|Large and in charge at 38 weeks pregnant with R|
Five things I'll miss about pregnancy and birth:
- Baby movements. It's a feeling like no other. The kicks, rolls, and hiccups were so special to me with both pregnancies. I loved being able to elicit a response from baby.
- The belly. I felt truly beautiful while I was pregnant. It's the only time in my life where I was proud of my belly and even flaunted it.
- The glow and the hair. My skin and hair were amazing during pregnancy. My hair has never been longer or thicker or shinier.
- Birth. I know this one isn't on everyone's list, but I loved birthing. I was even good at it! We chose not to find out the sex of either baby, and that added extra excitement to the birthing process.
- Dressing the bump. I didn't get to do enough of this the last pregnancy due to months on bed rest, but I had grand plans. And I was going to document all of it.
And five things I won't:
- TTC. Trying to conceive is fun at first, but after a few months things got very clinical for us. All the charting, OPKs, BFNs, and tears got old fast. I didn't realize how tough trying to have a baby could be until we started trying to conceive.
- Morning sickness. What a misnomer! More like all day sickness that lasted well into my second trimester. The food aversion was nuts, too. I still give chicken and beef the side eye.
- Mood swings. It was an emotional roller coaster. One minute I was up, the next I was sobbing, and the minute after that I was full of rage. No thank you.
- Peeing every 5 minutes. That gets old fast. And don't even get me started on sneezing, coughing, or laughing when you have to pee. Ugh.
- Postpartum recovery. No matter how your baby is born, you will be recovering from a major event. The aches, the pains, the leaking, the lochia. I will not miss that!
I'm thankful for the two beautiful, happy, and healthy boys I have, and can't wait to see what comes next for our family of four.