On Friday I was watching the Today Show in which they did a segment on this newly growing trend called “Wombtubing”, where moms-to-be are peeing on a stick and sharing their reactions as they learn they’re pregnant on film, then posting on YouTube. (Note: I’m assuming you don’t actually see the act of peeing in these vids!!) The news segment showed a few example clips and then the topic moved into whether you should blog throughout your pregnancy or keep it private. Of course my opinion on this topic is pretty clear – LIVE OUT LOUD LADIES!!
Well, this is just what I’ve chosen to do and it’s not for everyone. Of course I didn’t film my reaction as I picked up the EPT stick to find the word ‘PREGNANT’ staring back at me. But I always knew that when the day came that I found out I’m pregnant, I’d blog the whole way through. That’s just me – I like to share. First and foremost, I live a million miles away from my family and longtime friends, so blogging my pregnancy is a way to keep them up to date with how I’m doing. And from what I hear, they all seem to really enjoy following along. Secondly, it’s about building a community of like-minded people – most of which, I don’t know. People want to know that what they’re going through is similar to what others are going through, or they want to seek or give advice, and blogging is a great way to do that. I’ve followed blogs where the blogger wasn’t pregnant, just a funnyass blogger, and then she got pregnant, and now she’s had the baby and I’m chomping at the bit to see what she and the baby are doing next. You might be thinking to yourself; Why? She’s a stranger! …Welllllllll, because I’m going to be there soon and it helps to know what to expect from someone who is just a few steps ahead of me, that’s why!
Is blogging about my weight gain, pregnancy acne, back pain, and the size of my baby bump TMI? Personally, I don’t think so. I mean, if you don’t care, all you have to do is never come back to my blog! But one thing I don’t necessarily agree with is this idea that you should keep your pregnancy private because it’s “personal”. That seems like kind of a throwback notion to me. Like I should wear baggy matronly clothes to try to conceal the baby bump as best I can. Heck no! It seems like women these days are wearing their baby bumps with pride, dawning cute, fitted tops and skinny jeans, wearing bikinis at the beach, and sharing their pregnancy details with the help of social media.
Being pregnant is such a magical experience and I don’t know how you can not want to talk about it and show it off! I’m beaming with pride at my little dancing munchkin in my tummy! I may not be the first person in the world to experience pregnancy, but it’s the first time I’VE experienced pregnancy, so I want to tell the world how amazing it is, and maybe also complain about the not so amazing parts, but hey, it’s all part of the experience! And plus, I just like the idea of being able to look back on these blogs years down the road and smile at how I felt or the funny things I said, or the stuff I worried about that maybe my future self knows was no big deal. Using technology to document your pregnancy is a great way to build memories for you and your child, so I say blog and vid away ladies! Capture life as it’s happening!
Baby bump watch continues – week 27!
Pardon this sleepy look, jeez! I totally forgot about my baby bump pic last night and was in my PJ’s with my hair pulled back in a messy ponytail and headband when I remembered to take the picture. You’d think after 15 consecutive weeks of doing this I’d never forget. *Pregnancy Brain*
Now the baby is about 2 lbs. and 14.5 inches long, like the size of a head of cauliflower, according to Babycenter.com. She’s sleeping and waking in regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and even sucking her fingers! Babycenter warns me that hiccups will become a regular occurrence from here on out. Good grief, this little one is a mover and a shaker already! She’s even becoming distracting in meetings! It’s fun when I wake up in the mornings because it’s like she wakes the same time I do, and I just lay in bed and watch the movements she’s making that are visible on the outside now, like kicks and waves of movement from one place to another. It’s fascinating!
The further along I get, the longer the Babycenter weekly emails are with lists like “Symptoms you should never ignore” and how life is changing for me, ticking off the various pains I’m likely feeling. I’ve got one more week and I’m in the final lap of this pregnancy – the third trimester! Is there a fast forward button on this process? Or maybe a pause? (Oops, baby just kicked me hard when I typed that!! Sorry girlfriend, I was kidding!)