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Week 23
~ I Cry at Commercials


It's my 23rd week of pregnancy and with all its ups and downs I'm hanging in there. More importantly my husband is still alive and has all of his limbs intact. That's important to know because pregnancy is such a roller coaster of emotions. My astrological sign is Cancer (yes, I'm totally into that stuff. ) We're known to be very sweet, but sensitive. My other Cancer preggie ladies know what I'm talking about! I swear I cry if the wind blows wrong on a normal day. Now I'm crying at commercials. I'm originally from Detroit, Michigan. With the economy in such a spiral, the state has launched a series of commercials to help boost tourism. These commercials feature sweeping landscapes of popular tourist destinations in Michigan with this gentle voice-over of fellow Michigander Tim Allen. A couple of days ago, I had to excuse myself to the restroom while at work, because that darn commercial came on and I was crying at my desk. It was so endearing and totally made me home sick for corn beef sandwiches and Vernors soda pop! But it honestly was just a commercial and you would have thought my imaginary friend died. It was so awkward!

And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Some days I have seriously flipped out on Henry. So, pregnancy is a very "emotional" experience for me. My phone nurse, to whom I call at least once a week about something or another; I know she must be so sick of me, but I don't care. If I have a question, I'm gonna ask because she's the professional and I'm dumb as a doornail about pregnancy. I asked her about my emotions and if this stuff is normal and she said that many pregnant women experience some form of emotional changes as their bodies adapt to the changing hormones. Some women can experience mood swings more than others. Her advice was to do some light exercise to relieve stress and eat better. But she always says that whenever I have a problem. She's a broken record this lady! "Phone Nurse, I have indigestion and constipation. What should I do?" "Stop eating onion rings and exercise." "Phone Nurse, I think I'm coming down with a cold. Can I take a Zicam to help me out?" "No, go to the gym, get some exercise and stop eating sugar!"

This time I listened to her and decided to take a 30 minute walk in my neighborhood this morning. My feet hurt when it was over, but I did feel happier and less crabby. Yup . . . good enough to make breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and English muffins for me and my honey. I know. It probably wasn't what she had in mind for healthy eating, but c'mon! I took the walk, right? And seriously Rome wasn't built in a day.

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