Wednesday, January 28, 2009

When Self-Denial is a Foreign Feeling

Remember how my OB told me I should enjoy the end of my pregnancy and eat whatever I wanted? Since I hadn't gained too much weight and all? Well, I didn't intend to follow his advice. He wasn't the one who would have to lose the weight. But it got down in my subconscious and I literally have eaten anything I've wanted since then. I started thinking that, assuming this is my last pregnancy, I will basically be watching my weight for the rest of my days on earth. So I've felt the need to live it up. These last weeks of pregnancy drag by and I suppose it has made me less bored to eat any dessert within 50 feet. It's shameful, I tell you! The scale totally ratted on me on Monday. I was horrified. I said to my doc, "You told me to eat whatever I wanted, and look what happened!" He said it was water weight. Only the Lord knows.

Last Thursday and Friday I had those amazing cookies that Melanie brought me. (God bless her for not bringing a full dozen.) Then on Saturday our babysitter brought me a huge piece of orange pineapple cake made by her wonderful mother. I ate half of it that night. Then after church the next day I was trying to take a nap but I kept thinking about the rest of that cake in my fridge. So I got up and ate it. It was wonderful. I still can't believe that I traded my nap for food. Then on Monday I broke into some apple pie that my friend Kristy had made for our Friday night supper that never happened (because Jackson got sick). Kristy had packed some up for VVPG and given it to me at church. Y'all, I have never, ever, ever had anything so good in my life. If Cinnabon started making an apple pie cinnamon roll, this is what it would taste like. I ate that right before my appointment. Awesome. Then I got on the scale and the party was over.

That night at my parents' house I saw a little package of chocolate covered almonds. My first thought was to eat one and then I reconsidered. Let me just tell you that the feeling of self-denial came over me and it was foreign. Oh my gosh, how sad is that? It felt good though. So I've been trying to have some self-control.

Tomorrow my sweet co-workers are having a baby lunch for me. I heard through the grapevine that there will be cake. Cake made at my favorite bakery. I am totally pumped. So today I have to be VVPG in SSDM (serious self-denial mode) so I can partake. No sweets for me!

Also, in case you care, my innie belly button has become an outie. It's not flat, just poking out bizarrely. It did this last time too. I'm sorry if anyone can see it through my shirt, but I'm too pregnant to be bothered.

Oh, and I just got a text from my husband that says, "Wow wow Wubbzy, Wubbzy, Wubbzy, wow wow." No, having kids doesn't change things. I promise!

68 comments:

Marla Taviano said...

You crack me up! And Wow Wow Wubbzy drives me BONKERS! (that and Yo Gabba Gabba--who comes up with this stuff??)

Debbie said...

You're so funny! I'm glad I found you on here over a year ago.
Don't worry about the belly button. My hubby always said that it's just your body telling you it's done!

R said...

i've always wondered how the preggy "outie" belly button feels! (or "turkey timer", as my husby calls it!) in 3 pregnancies, i've never had it.

LOL about Wubbzy. i often get kids' show theme songs stuck in my head now that i'm a mom!

i just wanna be a sheep said...

wow wow wow!!!!
me and my husband do that all the time those song get so stuck in my head, drives me crazy!!

Haley said...

Been there! I still think you need to enjoy eating as much as you want while you can, especially considering your doctor isn't on your case about it! I hope your feeling well today! She'll be here before you know it and she'll be 5 months before you know it too! (My daughter #2 will be 5 mths tomorrow :-{) I think it goes by a little faster the second time around! Enjoy this time with Jackson!

Groovewoman ♫ said...

Okay let me first say, hahahahah, that text from you hubby is hilarious. I do the same thing to my hubby. I get a song from Noggin' stuck in my head and i just have to get it out... so my hubby via text is the closest thing. I just so happen to know all the words to the "Boinga" song off of Backyardigans. :D To name just a few.
I never would have thought I'd be 'One of those parents', but I am and I LOVE IT!

And girl, I have full faith in you that you can keep from eating any sweets today. Just keep telling yourself 'cake tomorrow'. I have to say you are better at Self-Denial than I ever was, because that full box of chocolate covered almonds would have been empty before the night was over. I'm proud of you VVPG!!

Groovewoman

Dionna said...

