Monday, March 01, 2010


I was at the grocery store the other day and when it came time to check out, I surveyed the lines and realized the shortest line belonged to the one checker I hoped to avoid. You know the one. I'm sure there's one at every store. Slow, overly chatty, preoccupied... whatever the reason, it seems there's always one to avoid. But I took the plunge.

On this particular day, he was chatty. Oh, was he chatty.

We started with small talk about the weather and the weekend, and I did my best to be polite and reciprocate conversation while also juggling three kids and refereeing the penny pony.

And then he said, "Here's an interesting timmit for you..."

I'm sorry, TIMMIT?

When he finished I said, "Excuse me, I didn't catch that. Can you repeat it?" A very believable line since I had my hands full with the kids and all, but the truth is, he lost me at TIMMIT.

"Here's an interesting timmit for you..." he repeated, as though he'd rehearsed and said it to every customer that day (and I'm sure he had). I think he was saying something about how many eggs are broken each day. Honestly, I don't know because I was thrown off by timmit.

I'm usually a very tolerant person, but for some reason mispronouncing "tidbit" struck a nerve. A very hormonal, pregnant nerve. It really irritated me. I was having this inner battle, laughing at myself to GET A GRIP, crazy pregnant girl!!!!

Pregnant or not, I'd never correct the poor guy. Little did he know that he'd touched on one of my biggest pet peeves - mispronouncing words - and that pregnancy only magnified the situation to seemingly catastrophic proportions in my mind. As I considered subtly replying with, "Well here's an interesting TIDBIT for YOU..." I quickly thought, "What would Jesus do?" and realized that he'd leave it alone. He'd probably just smile and nod and blog about it later.

Anyway, this seems like a good opportunity to share a few interesting pregnancy timmits with you.

In case you missed it, I'm pregnant. And this pregnancy has been different than ANY of my (four) other pregnancies.

  • I'm grouchier.
  • I have more acne than I ever did in all my teenage years put together. And all the cover-up in the world is not helping.
  • My morning sickness, which is mostly gone now (praise God!), was constant for 14 weeks. No relief after throwing up. Just a constant sour feeling in the back of my throat all. the. time. Nothing sounded good to eat, yet not eating made it worse, yet eating made me puke...
  • I actually had to google "excess saliva" to see if it was a pregnancy symptom. Because I had it. It was disgusting.
  • Headaches. Lots of 'em.
  • TIRED.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome keeps me awake at night. Well, when I'm not making trips to the bathroom.
  • I feel OLD. My body feels thrashed. It feels so different being pregnant now than when it did for the first time seven years ago. I'm falling apart. Every joint feels loose and achy, as though I should keep duct tape handy for when my leg falls away from my hip. I'm waiting for it to happen.
  • Oh, and I've been beyond TIRED.
In conclusion, I've been hesitant to blog lately because I was afraid I'd go off the deep end and complain forever about all these dreamy pregnancy symptoms. I'm so relieved that didn't happen. (Ha!) Would you believe I had no intention of getting into it in this blog post? It just happens. I'm cranky and pregnant, alright?

I also have not had the energy to blog lately. I am exhausted more than I thought possible. Sometimes I take TWO naps a day and still fall asleep around 9. The simplest things seem to wipe me out. There have been mornings that the mere thought of lifting the toothbrush to my mouth was more than I could handle and I'd flip on a show for the kids and fall asleep on my bed. Pathetic, huh?

I don't have any smooth, poetic way to wrap this up except to warn you not to mispronounce any words around me, or you will experience the very irrational wrath of cranky pregnant girl.

You've been warned.


  1. So now I can't stop thinking of which word I want to mispronounce in my comment.

    (I KNOW! I like to live life on the edge.)

    For what it's worth, I feel the SAME WAY about this pregnancy. I'm pretty sure my legs are no longer in my hip sockets. Mornings are OK. By 3:00, I'm gingerly walking around my kitchen, leaning on counters for support. ("No Teyla! Those are the sharp knives. ... Oh whatever. Just don't cut yourself.")

  2. For what it's worth...I would take all of your pregnancy symptoms (and MORE) if it meant a baby was in my belly. Perspective, it's all in how you look at it. :) I'm sorry you're cranky & tired - but as always, it's worth it in the end, right!?

    ...oh, and sorry I don't have any interesting "timmits" for you. I'll have to think of one. :)

    Love ya!

  3. So... I'm going to assume that the checker is the same checker that asked me (and every other customer before me) what I thought of Tiger Woods' apology ----that happened to have taken place earlier that day. Yes, I have an opinion, but I really did NOT want to engage with him on the topic AT ALL...

  4. I CANNOT stand it when people mispronounce words either!

    A while back, Steven came in and plopped down on the sofa and said, "I'm poofed."
    I looked at him and said, "Did you just say 'poofed'? Really?"
    I totally cracked up at him and then corrected him that he meant pooped, not poofed!

    I can totally relate to the pregnancy, I felt that way with Asher.

  5. Maybe some expresso(ha!) would help your tiredness?! :-)

  6. I could have written the same list of symptoms. I had (still have) the excess saliva too. Gross. And the bad taste in my mouth even though the puking has stopped. I often feel like I have been run over by a truck at the end of the day, even if I get a nap! I am thinking that second trimester "burst of energy" isn't coming. LOL
    We're due July 19 - having a boy this time!

  7. I am not really laughing. Really. But I would have thought it would get easier each time. Maybe if I was getting YOUNGER each time. I guess I needn't feel bad about napping several times a week. So glad the sickies are ending. Not to sure how I avoided it this time. Maybe it is a girl?

  8. i say it's your blog and you can say whataver you want to! ;)
    hang in there!!

  9. Timmits? REALLY? Timmits.
    That is HYSTERICAL. I am literally laughing out loud.
    And, sorry this pregnancy has been rough. Me & pregnancy never got along. Here is a timmit for you:
    With both girls, I threw up everyday from 6 weeks until 24 weeks. It was AWFUL. It has scarred me for life (thus being 99% sure we are done having kids)

  10. I used to think I hated when people mispronounced words, until the day I realized that I'd been saying "for all intents and purposes" incorrectly. Yep, I was one of those irritating people that said "for all intensive purposes". Which is funny when you actually stop and realize that "for all intensive purposes" would imply that you're referring to only the purposes that are intense, and no others. Which is the exact opposite of what that phrase is supposed to mean. I was truly ashamed of myself.

    So sorry to hear you're feeling every pregnancy symptom in the book! Hopefully things ease of for you for just a few weeks at least. That would make for a very long nine months.

  11. Oh, I miss you! And I've been so tired I haven't blogged in forever, but I definitely cannot blame pregnancy.


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