Monday, September 3, 2007

With my head in my lap...

Lyric courtesy of Squeeze...not really about morning sickness, but close enough.

Morning sickness. I wish I had it. Don't get me wrong, I'm kind of happy I'm not heaving my guts out every moment of the morning, but I've discovered what so many other women who have more than one child have figured out: every pregnancy is different. Sounds like a no-brainer, I know, but it really just didn't dawn on my until now.

When I was pregnant with TFYO, I had the most regular, compartmentalized morning sickness, ever. Six a.m., right on the dot for three months, beginning when I was three weeks along. It was so easy.

I was doing morning drive radio in Charleston at the time, and it fit perfectly into the show clock. I hosted the show, and Ray was the news anchor. I'd start to feel queasy around 5:58 a.m., so I'd wrap my segment, say "WSC news-time is 5:59, here's Ray with the news." I'd close the mic, run down the hall to the bathroom, be sick, rinse my mouth, wash my face, grab some water and be back in my chair in time to say "WSC news-time is 6:06". I'd go on with the show, and I didn't have to worry about being sick for the rest of the day.

So what's different?

Well, I'm not actually getting sick for starters. I'm just queasy from the time I get up until about one o'clock in the afternoon. So, I'm probably not eating as much as I should in the morning. Right now, I can usually choke down a bit of juice, a piece of toast and my prenatal vitamin. I just can't face food.

But come one o'clock you better get the hell out of my way, because you might get eaten along with everything else in my path. Even the cats start getting a little wild-eyed around 1 p.m. I'm ravenous. I eat everything. And that's a problem when I'm at work, because we can't have food in the studios.

After I stuff myself for about six hours, then I'm exhausted. And the process starts all over again the next morning.

The good news is, unlike last time when I had a serious pie and burrito habit (I promise, I'll explain at some point), I haven't really started gaining any weight yet, which means I'm still fitting into my clothes.

So thank you all for your kind words of concern. I'm actually not spending much time praying to the god of all things porcelain. But I kind of wish I was. At least it would be done.

And I promise, no more posts about being ill, okay?


The Rotten Correspondent said...

Sweetie, remember we all told you we were signed up for the long haul here, including all the gory details. Did I miss the comment telling you to start a separate pregnancy blog because we didn't want to hear it?

I didn't think so.

All three of mine were different as well. I think it's to prepare you for the possibility of your kids being so different.

And I feel your burrito and pie pain. I once ate an entire pumpkin cheesecake in about three hours with my Paramount coworkers watching in awe and making bets on when the cheesecake was going to start fighting back.

We must really want these kids...

code - aaklr all clear?

auntie barbie said...

Oh baby, I'm so sorry its so unpleasant. Just keep telling yourself that the end justifies the begining.
I never had morning sickness, but with Kari the smell of meat cooking made me nauseated through my entire pregnancy. This worked out well for me as I didn't have to cook much for 9 months.

RC - I could eat an entire pumpkin cheesecake without being pregnant.

mjd said...

Oh my goodness, where have I been? You are pregnant? Congratulations...
I was basically one of the lucky ones with no morning sickness and short labor. I wish an easy pregnancy for you. Take care.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Jen RC is right.

We want to hear everything that you want to share. No ifs, buts, or maybes. We're here to stay.

I was just like you on my second pregnancy, queasy all day.
Have you tried nibbling on a ginger biscuit? It helped me a little bit.
Big hugs

ooo fab codeword by the way,

OWNAKIN - could be 'own akin' as in, 'I own an aching back/butt...'

or, 'Ow, Nakin!' as in 'Lordy let's get naked.'

Jen said...

Hmmmm. Note to self. More posts about baseball, less posts about puking. Baseball generates more hits and comments!

LOL Thank you, all of you for your support.

I'm with Auntie Barbie. I could probably eat an entire pumpkin cheesecake without being pregnant. I'd regret it, but I could do it.

Jo I've been keeping a box of saltine crackers with me, and that helps a bit. I'll look for ginger snaps next time I'm at the market, though. And OWNAKIN? OMG, you had me laughing so hard at work, my boss came in to see why I was crying.

Diana said...

Oh, you just go right ahead and post every little thing you feel like, pukey, queasy, or what-have-you.

Each pregnancy really is terribly different, isn't it? (Personally, I love hearing about someone else's pregnancy. I get the fun without the misery.)

Dumdad said...

Every pregnancy is different. So I'm told.

Certainly the births of my two kids were and I can vouch for that as I was there.

Just keep playing that great Free song "All Right Now" and everything will be all right!

Mya said...

There's nothing worse than feeling nauseous but not actually vomiting. Poor you, I sympathise. I agree with everyone else - I want to hear all about the pregnancy, it's fascinating comparing notes. And if you can stitch in some baseball angles, so much the better! Take care.

Mya x