THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO AFTER THE BIRTH

While I am of course most looking forward to meeting and getting to know the baby; to his first smile, first words and first steps; there are a few things completely unrelated to baby that I have been missing as of late, namely:

Being able to shave my legs without having Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Drinking a glass of wine with my meal in a restaurant (I always feel like people will judge me if I do this).

Sleeping on my stomach!!

Sleeping without a body pillow between me and J.

Being able to roll over in bed without feeling like a beached whale.

Being able to breathe while I’m bent over to lace up my shoes.

Fitting into my shoes.

Pushing my limits at the gym.

Seeing my abs.

Going out in public without constantly worrying that my belly is peeking out from the bottom of my shirt.

Going out in public without complete strangers feeling compelled to rub my belly (though I’m sure they’ll want to manhandle the baby instead, which will probably drive me even crazier).

Getting into my SUV without having to gracelessly launch myself up onto the seat.

Getting out of J’s car without a pulley system.

Having an “innie” bellybutton.

Trimming my nails weekly (instead of thrice weekly).

Not having to repeatedly tell every stranger I interact with when I’m due, how excited I am, that we do know the gender, what the gender is, that we’ve decided on a name, and that no, we are not telling what it is.

Knowing that feeling like I have to use the washroom means I really do; not that someone is merely exerting pressure on my bladder.

Having enough space in my stomach to eat a good pound of meat in one sitting 🙂

On a serious note, though, the pregnancy has been a truly awesome experience.  I have loved almost every minute of it, and I really have nothing to complain about!

6 responses to “THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO AFTER THE BIRTH

  1. You have tremedous foresight with the washroom/bladder item. I just had my first child three weeks ago and after delivery I was surprised how thrilling urinating was. It was so empowering to feel like I had to pee… and then to have a substantial amount of pee actually come out of me! 🙂

    I never had Braxton-Hicks while shaving my legs, but I do keep catching myself kicking my legs up to shave them like I’m still pregnant. I keep forgetting I can bend over again!

    P.S. I think this might be my first comment. I’ve been completely loving your blog. I stumbled on it a number of weeks ago looking for pregnant hiking pictures after I finished a hike of my own(http://tgaw.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/mountains-and-maternity/). I hope your blog helps inspire other women to stay active during pregnancy. Although my exercise regiment was not as streneous as yours, I do whole-heartedly believe a major contributor to my easy pregnancy and my easy delivery was exercise. Anyway, looking forward to reading about the rest of your journey!

  2. I’m 31 weeks pregnant….I feel your pain. Really funny post, especially about launching yourself in your SUV. Know one really knows expect other pregnant women. Its nice to hear some validation 🙂 Home stretch mama!

  3. Recently found your blog and I’m sad that I found it so late, but I am glad that I did. You are amazing! You will relish all those things you mentioned and more. One thing my lactation consultant did warn me about was sleeping on my stomach and how it could hinder milk production. Just thought I would pass that on, I never slept on my stomach until after we weaned. Wishing you a fast and (relatively) easy delivery! 😉

  4. This post is really funny :-). My belly button did not return to its lovely innie state after my daughter was born. It only went to 1/2 in 1/2 out. Sigh! At only 16 weeks I am feeling the breathing strain of bending over to tie my shoes if it takes more than 30 seconds.

    Hooray for being on the home stretch! While pregnancy is a unique state of our lives, it’s one that I am mostly grateful to be done with at the end. I feel like I am constantly checking your blog these days to see if maybe today was the day–forgetting that it’s not even due date time yet. Definitely rounding the final corner though!

  5. This is so great. 😀 I remember looking forward to the same sorts of things. Like, being able to freely turn around in the shower without the fear of knocking things over (We had a tiny shower at the time).

  6. you are great inspiration, when are you due? i hope everything goes well with you and your baby, i just found your blog not too long ago, but i will read most of it. Let me know if your exercise routine has made your delivery easier? look forward to see your new post, thanks again!

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