When you find out you’re going to be a parent, you also learn a bunch of things that TV and the movies don’t teach you about the whole having a baby thing.
Everyone knows it will change your life. But until you’re in that situation, and you start learning and talking to people, you never realize how much it will change your life. Similarly, there are a whole slew of health issues that could throw a wrench into everything. Most of those health issues pop up before the end of the first trimester (12 weeks). Once you pass that 12-week mark, things remarkably improve.
Because of this, The Civee and I decided to wait to tell people when we first found out she was pregnant. We weren’t ready to answer all of the life questions that people would have. Also, we wanted to have our first doctor’s visit and make sure everything was in the right place before filling other people in. I wrote about it ninja-style earlier this month, and since then, we’ve slowly started to let others know.
Well, now we’re out of the first trimester, and it’s not a secret anymore (also, she’s starting to show, so we wouldn’t have been able to keep it a secret much longer), we’re starting to really feel like parents-to-be.
Yesterday, because there was a sale at Costco, we bought a box of diapers. Two hundred came in the box. Sadly, I was informed that the box wouldn’t last us six months like I had thought.
And today, after Mass, another parishioner came up to us and congratulated us (after politely saying she didn’t want to jump to any conclusions). It’s really nice to have it out there. And even though we don’t have all of the questions answered, I’m enjoying this father-to-be stuff.
Although it would be much tougher to enjoy if I was going through everything The Civee is feeling. She’s definitely a champ (as are all other expecting mothers).