I was thinking and realized the other day that it has been over a decade since I was at this stage of pregnancy. My middle child's pregnancy experience was pretty uneventful so I managed to forget some of the tough stuff, especially one of the most irritating and least pleasant sides of being in the 'home stretch'. Of what do I speak you ask? That would be the unrelenting roller coaster ride that is my mood. I'm sure I'm driving everyone around me completely nuts and can either cry or get really mad at the drop of a hat.
I actually broke down the other day and asked my darling husband if I was really "that bad". His reply was that I'm "not the same person", which is the best way he could probably come up with to say I'm completely whacko without coming out and saying I'm completely whacko. If you know my husband, then you know that he displayed an extremely uncharacteristic level of tact and diplomacy and should be commended. Good Lord, the man deserves a medal for not smothering me in my sleep. :P
Funny thing is that I can tell I'm whacko. I'm yelling at myself in my head to knock it off WHILE it's going on but can't seem to help myself. My internal filter that tells me to shut up is totally broken. Ten minutes after one of my episodes, I look back and shudder at how annoying/infuriating/whacko I've been and feel thoroughly ashamed of myself for yet again throwing a hissy fit about whatever stupid and insignificant thing it was.
Here's my problem with all of this: Pregnant women are crazy. It's not just me. It's documented FACT. Seriously! The hormone overload that is required in order to grow and nurture a human inside of your body is astounding. We really and truly CANNOT HELP being whacko!
So...why not issue warning kits to all newly expectant parents? Signs to be posted at work and home (Warning! Pregnant mother alert!), counseling groups specifically designated for coping with expectant mothers for expectant fathers and expectant siblings, public service announcements and stuff like that? We should demand legislation for all newly expectant parents that provide funding so that organizations can be formed and information dissiminated to warn the general public that pregnant women ARE crazy but really can't help it!
If I had a learning disability, accommodations would be made. If I had a specific medical condition then allowances would be automatic. However, I am neither of these things. I am a completely NORMAL pregnant woman who is reacting to all of the hormones and life changes EXACTLY as the average pregnant women would...and one who is tired of feeling like a freak for feeling exactly how she should be feeling right now...which is a bit crazy.