Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Grass is Always Greener...Well, Sometimes!
Today I was reminiscing about my pregnancy. I was thinking about how it felt to have Hannah inside me and to be oohed and ahhed over by friends, family, and strangers. Then I started to remember how it felt to be pregnant...the nausea, the heartburn, the nausea, the exhaustion, the fear of an approaching labor, the nausea....and did I mention the nausea?! UGH! I don't miss that one bit. I remember at the end of my pregnancy (40+ weeks) when I was SO ready to have Hannah. I was still struggling with the emotions of what life would be like after she came, but ultimately I was ready to have my body back. (Little did I know that having my "body back" would never happen...can we say stretch marks, saggy skin, and a nursing baby!) I remember talking to several moms who kept telling me to enjoy the quiet and the last few days of freedom before baby. I remember thinking...whatever...get this baby out of me! haha It can't be that bad with a baby!? Well, looking back I really don't miss being pregnant at all. There are definitely days that I miss being able to jump in the car and go shopping or out to lunch with a friend, without having to plan the outings around feedings and naps. And I miss being able to relax whenever I want or being able to watch my favorite afternoon tv shows (Ellen anyone?!) But ultimately I don't miss the actual pregnancy. Yes, feeling her kick and hiccup was fun and exciting and dreaming about what she would look like was great. But that's about it. I don't miss the endless visits to the toilet where the vomit would splash in my face - everytime! (I never did come up with a solution to that problem...well, I did figure out that the kitchen sink was a pretty good puke place too) I don't miss having to sleep propped up on a bunch of pillows because of the horrible burning in my throat. I don't miss waking up a billion times in the night to pee or just from the pain of horrible heartburn. And most of all I don't miss the extreme pain of a natural labor! OUCH!
So, all that being said...I am SO happy that I endured the miseries of pregnancy in order to have Hannah in our lives. But I'm not in any rush to do it again! ;-)