when i’m not pregnant

Pregnancy takes a lot of sacrifice – your body, your brain, foods you love, just to name a few.  Now, I wouldn’t give up this experience in the world, but I do get a little jealous of my now non-pregnant friends.

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(Congrats Brittany on your new addition, but I am so jealous of you right now!)

Here are the things I am looking forward to most when I am no longer pregnant:

Pumpkin Beer


I told Matt as soon as we found out I was due in October that he owed me a 6-pack of pumpkin beer.  After our little trip to Schlafly, he is now up to a case.  I don’t necessarily miss drinking since I was never a huge drinker in the first place, but hearing about everyone drinking my favorite alcoholic beverage makes me crave it.  Darn you, pregnancy cravings…

Speed Work


I know, I’m crazy, but I really miss being able to hammer out some 400-meter repeats.  I looked forward to those speed workouts (as long as they weren’t hill sprints) every week.  To me, those workouts were the most meaningful because I knew that was what was going to make me a faster, stronger runner.  I lost a lot of speed after the Chicago Marathon last year and never fully regained it before getting pregnant.  I am really looking forward to running fast again.

Wearing non-maternity clothes


(OK, technically I was 14 weeks pregnant in this picture, but still not maternity clothes!)

I haven’t really had to buy too many maternity clothes since I am fortunate enough to be able to wear workout clothes to my job (bonus to being a PE teacher).  But, I can tell you, I am completely sick of wearing the same things over and over again.  As much as elastic waist bands are awesome, I really can’t wait to put on my GAP jeans and actually zip + button them.

A Jimmy John’s veggie sub WITH sprouts

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I have already put in a request to Matt for a Jimmy John’s veggie sub as soon as I pop this baby out in the hospital.  Yes, I have eaten the subs while pregnant without the sprouts, but I just feel that is one of the things that makes that sandwich amazing.  (Note:  Pregnant women are not supposed to eat sprouts along with several other things because they tend to harbor lots of bacteria that can lead to food poisoning, etc.)  I really should lump this into a category named, “Not Having To Make Additional Special Requests For Food”, as this could also be a Dewey’s pizza WITH goat cheese or a Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte WITH caffeine.  I also might be a little over protective when it comes to sacrificing certain foods.

Holding my sweet baby girl in my arms


(Holding Baby Lucas <3)

The thing I am looking forward to most when I am no longer pregnant is being able to hold, kiss, and snuggle my little girl.  As overwhelmed + scared I have been feeling lately, this has been my solace.  Anytime I am feelings unprepared for becoming a mom, I picture myself holding that little girl in my arms.  It’s amazing how my attitude changes.  I love feeling her kicks in my belly, but I can’t wait to look into her eyes, kiss her head, and hold her hand.

Yes, I’m still trying not to freak out about all that still needs to be done and about becoming a mom, I honestly can’t wait for the next 3 weeks to go by so I can get to know the little bug in my belly.

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  • Jen

    I cannot wait to eat a turkey sandwich with sprouts! And push myself during workouts again! Of course, holding him in my arms will be the best of all 🙂 I can’t believe you’re 3 weeks away. So exciting!
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    • Kristen

      Ah! Can’t wait! I’m glad I’ll be on maternity leave when you have your little guy so I can really stalk you! Ha!

  • I saw Brittany’s tweet and was so jealous too- I can’t wait for pumpkin beer (in a brown sugar rimmed glass, yes!!) I’m in the homestretch too (I’m due 10/20) and I am looking forward to running, bikram, wine, having deli meat and most of all, meeting my little girl (of course 😉 ).

    • Kristen

      Oh yes, brown sugar rimmed glass is a must! And you are due on the best date ever – MY birthday! 😉 Getting close! Weee!

  • I remember looking forward to things like that too. Sushi. A good beer or glass of wine. And more intense activity!
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