Smiling over here, Amanda. You just indulge you sweet girl.

Tara said...

Amanda, You crack me up! This was a hilarious post because it reminded me so much of me:) When I was pregnant with twins (and was supposed to gain 24 pounds by 24 weeks), I ate everything I wanted... And then the self-control had to kick in after the babies eating for 3! And yes, it is an unusual feeling!!!!

But I just have to let you in on a little secret that I just discovered... Cinnabon and Apple Pie do go together! You can buy it in the frozen section of the grocery store: Cinnabon Deep Dish Apple Crumb pie by Mrs. Smith. It is heavenly!

And please do take pictures of your baby lunch tomorrow- What a fun day that will be!

Colored With Memories said...

curtis cracks me up...so funny!

i've never had an outie...maybe in a third pregnancy? i can't imagine jerry would be kind about it!

i love your new page look...she did a great job...

The Barfuss Family said...

Self-denial is NO fun! I hope it is worth the enjoyment of yummy cake tomorrow. :)

P.S. I was feeling guilty for downing three handfuls of M&M's while reading this. Now I think I'll just grab a few more. ha ha

TCKK said...

Girl, you are so cracking me up!!!

Big Mama said...

I don't know if you craved sugar when you were pregnant with Jackson, but I know from experience that nothing made me consume more sugar-based products than being pregnant with a girl.

Maybe it's true what they say about sugar and spice and everything nice.

Of course, none of that helps you lose the baby weight once it's over.

Audrey and Company said...

You crack me up! I agree with your doc, and think it is most likely just water weight. No worries, you cannot be pregnant for much longer and remember all the extra calories you burn with breast feeding. I think you deserve an extra piece of cake or two.

tiggerdaisy said...

Too funny! :)

My husband and I get those songs from Disney, Noggin and Sprout in our heads all the time. And it so frustrating when the songs just won't be quiet! hahaha We both cracked up this morning when Blues Clues was on for our daughter while we were getting ready for work--we both started singing when the mail song came on. ARGH!

And I agree with Marla...Wow Wow Wubbzy and Yo Gabba Gabba are NOT my thing!

Have a great day girl!

Rebecca

Deidre said...

A day without sweets is a SAD one, Amanda. I say, "Go for it". Sorry, I know I'm no support. I'm just one that eats dessert first incase something happens to me before I get to finish my meal :)

Karen said...

Here's my theory on sweets. If I eat the whole (fill in the blank: pan of brownies, plate of cookies, entire pie) thing NOW, then it won't be there TOMORROW to tempt me!

As for the belly button, I considered my pregnancies to be my twice in a lifetime cleaning (mine got entirely flat).

God's blessings to you as you enjoy these last few weeks of holding her inside!!

Amber said...

girl, you better EAT some cake!
and i laughed out loud about the wow wow wubzy! I agreee with Marla about Yo Gabba Gabba...it is almost as bad about getting in your head!

Wish we could see you! maybe we will come to H-town to see amy while vernon is in Sudan...2nd-12th...if we do...i'll be calling!
Miss you!

Angela said...

i'm eating a dark chocolate brownie and chocolate ice cream on top, yum it's good. :-)
Go get some sweets girl, you know you can lose it later.
I had an outie too. With both kids, but mine happened around 28 weeks. My husband always pushed it like a button. Fun times. :-|
Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.
Aren't you looking forward to those precious baby bangs? Mine are about an inch long now.

Holly said...

OH! I am so excited. When your belly button pops out, doesn't that mean that your princess is ready?? Yippee!!!

Steve and Cristie said...

That's hilarious! Don't feel so bad about eating so much! I think I frequent Cinnabun so often that the people that work there may be coming to my baby showers! I wonder if I will have an outie too?! Anyway, you look awesome!

ThirtysomethingMom said...

That is too funny!!! Hope you enjoy the last few days before baby girl arrives!!!

Alana said...

I feel your pain...I have done so good With my diet and now...I just want to eat EVERYTHING!!!!

I have had a pregnancy belly button phobia for a long time and I think mine is about to emerge (currently just flat). Hopefully he'll come before it starts rubbing up against people =)

skaggsportal said...

