So many of us dream of the day we will pee on a stick and the pink plus sign will appear! Funny how pregnancy symptoms quickly begin and we now describe ourselves as “Expecting” to everyone we encounter. In an instant our lives change and we spend all of our time thinking about this wonderful miracle growing inside of us. As a 1st time Mom I spent countless hours on my computer browsing the Babies R Us website. Researching baby gear, the safest car seat, and filling shopping carts with onesies and bibs.
During my 1st pregnancy I began dreaming of my “Birth”. I fantasized about walking the halls of the hospital in my cute yoga pants and a sports bra, my messy hair looking adorable, while Josh held my arm and coached me through my contractions. I would then crawl into bed when told I was ready to push and my beautiful child would be here after a few short pushes. Sounds great right?
Like most women the birth of my children was not this glamorous, although they were amazing experiences that I will always cherish and I have no regrets. Each of my births has taught me more about myself as a women, wife and mother. Although I entered each with a plan and desired outcomes I have been careful to not have heavy expectations. I have always felt that expectations are a set up for disappointments that I do not want. My number one outcome was to give birth to a healthy baby and that was the most important thing.
So I pose the question to you ladies? Did you have a birth plan? If so, was your experience what you desired?