Baby Hunger – The Struggle is Real

July 30, 2014 in family

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Babies can be real jerks, even when they're in the womb. One example: baby hunger.

With 33 weeks of gestation under my belt (actually over it, but I digress), it’s come to the point where I’m feeling ropy-poly. Full of life and baby wonder.  I’m also filling quite full. The hardest part is eating constantly. So, tickle me shocked when my doctor said a few weeks ago that I needed to GAIN weight. I couldn’t fathom putting even one more snack into my mouth. I also turned to Facebook, again, to ask for help. Many of my friends had wonderful ideas, full of milk shakes, ice cream and avocados. 3 things that I literally can’t have daily.

Welp.

A funny thing happened after that conversation. Just like that, my appetite started to pick up. I did a two-step church shuffle in celebration. But, there was one problem: I now had what I love to call baby hunger. You know, it’s that hunger that shows up at the most inopportune times of the day, like when you have to pee, or when you’re 2 hours from any fast food place that won’t cause you heartburn later.

For me, baby hunger comes around 1:30am. Every. Single. Night.

I get all snuggled up in bed, laying my big belly on the side that hurts the least, and then my unborn tyrant takes over.

“Mom.”

“What now?” 

“Let’s eat something.”

“We JUST ate at midnight. We had grapes. What are you, a Mogwai?”

“But I’m hungry. Get up. Now.” He proceeds to kick and punch until I comply.

I stumble out of bed. Well, I roll out, after trying about 3 times. I’m a turtle, ladies and gentlemen. I gingerly put on my slippers, with my silk bonnet all askew on my head and a trickle of sweat down my back.

“Ok, little kid. Here are more grapes. Let’s eat this and get to sleep.”

“What the hell, bro?! Give me FOOD, mom. Food. I mean it. Don’t make me grab your bladder, because you know I will. I’m the boss, playa.”

So, the above picture is me, at 1:30am, making an egg sandwich. See that face I’m making? That’s my face every night. You don’t want to see the face I make when my husband stumbles into the kitchen asking me what I’m doing. You also don’t want to hear the profanity I lay down on that joker when he asks a very loaded question like that.

So, the struggle is real around these parts. If you see me on Facebook, Twitter or pinning on Pinterest around 2amEST each night, you’ll know what’s up. The tyrant has taken over again. Baby hunger, yo.

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Tania July 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

Sorry, mama, I’m on baby’s side. Dang straight, you better give him more than grapes. If I’m waking up at 1:30 for food, it’s because I’m hungry! ;)

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Amiyrah July 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

Dang you, Tania! lol

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Val July 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

Yes, we have to make sure little man is fed and feeling good. Almost there..

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Amiyrah July 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

I know, I know. But still, 1:30am? Mama needs sleep!

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NerdMom July 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I had a 2am tyrant with my youngest;). I really didn’t want to get up but I couldn’t sleep until I ate. I ended up having cheese crackers and water on my night stand. That would be my first line of defense…

And this will be replaced with the nursing desert;).

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Amiyrah July 31, 2014 at 11:08 am

Yes! I know this is never-ending since I’ll need to constantly snack when nursing too. I know there is an end, but I can’t see it right now. And actually, I just got hungry again. Ugh.

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RubyDW July 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Oy I remember that all too well… being a big girl all my life I never thought i’d hate eating at midnight but then again I was cooking a baby too and my body was tired.

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Amiyrah July 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

Yes! It’s the double whammy, Ruby! The hunger mixed with me being overly-tired is the real kicker. He knows how to get me when I’m vulnerable. Smart utero baby :D

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Perla August 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Amiyrah,
I feel ya! I don’t want to eat but stubborn mama and stubborn daddy equal stubborn baby. And by golly, stubborn baby wants his scalps! Oops, I mean snacks! (Inglorious Basterds reference sort of lol)
Also, what is that on your head?
Is it to prevent frizz?
If so, where can I get one?

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Amiyrah August 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm

It’s a silk bonnet. Perfect for curly girls that don’t want their hair to dry out on the cotton pillowcases at night.

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Perla August 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Thanks! I like the way yours looks. Where did you get it? Or where can I buy a similar one? I googled it but most look like shower caps and I like that yours has a smooth edge to it.

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