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Holiday Hangovers from the Pregnant Lady – By Nicole Perkins

By Nicole Perkins

Boy, do I wish it was from liquor but instead it’s just from over exhaustion. You see not only am I pregnant with my third child, in my desperate need to not be too pregnant or carrying around a newborn in the summer months of Arizona, my other two were born in the winter. And who knew we would conceive immediately, so they have birthdays that sandwich Christmas.

xmas-blogAs for this pregnancy, I guess I can safely say that I am in the third trimester – as for the weeks or even months, I’m too tired to do the math anymore. Plus, it’s my third baby and I really just don’t care. I’m huge, I can barely walk and I’m miserable – that’s all I need to know. I actually consulted the trusty old What to Expect…  for reasons I’m sure you would thank me for keeping private, and discovered how much I’m glad I don’t remember, and quickly put it back down. Whatever is going on with me now is from doing too much this past month, and can only be remedied by rest and Preparation H.

So, needless to say, but I will anyway, the holidays were killer this year. On top of birthday parties, Christmas parties, keeping Santa gifts, birthday gifts and “From Mom and Dad” gifts separate, all while trying to block my stomach from any photos, I also got into my first ever major blowout with my brother. He’s always been my best friend, and he didn’t come home for Christmas. It was hard.

But I made it, barely. The holidays were gorgeous, my kids were darling and my husband and I are closer than ever. I think I’m still sane, but I know one thing for sure, I’m sober. Having a glass of wine amidst all the stress and celebrating would’ve been nice, but instead I just ate my ice cream that my husband makes for me every night and tried to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. How many more months do I have to go again?

A Thoroughly Modern Mom

When I was 6 all I wanted to be was a Mom.  It looked like a great gig.  It is a great gig!  Moms are the keepers of the fun.  I don’t know about your house but if I didn’t drag out the rubbermaid tub labeled Easter, fill all of the individual eggs, shop for basket fillers, buy extra eggs for dipping and plan a special dinner – well – it would just be another Sunday.  My husband and my son love all of the holiday things that I plan for them just like I loved all of the things my mother planned for me. 

I remember the first year after I had my son – I had gone back to work – much to my chagrin.  And every time a holiday came I felt rushed and resentful.  I didn’t have time to do all of the preparations, and if I made time to do them I was too tired to enjoy them.  It wasn’t at all what I thought being a mom was like.

It wasn’t until after I started working out of my home that I realized that being a mom has changed since my mother’s day.  And it had changed for the better.  Now I understand that I can work fewer hours and work from home, so that I have time to do all of the prep that I want to do.  OR I can have someone else do the prep if I don’t want to do it.  I can even have groceries delivered to my door if I don’t want to do the shopping.  I get to pick and choose what I want to do and what I want done but don’t particularly want to do myself. My mom never had it so good!