November 22, 2009

The Why Behind the Wish

Over the last few weeks, many of you have heard me express my hope that Baby G will be arriving early. Looking back now, I have received enough uncertain looks and hesitant responses, as well as outright warnings about premature babies and wishing this time away that I feel a pressing need to explain myself.

First of all, I would never wish for my son to be born before he is ready. Regardless of how I am feeling, it is most important to me that he is born healthy.

I also want to make it clear that I am not wishing away the time that Jonathan and I have left just the two of us. I truly value all of the time that we have and I recognize that this is a unique time in our lives that we will never experience again. We are making the most of the time that we have and are enjoying life as a married couple.

My hope of having Baby G before December 30 is twofold. Having a greater amount of time between his birthday and Christmas would make each celebration unique and exciting, especially as a child. While it is certainly possible to make a memorable childhood birthday during the Christmas season, there is something to be said for enjoying two separate celebrations. As someone whose birthday falls within a month of Christmas, I can attest to the importance of looking forward to two celebrations, especially as a young child.

I am also hoping to give birth to Baby G before December 30 for a selfish reason- pain. While pregnancy has various moments of discomfort, the last few weeks have been particularly difficult. I have reached the point where I am in almost constant pain of some sort. If it's not foot pain, it's back pain; if it's not back pain, it's pelvic pain. Small tasks that I used to take for granted, such as rolling over in bed at night, leave me whimpering in pain.

I'm not trying to complain and I truly believe that holding my son in my arms will make all of the discomforts and pains worthwhile. While I know that people are well-intentioned when they tell me not to wish away this time or not to hope that my baby boy will be delivered early, there are times when I want to list off all of the reasons why I want him in my arms the moment he is ready instead of waiting weeks upon weeks for his arrival.

I honestly don't begrudge anyone who tells me to be patient and wait until Baby G's due date, but it is important to me that people understand that I am not wishing for a premature baby or wishing away the precious time Jonathan and I have as a couple.

4 comments:

  1. hmmm constant back, foot, or pelvic pain... makes me want to have kids someday...

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  2. Hi - I just wanted to introduce myself and say that I commiserate with you 100%! We are due Dec 26th and I found your blog a few weeks ago. I love following someone going through the same things we are right now. I also am hoping for our baby as soon as possible. And everything you said today...ditto. I jokingly say that I need to have our baby before Jan 1 for the tax dedcution this year. Then I quickly tell people to mark that down as my first "bad mommy moment". I had a GREAT pregnancy up until this past week, but now it is misery. I think I've deserved this time to complain and I honestly never knew it woudl be this uncomfortable at the end and that I'd have these....problems - ankles, rear end, etc. Best wishes to you and your husband. May our babies be born strong, healthy, and with our minimal discomfort these past few weeks.

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  3. As far as the pain, take a nice warm bath (not too warm!) before bed. I lived in the bathtub the last few weeks before Sophia was born and this really helped with the pain. Especially, the pelvic pain.

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  4. Thanks for the sympathy and suggestions ladies! I'm going to have to try the warm bath idea!

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