I'm Suze from straight on the ground. I'm a working mom with a sweet eight month old baby. As the first of my friends to have a baby, I was a little clueless as to what to do. And you know, you get lots of unsolicited advice as a pregnant lady- or really, when starting any new stage of life. Can I get a what what from the engaged ladies who know what I'm sayin'?
Anyway, so here's a bit of unsolicited advice from me.
Three things I'm really glad I did as a pregnant lady and three things I wish I could have told myself before labor day, as we lovingly refer to it.
Things I'm really [glad] I did[one] Took weekly bump photos: At first, I thought this might be a dumb idea. But at the end, I was glad I did. It was fun to see all the progress we had made!
[two] Took bubble baths: and just generally made time for myself. Before pregnancy, I was a big "yes" girl and was addicted to overcommitment. Being super pregz took care of that! I had to put myself first as my baby was in there, and he became my number one priority. Lots of life lessons learned.
[three] Refrained from Google: Google is not a doctor and Google is not your friend. Okay, Google is your friend. That one friend that when you say something like, does this skirt make my hips look huge? totally gives you a sideways glance, like yup. And you possibly have an incurable disease. So did my friend's mom's dog's groomer's aunt and her skirt was that EXACT same skirt.
Things I [wish] I could have told myself[one] A lot of people secretly just want to scare you. Including people on the Internet. Not me of course, but others. Anyway, don't listen.: So you know that thing I said earlier about unsolicited advice? Sometimes, people are it it just to scare you. I guess because they were scared and think it's a rite of passage? I don't know, but I know that lots of stuff people tell you is not as bad as they make it sound. In fact, it has been way, way better than anybody made it sound.
[two] Nobody knows it all.: You might see someone who seems like they have it all together, but just remember- don't compare your behind the scenes with everybody else's highlight reel. Find some people in your life who will support you and love you- you got a friend, a mom, a husband, somebody like that? That will be very helpful.
[three] You will learn a whole lot, but the greatest lesson will be love.: So I thought I knew what love was, but this is a whole new sort of love. I can never put into words the feeling of love I felt as that baby was growing inside of me and when they placed him in my arms that day. The closest I can get is the feeling of heaven kissing Earth. It's beautiful and wonderful, and I know it's just going to get more so.
So those are my lessons to share with you. I learned a lot about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness throughout my baby experience (Thomas Jefferson would be so proud!) and I hope that you could take a little something away from this. Have a happy day and come visit me over at straight on the ground sometime!