This is what I look like after waking up at 3am to drive 2 hours to the top of a volcano, watching the most awesome sunrise for an hour, and then at 7:30am realizing that decaf coffee is Almost as good as regular. It still sort of tastes like energy in a mug even if it’s not. I admittedly don’t look that bad, just a little pale and flat haired. I am however, wearing Stila lip tint in berry that I bought like 2 years ago (is that gross?) and for some reason stuck in my pen holder on my desk instead of with my makeup and just rediscovered it. Lip tint is a really great vacation cosmetic because it doesn’t need to be constantly reapplied.
So I didn’t get to do my 23 week 4 day front and side photos, but I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m massive. When I got back from vacation, all the ladies at work were like: wow, you’re a lot bigger now, or wow you look so round, or you really popped – or whatever. I know they aren’t trying to be rude, but it’s kind of rude. Then again, I’m the one that has only 1 pair of maternity work pants (I just ordered 2 more pairs) and had to resort to wearing leggings today because it’s too cold for my dresses… so I guess I really am that big.
Speaking of being big. I’ve started a new treadmill initiative. Now that it’s crock pot season, this also means that I can spend 1 hour less time in the kitchen probably 2-3 nights per week after work. When I get home from work my routine is: take out the dog, feed the dog, furiously make dinner for us, eat dinner, wait for Abe to finish eating his dinner, and then clean up and do the dishes. I’m sure that other people know how long this takes, but I am surprised every single time that it can take upwards of 1.5 hours in my evening. I hate it. I hate it so much, and don’t feel like I deserve it, it’s just some kind of punishment. So now that I can crock pot, I can use that saved time to walk at an incline on the treadmill and actually get some exercise and also relax a little more. Since Tuesday, I’ve walked 2 times while watching stuff on my iPad, and I really do feel a little better… if nothing else, my ass feels less jiggly.
Not much else going on in pregnancy land. Just this morning I wondered to myself: “will I ever have feeling in my left thigh again?” It’s been asleep since Labor Day. It’s now super uncomfortable to either bend down to tie my sneakers or to lift my leg up and put my foot on a chair or anything. This also goes for putting on socks. I tend to cross my legs a lot, and it’s really uncomfortable after a few minutes… also I can feel my belly on my leg when I sit with my legs crossed at my desk which is a good reminder to stop doing it. I used to be able to eat a pretty good sized lunch, but there is no longer any room and my lunch is now really small. I never knew what it felt like to feel full while not being full before. Also, I ordered maternity underwear to try out. What is maternity underwear, and why can’t you just continue to wear regular underwear? Good question, I asked the same thing in my first trimester. Answer: the waist bands are now cutting off my circulation, so maternity undies have looser and lower riding waists supposedly. I will be the judge of that.