Hmmmm...interesting choice of words! I can't say I have LOVED being pregnant. Don't get me wrong, feeling the baby move inside is really magical and waiting for her arrival is filled with hope, expectation and excitement. But honestly the "glow" and "bliss" of carrying around a watermelon size stomach has not been something I would say I LOVE! I have had to start scooting the seat back when I drive because my belly touches the wheel, (have I mentioned I am 5ft?) Yeah driving with your tippy toes is probably not the safest! Between the aches in my knees and the cramping of my legs at night,swollen feet, 2 months of puking my guts out, the constant peeing and let's not forget the hormones and emotions!!! (my poor husband) This whole pregnancy thing has been a bit much at times. Now, I am a strong girl, I try not to complain and I just grin and bare it, but honestly if one more doctor, midwife or friend tells me to drink MORE WATER, I may snap! I feel like I am floating here people!!!! I am glad however that as humans we don't have a 2 year gestational period like our female elephant friends even though I do feel like I look like one these days!
Trying to be the best student of pregnancy and wanting to know what to expect about childbirth, I have been reading as much as I can. From handouts from my midwife, to books and movies recommended by friends and fellow laborers. I am on data overload!!! The only book I have thoroughly enjoyed reading right now, is Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. Its a fast read and her authentic view of pregnancy is comforting. I also got the book Pregnancy Tips for The Clueless Chick by Jennifer Durbin at the TBL Babyshower in Chicago last month. I am looking forward to reading it as well.
Going into all of this I was quite confident in the big things I wanted. I knew I wanted a home birth or at least all natural, I have always planned on breastfeeding and was really excited about cloth diapering. Having those 3 big decisions made, I thought I was in the clear...but NOPE! So many other choices began to be thrown our way, to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, only eat healthy or eat whatever you want, all the tests to find out if your baby is "imperfect", finding out the gender, ( I am just glad we are not having a boy right now and have to decided about circumcision) it seems every week we have new options in front of us. As parents we want to make the most educated, wise decisions for our little one and sometimes it just feels like we are spinning a roulette wheel hoping it will land on the winning number.
Don't let my sarcasm keep any of you from commenting with any great advice...I am always open to hearing the wisdom of those who have gone before me!!