Habits and Quirks

Emily Elling

Posted By: Emily Elling

Emily Elling lives downtown Indianapolis with her husband of 10 years and her four unintentionally hilarious children, Piper, 7, Nola, 5, Gage, 2, and baby Paul, born January 2012.

I think I've been either pregnant or nursing for so long now, that I don't even remember what I was like before I had babies. I mean, I'm nothing like the 25 year old I was before I had kids, I know I've changed. Some things for the better, and of course some things for the worst.

And I'm not fully convinced if these developed habits and quirks can be attributed to pregnancy, or just the fact that I'm now in my 30's and getting older, wiser, and maybe a bit crazier, each and every day.

For instance:

I don't wear perfume anymore. Back in the day, I was all about spritzing on the Electric Youth, and then later Hot by Ralph Lauren. But these days, since I find myself holding and nursing a baby, I want my kids to know exactly what I smell like. Even on the days I forget to shower.

I put peanut butter on my cheeseburgers, and it's amazing. This totally started as a pregnancy craving that has stuck with me. Honestly, skip the ketchup and go straight for the creamy peanut butter. If you're feeling especially daring, add hot peppers on top.

I cannot fall asleep without a glass of water by my bedside. This too developed during pregnancy and then carried over while nursing a newborn, and has stuck with me ever since. Even when I'm not nursing, I must have a glass of water close by my bed. Often, I wake up and it hasn't been touched, it's just a wet security blanket I need to know is ready and waiting should I need it.

Watch out, raw chicken ahead. With all my pregnancies, I could not stand the site of raw chicken. Literally, one glance at that slimy stuff would send me heaving into the nearest receptacle. Now that I'm postpartum, the aversion has mostly subsided, but the stuff still freaked me out. Needless to say, we don't eat much chicken anymore.

No doubt about it, pregnancy does weird things to our bodies. And it's apparent that somethings, even things as silly as raw chicken and creamy peanut butter can change us forever.

Strange postpartum habits or quirks, do you have any?

9:02am on Thursday May 3


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