As a lot of my co-workers know I am pregnant. Whether it is my expanding girth that clued them in or the fact that I have to drive around a motorized scooter for the rest of the pregnancy, most people have figured it out. There are many different emotions, physical symptoms, and perks/disadvantages to being pregnant. I am not here to tell you about the nausea, the headaches, or the sore feet. Oh no, I am here to tell you about one of the perks of being pregnant, or at least what I see as a perk, the dreams!!!!
I have been having some doozies, let me tell ya! There was a weekend a couple of months ago that I read Divergent in two days. Along with reading that absorbing story my husband and I watched one of our favorite shows, Swamp People (no judgment, please). That night when I went to bed the two things were obviously on my mind because this is what I dreamt.
I lived in a lovely, white house in Louisiana. There was a big yard, it was summertime, and the sun was shining bright. There were alligators invading my lawn and house. In my front yard there was a tough, dark-haired gal wrestling a large gator. I was worried about her safety and wondering if she would survive when she rolled the prehistoric beast on his back, punched a hole in his throat, and killed him. Meanwhile, back inside my house, the alligator’s buddy was watching and worried about his fate. He was so nervous he pooped all over my house. He looked like a dog from behind with his tail sticking straight up in the air, and evacuating all over the place.
It was then that I woke up. I seriously laughed and thought, “What in the world? I wouldn’t want to clean that mess up!” The fun does not stop there. My son is crazy obsessed with Curious George. We watch that little monkey and the man in the yellow hat a lot! So it is no wonder that one night when I went to bed I dreamt I gave birth to a monkey. Yes, our child was brown, furry, incredibly cute and her name was George. Ugh! I am so over that show and apparently my psyche recognizes that.
Now, my most recent dream was more lighthearted and I instantly posted about it on Facebook. I was in a minivan with five other women. We were driving around town with all the windows and doors open. On our heads we were wearing those caps that come in a store-bought highlighting kit. We had pulled several strands of our hair through and we were passing a bottle of Vidal Sassoon VO5 Shampoo around. Anyone who grew up in the 80’s will remember it. It was a gold-colored liquid that came in a triangular bottle. We were applying shampoo to the strands of hair that we had pulled through the cap, we were laughing, blasting our music super loud out the open doors, and super proud of whatever statement we were making. I am not sure what that statement was, but I can seriously remember the smell of the shampoo from the dream. I woke up and told my husband about it immediately.
This latest dream prompted me to look into the pregnancy dream phenomenon online. WebMD credits hormone levels, the need for more sleep, and waking up more frequently in the night as several reasons why pregnant woman dream more. Apparently you generally only remember what you dreamt about last so when you wake up more often you remember more of your dreams. Whatever the reason, I am in love with the vivid images my mind keeps coming up with. They are entertaining to me and a lot of others.
Also, I started to wonder if I could decipher them and checked out some of our dream books in the collection. We have many in the (Dewey Decimal call numbers) 135’s and 154’s and all of them mention dreaming about animals, although none of them talk minivans, shampooing your hair, and being silly. I have my own interpretation of that dream … mommy needs a girl’s night out. That’ll be a few months!!! Apparently when I dream of animals I need to trust my instincts. Okay! I can do that. Whatever the dreams mean I am enjoying them immensely. I just had another great one last evening and I really hope they keep coming!
If you are interested in checking out those dream books here are the titles I researched.
The Mother-to-Be’s Dream Book: Understanding the Dreams of Pregnancy by Raina M. Paris
The Complete Book of Dreams by Julia & Derek Parker