Does Having a Baby Really Have to Change Everything?
By B-School Babe on November 17, 2011
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Okay, you knew it was inevitable. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes... well, technically before the baby, then comes 9-months of a transformative experience.
Johnson & Johnson claims that having a baby changes everything. I am super excited about what's ahead and I feel a little guilty admitting this, but I don't want this baby to change EVERYTHING. In particular...
1. I don't really want to gain 35 pounds. That is approximately 35% of my original body mass. If I were a hippo and I got 35% bigger, I wouldn't be able to walk. Some days I fear I will wake up and find that I've morphed into a hippo.
2. I don't want to wear maternity clothes. Yet, today I donned a NOM maternity top and an Ingrid & Isabel belly band for the first time. Instead of emulating the happy, trendy pregnant women on the websites, I felt like a boat. But I made it work:
3. Most importantly, I don't want to slow down. I've been asked, "So now that you're pregnant, will you be finishing school?" Um, yes, just because I am pregnant doesn't mean I will drop out of my program. This isn't like my junior high school where they would enroll girls in "alternate institutions" when they got pregnant. I live in a place called Adulthood where people have kids and jobs and pursue educations. This baby is going to know the best napping hideouts on Wharton's campus before it can even say "tuition."
The slowing down part does scare me the most. Mainly because -- and again, I feel guilty admitting this -- I have not had to slow down yet. I haven't stopped practicing yoga. I haven't had to take any days off from work. I haven't missed any classes. I haven't stopped traveling or socializing or prancing up and down the sidewalks with my goddaughter. I haven't even puked, not once. I feel great.
I mean, I do take more naps (almost daily). And I do miss sushi like crazy (more than anything else)... but otherwise, I've been lucky. This baby is already well-behaved. We get along. He/she knows that it's going to be a crazy ride and is already up for it. And I am grateful.
When this baby arrives, it will change everything. In fact, the baby has already changed me inside and out (refer to photo of me in a maternity "muumuu" above). I just hope that everything doesn't change completely. Just for a little longer. Please?
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