Eat! Eat! Eat! Tell you what, I've got some devils food chocolate cupcakes at my house right now and I will eat one for you- PROMISE! Oh- and while I remember to tell you...I've got the Baby Bangs right now and they are driving me crazy!!! I can't get the one-inchers to lay down on the top of my head and now, some of them are coming in GREY!!! THE AUDACITY!!!!! I'm thinking of you every day and praying for you and sweet baby girl as the big day approaches. You're going to do great! Love, Em

Fran said...

Hilarious....your hubs that is. And, seriously....enjoy these last days...you never know when she's gonna decide to come. I'm already praying that it is NOT at the LPL event in early Feb. I remember being in Bham when Jackson was born. I think thats right.

Have a wonderful day. I'm praying for ya VVPG.

big blessings,
Fran

pinkmommy said...

Be counting your blessings that you can eat all that sugar! I had gestational diabetes and couldn't have ANY sugar OR carbs! It was BRU-TAL!

Anyhow, don't worry about it. You have the rest of your life for self-control, live it up while you have an excuse! :)

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

I hate self-control. I think we should boycott it. ;)

Three Fold Cord said...

all of it sounds so normal for all of us who have been pregnant a time or two or three =)

As for the text, I was LOL!!!

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

Oh and I totally have that song in my head now. Thanks.. :D j/k

Three Fold Cord said...

Oh one more thing...We need a pic of you sweet thang before she come out to see us!! Maybe tomorrow at the lunch you will feel up to it!!
Bethie, could you make this happen??
It's ok I call you Bethie right?? Now that I have met you and moved a table with you to get set up for our Southern Siesta Pic.
Oh wait, I forgot which blog I was posting on. Must be all those brain cells my three children have eaten up.

Heather said...

My belly button just went flat last time, but I am wondering if it will stick out this time. I still say you should eat whatever you want....like you said this is the last time IN YOUR LIFE!
Have a great lunch tomorrow!

ncmama said...

Amanda,

I'm trying to practice self-denial when it comes to sweets, too. Although I must admit that if I were in your shoes, I'm sure I'd be indulging whenever the opportunity arose! Enjoy the cake tomorrow.

Love the Wubbzy reference - it cracked me up!

Toknowhim said...

I just say go for it and enjoy these last few weeks :)

Lauren said...

I just had my second in July, and worked out and watched everything I ate. I had only gained 24 pounds until the last 3 weeks. I gained 10 pounds and just about choked! But, in the end, it really was water weight.

And my husband sings Wubbzy as well.....

Jessie said...

you are most definitely having a girl (the following is my rather proven yet still debatable opinion) girls make you crave sugar. With all my boy pregnancies I wanted spicy Mexican and salty all the time. With my last pregnancy, my only girl, I could have eaten a bakery.

Tara G. said...

I went through a whole box of bandaids to cover up my belly button during my first pregnancy...it just made me feel prettier. Enjoy that cake!

Road to Running said...

I laughed so hard about Wow Wow Wubbzy, because my son loves it!

barbara head said...

There will be plenty of time for "serious self-denial" in another month. Just promise me you will have cake at your babylunch. That is not the time to "be good". You are absolutely hilarious.

JottinMama said...

I fell asleep the other night with the "Wonder Pets, Wonder Pets were on our way!" song in my head. When you have a 2 year old - that kind of thing is expected I guess :)

I must confess - I just entered into my 2nd trimester of pregnancy and I am already eating every dessert in site :) Ooops. Maybe I need to get in SSDM, too. LOL

Munching on no-bake cookies as I type,
Kate :)

Angela said...

I know what you mean. I have gained 5 pounds in 3 weeks! I have to go to the doctor weekly so I get to know how much I have porked on every week ;-(
Where did 5 pounds come from, maybe mine is water weight too! ;-)

lavonda said...

You traded a nap for food?
Priceless.

I gained so much weight during baby girl's pregnancy (also my 2nd)
that it took FOREVER to come off.
(Well, the last 10 never did, so I'm still calling it my baby weight and she just turned 8.) And yes, I craved sugary things the whole time! Strawberry milk was my favorite for some reason.

These are precious last days where she's inside you. Never again will there be a time where she is with you 24 hours a day, and you can completely protect her like you can now. I remember so vividly cherishing those last few weeks until I met her face to face...

