As my mother often reminds me, since we are officially adopting again I am expecting. I love that my mom uses that word. It feels a little weird, a little undeserved. But I love it.
It is a little hard though to be expecting but not be pregnant. There are some things that I miss out on...things I am jealous of.
I am jealous of pregnant women because...
...they can take weekly pictures of their growing baby bump
...strangers try to touch their belly
...everyone around them has a heightened sense of concern for them in everything they do
...their husbands go out of their way to buy them pickles and ice cream - or whatever else they need
...they get to have sonograms and ultrasounds
...barring any tragic health circumstances, they are guaranteed to walk out of the hospital with a baby
...they get to wear cute maternity clothes
...some of them get to benefit from those pregnancy hormones - thick, fast growing hair, the glow, etc.
...they get a break from their period for 9+ months
...they can get beautiful maternity photos
...they get lots of options about giving birth - doctors, midwives, epidurals, water births, etc.
...they have a due date
...they have water-breaking, labor, and birth stories
...they get to feel a baby kick and grow inside them
Photos are poached from my darling sister's blog without her permission. :)