My husband paid me a ...compliment (???)... earlier on in my pregnancy. I asked him if he thought I was being super irrationally emotional, and he told me (in his characteristically sweet way) that he thinks I'm more emotionally stable now that I'm pregnant than I was during the first six months of our marriage.
Um, thanks? And, sorry?
I think if I asked him the same question today, based on my own assessment of my moods, I think the answer might be different. The third trimester started last week (holla!), and I have definitely noticed a significant decline in my ability to control and/or predict my emotions. I have definitely been more moody, weepy, dramatic... You name it. And these breakdowns or blow-ups always seem to happen when I'm walking in the door from work at 4:53 p.m. I have a short, albeit intense, early evening meltdown in front of and directed at my husband, regardless of his innocence (and typically his knowledge of what the heck is actually going on). Poor Jay.
Or maybe I'm doing him a favor.
I wonder if pregnancy is all part of an elaborate scheme (or a genius plan) to help prepare husbands/significant others for the rigors of caring for a newborn.
But seriously - think about it. There are numerous similarities between pregnant women and infants:
1. We are predictably unpredictable.
2. We cry all the time.
3. We can't tell you why we're upset but it is for sure up to you to fix it.
4. We are fussy.
5. We are picky about what we eat.
6. We throw up a lot, especially early on.
I've recently been reading Dr. Bucknam and Mr. Ezzo's book On Becoming BabyWise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep, and today I came across a sentence that hit a little too close to home. In the chapter that discusses what to do when your infant cries, the authors assure parents that some crying is normal: "[Babies] have a fussy time at least once a day, often in the late afternoon, that is followed by a calm, relatively peaceful condition the rest of the day."