1. Your body tells you what you need, listen.
If you feel the overwhelming need to sleep. Sleep. Unless you’re driving. Once, when I was pregnant with my daughter my brain said, “you’re just sitting here (IN TRAFFIC, ON THE HIGHWAY) let’s multitask and take a nap.” I briefly closed my eyes then woke up in a fright and gave my brain a piece of my mind.
If you feel the need to drink milk. Drink milk.
Not workout? Don’t.
Not clean? Don’t.
Eat dirt? Eat…ya…no. Contact your doctor immediately. Step away from the dirt. I’m not worried about what the neighbors are going to think about you making a meal out of your flower bed. I’m just warning you soil doesn’t taste as good as it looks, and you’re probably iron deficient.
2. Whatever hobby you entertain, do as much of it as you can before the baby comes.
I’m a reader. I was halfway through book three of The Lord of The Rings when my daughter came. When she was a year old I picked it back up and finished it. It was the first thing I had read in 12 months.
4. Do things on a whim as often as possible. On a whim is over for you until your youngest child is 12 or 13. You’ll miss the days when you could just run and jump and play. Not enough to regret having those precious babies, but enough that it’s worth it to indulge while you can.
5. Baby proof the house now. Go ahead and go overboard. It’s a struggle to find time to do it after the baby comes, and baby proofing allows you to let your child roam the house while you’re accidentally passed out in your plate of food. Just kidding (no I’m not). Besides helicopter parents are no fun and some of my favorite America’s Funniest Home Video moments come from kids with unsupervised time on their hands.
6. Read What To Expect When You’re Expecting AND What To Expect The First Year. If you don’t have the time or energy to read both, just read the latter. I found that info extremely helpful the first year. And shockingly, I actually remembered it.
8. At the end of the second trimester, some switch is flipped that makes you worry about everything. Crime, pollution, war, pesticides…you name it. You’ll wonder why you chose to bring a baby into this. You’ll sit somewhere crying and panicking, imagining every horrible thing that’s ever been done to a child and worrying about the health and safety of your child. this passes (for most). Like every generation before us, you take reasonable precautions, do your best, and give the rest to God.
10. Don’t buy all of that shit! Especially the baby toys. I know you’re nesting, and it’s a special time. But you really, really don’t need 3/4ths of the things you’re about to purchase and register for. Diapers, clothes, food, and a bag to carry it in. That’s what you need.