I have a confession to make.
Are you ready?
I absolutely LOVED being pregnant.
Do you think I'm crazy? Many people do, I'm sure. I really did love it though. I loved the baby bump, the first little flutters of movement, my big belly, and the way you could see little knees and heels and elbows poking my stomach. I even loved my maternity clothes (thanks to a good friend who gave me an entire wardrobe!). Yes, even though there were two in there and it got a little crowded at times, I enjoyed just about all of it.
I am well aware that I may be in the minority on this, and I will admit that even my relatively easy pregnancy came with its share of discomforts and surprises. (Do you remember how hard it was to take a deep breath once the baby-or babies-got up under your rib cage? I remember laying in the hospital bed after my c-section, marvelling at how exciting it was to be able to breathe in all the way!)
I recently received a book that brought back several pregnancy memories I'd nearly forgotten. Haley Greene's book Are You KIDing Me? 51 Things People Don't Tell You About Being Pregnant was a fast, fun read that makes light of some of the less-than-pleasant aspects of pregnancy. The book is made up of humorous direct statements about pregnancy, along with a few sidenotes and illustrations (all in the hand-drawn style).
Some of my favorite lines...
You will never be SO HOT in all your life. (So true! My hospital visitors had to wear winter coats to sit with me for more than a few minutes at a time.)
If you have never had acid reflux before, you are in for a treat. (I only wish I discovered Pepcid before the last week of my pregnancy. Tums just couldn't cut it alone.)
You will never sleep through the night again. With the peeing and the hot flashes, FORGET IT. (And that's nothing compared to AFTER the baby comes!)
If you are modest and don't like to have anyone see you naked, pregnancy is not for you. EVERYONE sees you naked.
DO NOT go online to self-diagnose. YOU could DIE. (True, Dr. Google is not a friend to an already over-anxious hormonal pregnant lady.)
Do not go to the grocery store hungry. You will only come home with things covered in frosting. (Wait, is that only supposed to happen during pregnancy? Cause that applies to me all the time...)
This book was a fun walk down memory lane, and it would be a good 'congratulations' gift to a newly expectant mom...as long as she's not the type who scares easily! I have a friend in mind who just might be receiving this book from me very soon. : )
So tell me...am I the only one who loved being pregnant? Sure I'm not completely alone! What surprised you most about your pregnancy?