Okay, so for the last couple weeks, I've tried to be super cutesy and point out the stuff that's really wonderful about marriage and things we can do to make our romantic bliss even more blissful. Because from the bottom of my heart, I'm thoroughly convinced there's a lot to be grateful for.
But I'm also human. A very PREGNANT variety of human. And very pregnant women are (generally) not cutesy, sweet, and romantic all the time. In fact, especially if we've got a lot going on above and beyond pregnancy, there's a good number of days that we're downright ornery. Hugely round and ornery. I feel like if I lose my footing at the top of a hill, I'll seriously ROLL without difficulty the ENTIRE way down. And that's never good for my self-esteem. At my OBGYN appointment last week, my doctor patted me on the back and said that all this was normal, but I don't remember myself being so miserable at the end of my first pregnancy. It's funny what the brain chooses to remember, right?
Anyway, moving on. There IS a point to this post.
As a big, round, ornery, miserably pregnant woman, I often find myself snapping at my poor husband. His sweet attempts to be romantic seem ridiculous. His normal obliviousness to little household chores leaves me steaming. His usual jokes annoy the tar out of me. In hindsight, I know this isn't healthy behavior for me to indulge in...but I feel like whacked-out hormones are getting the better of me...along with my aching back.
Through trial and error, I've stumbled across a few methods that help ease (what seems like) my chronically awful third-trimester temper:
-Reading my patriarchal blessing.
-Sitting down by myself and reading a few pages of my favorite novels...the relaxing ones that I only ever read for fun.
-Taking a long shower (not sure why this works)
-Praying to help me see why my husband is wonderful.
-Talking to my husband, telling him why I feel frustrated.
-Forcing myself to forget about it and going to bed.
But everyone's different, and I'm needing more ideas! Help me, ladies! What things do you do to help keep your temper in check and not nag about the silly little things? Because pregnant or not, there are just those times that we all need to step back and take a breather!