I am just not one of those girls. I don’t look like a person who just swallowed a basketball. That girl who has the perfectly centered, perfectly round little baby bump. That is not me. I get wide. I get mushy all over. My arms seem to think they are involved in the gestating of this tiny human. Why do I need back fat and extra wide arm flaps to grow a baby? WHY?? I guess it’s a combination of my genetics and my complete lack of interest in anything non-couch/bed related. I started wearing maternity clothes at 11 weeks. Who does that? Granted, this is my second baby, so I know they say you show earlier but I am just under 16 weeks now and look like I am about 6 months pregnant. When I tell people my due date, you can see the confusion on their faces. They start trying to do math in their heads and it just doesn’t work out. This is how the conversation goes…. Stranger: “Oh, congratulations! When are you due?” Me: “Thank you. Not until November 1st.” Then there is a long pause… Stranger: “Oh, wow! You still have a long way to go!” Me: “Yes, I have big babies”. Stranger: “Thanks for your help” and leaves really quickly.
The good thing about this is that because I look so far along, I can get away with more laziness. The bad part is that I am going to have a hard time getting back on the exercise train. Thanks to my horrible nausea, I went a solid 8 weeks with no physical activity…. Well except for a 10k I ran the first weekend of April (I had already signed up and it is such a fun and beautiful race, I couldn’t miss it. I finished only 8 minutes longer than I did last year, but I couldn’t walk for about 3 days after that.) So, I decided to get back into it with baby steps. First thing I am doing is some floor exercises and stretching at home every night. I am just doing squats and pushups and leg lifts. I don’t want all the muscle I built up turning to mush over the next 6 months. Next week I plan to add some cardio. I have a treadmill, so there is no excuse (except for the spiders in the basement) for me not to at least walk for 30 minutes each night. So 30 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes of strength at least 4 days each week sounds like a reasonable goal. As long as that stupid couch doesn’t get its soft squishy hands on me, I remember to buy more spider killer, a new episode of Glee isn’t on, my 2 year old isn’t having one of those nights and if I can get my lazy but out of the air conditioning…. I’m sure I can do it!