I’m already in the 39th week of my pregnancy, which means I will be whisked off to the hospital anytime for delivery! Despite my trepidation, which I think is natural for a woman who’s about to give birth, I am soooo excited to meet this precious bundle. Aside from the excitement, I can’t help thinking “at last, matatapos na rin ang paghihirap ko“.
Well, “paghihirap” (agony) may sound exaggerated here, but when I look back to those days of morning sickness, unusual food cravings, countless trips to the kitchen from night until dawn because I was starving every two hours, seeing other women in jeans and shorts while all I could wear were maternity clothes, and of not being able to get up easily from bed without help, I think “paghihirap” may be just the right word.
OK, enough of that ranting. I know very well that “paghihirap” will have a different meaning once this angel is out of my tummy. By then, I’m sure that “paghihirap” will be synonymous to “walang tulugan“, but that’s another story. For now, I just want to keep this excitement going on by making a list of the things that I’m looking forward to after this pregnancy. Here they go:
Jeans. Every time I open my closet, I can’t help but look longingly at the jeans that I haven’t wear for ages. Yeah, I know..I won’t be magically back to my pre-pregnancy figure, but hey, there’s nothing wrong with a very pregnant woman dreaming of her jeans with a smile on her face.
Coffee. Just like with my first pregnancy, I have avoided drinking coffee for nine months. I firmly believe that drinking coffee and loading up on caffeine while you’re pregnant is not good for the baby; but that doesn’t mean that I don’t daydream every time I pass Starbucks and Coffee Break, that I don’t salivate every time I see a coffee ad on TV, or that I don’t stop by the coffee section of the grocery store just to have a look at the displays. I miss those coffee mornings with hubby, I miss that instant cappuccino I used to buy from the grocery, and honestly, nine months of drinking milk and other healthy drinks is quite tiring.
Jogging. My running shoes (a Valentine gift from Hubby last year) has been sitting in the shoe rack for so long and every time I look at it, I realize how much I miss jogging at dawn. I miss getting up early in the morning while others are still asleep, putting on my shoes, listening to my iPod, and savoring the breeze and the peace around me while running around the plaza. I know that jogging is one of the fastest ways to return to my pre-pregnancy figure and I just couldn’t wait to jog again.
Breastfeeding. With Elijah, I breastfed him for about two months only because I had to go back to work, and because, admittedly, I wasn’t that serious and well-informed about breastfeeding. Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom, I look forward to longer and more serious breastfeeding. Aside from attending breastfeeding seminars, I have been reading, learning and asking a lot about breastfeeding; in fact, I bought this very informative and easy-to-understand book about it and I couldn’t wait to breastfeed and see for myself how good I am at the thing and how beneficial it will be for my baby if I breastfeed for a longer period of time.
The joy of having two boys. Of all the things I look forward to, this goes to the top of my list. Elijah is so full of energy, that I couldn’t help but smile and imagine our home with two little boys in it. For sure, it will be twice the fun, laughter, noise, drama, action, and all that mess. I am excited to be a mom of two boys.
Just making this list makes me smile. I realized that despite the trepidation I’m having about giving birth for the second time, there’s this palpable excitement I’m feeling..a feeling that makes me smile and look forward to a lot of exciting things after delivery..a feeling that only a woman whose about to deliver another precious life in this world can feel.
How about you, what are the things you look forward to after delivery? Share your experiences here. Let’s talk