Saturday, April 5, 2008

It's Not Just My Uterus That's Irritable

I am slowly getting settled in back home. M arrives tomorrow which should help things a lot. It’s a bit frustrating because I have a list a mile long of things that I need to get done, except that I have to really try not to overdo it, and so I have to parcel it out, depending on how I feel each day. Good days earn me perhaps a trip to Target AND the dry cleaners. Bad days earn me a spot on the couch.

My uterus is still bitchy. I suppose the correct term for it is “irritable” but whatever. She’s bitchy. So am I. While I love being back home and have a tendency to get all rose-colored glasses about it (Oh look, bluebonnets! Oh, aren’t the grocery store checkers so nice here! And other truly bizarre random observations...), I am also reminded of the simple fact that helped me have so much objectivity while living in KL and pining for the US. That fact is: There are assholes everywhere. So I tend to swing from “Oh the US is so wonderful!” to “What in the hell is so great about it?” I’m having a hard time biting my tongue at rude people, and I’m ready for M to get here so he can save me from getting my ass kicked for popping off at the wrong person. Note to self: Houston is not KL. People are confrontational here, and some of them carry guns and/or are not above bitch-slapping a pregnant chick.

I’m now 31 weeks, and each week that passes is a good thing. Having dodged many of the more common pregnancy ailments thus far, some of the later pregnancy symptoms are kicking in at this point:

- The swelling, she has arrived. I don’t have the dreaded cankles yet, but the wedding ring no longer fits.
- Shaving is next to impossible, and my poor bikini area is sorely neglected, which is making me insane. However, in order for me to get close to it with a razor blade, I have to be able to SEE it. That’s an area that I find unwise to guess at with a sharp object.
- I leak. And not just when I laugh either. Damn, that's sexy. Should’ve done the Kegels.
- First trimester mood swings can’t hold a candle to third trimester mood swings. Holy shit. HOLY SHIT.
- The weight gain is coming on fast and furious. As in, six pounds in two weeks. Now, some of it is because of the swelling and some of it is because I hit the US right at the time that weight gain really picks up (at least I am clinging to those two excuses), but you and I both know that it’s because, although Char Kway Teow is yummy, it’s not nearly as good as Girl Scout Cookies, Easter candy and Marble Slab.


At May 20, 2008 at 5:53 AM , Anonymous Jason Smith said...

First, I read a few of your posts and they are great. A nice break in an otherwise rough day.

Second, hope the pregnancy is going well. My wife and I are the mid-30s parents of a 4 month old and it's been a wild, wonderful trip.

Finally, we are moving to KL from Fort Worth, TX at the end of June for a minimum two year gig and would love to learn and hear more.

I'm a complete amateur when it comes to protocol when blogging, so reply here if you can with the best way to hear your thoughts on our relo and we'll comply.

At May 26, 2008 at 6:19 PM , Blogger Cajuns that have moved to Malaysia said...

Glad to hear everything is going great in Houston. It's like we traded, when we got here from Houston you headed home. Were you running from us?? Just kidding glad to hear things are fine. Hubby, I and 4 boys are adjusting to KL. We are in the Sri Hartamas area (in between PJ and Mt. Kiara) so we do not deal with the traffic like if we were down town.

The driving, the slow paced life, the looks from locals, are all becoming a way of life.

We experienced the medical industry earlier than expected. Oldest son, almost 12 years old, decided 20 ++ (like that one, that took getting used to) stitches in his leg would be a great souvenir of KL. But like you said in your blog, the service and attention was remarkable. No wait, bring him right in, didn't ask us our names, "could we pay" nothing. It was good and very settling for a parent.

Boys love it here, so do we; even my mom decided to move with us. We are taking it day by day, some days good, some days bad, but all in all, a life experience. Thank you for your information you have on your blog, sure helped with questions we had. Hope you are well, take care and rest. Oh and go to Katy and visit Ritter's Frozen Custard for us! On Friday's Turtle Something was our favorite. I think you deserve it! Also, have a house for sale in Katy if you are interested (like there are not millions listed)!

Take care!


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