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Baby on the Inside Makes me an Outsider? (or, THE LAST FLIGHT)

This past weekend marked a major milestone in my pregnancy.  It was my last attempt at travel until the baby is born - a trip to Pasadena, CA for my best friend's wedding.  It was a learning experience on many levels: as a pregnant woman, as a mother-to-be, and as a person in general. 

First off, I have to give an enormous THANK YOU to Donna Graham (http://donnasews.com/) who sewed me the PERFECT maternity dress for the event!  My friend had asked me to perform a reading during the ceremony and do the videography for the weekend, and before Donna found me, I had been struggling to find a dress that would work.  I've posted some pictures here of me in my dress - isn't it just the most beautiful thing?  It's a linen-look fabric (the color name was "potting soil"), and it was perfect for the hot Southern California weather!  Thank you again, Donna - you really are an absolute pro!

Now onto what I learned this weekend: I learned that people treat you rather unlike yourself when you're pregnant.  I saw many old friends and met some new people this weekend, and they all treated me differently.  Some acted like I was handicapped, others treated me as they did everyone else, and some ignored me all together.   Some were gracious and kind, acknowledging the obvious (the giant belly-bump) and then treating me like me.  The restaurant staff didn't seem to notice (or at least ignored) the obvious bump, as they poured me glasses of wine and champagne all night.  I passed-off glasses to Billy each time they poured me one. 

The people that ignored me all together were probably the most irritating.  I couldn't stand for very long, nor could I dance very much, so when I chose to sit on a chair at the edge of the dance-floor to watch everyone else, I thought I'd be able to see what was going on.  People crowded in front of me and just stood there - their butt right in my face - as they watched the action I was trying to see.  Nary a glance over the shoulder at the person whose face they were backing into - apparently, pregnant ladies who need to sit and people in wheelchairs don't need to see what's going on...

I probably had the most fun watching the 5 young children that were at the event.  There was a little boy (maybe 3 years old) who was a super-dancin' man during the reception, trying to woo all of the young ladies.  I found myself more interested in what they were doing than the rest of the party on the dance floor.  I watched mothers and fathers straighten dresses and comb and re-comb hair; I watched the infant boy go from fully decked out in wedding-gear down to a onesie.  I couldn't help but think to myself, "3 more months...and that'll be me..."

I also learned that I am now officially beyond the point of comfortable travel.  While it seems that airline seats get smaller and smaller every time I fly, even keeping that in mind couldn't have prepared me for the experience I had.  I guess I took for granted the ability to fold my hands in my lap or my arms under my chest.  My new "shape" prevents me from doing either of these things in the space allotted in a seat on an airplane.  I had my elbow up on Billy's shoulder for a good portion of the flight.  Sure, it looked funny, but it got the job done. 

I was prepared to be a little swollen during and after the flight, but holy-moly!  I had GIANT feet and ankles by the time we landed.  I'm so thankful that the weather has warmed up enough for me to wear flip-flops, because I can't fit my giant feet into my regular shoes anymore!   

Taking some time out to soak in the pool was probably the best part (aside from the wedding itself, which was just beautiful - it really was amazing).  The water was bathwater-warm, and letting my body just float, suspended in the water, was AWESOME.  I really felt like my joints got to reconfigure themselves.  It really made me wish we had a pool. 

All in all, it was a good weekend that marked many major milestones for us:  we are less than 90 days away from our due date, I am no longer taking drives or flights that last more than 20 minutes, and my shoe-wearing days are over...it's flip-flop time!

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