If I could do the following things to my husband to help him understand that what I'm "complaining about" is real, I would give just about anything -- I'd even gain a few more lbs!
Momlogic's Talitha: The other day, super exhausted from work, my husband came home and was a total and utter baby, complaaaaaining about his long day and how hungry he was. He laid down on the couch and didn't get up the entire night! I thought to myself, "HA! I've been feeling like that for eight months, buddy." Then I thought to myself, "Gosh, if only he could feel what it's like to be pregnant, he'd never complain again."
Want him to know what it's like? It might not be such a bad idea to do this:
1. Give him a pill that would make him really nauseous right around dinnertime -- see what it's like to be starving yet sick, all at the same time? "Just have some crackers, babe!"
2. No food for a day -- it's "no biggie" being hungry all the time, right?
3. Make him wear a twenty-pound sandbag around his belly. Not easy walking up the stairs to our apartment, now, is it? "Help me with the grocery bags!"
4. No sleeping all night long! Going to work exhausted is harder than you thought, eh?
5. Buy him a size-smaller wardrobe and laugh when he complains about not fitting into his pants.
6. Complete strangers will come up to him and give him unsolicited advice -- all day long. Tell him, "Who cares what that person thinks?" when he complains about it.
7. Have your parents and his parents call and text him with questions about what he's eaten, how much he's worked out, if he's had his calcium, if they can come visit, not to drink coffee, and to make sure he's not drinking any alcohol.
8. Get a snore machine. Even though he won't be sleeping, it'll be twice as annoying listening to someone else snore next to you.
9. Make a huge pot of coffee just for you in the morning. "Can't have that, baby!" my well-rested face will say to my grumpy pregnant husband.
10. Occasionally punch him in the gut (just lightly). "Aww, look ... baby's kicking!"
11. Drink beer after beer in front of him while burping really loudly and then pumping your fists right after: "Oh yeah, baby, do you hear your mommy?! Can you put another in the freezer for me?"
12. Give him a pill so he's really constipated -- no reading the paper on the toilet today, honey!
13. Ask him: "Wanna have a quickie, honey? ... NO? WHY!? Ugh, I can't wait for this pregnancy to be over!"
The next time he says, "Oh babe. It's just nine months!" I could at least say "You couldn't even do it for a day."