Thankful for Girlfriends!
There are just so many fabulous and not-so-fabulous feelings and changes that happen throughout a pregnancy. I’m so happy that I don’t have to go through it alone. I am not talking about my understanding husband, Rob, who is always there for me. No, Rob just cannot understand anything about my body changes, weight gain, stomachaches, nausea, lack of patience and, especially, feeling so fatigued at the end of the day.
I am so thankful that I have my friend Alex who is also pregnant and due in three weeks. It was so nice to go out for lunch and commiserate with her about all these changes that have happened to our bodies and all the changes that are about to happen in our lives. There are just some things you don’t want to talk to your doctor about or that are just too personal and seem slightly embarrassing. At least I can sit down for a few hours with my girlfriend and have a good laugh about all of theses things.
I met my friend just after I gave birth to Marlee and she had her daughter, at one of those new mother lunches. Then we both had boys a few days’ apart, and now we are both having our third child two months’ apart. It’s good that she’s a bit ahead of me so she can fill me in on the latest toys and accessories that I need to get. It’s amazing how much better stuff for babies has come out on the market since I had Bradley five years ago. I have saved lots of baby clothes and toys that belonged to Marlee and Bradley, but from what I see in stores and catalogs, there are better bottles, swings and tons of baby accessories. I still have the dilemma over which stroller to get. I just don’t want to have five different strollers in my apartment. My needs for a city baby are a bit different from what someone in the suburbs needs. Maybe I will go to the local baby gear store, drive the salesperson nuts with all my questions and try to figure out the best stroller to get without having to spend an absolute fortune.
My other girlfriend who has a four-month-old has been my baby gear consultant. I just don’t want to make myself crazy about all this stuff and buy what I really don’t need, especially because we have run out of space in our apartment. It’s fun to wander the baby stores and look at the clothes.
I’m very excited to have this baby and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival even though I know it is going to turn my life upside-down.