When you are pregnant with Baby No. 2 and up, you realize just how special Pregnancy No. 1 was.
Now that I've been pregnant three times, I realize how special the first time was. It's not that the products of my pregnancies aren't equally special. No! But many things about a first pregnancy can't be replicated.
Take for instance, people's reactions to the news. Here's how the announcement that I was expecting for a third time was received:
Me: I'm pregnant!
Other people: Oh … again?
Me: Yes! I'm growing a human being!
Other people: Oh … again?
Get it? So here's a list of 10 things I wish I'd enjoyed more when morning sickness was a novelty. If you are pregnant for the first time, embrace these things now!
Trying for baby
For some reason when my husband and I were young and naive, it was all so easy! There's just something about not knowing what the heck you're doing that makes getting pregnant a breeze.
Finding out I was pregnant
All I felt was shock, pure shock, mixed with a feeling of terror. I didn't feel joy until later, which is something I truly regret.
I basically just told people I was pregnant and didn't have enough fun with it. This third time I could have rented out a circus tent and spun plates on my baby bump, and no one would have been as excited as the first time human life inhabited my body.
Shopping for me
Since I'd wear my maternity clothes the next two times I was pregnant, I should have put more energy into this process. Instead, I bemoaned my changing body and dreamed about fitting back into my skinny jeans.
Shopping for baby
I focused on how overwhelmed I felt instead of how much fun it could be to shop for mini washcloths, sweet-smelling lotions and strollers with as many gadgets as our car. Then by the second time, we already had everything so I didn't get to shop. Boo.
After the first child, you never have the opportunity to take it easy again because another child is constantly underfoot. Oh, if only I could go back in time and relax on the sofa and watch full episodes of, well ANYTHING, without being interrupted. It's a pity I let the time pass me by.
Everyone told us during our first pregnancy that it would be our last time together as a couple, but we didn't truly take advantage of it. Please, if you are pregnant for the first time, I beg you to spend time with your partner now while you can!
During my very over-the-top, elaborate shower, I didn't take it all in. I recall feeling bad that people were making such a fuss over me. But I never had a shower again after my first pregnancy. I should have reveled in each ducky wrapped gift, each mini quiche, and each moment.
Not wanting to call attention to myself, I sent out an announcement that was as simple as possible with my first born. Why didn't I go all out? After all, by the third baby, you don't bother with announcements.
My postpartum body
After my first pregnancy, I had the easiest time losing weight. But I felt down about how I looked. If only I'd known what was to come!