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14 Weeks Pregnant And My Life Has Already Changed


Camberley and KeighleyCamberley and Keighley

They say your life changes when you have a child. Well, I’m about 14 weeks along in this journey they call pregnancy and I’m here to tell you people — my life has already changed.

You see, around the time I “conceived” I started to worry about my bubble bath addiction. (For those of you who are new to Fancy House Road, let’s just say, everyone in our family takes a nightly bubble bath.)  “Is it safe to take baths?” — I worried.  “Will the heat kill my baby?” — I stressed.  “If baths are dangerous, I don’t think I can go 9+ months without, is it too late to adopt?” — I thought.  I’m serious. I don’t think I could give up baths for a baby.  Does that make me a bad person?

By week 5 of pregnancy, I had read enough material to make the decision that baths were safe.  Just as long as I didn’t raise my internal body temperature too much.  So, I decided I would start keeping the temperature of my bath water lower than 100 degrees. 

Good solution, right?  Well, there is a bad side to this good solution.  The bad side? Dallan.

I had a momentary lapse of judgement. I blabbed about this concern to Dallan.  You see, I couldn’t blab to friends or family about my little “problem” because Dallan and I were trying to keep this whole “child” thing hush-hush. About a week after I told Dallan about my 100 degrees or less solution, I spotted a new gadget hiding in my “bath basket” — yes, I have enough bath bubbles, epsom salts, and bath foam to warrant a “bath basket”. 

The new gadget? My cooking thermometer.

Apparently, Dallan started measuring the temperature of my bath water when I wasn’t around.  He didn’t trust that I would not, in his words, “boil our baby”. Now, when I take my nightly bath, I feel like I’m being judged.  I mean, heaven forbid I go hotter than 100 degrees on my bath water now.  If I do, I’m guilted into feeling bad.

Proof my life has already changed.

Note to self, purchase a new cooking thermometer.

  • June 30, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    Lois Lane - I wouldn’t give up my baths for anything, either!!! Is your husband going to start making you keep a log of how hot the bath water is each night?

  • July 1, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Liz T - The judging is just getting started! If I had a nickel for every stink-eye received during pregnancy…

  • July 1, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Marianne - You’re not alone Camberley! Clint is on my case all the time about stuff like that!

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