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>Have you had any weird cravings?
During my first trimester, I was so hungry I would have eaten anything. It was unreal—even after I had eaten, I was still hungry. My husband came to bed one night and found me propped up on my elbows, wide-eyed, asking for tacos. He said no, because it was three in the morning. So I said, “Can we just talk about tacos, then? Beef or chicken?” It’s the power of suggestion. Someone would mention eating the best chili and I would go to the ends of the earth to find a bowl of chili. I also went through a really weird mango phase: I was eating three or four a day.
>What has been your favorite thing about being pregnant so far?
Feeling her move. Maybe it’s because I’m 35, but I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that I was pregnant. I took eight pregnancy tests and then went to the doctor for another. For a long time I didn’t believe it was real. I would read the pregnancy books and they’d say, “She’s now the size of a grape … then a kumquat.” So I got used to thinking of her in terms of produce. Now that she’s moving, she feels like a little human and I’ve bonded with her way more than I expected.
>Any pregnancy pet peeves?
I don’t like people touching my stomach. The people who are closest to me always ask first, but the ones I don’t want to do it are the ones who come
up and wrap their hands around me. I’m like, “Hey—I’m not touching your testicles!” [She laughs]
>How do you imagine becoming a mother will change your perspective as a working woman?
I think it’s going to change everything about me. I started working the second I could, with odd jobs around the house, then babysitting. In college, I worked in a bar at night so I could intern at two television stations. I think it’s going to put life in perspective for me for the first time. Work is great, but it’s not the end-all. I kind of need an attitude adjustment.
>Are you looking forward to the birth?
No, not at all. I’ve done some research. At four months I saw a birth online and I was like, “No, no, no. I’m not doing this, forget it.” Luckily, my husband delivered babies in medical school, so he should have composure, and his mother is a registered nurse. My mom is a panicker, so she will probably be kicked out of the delivery room. She’ll be in there initially until she gets out of hand.
>Do you have a labor plan?
I totally plan on an epidural. I respect people who do it naturally, but it’s not for me.
>What kinds of things excite you most about having a child?