I am the Rudy Ruttiger of gestation.

Only instead of Notre Dame football it’s pregnancy.

And instead of being carried off the field I’ll be having a baby.

And instead of having the crap kicked out of me on the scout team I’m having the crap kicked out of me by the nausea.

And instead of a movie with a stirring soundtrack I have a blog and an iPod loaded with lots of Miley Cyrus.

I love being pregnant. I love the thought of it. The priviledge of it. The power of it. The honor of it. The belly. The boobs.

But I suck at it. It just plain kicks my ass to be honest.

It has always bothered me when women say they hate or hated being pregnant or when they would make statements such as “GET THIS KID OUT OF ME!” They look forward to scheduled inductions weeks ahead of schedule to keep themselves comfortable and convenienced.

I’m not going to spend very many days of my life pregnant, so the ones I do have? I’m going to enjoy.

Even if I do spend them uncomfortable and sick.

This will all be over so quickly.

Yep, I’ve complained, and I’ll probably continue to on occasion.

No one is ever going to be excited about consistently feeling awful.

But I can see the silver lining. Well, the soft cotton lining with contrast piping.

My Anna emailed me when she was hugely pregnant with twins and said “I am happy that these kids are growing stronger each day I keep them in my belly.”

225 days to go until I have a real live Hoosier of my very own.

baby hoosiera gift from fellow hoosier transplant emily.


  1. Sorry that you don’t do so well in pregnancy (nausea-wise). Praying that you don’t feel as bad as last time. ?

    Michelle Reply:

    @Michelle, The ? should be <3

  2. I’m sure you have tried every trick in the book for nausea….but, have you ever tried chewable papaya? I know here in Indy you can get it at Meijer in the vitamin section. It worked wonders for me. I lived on ginger tablets too.

    Melissa Reply:

    @Melissa, The Papaya is pleasantly sweet, my kids have even taken it when they have an upset tummy.

  3. My wife was never one of those begging for it to be over either, and while she didn’t have the nausea like you describe, she did have both kids well over 9lbs and therefore found it more than a little difficult to do much of anything in the latter days.

  4. That onesie makes me cry with cute.

    Sorry you’re feeling ick. That just blows.

  5. That onesie is adorable. So glad you are embracing Indiana and becoming a Hoosier. I think I am too.

    Sorry that you’re feeling sick again…I hope it’s not as bad as it was with Addie.

  6. I can’t wait. Really, I can’t wait. It’s gonna be a long winter…

  7. And this is just one of the many reasons I adore you. I’m right there with you on this. I was ridiculously nauseas the first trimester then landed on bed rest for 4 months (2 of which were in the hospital) even still – I LOVED being pregnant. Make sure we get to see some lovely maternity photos, k (and yes I mean nekkid belly and all) ?

  8. I’ve been saying “I hate being pregnant” a lot lately. Because really, I don’t enjoy it. But I am really excited about the soft cotton lining with contrast piping! I’ll have to amend my language, thanks to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and congrats!

  9. Love the Hoosier pride! and praying that the nausea will subside.

  10. I am sorry you get so sick. Not fun at all. The miracle of the little life growing inside of you makes it all worth it. Love the onsie…so cute! My oldest will forever be a Indy born Hoosier even though she only lived there for two weeks.

  11. The second time around, it’s been so much more a joy for me. I’ve relished every awful, pukey moment. Maybe it’s because as I’ve seen my little baby boy turn into a preschooler, and in the meantime watched other people have babies, I realized what a gift a healthy, full-term bay truly is. And a healthy (although puke-filled) pregnancy is a miracle in and of itself. This pregnancy I’ve loved seeing my belly grow, seeing people look at my belly and smile, and feeling him move. God has really given me this blessing and allowed me to enjoy it, regardless of how bad I’ve felt.

    I cannot wait to hear all about this blessing for you, all about this miracle. Because Casey, we’ve been waiting with you and praying fervently! I’m so excited for you!

  12. I meant full term BABY…cause a full term bay makes no sense, except to my stupid spell correcting iPad.

  13. I am so sorry to hear you are feeling sick. I hope it doesn’t get as bad as last time and that it passes with the first trimester.
    I am so happy to hear you are loving every moment none the less.

    I love being pregnant. I have been blessed to be able to do it a few times. Even with nausea and barely being able to walk the last time, I feel honored that I can do it and do it pretty well. Not every woman is able to and men can’t do it at all. Women should revel in being a pregnant goddess.

    One of my pet peeves are the women that complain about it and have early inductions for their convenience.

    Thinking of you and eagerly watching your journey.

  14. I loved being pregnant.
    I was nauseous constantly, and exhausted, and uncomfortable, and HUGE… but I love being pregnant.

    I hope you are able to enjoy it as much as possible!!!

  15. I’d rather listen to someone who is grateful complain about the discomfort than listen to someone wax poetic about how magnificent pregnancy is. It’s pretty cool that you’re growing a person but overall it seems like it might be a bit uncomfortable and bizarre. Honesty is always more fun, even if it does involve complaining.

  16. I was not good at being pregnant either. I couldn’t sleep, had high blood pressure and was generally miserable.

    But oh, how I wish I had appreciated it more…since I’m now not sure if I can have another one.

    I’m glad you’re being so honest about it.

  17. Casey –

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I have been reading your blog for a long time, and I really enjoy your humor, faith and honesty. I, too, am one of “those” stories…for years we dealt with unexplained secondary infertility desperately trying to have a second child. The physical and emotional toll was devastating. I prayed and begged and pleaded with God so hard and so loud that I forgot to listen to Him, so it took me a long while to hear that the answer was “not now…focus on your daughter – she needs you”. I was able to finally make peace with “giving up”. Now, several years later, I find myself with an amazing 15 year old daughter and 31 weeks pregnant with another precious little girl. It is hard not to wait for the other shoe to drop and believe that I am really this blessed. I have been miserably and painfully ill since very early on, but I don’t care. It is more than worth it. I can’t wait to meet our little Pinky Bean this fall!!!

  18. RUDY! You are totally Rudy. And I love Rudy. I cry every time. That’s why I cried when I heard your news.

    I have to admit I was really proud when people commented that I never complained. I just wouldn’t do it because it was so hard for me to hear when I wanted to be pregnant.

  19. I figure that I spend enough of my life nauseous as it is, why not let it be for an amazing reason like being pregnant!! I hope it kicks your ass just a little bit less. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Casey,

    I’ve been off-line for a while and just came to your post. O.M.G.!!!!!!!!!

    This is news to me that you’re pregnant and I couldn’t be happier for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Trust me when I say…this has made my Tuesday! ๐Ÿ™‚


  21. We literally just watched Rudy on Saturday. Great movie. Even better life.

    You will be great at this pregnancy thing, just give it some time to settle in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Love the attitude. More women would be smart to embrace it.

    Hope you get to feeling better soon!

  23. *hugs* (but not too tight so you don’t puke).

    Love the onesie. I smell an Indy Blogger Chicks baby shower in your future. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Congrats Lady! Hope everything goes smoothly for you. ‘cept u need to stop comparing yourself to a dude who was never carried off the field in real life. Most of what u see in that movie was Hollywood drama. Your story is MUCH better!


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