If you read my Facebook status on Saturday you’ll recall that I had a mini panic attack mid-afternoon because I had to go to to a black tie event for Nick’s work and I was completely unprepared wardrobe wise. I had a dress that I thought might work until I tried it on three days before and the six-inch gap in the zipper area gave me good reason to believe it would not work.
So I did what I do best – ignore the problem and hope that it would just fix itself as I ate an entire batch of pumpkin cupcakes over the sink.
I spent Saturday morning walking around the neighborhood flexing my sphincter muscle trying to make myself fart in an effort to break my water. When that didn’t work I knew I was screwed. My plan C was a nice pair of black yoga pants which I thought I could pull off at a black tie event by smothering the room in my unparallelled charm and wit but unfortunately icing leaves a lasting stain.
By some miracle of God, half a bottle of lotion, a pair of pliers, four hands, foggy memories from a free SCUBA lesson at Sandals about how to rid my lungs of air and a lunch of Coke Zero, it zipped.
Of course after about 1/2 hour I lost feeling in my feet and I think I saw a baby hand signaling SOS fly out of my crotch when I went to the bathroom later, but at that moment victory was mine.
I was feeling pretty damn good about myself until the drive home when I looked at the party picture that was taken of Nick and me when we arrived. I mean… I know I’m pregnant and all, but Jesus.
My boobs looked like two dead catfish stuck to my chest and my arms looked like two trash bags filled with cake batter. And don’t get me started about my chins, which have now completely wrapped themselves around my face. Good lord.
A single picture unleashed a chain reaction of depression about what’s happened to my body, which was never really that great to begin with. A single picture that is now rotting at the bottom of a landfill with no one to talk to except the empty container of icing sharing its trash bag home.
I tried to think of my awesome kids, about how they are worth it. Think back to the frustration and despair I felt when we were trying to get pregnant with Ellie. But every positive thought just morphed itself into a giant stretch mark pointing to the cellulite which has now creeped all the way down to my knees.
It feels so narcissistic to get all upset about what pregnancy has done to my body. And by pregnancy I mean existing on a diet of Chick Fil-A and pumpkin cupcakes. The actual pregnancy can only be blamed for 60% of this damage.
I guess the happy ending here is that once baby #3 comes I won’t actually have time to eat and my once mediocre figure will be back before you know it.