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10 Things To Look Forward To During Pregnancy

Before I got pregnant, I saw all of the wonderful things about having babies: the teeny tiny outfits, the coos, the giggles.

But I was mostly excited for the baby stage. The thought of having a walking, talking child scared the crap out of me.

And now that I actually have a child (who is past the baby stage, I might add), I realized that there are so many more things to look forward to past onesies and baby hats.

Here are 10 things I never knew to look forward to during my pregnancy, but you should:


  • 1. Brownies, cookies, sugary sweets. 1 of 10
    1. Brownies, cookies, sugary sweets.
    You look at them as calories, but to a kid? Magic. We've been doing a lot of baking this week (thanks to Pillsbury), and his smile seems to get bigger and bigger. Every time the oven opens, that smell wafts to his playroom, you'd think it was the best thing that ever happened to him. And to see his face when he takes that first bite is a reminder of the small pleasures adults take for granted.
    See more here.
  • 2. The holidays. 2 of 10
    2. The holidays.
    This is a given, except that it's not just presents and candy that's exciting for kids. It's the rows of houses lit up with a million twinkling white lights. It's the amazement of a finished Christmas tree. It's the excitement of dressing up in a costume. You see the holidays from a more innocent, less jaded, perspective with children.
    See more here.
  • 3. Nature. 3 of 10
    3. Nature.
    Do you remember what it was like the first time you felt grass between your toes? The feeling of searching for the moon in the deep, dark sky, as if you were looking for an old friend? The power and possibilities that came from a stick? You will, once again.
    See more here.
  • 4. The simplicity of water. 4 of 10
    4. The simplicity of water.
    Puddles, pools, baths — all more exciting than you remembered.
    See more here.
  • 5. Shadows. 5 of 10
    5. Shadows.
    Your child's first, most trusted, friend. You might not notice your shadow anymore, but for children? It's always dancing by their feet.
    See more here.
  • 6. Amusement parks/carnivals/fairs. 6 of 10
    6. Amusement parks/carnivals/fairs.
    We might see fairs and carnivals as lame (minus, of course, exceptions like Disney World), but you'll remember what those big lights and fair smells mean to a kid.
  • 7. Snow. 7 of 10
    7. Snow.
    I admit it: I've come to hate snow. Long commutes, bad tires, zero visibility — not to mention high heat prices, ice scrapers, and power outages. BUT I'm actually looking forward to some snow this year. Why? Because it also means snow men, snow angels, snow balls, snow forts, hot chocolate — and, of course, my son's face as he watches the snow fall around him.
  • 8. Traditions. 8 of 10
    8. Traditions.
    You'll remember why you do the things you do when you're introducing them to children for the first time. You might also revisit long forgotten traditions, like leaving cookies for Santa.
    See more here.
  • 9. The first times. 9 of 10
    9. The first times.
    You might be looking forward to the big "firsts," like the first word, first steps, first tooth. But I never thought about all of the really incredible "firsts." Like the first time he saw bubbles. Or the first time he swung in a swing. Or the first time he saw a 7-ft. blow-up reindeer and literally gasped. There's something so incredible about the first time your child experiences the little things we take for granted, which will continue forever.
    See more here.
  • 10. The first time you hear, “I love you.” 10 of 10
    10. The first time you hear, "I love you."
    There's nothing like it.

When I was first asked to write sponsored posts for Pillsbury, I didn’t think it would inspire me in all of the ways it has. These last couple of weeks of baking and bonding have made me look at the little pleasures in life, and it’s certainly made for a happy little boy. Next week I’ll show you all of the baking we’ve done, which you can hopefully bookmark for your future bonding moments.

Thanks very much to Pillsbury for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with. Check out more posts in this campaign.

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