Before I found out that I was pregnant, I definitely had a few assumptions about what the whole experience would be like and how I’d feel during the 9-month process.
Little did I know, I’d be surprised by a few things…or in other words, I was just plain wrong.
Surprise #1: I like when people touch my belly.
For nearly my entire adult life, I thought that I wouldn’t want anyone touching my belly when I was pregnant. It sounded like a complete invasion of personal space, and it kind of grossed me out.
Well, here I am at just a little over 35 weeks along, and I actually love when people touch my belly. In fact, I’m usually inviting them to feel it!
I’m still amazed every time I feel a kick or some movement from my son. It seriously just blows my mind. I guess I just want other people to share in the miracle with me- even if it does call for a little invasion of my personal space.
Surprise #2: I’m not scared of labor.
Maybe I’m completely naive (and please don’t tell me if I am), but I’m really not nervous about giving birth. Sure, there are certain aspects of the birthing process that make me a little squeamish, but more than anything, I’m just excited! I’m so ready to meet my little boy (though I’d like him to stay put for these next 5 weeks).
Surprise #3: I’m a a little sad that my time alone with my husband is coming to an end.
Don’t get me wrong- I’m completely overjoyed about becoming a mother, and I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful gift. Even so, I love all of my time with Michael, and I cannot help feeling a little bit sad that one beautiful chapter of our lives is coming to an end.
Luckily, both sets of the baby’s grandparents live nearby, so we’ll have plenty of babysitters!
Surprise #4: I’ve really enjoyed being pregnant.
Don’t ask me why, but I always assumed that being pregnant would the least enjoyable experience on the planet. I guess it might have something to do with how it is portrayed in movies and on television.
Anyway, I’ve told you all 100 times that I just love being pregnant- and I meant it. I love my belly. I love how strangers seem to be a bit more kind and friendly. I love feeling the baby kick…
Sure, there are some things that I don’t love, and at this point, I’m honesty kind of over being pregnant. But for the most part, I’ve just enjoyed this whole experience so much.
Were there any things that surprised you during pregnancy?
Can you relate to any of the 4 surprises that I listed?
Maybe it’s just because I’m still in the first half of the pregnancy, but I would actually say the opposite so far, I’m surprised I HAVEN’T liked it more. I guess I’ve just been too nervous (with my history) and there’s not enough going on to confirm that everything is ok at this point. I’m hoping the second half of the pregnancy will be better when it actually seems more real, I can feel movement, and we’re closer to the goal.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you that you’re able to enjoy the second half of your pregnancy. It’s definitely understandable that you’re not at that place yet. I’m sure you will feel movement soon!
I can relate to several of these. I loved people to touch my belly and let them feel the baby kick. At the end, I had a little freak out about delivering the baby but everything went very smoothly both times. The night before I was induced with my daughter, I cried because I know my relationship with my husband was changing forever. However I also cried because I had to share my baby with the rest of the world. I loved that she was mine for 9 months and I was scared to lose the connection we had as mommy & baby. As for loving pregnancy, I loved months 3-7. The rest were uncomfortable.
I am so glad that you can relate! I can understand being upset about having to share the baby with the world. It is such a personal experience to constantly feel the baby’s every movement and to know that I can protect him 24/7. I’m sure I’ll feel the same way as you any day now. And I hear ya- I am getting more uncomfortable each day.
This was a great post to read (especially after just being pregnant!)
I have to admit my 4 surprising things would be:
1. I can’t believe I gained so much weight – I am a relatively small framed person but I managed to gain 22kgs (without even trying!)
2. I’m surprised I didn’t love every every minute of mine – I thought I would be a super happy preggy mama but I hated most of it!
3. I’m surprised at how much I would also miss the times of ‘just the 2 of us’ and now with a 5 month little girl – I do miss those times!!
4. I’m surprised at how labour didn’t scare me either and my emergency c-section was the easiest experience ever!
I’m right there with you on all of the above! Though surprisingly no one has touched my belly, not that I would mind!! Must be a NY thing, they just assume I’ll hate the invasion of space But I love how much friendlier people are towards me, and the random connection you develop with complete strangers because of this common bond (I particularly love the old people who wish me well, or come right up to me and insist I’m having a boy). But so ready to be done and meet this little guy already!
Great talking to you yesterday, so happy we’re sharing this journey together
It really is so nice to have random strangers smile and talk to you, isn’t it? I’m sure that our cute baby boys will be attention getters too. It was great talking to you! I love knowing that you’re home during the day now.
I’m surprised that I’m excited for labor too! I can’t wait to experience it. I think it will be surreal at first to think, “is this really happening to me?? finally?!” Like on my wedding day when I kept thinking, “holy crap, this is MY wedding this time!”
Congratulations! This is such an exciting time. This will seem so weird, but when I had the baby, I missed going to the doctor. My OB/GYN staff became like family as I visited them once a week. I miss them now…and only see them yearly. Such a big difference.