Child On Board

By Shanna, age 18, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Motherhood is becoming more real to me every day. The fact that a little person is inside of me is one of the hardest things to adjust to mentally. Just think ... one second you're attempting to sleep, and then you realize lying on your back is one of the most uncomfortable things ever. It feels like someone jabbing their foot in the center of your back and pulling at your arms - it's really weird. The most comfortable position for me is on my side.

Never in my life did I ever think I would become pregnant. I'm kind of getting used to my baby pounding at my ribs and right under my belly button when I eat. It's funny actually to sit and watch your belly jump. Surprisingly, my boyfriend is loving every moment of it.

Today we found out the gender of our child - it's a girl. I cried and he jumped for joy. Boy, was I confused. As I gave a blank stare at the black and white image on the screen. I just thought, I knew it. So badly I'd hoped for a boy ... and I got the complete opposite. Then I realized she can be a Hello Kitty lover like myself, which isn't so bad.

It was a joyous occasion. My life is moving at a warp speed, and I'm trying to keep up. With a new engagement and a child on the way, I find myself becoming more of an adult than ever before. Still attending college on a daily basis and working at my job, the only thing changing is my growing tummy, causing me to move slower but work harder than before. People want me to do less, and I find it very boring. Everyone around me can lift a 5 lb. box, and as soon as I make an attempt, I am yelled at by anyone nearby. Hopefully, one day I'll get this thing called life right and to a point where I can understand every aspect of it.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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