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~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Thursday, June 30, 2011


So.  For my regular followers - please feel free to skip this slightly ranting blog post.  To make up for it in advance...here's a cute puppy picture:
Cassie at 8 weeks old.
In the past couple of days, I've had two different online guy friends tell me some version of "stop stressing over things that shouldn't be stressed about" and "typical of new parents" or some other such nonsense.  After much thought last night after the second message, it's time to admit that I found both comments more than a little insulting.  To me - both comments came across as "stop being an idiot".

In case I have given the wrong impression to anyone in general - let me state unequivocally.  I. Am. Not. Stressed. 

I'm not stressed in general and I'm not stressed about the baby.  At my Doctor's appointment this week my blood pressure was 116/58.   Not high in the slightest!  LOL!

I'm sure I'm about to jinx myself - but I don't really have things to be stressed about.  I'm not working - by choice.  Other than the low iron and not-so-enjoyable-yet-NORMAL pregnancy symptoms, my pregnancy has proceeded as planned and with no complications.  The nursery is practically already done because both Mark and I are type A planners.  :D  I typically spend my days alternating between working out at the gym, watching TV, playing with the dog and doing various things around the house.  The other day - to pass the time, I spent a lot of time coming up with a list of things to do to pull my own weight around the house that I'm allowed to do while pregnant.  Oh - my other favorite pass time?  Planning races and/or mountain climbs I will train for post-baby.  LOL.  I was much more stressed when I was still in school.  :)

The only thing even remotely stressful in my life right now - is the amount of money we're spending on a master bathroom partial remodel that was supposed to start over a month ago...but hasn't yet started.  

Or maybe someone could say that I was "a little stressed" about how much I was sleeping with the low-iron thing instead of contributing to the household.  IDK.

Oh wait - I know.  I'm stressed because I've acquired a creeper.  HAHAHA.

Perhaps it was the fact that my Facebook status mentioned that I had trouble sleeping the other night.  My "insomnia" had nothing to do with becoming a new parent.  First, I had a decent sized fully caffeinated Diet Coke with dinner before my birth class.  When you have little to no caffeine for 8 months, even a Diet Coke can be a lot of caffeine.  LOL!  

Second, the gal hosting my baby shower was getting frustrated with me over a couple of guest list issues...and I realized I'd accidentally left one of my favorite people off the list.  I felt terrible for the mistake!   

Pregnant or not - I would have had trouble sleeping after doing that to a friend until I heard from him or her.   That's just the way I am.  Once I was awake for those things - I was thinking about all the different aspects of the bathroom remodel and the other things we've unexpectedly had to spend money on this month.  Once I composed some emails and got some of the caffeine out my system - I slept fine other than the typical pregnant-woman-needs-to-get-up-and-pee-every-two-hours nonsense.  :D

Okay.  I'm done.  

Soooooo - what stresses you out?  What are your favorite ways to deal with stress? LOL.

UPDATE:   After posting this, my weekly pregnancy email arrived. Apparently, I can expect to be moody and easily irritated again at this point in pregnancy.  Oops.  So it's highly likely that I was a bit touchier than I should have been with these comments....and that can be added to the lovely list of pregnancy quirks!  :D


  1. Pastime, I think, dear.

    School stresses me out. Seriously. So glad it's almost over. My favorite ways to deal with stress? Play a game (me vs. the computer), knit, or sleep. I know, I know, one of those SHOULD be exercise! At least eating isn't on the list...

  2. HAHAHA! I almost wrote pastime and even thought of you when I didn't! That words always bothered me. Pass-time makes more sense to me...it's what I do to pass time. :D

  3. =( Boys are stupid. You need to explain the pizza status situation to me, because I slept through it. I take it our friend JR has been busy.

  4. Oh Sarah - do I have some creeper stories for you!

    The pizza status thing wasn't anything big. A couple of my friends just hijacked the status as a chat room. LOL. They also started several other 45 comment posts. By the end of it all - my FB profile page wouldn't load and I had to remove 'em all to get it to load properly. :)

  5. Wait!? You have a creeper! Where have I been!?! HA! Want me to get 'em for you? I would!

    THAT is the cutest puppy face I have EVER SEEN! I'm so glad you shared it!!

    What people say you are 'stressed' about sounds like normal life to me - you're going to make a great Mommy, but I think you already know that! ;) Just bring the little bug running sometime, okay!?

    I tend to get stressed about everything - bills, my job, losing weight, etc. - heck, everything is stressful for me right now, I feel like. I don't know how well I will handle pregnancy....!


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