Have I been pregnant forever? No? Only 16 weeks? Are you certain?
I am 16 weeks pregnant. I've lost 20 pounds and gained back 4. I no longer feel wretched in every moment, hence the 4 pound gain. Hooray!! My eating habits are still highly suspicious. My food aversions include almost everything. At least it seems that way sometimes. I've given up being vegan for now. Everything I ate pre-prego gives me the heaves. The new game plan: be as vegan as my appetite allows. I've gotta say this is a huge relief. I still won't be eating meat. For the most part this has meant allowing for cheese. Also some baked goodies which almost always means eggs and butter were used. Have I noticed a difference? You bet! Adding dairy back in after 8 months clean has meant gas pains, feeling grossly full and phlegm. Awesome, right?!
Then there's this other kid. The "original" O'Hagan family addition. Did you know that she's 2 years old? The age of 2 is as glorious as it is stupefying and maddening. She's undeniably brilliant. She wants to sign everything, including letters. She asks thoughtful questions, she's observant in ways that I hadn't considered and is on a quest, it seems, to conquer the world and make it her friend. I mean really, try and not be this kid's friend.
She also ask questions. Those questions lead to more questions. Which opens up another line of questioning. In my less proud mommy moments I have been heard saying, "OK! Let's be done now! I don't know!" while the cauldron of impatience is writhing and seething and verging on a really unbecoming breakdown.
She also has mind numbing mood swings. We're talking: happily chatting away, traumatizing meltdown, resumes chatting...all within 60 seconds. Ethan and I just look at each other, a mixture of, "Did that really just happen?" and, "I can't mentally deal with this sort of insanity" emanating from our eyes.
Then there's the testing. We are no longer newbies at using the 'time-out'. In some of her more insightful moments she actually chooses a time-out. Almost like she gets that she can't handle life in that moment and needs to sit just quietly for a moment (did you get that "Ferdinand" reference?).
Parenting is a real treat. So much joy and so much stress in each day. The emotional output is intense! It's no wonder I'm exhausted by 7pm everyday.
It's a trip, man.