Thursday, July 12, 2012

The "I Look Forward To" List

I'd like to say that pregnancy is a wonderful, beautiful time, but let's just be honest, it's tough! The end result of course is a joyous miracle and there are a few perks along the way such as clearer skin, stronger nails, and the lack of a visit from your monthly friend. But for the most part it's exhausting, uncomfortable, and challenging. That's my experience anyway. As I was attempting to bend down the other day to pick up a sticker that my son had stuck to the floor, I began to compile a mental list of all the things that I take for granted being NP (non-preggo) and started to look forward to experiencing them once again in less than a month. Don't get me wrong, I am beyond fortunate to even be pregnant with my second healthy baby and to have a pregnancy that is free of complications and has allowed me to remain active. I know that there are many women who only wish that they could complain about lower back pain and swollen ankles, but  sometimes you just need a good laugh or a little complain session to get you through the difficult times.

Things I Look Forward To

I look forward to meeting my new little bundle of joy in just a few short weeks!

I look forward to being able to pick things up off the ground without nearly falling over, getting out of breath, or exclaiming "oomf" every time I try to get back up. 

I look forward to being able to sleep in other positions other than on my left side. 

I look forward to being able to get in and out of bed without getting out of breath. 

I look forward to being able to go for a walk that is more than three blocks from my house (in other words, near a bathroom). 

I look forward to having a mojito!

I look forward to once again eating any kind of cheese I want. 

I look forward to being woken in the middle of the night by a hungry newborn, rather than by my bladder. 

I look forward to using cleaning products and pumping gas without fear of dousing my baby in a chemical haze. 

I look forward to walking rather than waddling. 

I look forward to seeing less of my doctor's office. 

I look forward to clothes shopping at more than just the three or four stores that carry maternity clothes. 

I look forward to having a mojito! (Oh wait, did I say that one already?)

Pregnancy is a joyous, tiring, miraculous, uncomfortable, long privilege. There are bound to be some tears along the way, but it is mostly filled with eager anticipation and despite my occasional complaints it is a journey with the happiest of outcomes!

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