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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Slacker Mom and Her Offspring

Pin It I am such a slacker.

I admit it: I just plain stink at this whole "trying to live life as usual while pregnant" thing.

I can't even seem to blog about anything except being pregnant. I'm sorry, really I am.

I apologize profoundly for my slacker-ness (read: not blogging, cleaning, doing laundry, exercising, or anything else remotely productive) but let's face it--I can't see it changing any time soon.

Energy levels are at an all-time low, which essentially means if I have the choice of sleeping or scrubbing a toilet, I will choose sleep every time. Add in the fact that I cannot take my ADD medication, and you have a complete Slug. It's so bad, I actually had Lawson bend down to pluck a can of chicken gravy off of the bottom grocery store shelving unit this afternoon...I just felt it would require too much effort to lever myself back up.

Now, theoretically, I know that it is indeed possible to live life normally while pregnant. I understand that you can exercise (in fact, you should exercise), you can bend and straighten, mop the floors, haul laundry out of the washer, and do any number of other things.

I just don't want to. I want to revel in my first trimester fatigue, and have an excuse to block out the world for a little while with a nap. (Do you know how long it's been since I took a nap? When I was pregnant with Lawson. That's eight-plus napless years, folks. ) I want to delight in my awkwardness and shifting center of balance, and baby it with frequent "feet up" moments. I want to concentrate on gestating with minimal interruptions.

Now, this is very difficult to do when there are two smallish humans who have become pretty well established as your kids. Lawson is entering the world of "you're so cute; will you be my special friend?" with the little girls in his class, and is requiring many lessons in how-to-talk-to-girls. Autumn is entering the world of we-must-straighten-the-hair-and-find-the-perfect-polish before school every morning. I love that Lawson comes to me for these man-to-Mom talks, and that Autumn wants my fashion advice. Their interruptions of my Gestational Concentration are fierce and lovely and anything but minimal.

That's okay, though. It's funny...I think I want to focus so intently upon this time because, having been there before, I remember all too clearly how fleeting it is. And this time, it's not miserable for me. I'm not assaulted with nausea and/or puking 24/7. While a little draggy, I'm not finding it necessary to slip into a coma to cope. So instead of shutting my small humans out in favor of hermetically celebrating this bond I'm forming with this new small human within me, I'm bringing them in to share it.

Showing them the illustrations, and measuring a growing distance between our forefingers and thumbs. Discussing names. Letting them laugh at my awkwardness, and enlisting their help.

I love that they're willing to help, and so ready to celebrate with me.

And I promise that I'll try to write about something other than being pregnant next week. I'm kind of in a one-track-rut right now. :)

4 comments:

mistyc0x said...

i, for one, think it is wonderful to 'hear' you when you are pregnant. it is consuming. if you want it to be. and why not? we aren't given the opportunity that many times, are we?

i LOVE it. wallow in it all you want and let us come along! ;)

diane rene said...

I also have no issue with hearing about pregnancy - I think it's beautiful (especially when the person enjoys it!).
but I also have no issue with you not posting because you are spending quality time with your family :)
thank you for what you do allow us to share with you, now go take a nap!

Anaise said...

I love your pregnancy stories--no need to write about anything else as far as I'm concerned.

Lori said...

Aww...thanks ladies! License to wallow and be self-indulgent--I love it! I appreciate your loyalty more than I can say.

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