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The REAL reasons I’m excited to have this baby (wink, wink)

As nervous as I am to only have 8 weeks left before the baby arrives, I am starting to get excited about what that means. But I’m not talking about the fact that I will have a little baby girl to cuddle and love and care for. That is the real gift, obviously. But there are other things to look forward to as well. Far less important things but things I can’t stop thinking about nevertheless. And today I want to talk about those….So, here’s what I’m really looking forward to:


A glass (or two) of wine. Perhaps a dirty martini, too. Or the lychee martini that they serve at my new favorite restaurant in town. Unfortunately having a newborn doesn’t exactly make for great boozing conditions (who wants to drink when you’re going to be up half the night?!) but having the option will be nice.


Sushi. Taylor, I know you’re with me on this one! Ditto for all fish and shellfish and raw foods. Yum!


Bacon, pancetta, prosciutto. It’s not that I’m a huge pork eater, but I do love to cook with these meats and I miss them. My risotto just isn’t the same without the crispy pancetta bits on top….


Raw cookie dough. Again, not an obsessed fan but every time I make cookies I have to hold myself back from licking the spoon.


Sleeping on my stomach. As I mentioned, I’m not sleeping great these days and I know it’s silly to think that I’ll actually sleep better once the baby is here, but…a girl can dream!


Exercise. I have done no formal form of working out this pregnancy and I miss it. Why don’t I start now, you ask? Because, well, I don’t really feel like it and my back hurts. And, believe it or not, I’ve gained less weight this time than I did with Alex. I’m attributing it to the fact that I run around 24/7 with him and eat a heck of a lot less takeout than I did when we were living in the city.


Real coffee. I’ve been doing decaf my whole pregnancy (I do get caffeine from the occasional diet coke and Hersheys bar) and I’m just ready for that guilt-free jolt again.


Hugging Nick. So that our bodies actually touch.


Being thin. I remember this happening when I was pregnant with Alex. I look at friends and everyone seems so skinny. I start thinking, I want to be skinny! When I got toward the end of my pregnancy with Alex I thought, I’m going to get in the best shape of my life after he’s born! I’m going to be a hot mom! Of course it took me an entire year to get back into my pre-pregnancy shape, I never went any further and I will never be able to wear a bikini again (stretchmarks) but maybe this time I’ll actually triumph! I do realize that it’s easy to talk about how you’re going to eat less and exercise more when you’re not supposed to be doing either….We’ll see!


OK, all you pregnant ladies out there: What are you excited to have/do again once your baby arrives? And to you moms, what was your first post-pregnancy "indulgence?"