Great Things 13-25
13. You eat healthier, drink more water, and carefully read ingredient labels. Suddenly, it matters more to you what you put in your body.
14. In the middle of a boring meeting at work or a meaningless argument, you feel your baby squirming inside you and the sensation takes you away. It's your own secret communication.
15. Getting to hear the swish swish swish of your baby's heartbeat on the Doppler.
16. Playing "Guess the part sticking out," usually at bedtime, when your baby starts moving furniture around or whatever it is he does in there.
17. The extra attention you get from everyone -- your husband gives you more foot rubs, and your friends call to check in more often. Neighbors offer to help; coworkers volunteer to get lunch for you; little presents (a bottle of water, an afternoon snack) mysteriously show up on your desk.
18. The pregnancy beauty package: thick, silky hair; long, strong nails; beautiful skin; big boobs.
19. Getting to skip to the front of the line in public rest rooms.
20. Shopping for a person you haven't met yet: tiny clothes, all-new furniture, and adorable room decorations.
21. Dreaming about the first time someone calls you "Mommy" and the first time you hear someone call your husband "Daddy."
22. Baby showers! They remind you how special your friends and family think you are.
23. A continuous sense of accomplishment. You can answer "What did you do today?" with cool things like "I made ears" or simply "I'm making a person. What did you do?"
24. Spending immeasurable amounts of time trying to remember all those nursery rhymes, children's songs, and lullabies.
25. Knowing that all the bad stuff -- the heartburn, swollen ankles, backaches, and the rest -- doesn't last forever. And that in the end, it's all worth it.
Copyright © 2001 Heather Moors Johnson. Reprinted with permission from the July 2001 issue of Parents magazine.