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

Your hilarious! And good for you with the self control, except your right, you will be watching your weight the rest of your days. I'm watching mine seem to settle at a higher weight than I think is right. Oh well. I'll start working on that right after I make some brownies. Just kidding!

Sam McClure said...

I now have the wow wow wubzy song in my head, too! :) I can't wait to eat cake with you and little girl tomorrow!!

Gabby said...

I am 100 percent sure it is water weight. Eat the cake, eat the cake, eat the cake! After the baby, you will definitaley NOT skip a nap for food. You will sleep while eating, if I remember correctly, the sleeping becomes a priority.

Your hubs sounds like fun!
Love it!

Beth said...

I'll tell you what I want to be in Outie! That baby girl! That's what! GET WITH IT! Let's binge on that cake tomorrow at your LPM party and maybe the sugar high will send you into labor. And me into...into...the ladies' room.

The Allens said...

That's funny! I haven't given in to eating whatever I want and I'm afraid I'll regret that later!

Inksstillwet said...

I think I ate sweets after breakfast, lunch and dinner while I was pregnant. And friends tell me, now that's no lie! And will I totally out my age when I tell you that my husband and I would sing the "I love you, you love me" Barney song when we were getting on each other's nerves?

Alexis said...

Too funny! We used to lagh at friends, who were the first to have a baby in group, each time they sang the Veggie Tale theme song. Unfortuately, Wow, wow, wubbzy can easily stay on one's mind!

AbbyLane said...

is it weird that one of my favorite things about seeing sweet pregnant women is when they get "outies"? i think i'm just jealous cause i always wanted an outie. i think they're so cute. :)


and girl...anyone with self-control when it comes to food (especially sweets!) is a hero of mine. and the fact that you have been able to exhibit it while pregnant...kudos kudos kudos. eat that cake tomorrow girl. eat an extra piece.

Mindi said...

I read this blog, but never post (I'm a faithful LPM poster). I have to post though because this is hilarious.

I don't have kids at all so I thought your husband's: "Wow wow Wubbzy, Wubbzy, Wubbzy, wow wow." comment was some sort of code for the fact that he still found you attractive even when you are a VVPG.

Because of the change to your site, I didn't realize that it was a link at first. I thought to myself: I wonder why that phrase is a compliment. I didn't realize it was a cartoon until I started reading the other comments and then went back to the original post and found the link.

While I am posting, this made me think of the time when I invited my aunt over for dinner while she was almost full-term in her pregnancy.

I served chocolate fondue for dessert. When the dip -able items were all gone, she asked what I would do with the remaining chocolate in the fondue pot. “Refrigerate it,” I responded. “Do you care if I eat it with a spoon,” she asked? When I said okay, she dug in. She was dribbling chocolate down her dress with each spoonful, but didn't seem to care.

When I told her she was dribbling, she looked back and responded dryly: you've never been through this, don't judge.

At least you’re not dribbling chocolate on yourself and frightening your relatives away from the idea of pregnancy.

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Why-oh-why did you mention chocolate covered almonds? Now I NEED some!

Praying for your friend. I'm sure you will bless her.

Love the bloggy makeover! So cute.

HisTreasuredPossession said...

OH Amanda. I don't have that "self denial" feeling and it's showing. totally relate to where you're at and am praying for a mighty work of God to shake up my priorities - don't want to be a daughter of Babylon (studying Daniel right now!!) =) Just can't wait to see your precious baby girl (BG). I know you dying more than the rest of us! And I think that "outie" is just one more sign BG is close. So, VVPG, hang in there. Like you said, it may just be the last one you have...

much love, rach

AKat said...

Amanda, it's probably best to enjoy that cake and just close your eyes when you're weighed. Seriously. I have yet to look when they've had me get on the scale, so I have no clue how much I've gained! lol
Enjoy that cake!

Lauren Kelly said...

Live it up Amanda, eat all the sweets you want. You'll have carried a baby for 9 months, I'd say you deserve it :) :)

Mom of Eleven said...

Amanda,
I craved sweets with my girls and salty with my boy. . .who knows? Pregnancy can do some funny things to a woman's body.
Also. . I agree that parenting does some funny things too. . because when I saw that text, I sang the theme song along with it. That's sad, only a mother of preschoolers would know. . wubzzy, wubzzy, wow, wow. .
wendy-

Lauren said...

