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45 Hilarious Tweets That Sum Up Pregnancy
Pregnancy is often described as “beautiful,” “miraculous” and “joyful.” But the words “exhausting,” “painful” and “scary” also tend to come up. In short, it’s a rich and varied experience and one that is fodder for many hilarious and relatable tweets from the funny parents of Twitter. To showcase the highs and lows, we’ve rounded up 45 hysterical tweets that sum up pregnancy. Enjoy!Other pregnant woman: I like to do yoga and an hour of cardio each day. It helps me appreciate the wonders of what my body is capable of right nowMe: I almost suffocated while trying to put my shoes on this morning— Salty Mermaid Entertainment (@saltymermaident) January 24, 2019I am “someone on twitter told me to be the bigger person and I said I am the bigger person and cried” weeks pregnant— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 4, 2018Fact: the last month of pregnancy has 6459 days.— Unfiltered Mama (@UnfilteredMama) February 17, 2018Me when I drop something now that I am 34 weeks pregnant. pic.twitter.com/DkTvYMQRLC— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) December 20, 2017Him: Is that a maternity top?Me, at 3 months pregnant: It is!Him : Are those maternity jeans?Me, at 6 months pregnant: They are!Him: Is that a bed sheet?Me, at 9 months pregnant: NOTHING FITS OKAY!!!— Jessie (@mommajessiec) August 28, 2019Pregnancy: So you're going to be extra tired, and it's really important you get a lot of rest. Me: Got it, more sleepPregnancy: Ha! No.... remember those side effects we talked about? You definitely won't be able to sleep.— Some Boys' Mother (@someboysmother) May 2, 2019When I was pregnant I made a joke that I was a grower and a shower and no one laughed— Vision Bored (@VisionBored1) September 10, 2020(I am 6 months pregnant)Me after ordering my coffee: Stranger at Starbucks: you know you should be drinking decaf when you’re pregnant.Me: I’m... not pregnant. Stranger: (horrified) I am so, so sorry!And that’s what you get for giving unsolicited advice.— Jax ⚡️ (@Diamond_Jax) August 2, 2019Pregnancy brain made me forget the word "cheese" and this is a new level of betrayal.— The Salty Mamas (@saltymamas) July 24, 2020What’s the weirdest/craziest thing you cried over while pregnant? 1. Someone ate the last string cheese. I sobbed like I was at a funeral. 2. Because I was so grateful to be alive when So You Think You Can Dance existed. 3. Yellow cake— Bunmi Laditan (@HonestToddler) July 11, 2018A very humbling moment in my life was when I was pregnant and feeling very busty, so I went to a lingerie store and was like “yeah, I don’t even KNOW what cup size I am, because PREGNANCY has made my chest HUGE,” so they measured me and they were like “ma’am you are a 34A”— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) May 27, 2019What do a toddler, a preschooler and a pregnant lady all have in common?We all pee our pants in public.— full metal mommy (@FullMetalMommy) September 29, 2014Pregnancy hormones make you want to either rip your husband's clothes off or his head off.There is literally nothing in between.— Anecdotal Birthcontrol (@AnecdtlBrthCtrl) January 6, 2019At that point in the final stage of pregnancy where after I drop something on the floor I say to myself, “I’ll just pick that up once the baby is here.”
