Random Stranger: “So, when are you due?”
Me: “September 26th.”
Random Stranger: “Oooh, you’re in for a long, hot, miserable summer.”
Me: “Thank you. I’m excited for him get here, too.”
I don’t think people mean to be Debbie-Downers when responding to my pregnancy calendar, but 95% of the time…they are. In all reality, if some woman told me she was due December 27th, I’d probably say, “Oh, wow, that’s so close to Christmas.” So, yes, I’m just as at fault as the relatives, friends, random strangers in line at Target who like to remind me that there’s a heat index of 105* today, and I have a big ‘ole bun roasting in the oven. But really, is the 105* heat index that enjoyable for the non-pregnant of the world? With the exception of everyone else getting to cool of with a frozen margarita at the end of the day, I’d say we’re all in the same old, hot, sweaty boat.
So, with that in mind — and to lift the spirits of all us summer moms-to-be — I thought I’d share with the world the bright, sunny side of being “very pregnant” all summer.
1. The clothing
With 10 weeks to go, I’ve survived with almost NO maternity clothes. Now, I realize that my belly is still growing, but I seriously feel like I might just make it the full 9 (10) months without have to restock my closet. Between the high-waisted, summer dresses and long, layering tanks that are out right now, I’ve been able to survive on regular Forever 21, Target and Old Navy styles. In other words — affordable, trendy and reusable next summer! I have worn a few maternity items, but I swear, the stuff that brings on the compliments is almost always the cute summer pieces found on the same rack I would have shopped a year ago. I feel like had I been this pregnant in the winter, when pants and thick coats are a must, it might not have been so easy.
2. The pool
I officially froze my gym membership this week. I just wasn’t using it. But I am using the public pool. When you’ve been waddling around with an extra 20+ lbs hanging off your belly all day, nothing beats that weightless feeling of jumping in a pool and swimming some laps. Not that you couldn’t join an indoor pool in the winter, but I definitely prefer the ease and atmosphere of being outdoors. Seriously, there’s nothing worse than swimming inside, then going outside where it’s 20* and feeling your nose hairs freeze.
3. Fresh fruit
We’re supposed to be eating healthy, right? It’s definitely easier to do when the stores are packed with fresh blueberries, strawberries, watermelon and peaches. Something you don’t just find anytime of the year!
4. Air conditioning
Even if I wasn’t pregnant, I’d still be spending quite a bit of time at home, at work or in my car with the a/c on. I understand how being pregnant in the summer of 1965 would have been incredibly rough, but now, do we really have that much to complain about?
5. A nice tan
Hey, if you’re going to feel big and puffy, you should at least do with a nice, healthy glow, right?!
Though these strangers seem cynical, I really do think they’re just trying to be nice. And I do have to say, people are incredibly polite when they see a pregnant woman. Not that they wouldn’t be this way in cooler months, but there’s that sense of being extra kind, as they “know” how rough the summer is.
7. 1st trimester hibernation
My first two months of pregnancy were definitely the hardest (so far). But, they also matched up perfectly with (in my opinion) the worst two months of the year — January and February. When all you really want to do is stay inside and hide from the cold, it’s the perfect time to sleep for 12 hours straight, and feel like you’re not missing a thing.
8. Frozen drinks
If you have to drink non-alcoholic beverages, and least the summer offers options that are still fruity and fun!
9. Ice cream
Ahhh, my vice. I love ice cream. And ice cream was meant for the summer. And pregnant women. And it all just fits together so well. Like hot fudge and a cherry on top…
10. A fall baby
When it’s all said and done, we’ll have some crisp, cool weather to enjoy with our baby boy! It’s the perfect time to take walks through the neighborhood and enjoy cool nights on the patio. And what’s cuter than baby pics in the pumpkin patch? (especially when there’s one in your own backyard…details on that to come).
Did I mention you also get to be sober-boat-driver at the lake?
So, whether you’re pregnant now, or hoping to be soon. Just remember, there’s no “perfect” time of year to be pregnant. But if you can make the most of the time you’re given, it’ll be that much more enjoyable in the end!