Okay, I don't know if I've outed myself on the total amount of weight I gained during pregnancy, but it was a full out 50 lbs. Just about all of it was during the last few months. It stunk to high heaven. Just before Thanksgiving, I only had 2 lbs. to go before hitting my pre-pregnancy weight--my point is that whatever you gain over the next couple of weeks, you are likely to lose. :)

Moose Mama said...

You can always tell who has kids...they start using lines from kids shows and videos. We STILL use lines from "The Brave Little Toaster". And that was like 15 years ago!

You listen to your doctor!

Melana

Heather said...

You know, they say that almonds are really good for you, so at least it wouldn't be all that bad! Love your new blog design, so cute! and you seriously crack me up!

Kris Schneider said...

That's so funny Amanda that you write this post today - just yesterday we had our final DVD in our Fruit of the Spirit study. Your mom, my Beth, talked to us about self-control, that dreaded Fruit of the Spirit. It was good and timely and just what I (and my group of friends) needed to hear. We had laughs and tears all at the same time.

Moderation - that was her word of the day. And the Beth puppet - remember? We also saw your sweet, pretty face and I said, "oh, there's Amanda, she's about to have her baby girl in a couple of weeks!", just like you are my BFF that I chatted with on the phone that morning. I just love that about blogs.

So, all that to say, enjoy your pregnancy. But, MODERATION! Beth said! :)
Love,
Kris

Kelly @ Love Well said...

It's all going STRAIGHT to the baby.

(That text message from Curtis doesn't have a secret meaning, does it? 'Cause my husband loves to look at me with raised eyebrows and say, "Wow wow Wubzzy." It's freaky, really.)

Catherine said...

I just hit 36 weeks today. And as for the cake at your party tomorrow...I cant help it. I am in love with Costco's sheet cakes with the cheesecake filling, white cake and white buttercreme frosting. OMG it's so good. give me mouthfuls of the frosting, send me into a sugar coma. OMG it's good. I have gained 20lb's in my pregnancy (i'm already over weight) so my dr said to continue NOT eating everything in site..so I am slightly jelous :)

Cheri-Beri said...

Part of me is happy that I actually had to click on the Wubsy (or whatever it was) link. My kids are 13 and 11 and past all of that. Now if you would have said a line from Mythbusters, iKarly or American Idol, I so would have gotten that.

Eat cake tomorrow. Eat lots of cake. Trust me, you'll be so busy with a baby and Jackson that you won't have time to eat. You'll lose your weight fast :-)

Joyce said...

Can I still blame my sweet tooth on my daughters who are now nearly grown?

My husband likes to tease me because in a restaurant I immediately comment on the dessert menu before ever glancing at the entrees. Priorities, right?

Emmy said...

Eat! Eat! Eat! That is what I say and enjoy! Only time in your life that you don't have to worry about holding your stomach in! : )

Can't wait till she is here! Enjoy your luncheon today!

Melody said...

I just love reading your posts. It puts a smile on my face...thanks! Oh, and I wouldn't worry about the weight thing...like you said...you have the rest of your life to worry with it! : )

Terri_in_Alabama said...

You are so funny! When I was pregnant with my girl, sweets were the only thing that made me sick. Thought well, that is good, maybe she won't have to worry about sweets as she is growing up... I was so wrong... her ENTIRE diet would consist of sweets if I would let her.

Enjoy it while you can!

Lindsee Lou said...

Girl, you go enjoy yourself some cake today! You're so cute!

Landon Andrew said...

Amanda, I am sure you are as cute as ever! You need to post some pictures of your cute belly.

Julie Anne said...

I am here just to comment on your blog name... baby bangs!!

I have never heard anyone talk about this problem before and I have had 4 kids in 5 years so it has been a continuous problem for me!! I laughed out loud over your explanation of it!! so perfect.

the continuous pregnancy/nursing for 6 years has also given me the ability to eat all the good stuff!! I just ended nursing at Christmas and am NOT pregnant again, so now it is time for some self-denial!!

I may just have to subscribe and see what else we have in common!!