This is my first wintertime pregnancy and my first pregnancy on the ranch. Both factors have put a new spin on things and provided a whole new set of challenges. Jumping on the #problems band wagon, I have listed below what I have dubbed, #pregnantranchwifeproblems.
1) Early pregnancy exhaustion sometimes constitutes naps in the pasture.
2) There will come a time when you will have to trade in some of your favorite tasks (i.e. anything done horseback) for less desirable tasks such as running the hay feeder…
3) Somewhere in the middle of the second trimester each time you put on your favorite Carhartt coveralls, they are a little snugger and more difficult to zip over your bump.
|Plenty snug, but at least last week
I could zip them…
4) Somewhere towards the beginning of the third trimester, your favorite Carhartt coveralls no longer zip over your bump and will have become exceedingly hard to zip down the leg.
5) That pregnant cow has got nothing on your growing bump or your dry matter intake… at least that is how you feel some days.
6) By the third trimester, getting in and out of the pickup may prove to be an experience in and of itself, which might be somewhat comical to bystanders.
7) If you happen to make Beefy Noodles for supper on a cold winter evening, your bump will help you and you will have flour all over your shirt.
|Should have worn my apron…|
8) Driving across even the smoothest of pastures emphasizes pregnancy bladder and greatly increases the number of potty breaks needed while delivering one load of cake.
9) Your husband will undoubtedly make references to providing “calving assistance” should you not make it to the hospital in time.
10) It’s not just your husband, you will also find yourself using cattle terminology to reference your own pregnancy. “This is my third time around, so I now fall into the ‘mature cow’ category.” “Calving season will be even busier this year with the heifer’s calving date and mine so close together.”
In reality these “problems” really aren’t problems at all, and I am making it a point to cherish each and every little miraculous inconvenience and #pregnantranchwifeproblem until our little one arrives.
Love it, Terryn! Thanks for the smile. You look like you are doing great. By my third child I could not fit into my coveralls by the 5th month, but fortunately she was a fall born baby so it didn’t matter…
Take care of yourself — By the way, you and the baby deserve a MD so don’t let your husband take you to the veterinary clinic to deliver 🙂
Terryn Drieling says
Thanks, Anne! Aside from the stomach bug that came to visit, I have been getting along better this time around than with the other two… so far anyway.
Don’t worry, we will NOT be delivering in the vet clinic… or the calving barn 😉