First of all, and unlike my usual posts, I want to say how grateful I am that I was able to watch the General Relief Society Broadcast at home. I haven't been able to go to church for quite a while, so it is nice to be able to hear the word of God. I especially appreciated President Uchdortf (I don't know how it's spelled) when he said that God doesn't forget us, even when we feel lonely or have made mistakes. Right now I am in that lonely stage due to the fact that I can't leave my house except for doctor visits. And if he doesn't forget me, then he also doesn't forget my little baby who is still not quite developed enough to be born, and he knows what is best for her. And he doesn't forget my other children who are somewhat traumatized by all that is going on in our home, with me having had to be in the hospital, now on complete bedrest, all kinds of people coming into our home to take care of them instead of the person they are accustomed to taking care of them, not being able to have friends over as much, etc. And he doesn't forget my husband, who is so busy and tired trying to take on everything that I normally do as well as his normal chores around the house and his work. He doesn't forget us.
Anyway, there are some things I have learned from this and previous pregnancies.
1. Some of the things that we worry about really don't matter. Like clothes matching and hair looking good and food tasting good and having a clean house. I am a little more grateful now just that my kids have clothes on at all and that someone has fed our family, even if it's not ideal food.
2. It's silly to try to do push-ups while pregnant. If you're thinking about attempting such a thing, just remember that all your joints and ligaments in your body loosen up during pregnancy, and you may end up with a dislocated shoulder.
3. Kids get bored trying to feel the baby kick. It's not as exciting to them as I thought it would be.
4. Husbands eat just like their wives, even though they aren't eating for two. They aren't always strong enough to resist the treats we make them buy for us.
5. Chocolate helps everything. Except heartburn.
6. My husband (maybe all husbands but at least mine specifically) will never want to talk about baby names before we get to the hospital. If I try to bring the topic up too early, I will get ridiculous sounding names for suggestions. Like Thelma. Or worse.
7. It's silly to expect to be able to sleep during the third trimester. It's just not gonna happen. Because even if my back and hips aren't keeping me awake, my contractions will. Or my stuffy nose. Or my heartburn. Or my husband's snoring.
8. Pregnant people can't remember things.
9. Pregnancy does not make me like pickles. But it does make me like gross chili cheese chips.
10. I know there's a number ten, but I just can't remember right now. You know, because I'm pregnant.
What have you learned?