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7 Habits Of Lifelong Friends
Lifelong friendships are rare — and that’s part of what makes them so special.We’re not meant to have the same set of friends throughout our entire lives. We move to different places, we change, we drift apart. Sometimes we outgrow each other — and that’s perfectly normal. But the friendships that last for decades are truly something to cherish.So what do lifelong pals do differently that keeps their bond so strong over time? Read on to find out.1. They show up for each other when it matters most. When you’re friends with someone for many years, you’ll inevitably see each other through some of life’s biggest challenges: the death of loved ones, breakups, divorces, layoffs and health issues. Fair weather friends may fall off the map when the going gets tough. But lifelong friends know they can count on each other to be there through it all with a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on or just a welcome distraction from the heartache. “When we do show up for one another in these moments, it solidifies our bond,” psychologist and friendship expert Marisa G. Franco told HuffPost. “People get to experience how much others truly love them by witnessing how much they show up for them in times of need.” 2. They plan for transitions — and keep talking once they happen.Lifelong friends are proactive about figuring out how they’ll continue to fit into each other’s lives, even as circumstances change — whether it’s a cross-country move, a baby, a new career or a romantic relationship. “They plan a visit before their friend sets off to a new city, low-key hang out in-person or virtually while their friend takes care of their infant, or schedule regular ‘friend nights’ so that a new romantic partner doesn’t crowd out time for their friendship,” said Rhaina Cohen, who covers human behaviour as a producer for the NPR podcast ”Hidden Brain.”When we do show up for one another in these moments, it solidifies our bond.Marisa G. Franco, psychologist and friendship expertOf course, no amount of planning will makes these transitions seamless — there will be growing pains along the way. It’s the willingness to adapt and put effort into maintaining the friendship that counts.“If you’ve already made it clear to each other that you expect to work through challenges created by the transition, you’ve created a runway to articulate how you feel and make adjustments,” Cohen added.3. They remember things happening in each other’s lives, big and small.Friends might text you on your birthday, but your nearest and dearest pals go a step further. For instance, they never forget to reach out on the anniversary of your mum’s death or send you flowers or your favourite dessert. They also remember to check in on things you may have only mentioned in passing, like an upcoming job interview or a doctor’s appointment you were nervous about.“Remembering each other should really be more about remembering the less obvious things,” said Kurt Smith, a therapist who specialises in counselling men. ”Some examples could be that their mum is getting chemo treatment, their daughter is applying to college or they’re remodelling the kitchen.” 4. They’re able to discuss issues in their relationship honestly and maturely.Lesser friends might sweep their frustrations or hurt feelings under the rug, too scared to tackle these problems, hoping they just disappear. Lifelong friends, however, are committed to addressing whatever issues come up. They’re confident their friendship can withstand uncomfortable conversations, and know that having them will only strengthen — not destroy — their bond.“Research finds that we tend to distance ourselves from friends when problems go unaddressed for too long,” Franco said. “Other studies find that open, empathic communication around conflict strengthens relationships. Bringing up issues is a way to honour the relationship, and lifelong friends know how to do it in a way that doesn’t involve blame, but instead involves working together to heal from issues.” 5. They’re vulnerable with each other. Unlike casual friendships that tend to only scratch the surface, lifelong friends know they can let their guards down with each other. They can talk about their fears, their flaws, their mistakes and insecurities and know they won’t be judged or rejected.“Lifelong friends tell each other what’s really going wrong,” Franco said. “The strength of a relationship is revealed by the degree to which we are willing to express our truest and deepest selves within it. This willingness to be vulnerable conveys trust and strengthens the relationship.” 6. They make time for quick catch-ups and longer get-togethers.To maintain the long-term friendships in her life, Cohen said she aims for a mix of brief check-ins and extended hangouts.“For me, exchanging voice memos or having a standing monthly call ensures that a friend and I have an up-to-date sense of each other’s lives,” she said. “These discussions mean we don’t have to dedicate our longer hangouts to ‘catching up’ — i.e. recounting our lives’ basic plot lines without moving the relationship forward.”Those regular check-ins keep the friendship humming along. But without longer hangouts (when you can ideally spend a day or more together) in the mix, it’s difficult to have those unexpected conversations that take the friendship to the next level. Lifelong friends know how nourishing this extended time together can be and prioritise it when they can.“I find friendships strengthen when we have occasions to spend more than an hour or two together — even if that’s only every year or so for my long-distance close friends,” Cohen said. “Hikes create an excuse to spend the better part of a day together, as do vacations or visits.”7. But they also give each other grace if they go a while without talking. In an ideal world, we’d keep in touch with our pals regularly, but sometimes life gets in the way. Long-term friends understand these ebbs and flows and try not to take them personally. In time, they come back together and pick up where they left off.“Part of being a lifelong friend is recognising that your relationship has value regardless of how much or how often you connect,” Smith said. “Staying aware of the fact that your friend has other things going on in their life, including other friendships, and not being offended when you don’t connect every day is a real gift that can make friendships last a lifetime.”Related... The Last Thing I Wanted Was Lockdown With My Ex. But My Son Needed Him Kirstie And Phil Reveal The Most Disastrous Advice They Ever Gave On Location, Location, Location 40 Tweets That Sum Up Friendship In The Age Of Covid-19
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