Bye Bye Babies

My days of pregnancy and birth have ended. It's hard go into this next stage of my life knowing I won't ever be pregnant again. There are some things I'll miss and others I'm relieved not to have to deal with again.

Large and in charge at 38 weeks pregnant with R

Five things I'll miss about pregnancy and birth:
  1. Baby movements. It's a feeling like no other. The kicks, rolls, and hiccups were so special to me with both pregnancies. I loved being able to elicit a response from baby.
  2. The belly. I felt truly beautiful while I was pregnant. It's the only time in my life where I was proud of my belly and even flaunted it.
  3. The glow and the hair. My skin and hair were amazing during pregnancy. My hair has never been longer or thicker or shinier. 
  4. Birth. I know this one isn't on everyone's list, but I loved birthing. I was even good at it! We chose not to find out the sex of either baby, and that added extra excitement to the birthing process.
  5. Dressing the bump. I didn't get to do enough of this the last pregnancy due to months on bed rest, but I had grand plans. And I was going to document all of it.
And five things I won't:
  1. TTC. Trying to conceive is fun at first, but after a few months things got very clinical for us. All the charting, OPKs, BFNs, and tears got old fast. I didn't realize how tough trying to have a baby could be until we started trying to conceive.
  2. Morning sickness. What a misnomer! More like all day sickness that lasted well into my second trimester. The food aversion was nuts, too. I still give chicken and beef the side eye.
  3. Mood swings. It was an emotional roller coaster. One minute I was up, the next I was sobbing, and the minute after that I was full of rage. No thank you.
  4. Peeing every 5 minutes. That gets old fast. And don't even get me started on sneezing, coughing, or laughing when you have to pee. Ugh.
  5. Postpartum recovery. No matter how your baby is born, you will be recovering from a major event. The aches, the pains, the leaking, the lochia. I will not miss that! 
I'm thankful for the two beautiful, happy, and healthy boys I have, and can't wait to see what comes next for our family of four.