There are a few small things that I miss. I miss being able to tie up my shoes. I miss sleeping through the night without multiple bathroom trips (I know I will have to get used to the not sleeping through the night part!!) I miss walking without waddling. I miss my wedding ring, which no longer fits on my swollen finger.
Here are a few other things I really miss:
My favourite sushi!
We LOVE sushi & are lucky enough to have an unbelievable sushi restaurant in town. Prior to pregnancy, you could find us at Sushi Sen at least once a week, sometimes twice.
Since pregnancy, we still go frequently, and I've been pretty good at exploring the menu for safe eating options. But my absolute favourite is tuna: red eye, yellow tail, toro, hamachi.... I love them all. They are the king of sushi for me.
I can barely wait to have this tuna avocado tower, or my favourite roll, the Kamakazi with spicy tuna inside & seared yellow tail on top. I sometimes dream of ordering 2 or 3 "Tuna Tuckers", chef Yuji's creation of tuna sashimi with avocado and garlic chips on a bed of Imperial rice. I can almost feel a piece of toro sashimi melting on my tongue....
I'm not a big hot tub person, though I do love the Scandinave Spa in Whistler (seen here at my bachelorette party last year.)
But when I go to the pool for a swim, a big selling feature used to be that I could treat myself to a hot tub afterwards. Soaking my legs in the hot tub is is not quite the same!
I did run until about 24-25 weeks, but I was pushing it as my pubic symphysis just became more and more sore. Arguably, I should've given up the running long before that point. I've always loved running, but my passion for it was re-ignited last year when I started doing more trail running & training for some local races. I worked up my endurance for really nice long runs & loved the feeling of just getting there on the trails where the only things I could hear were my breathing, my foot steps & the sounds of the forest around me.
I miss beer less than I thought I would. But on the few occasions that I did ski this year, I missed the tastiness of a refreshing apres beer. I also thought about a nice Guinness once or twice on St Paddy's Day! I am thinking ahead longingly of an Oregon microbrew on a warm patio in Hood River this summer...
About a month ago I was walking on the 4 Lakes Trail when I passed two young women out for a cross-country ride. I felt a slight twinge of jealousy. I thought about a great article once read in a bike magazine in which the author describes being out for a ride with girlfriends when she passes a group of moms pushing strollers around, and feels really sorry for those moms. Fast forward a few years & the author is now a mom herself, and still an avid biker. She then talks about the sweet freedom of carving out a small portion of her day for a ride with girlfriends, but also of the joy of coming home to her little one afterwards. I know I will still be able to ride this summer - not for as long & probably a lot tamer, but a nice mountain bike ride always puts a smile on my face!