Hello Third Trimester! According to this trimester calculator, I am officially in the last leg of my pregnancy. I’ll be honest, I am both excited and nervous. Like many women, I have dreamed of becoming a mom since I was a little girl playing with dolls. There was absolutely no question that when the time came, I would have a family of my own. However, dreaming of being pregnant/having a family feels very different from actually being pregnant. I guess reality has finally set in that I’m going to have to deliver a baby in a few months…and I don’t feel ready.
Just the other night, I went into panic mode (que the melodramatic music). Husband’s translation = intense mood swing. Last month, my dear sweet husband painted the nursery. I was thrilled…and then quietly daydreamed about getting the nursery done by mid-May. Up until Wednesday, nothing else had been done, but I guess my complaining paid off. Good thing…I was getting impatient.
Three years ago, I was also impatient…but more because I was done planning our October wedding and still had five months to go. Needless to say, that wedding was over-planned. With only three months left of this pregnancy, I don’t feel nearly as put together and I can only registry-stalk so much. The good news is that I am having my first shower tomorrow (yay!) so I can occupy some of this idle time by writing thank you notes.
With that said, rather than stress…I thought it might be fun to look at the differences (er, similarities) between life while pregnant versus life with baby. I was inspired by a chapter in a book I bought for my husband called, “Pregnancy Sucks For Men” by Joanne Kimes and her husband, Jeff Kimes. The original piece was written from a man’s perspective so I adapted it for the ladies.
Funny? Honest? I think both. But I’m curious – what should be added to the list? I’d love to hear your personal stories of how being pregnant prepared you and your husband for parenthood.