I felt like I was a pretty low-key first-time mom, but I can
certainly tell that I’m a different pregnant woman with my third baby than I
was the first or even second time around.
Here are six things that keep reminding me I’m not a first-time
1.The doctor asked if I wanted to get my
membranes stripped and I said NO! With my first two, I was so anxious to go
into labor and tried all sorts of things, all to no avail (both of them were
induced a week after their due dates). This time around, when the doctor asked
if I wanted my membranes stripped to see if it would move things along, I said
no. I’ll be glad not to be pregnant, but I also know a baby is way easier
inside than out, so I’m not dying to rush things along.
2. Hospital bag?
What hospital bag? So many first-time moms have that hospital bag packed by
the time they hit the third trimester. This time around, I’m three days from my
due date and the most I’ve done is gotten out a bag that I might eventually put
3. Time for a new
carseat. After two children, that first car seat we bought four years ago
was completely trashed. It was stained and no amount of times through the
washing machine was going to make it look decent. For a baby that’s going to
have mostly hand-me-downs, it’s really nice to have a fresh new carseat.
4. I’m ditching the
freezer meals. With my first two babies, I prepped a bunch of freezer
meals. And then we ended up eating very few of them. Turns out that neither my
husband nor I really like food that’s been sitting in the freezer for weeks. So
I’m not even bothering. I’d rather have pancakes or cold cereal than a dish of
pasta that was made 6 weeks ago and has been frozen and thawed.
5. I’m going, going,
going until the end. About five days before my due date, I went to the
grocery store and when the cashier asked when I was due and I said “this
Saturday,” she exclaimed, “Girl! What are you doing at the grocery store?” I
know from my last two rounds with pregnancy that sitting around waiting to go
into labor is just a quick road to insanity for me. Instead, I’m trying to pack
in last errands and projects, playdates and lunch out with my husband. There
will be plenty of time for hanging out at home once this baby is born.
6. My body is telling me “this isn’t your
first rodeo.” I don’t know if it’s because my body is getting worn out by a
third pregnancy or if I’m just older than I was on my first pregnancy or a
combo of the two, but I’ve had more aches and pains with this pregnancy than my
other two put together. I’ve never had that pregnancy waddle before and now I definitely have it.