It may not all be a walk in the park with baba growing inside you but there definately are some upsides
- The early nights. OK so they were due to nausea and pregnancy exhaustion, but what I wouldn’t give for a couple of early nights and a full night’s sleep again. Of course he is worth it though.
- The antenatal appointments that may have gone on a little bit longer than anticipated. You know what I’m saying. There may have been time for a sneaky coffee before returning back to work. They broke up the day nicely, and sometimes you even got to see your baby waving hello.
- The friendly smiles and glances from passers by who noticed you were pregnant. Those were lovely.
- The legitimate excuse to eat whatever took your fancy - even if it was only cream crackers and ginger nut biscuits for the first three months.
- Feeling your baby move, kick and tumble. Nothing can prepare you for this incredible feeling. It is out of this world. Truly magical.
- The fact that it was more than acceptable to cry watching an ad for dishwasher tablets. Come on, that women looked so pleased with her dishes, and she deserves this!
- The sense of excitement when it came to guessing the due date, gender and baby’s weight. It inspired many a happy conversation.
- Shopping for baby things. This was truly one of my favourite parts. Suddenly it felt very very real and I felt like I was part of an exclusive club. MY baby would be wearing and using these things. Surreal to even think about.
- Reading birth stories. Call me weird but I loved reading about other women’s experiences. I found lots of blogs with inspiring stories, photos and advice. Both good and bad. It genuinely helped me prepare for labour.
- Nipping to the shop. Someone told me when I was pregnant I should enjoy “nipping” to places as when baby comes you will never “nip” anywhere again. How very true that was. A simple trip to the shop for milk is a military operation these days. I loved those days where I had a long shower, got dolled up, and pottered around the shops and stopped for tea and yummy lunches. They were special “me time” moments.
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