A Letter To My Pre-Pregnancy SelfLauren Hartmann
Isn’t it funny how you never truly appreciate things until they’re gone?
Well, that’s how I feel about my pre-pregnancy state of being. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had an awesome pregnancy overall and it’s totally been worth it. BUT…there are definitely some things that I wish I wouldn’t have taken for granted prior to pregnancy (things like seeing my feet!).
So, I’ve decided to write a letter to my pre-pregnancy self about these things. Maybe I’ll re-read it before we decide to have the next baby.
Read the letter after the jump!
Dear Pre-Pregnancy Lauren,
I know that you aren’t thrilled with your weight right now, but you should stop to appreciate the body you have. Wear a bikini, show off those legs, quit pulling at your shirt and worrying about what your “tummy” looks like. I promise you that in the months to come you’ll wish for the body you have right now – imperfections and all. Get pedicures with your mom – enjoy having cute feet while you can, because around week 34 your feet are going to look like they were stung by a swarm of bees and you won’t be able to reach them to paint your toes without your husband’s help. Also, while you’re out getting those pedicures, have sushi and champagne for lunch – you’ll miss them. Wear heels as often as you can. Those swollen feet are going to keep you from wearing them for quite some time, so enjoy them while you can. Don’t worry about when your baby bump will show up or be discontent that it hasn’t arrived yet – believe me, it will show up and then you’ll feel big and cumbersome. Enjoy being lithe and lean (relatively) while you can. There’s no rush to buy maternity clothes. No matter how cute said maternity clothes are, you’re going to hate them eventually because nothing else will fit – it’s hard to believe now, but your belly truly can and will get so much bigger. During the first and second trimesters, whenever you have energy – GO TO THE GYM! In your third trimester you’re going to be so exhausted that the idea of walking on the treadmill will be laughable. Don’t worry about not gaining enough weight in the beginning. Once you step on the scale at week 35, you’ll realize that the weight comes…oh how it comes. Enjoy all the little moments of silliness and youth, because once you’re responsible for another life, you’re going to feel like a “real grown-up”. Be prepared to start falling love with someone you’ve never even met.
If you had to write a letter to your pre-pregnancy self, what would it say?