Things I’m Looking Forward to After the Baby Comes (That Have NOTHING to Do With the Baby)

Now before you get all uppity with me over the title, please recognize that OBVIOUSLY there’s a ton of stuff about having a baby that I’m looking forward to. If that weren’t the case, why the hell would I be bothering to have one? I think it goes without saying that I’m looking forward to all things baby after she’s born. But this post isn’t about those things. It’s about things that have NOTHING to do with having a baby, and EVERYTHING to do with no longer being pregnant.

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Enjoying A Nice, Frosty, Adult Beverage
The hot, summery weather we’ve been having lately has got me jonesing hard for a nice hoppy beer, or a tall gin and tonic. While I have had occasional sips of beer or wine throughout the third trimester (you can keep your judgement to yourself on this, thankyouverymuch), I haven’t had an alcoholic beverage since mid-October. I am by no means a heavy drinker, but I miss unwinding with a beer after a long day. I am very much looking forward to sitting in our yard this summer with my husband and baby, and enjoying a well-deserved cocktail.

Being Able to Feel My Fingertips
Ever since about week 32, I have been experiencing pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel syndrome, which seriously just blows. I can’t feel the fingertips of 8 out of 10 fingers, and haven’t been able to for weeks. My hands are weak and sometimes painful, so simple things like opening a bottle of seltzer or holding a frying pan are difficult. And my hands can go completely numb at the drop of a hat, particularly during the night while I’m sleeping. Fine motor skills are not my forte right now. It will be nice to deliver the baby and (theoretically, hopefully) have my circulation go back to normal.

Wearing My Rings
Around the time the carpal tunnel kicked in, mild hand swelling also kicked in. By itself, it probably wouldn’t have been enough for me to stop wearing my rings, but combined with the carpal tunnel, having anything on my fingers was just plain uncomfortable. Not having my wedding rings is bad enough, but my other two rings, from my mom and grandmother, also have extreme sentimental value, and it feels strange and wrong not to have them on.

Getting Up Without Making Animal Noises
In late pregnancy, the belly has become rather unwieldy. My center of gravity is off, and I’m heavier than I usually am, so getting up from sitting or lying down has become a lot more difficult, and involves a lot more grunting than I’m comfortable with. I definitely have to roll onto my side when getting up off the couch, and getting out of bed is kind of an ordeal. It will be nice to have my body as my own again.

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Oysters
I know a lot of pregnant women are very distressed by the lack of sushi in their lives, but sushi isn’t something we eat all that often. What we do love, however, are oysters. While we aren’t the type of people who just go out and drop boatloads of money on oysters regularly, they are one of our favorite “special” foods. They are a prized appetizer if we go out for a nice meal, and there are several eateries near us that offer special happy hour $1 oysters that we love to take advantage of. But noooo, no raw fish for preggo. Ben and various family members have had oysters several times throughout my pregnancy (our anniversary dinner, for example), and I’ve just had to grin and bear it. But soon I will be able to consume all of the still-living molluscs I desire. And I can’t wait.

Exercise
As I’ve already said in my pregnancy body image post, I’m not looking to immediately jump right back into a high-intensity exercise routine. Getting my body “back” isn’t a super high priority for me. But spending time outside and moving my body IS. I know that getting some exercise again will only benefit me mentally and physically. Right now, even walking too much or too fast can be very uncomfortable, but I’m confident that once this baby is out and I’m cleared to work out again, it will feel so good to get back to “normal” activities like walking, hiking, and short runs.

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“Risky” Activities
For the duration of pregnancy, women are advised to avoid any activity that might cause harm to the developing fetus. I’m not exactly a thrill-seeker, but there are definitely things Ben and I like to do that have been back-burnered by the whole pregnancy thing. A few activities that immediately spring to mind are riding a bike (I probably could still do it safely, but the thought of falling or crashing makes me hesitant), slack-lining, and cross-country or downhill skiing. Obviously, we’re not gonna be skiing during the summer, but I missed out on a lot of gorgeous powder days this past winter, and I will be happy not to have to miss out this coming year.

I could list a million more TMI things like sex and bodily functions, but I think I’ll leave it there. Suffice to say, in addition to being excited to have a new baby, I’m really excited NOT to be pregnant anymore.

Mamas (and Daddies!), what were you most excited for related to no longer being pregnant?

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