn in a few short months has not quite set in. I suppose it’s a process- eventually my husband and I will get all of the baby stuff ready. The car seat, stroller, breast pump and all of that business. We’ll see what happens, but hopefully I’ll have some time from when I start my maternity leave to when he comes. That’ll give me a chance with no work to worry about, to finally focus on preparing for his arrival.
On a complete side note, I knew about some of the weird things pregnancy does. Like I’ve noticed in the shower when I wash my hair, I don’t shed as much as I used to. Which I’ve heard comes back to haunt you later when your hair falls out weirdly after the pregnancy is over. Earlier in the pregnancy, I started getting a little melasma, or the “mask of pregnancy,” which causes hyperpigmentation of the face. Since then, I’ve been slathering on the sunscreen daily in an effort to keep it from worsening.
But yesterday, I was going to shave my legs since I was planning to wear a short dress this weekend. And despite not shaving my legs for a week, I noticed there was not much growth. To the point that I decided not to shave my legs. This morning, I noticed one spot with a little stubble, but I’m not trying to impress anyone these days so I’m not about to shave. Just thought that was really random. As most women know, this would be great if it lasted forever and I didn’t need to shave my legs as often.
Also, I hadn’t noticed it before in patients, but one recently asked me about hyperpigmentation of the armpits after her delivery. I myself have noticed that the creases in the armpit areas have gotten darker. Her whole armpit areas got dark. So weird. I told her most likely it’ll get better as the pregnancy resolves. Certainly hope so!