“It’s about the journey, not the destination!”
I have heard that line so many times in the past few weeks I think I’m going to barf from that instead of morning sickness. Even so, I have to admit that it’s just a little bit right.
Your baby will be in your belly for 40 weeks. At the end of that time is an excruciating torture of contractions and “do your breathing, hun!” that I would not wish upon my worst enemy, and at the beginning is…well, I think you all know what started this off.
I am aware of the times where I grumble to myself about what my body is going through. My everything aches all the time; my stomach feels like it’s trying to crawl up out of my throat, and my feet look like they’re trying to hoist Dorothy and the Wizard up into the air and back to Kansas!
Despite all this, there are a few things that I will say I’m going to miss when my little bundle of joy is cradled in my arms.
1. Universal Politeness
Never in all my life have I had so many people stop to hold the door for me. Wherever I go, people take a glance at my belly, smile their brightest into my face, and pull the door open for me as if I’m the President of the United States.
2. People at Work
As well, people at work are much more gracious nowadays. They save me all the best doughnuts; they make sure to keep a cup of coffee or tea warm for me when they make some, and I’ve even had a few instances when someone’s offered to take the last of my paperwork off my hands for the night!
3. People ABOUT Work
Speaking of work, nobody bats an eye when I ask for a break every day to get an extra-large ice cream. I get an affirmative, somebody rushing to cover me until I get back, and a few jokes called out about pickles or sardines on top.
4. The People on the Street
There’s an incredible sense of comradery that steals into you as soon as you begin to show. As soon as I had even the slightest bit of a baby bump, any woman I passed on the street that was either pregnant or pushing a newborn in a stroller would meet my eyes and give me a conspiratorial little smile. It felt as if I was part of a secret club nobody else could know about!
5. The Clothing
Maternity clothes are the most comfortable, most stylish things I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. Nobody cared that they didn’t highlight any of my curves, or that one thing was bigger than the other, because the biggest and best one was the only curve that mattered, and it was always front-and-center!
I received a pile of them thrown in from all directions, older women in my family and friend group advising me on the best and worst times to wear each piece. They also encouraged me to buy a pair of shoes about a size up from my regular ones because, and I quote, “They’re going to swell like water balloons.”
Between all the cramps, aches, late night and early morning sessions in front of the toilet, odd cravings, and hormonal mood swings don’t forget to enjoy the perks of having a new life growing inside of you. Read this Pregnancy Approach review if your friend(s) is struggling to conceive naturally. It works.
40 weeks passes like a finger snap, and then…well, you’ll see.