Things That I'd Forgotten Are Awesome About Being Pregnant | Pregnancy & Birth
Awesome things about being pregnantI wrote a post back in January about the things that I'd forgotten kind of suck about being pregnant, and for the rest of this year I have been meaning to follow that up with the flipside post, the things that I'd forgotten are Awesome about being pregnant. Well. Here it is.
It's very easy, especially at this extremely late stage of pregnancy to focus on the crappy things about being pregnant and the negative feelings, both emotional and physical we have when we get to the business end.
One thing that has been helping me to keep things in perspective though, and bringing me back from the darkside of those "Get out of me!" days is to think about the things that are actually kinda awesome about being pregnant.
Like the anticipation of having a boy or a girl. Whether you find out halfway through or wait for that big surprise at the end, there is nothing more exciting, nothing that captures that feeling you used to get on Christmas Eve as a kid more, than waiting to find out the sex of your baby. We found out early this time and I am so glad we did. While the surprise at the end is nice, its also been nice to be able to plan a bit more for this bubs and not have to worry about buying any clothes (not that that has stopped me) as we will be able to re-use a lot of Punky's old stuff.
And that is another awesome thing. Buying things for the new baby and getting their room or space ready. Anyone that knows me offline knows that I am in no way a domestic goddess and my idea of interior design runs strictly to the functional 99% of the time. If it works, and it doesn't cost me an arm and a leg, then it really doesn't matter to me so much what it looks like or if it fits the 'aesthetics' of my house. But when it comes to decorating babies and kids rooms, I LOVE it! I get right in to it.
As a kid growing up my Mum always created the most amazing rooms for us. She loves to renovate, redecorate and rearrange and was always more than happy to let us express ourselves in the decoration of our rooms. I remember spending so many hours looking at paint and wallpaper samples, bed linen and other types of things to decorate a room with.
Nothing has changed now that the time has come to decorate my kids rooms and I look forward to helping them decorate their rooms in their own style as they get older. While its hard to get in there and participate in the painting of said rooms (which I must admit, while I love painting, that is another kinda awesome thing about being pregnant too, people will paint the rooms for you!) I still get so much joy out of planning and decorating the space for this new little life.
Pregnant ladies draw attentionAnother awesome thing about being pregnant is the attention. Yes I will admit it, it is nice the attention that you get while pregnant. I have been extremely lucky in that I haven't actually received any negative attention from friends, family or strangers about being pregnant, it has all been overwhelmingly positive. People love to chat to you when you are out and about, people are helpful and kind, and you get a bit of a free pass when it comes to how clean and tidy your house is while you are pregnant.
People also excuse your scatterbrainedness which is a very good thing, as anyone who has been pregnant or has kids knows, you really do lose some of the brain capacity you had pre-kids/pre-pregnancy.
But without a doubt the three best, most awesome things about being pregnant are these...
3. Dreaming about what this new little person will be like. Wondering who they will look like. Imagining all of the possibilities for your new child and the great heights they may one day reach. Basking in the knowledge that this little guy or girl has their whole life ahead of them, they are a clean slate. Knowing that you are so incredibly privileged to be able to watch them journey through life and see it all unfold before them.
2. Feeling those precious kicks and movements inside. Despite having been pregnant twice now, I still struggle to fathom the miracle of it. That something has been created from almost nothing and is growing inside me. A person is growing inside me. You can feel them kick, move, roll over, startle and hiccup, and despite the physical discomfort, there is nothing more amazing than that feeling.
1. Getting a baby at the end of it!
In the face of so many friends and family who have/are struggling with infertility, I am reminded every day of just how lucky I am to be pregnant and I try to NEVER take it for granted. I owe it to those who struggle to try and enjoy every moment of this pregnancy as much as I can, the good and the bad, because I know that for those who are struggling to experience this miracle, their pain is so much worse than any I might be feeling.
What things did you love about being pregnant? What did you think was the most awesome?
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