Monday, October 8, 2012

Just You Wait....

I have a couple of friends who are currently pregnant with their first child. I am truly excited for them and can't wait to meet their little ones. However, lately I have seen a disturbing trend. These friends are receiving a lot of negative comments in regards to how their life is going to be once the baby comes. For example, here are some things taken from facebook that just one of my friends has received:

- In response to a photo she posted showing a kick-ass bar she bought her husband for their anniversary: "Enjoy it because once that baby is born you will never leave the house again". (And three people 'liked' it!)

- In response to having a status about how it took her an hour to get to work but it was only 138 days until the baby was due: "138 days to sleep as much as you can" and "You just wait. Approximately 168 days until you will wish you were sitting in traffic :) JK, it's a blessing, but its seriously the hardest, most exhausting work you will ever do in your life."

Now, I don't think people truly mean any harm by these kinds of comments, most of the time it's said in jest, but nonetheless I think comments of this nature are inappropriate and are simply not necessary. Why rain on someone's parade? These "just you wait..." type comments are not funny, are not helpful, and are not something a PREGNANT WOMAN wants to hear (or at least I didn't anyways - I did not consult any pregnant friends before writing this, so others may feel differently).

So, in retaliation against all the people out there who feel the need to (jokingly, or not) throw negative future expectations into the faces of expecting first-time parents, here's instead what I think you have to look forward to (coming from a mom of a very-soon-to-be one year old):

Just you wait.....

...until you get to hold your baby for the first time! It's amazing and even better than you can imagaine. But then, just you wait....

...until they laugh for the very first time! It will be the best sound in the whole wide world. You will immediately repeat whatever funny thing made them laugh at least a dozen times just to get them to laugh again and again. But then, just you wait....

...until they say "Mama" or "Dada" for the first time! Such simple words will have never sounded sweeter. But then, just you wait....

...until the day comes when they will smile from ear to ear and wiggle excitedly with their whole body because you entered the room! Your heart will simply melt. But then, just you wait....

...until they begin to crawl/stand/walk! You will be so proud and excited as if you had accomplished these things yourself for the very first time. You get to re-live everything through your child, and it transforms even the most mundane things you take for granted into the most special thing in the world. But then, just you wait....

...until you are planning their first birthday party and you will wonder how did a year fly by so quickly and yet remark to yourself how you can no longer picture life without your child in it, it's like they were always there!


So expecting first time parents - just you wait until you your baby comes. It's going to be the most amazing, funny, sweet, heart-melting, exciting, and wonderful time of your life. Just you wait!!

1 comment:

  1. Amen! Is it hard? Sure. But the good outweighs the bad by a whole awful lot! Great post

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