Our nine-month journey has taught me many things...
- A woman finding out that she's going to be a first-time grandmother can scream quite loudly.
- One's girlfriends are more valuable than gold.
|The ladies of 5th grade. Honestly, I don't know what I would do without them.|
- My doctor's nickname for "linea negra" is "the racing stripe".
- Bending over the bathroom counter to pluck your eyebrows is impossible with a baby bump.
- Swelling is way more painful than predicted.
- Having a 6-page birthing plan is not for me. I trust that my doctor, my body, and our labor will guide us through each step of the delivery.
- The view of the TV has changed quite a bit…
|Football Saturdays--not what they used to be.|
- When you have convinced yourself that your students find you strict and ready to see you take your maternity leave, they throw you a going-away party, shower you with gifts, and cry their cute little eyeballs out at the thought of you not being there for the next 9 weeks of their learning.
|My current 5th graders after chowing down on pink-iced cupcakes and cheddar popcorn.|
|Wait…they're going to miss me? Their tears are sincere!|
- The Asian women you meet out in public don't ask, "What are you having?" Instead, they inquire, "Are you having a boy?"
- Being "checked out" when you're not expecting can be flattering. Being checked out by 3 dudes in a local Chick-fil-A when you are obviously pregnant? Kinda creepy.
- Shaving your legs while pregnant should be an Olympic sport.
- There is nothing more thrilling than feeling your baby kick inside your womb.
- Trading in your beloved pick-up truck (yeah, the one used for fishing trips and off-roading) for a family vehicle is tough.
|My brother bought my truck before we purchased our station wagon. At least it's still in the family!|
- When you are in the homestretch of your pregnancy, folks don't look at you with the same smiles and excitement as they did 2-3 months ago. Instead, they laugh at your waddle (ahem, excuse me…pregnancy swagger) or expressions of, "Bless her heart--she looks simply miserable!"
- Flushing public toilets with your foot doesn't happen anymore. You're lucky enough to lift your feet high enough to put on pants and shoes each day.
- The things you used to put all kinds of energy and effort into (like cooking or cleaning your house) are replaced with as many naps as your schedule allows.
- A husband becomes invested in his genetic creation long before she's born.
|Already doting on his little girl.|
- No matter what kind of baby budget you put yourself on, you end up spending a little more than you would like to admit. I mean, who says "no" to an infant-sized collegiate jersey, even if it costs more than a pack of 5 onesies?
- Diapers and wipes as gifts RULE!
- (So do offers of friends and family bringing you meals to your house.)
- Being sick while pregnant is the absolute pits. Two separate viruses brought me to my knees (literally--over the toilet with convulsions), and I'm grateful to have recovered from both.
- Keeping a blog on your TTC life and pregnancy progression can bring you closer to friends and introduce you to some pretty awesome new ones.
- I actually CAN get pregnant. I just needed a little help. :)
|Our very first positive PT. It feels as if we read this just yesterday!|
- Lots and lots of pink still scares me...