While on our ‘babymoon’ in Quebec City I’ve been really amused by how often a visibly pregnant woman (me) gets offered alcohol in restaurants. When Colin ordered a half-litre (for himself) at dinner the other night, they automatically brought and poured two glasses. Two nights ago, we got complimentary cranberry-infused vodka shots with the meal (again, I got one without being asked). So, I’ve been eating for two, and Colin’s been drinking for two, all trip!

always willing to help, this guy

always willing to help, this guy

This vacay  is all  about reflecting on the past and looking forward to a whole new life and getting ready for baby and all that, so I’ve been thinking a lot about  how difficult I expected not drinking to be, and how easy it has actually been. I mean, I had a sip of the wine, but that was all I needed and not having more was super easy. And it has been super easy for the past six months – which is definitely the longest I’ve gone without drinking since I came of age.

I thought not drinking would be hard because I love drinking. I didn’t do it every day, but I certainly drank several times a week and really enjoyed it. So now the real question is: will my drinking habits be permanently changed by this, or will I go back to them after I’m done carrying or nursing a babe?

Here’s a list of ten things I have found much harder and/or more frustrating than not drinking:

  1. Not being able to tie my shoes or really do anything that involves bending all the way over without extreme discomfort. I take my flexibility for granted!
  2. Not being able to sleep through the night without getting up to pee (several times).
  3. Not being able to sleep, period. Especially not unless I’m being propped up by a million pillows.
  4. Not being able to enjoy extreme heat (in hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms & the like).
  5. Having to keep to a rigid and frequent eating schedule (this one has been especially difficult).
  6. Not being able to climb two flights of stairs without getting winded.
  7. Not being able to stop myself from crying at the dumbest things (like TV commercials).
  8. Being constantly way too hot.
  9. Being ridiculously clumsy.
  10. Back pain. And hip pain.
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big’n’clumsy, but feeling great!

Not drinking is a breeze compared to all that other nonsense. But all the complaining aside, I’m actually having a wonderful time. Being pregnant is fun and weird and I love it!