Tuesday, November 11, 2014

You're so Fruity

One of the fun things you get to do when pregnant is look up yourself up by how many weeks you've been knocked up and see what's happening to your body and the baby. One of the first things they tell you is how big the baby is. I guess the authors assume we don't know how to use a ruler, or don't know what a half of a pound is, because they are always comparing fetuses to fruit and vegetables.

So far in my pregnancy, the baby has been compared to
  • a medium peach
  • an avocado
  • a large mango
  • a medium butternut squash (lest you think she's a large one! Fools.)
  • and now, in week 24, cantaloupe.
Image result for butternut squashI'm not sure what it is about this that tickles me so. Maybe it's that the fetus is being compared to an edible item. Maybe it's that some of the items referred to are funny-sounding and random, like butternut squash. Maybe it's the cute-ifying of pregnancy that gets to me. "You have a pea in the pod!" "A bun in the oven!" There's a point to be made about the ridiculousness of it all, but I'm not sure what it is.

I have been dealing with leg cramps, aches, carpal tunnel, digestive issues, and more. I think I'm able to handle phrases like, "your baby is now about 11 inches long and weighs approximately one pound!"
Today, baby, we thought about what sorts of supplies you'll need when you are born. Your grandpa is arranging a baby shower for you and we are trying to tell everyone what to get you!

It's a little confusing for us to do this baby registry thing. You're our first, and taking care of you will be almost as weird and new for us as coming out from squishy baby hotel will be for you. There is an entire industry marketing products to parents of new babies like you, and it's hard to know what you'll need and what you won't.

But you wouldn't believe what cool things we've already gotten from friends! You already have a car seat, toys, clothes, and some other bright, pastel-y stuff I can't yet identify. Other people have promised us a high chair, a bouncy door hanger, a new rocking chair and more. I was looking at the bag of clothes your Auntie M. gave you I pulled out a little orange and black Hawaiian dress that brought tears to my eyes. It's just so real now.

Someday you will wear that dress.

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