1). I no longer feel guilty about asking for help. I've earned my seat in a crowded waiting room. The grocery store is my new favorite place because not only do they help me out to my car without me having to ask and they literally won’t take no for an answer.
2). This is the first time during your pregnancy where your doctor looks at you like you’ve accomplished something. Studies are now showing that the longer the baby cooks in there the better. My OB actually gave me a high five, which I then passed on to the tiny hand inside my belly.
3). Now when people ask me when I’m due I get to say “last Friday”. The look on men’s faces is always the same; typically they look like they just ate a spicy burrito and it is always paired with, “Should you be out?” Then they either run away quickly or offer to get me something.
4). It kinda feels like your birthday! Friends and family are constantly messaging their love and support. They are also confirming that I haven’t yet had the baby. This isn’t some sort of conspiracy; everyone will be promptly notified, I promise.
5). I am constantly amazed by what I can still do! While every mom envisions binge watching reality TV with her feet up for the last 2 weeks, in reality the only time I have to sit is in the bathroom. Sure I’ve slowed a little, but I can still do prenatal yoga, walk 3 miles a day and bend over to pick up after my toddler because sooner or later everything ends up on the floor.
Attitude is everything at this point. Sure there are some moments I get frustrated especially when I get to listen to the TMI Mommy with the gruesome induction story. But on those days I just have Charlotte gently knock on my belly to see if her sister wants to come out and play and then I watch her laugh since apparently one kick means “not yet”.