ScrapSayings, Pregnancy

  • Are you doing somersaults in there?

  • Are you done yet?

  • A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.

  • Barefoot and Pregnant

  • Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. - John Wilmot

  • Before you were conceived I wanted you
    Before you were born I loved you
    Before you were here an hour I would die for you
    This is the miracle of Mother's Love.
    - Maureen Hawkins

  • Big foot (ultrasound picture)

  • A bun in the oven (From the begining of TV until the 1970's -the women's lib movement- you could not say the word pregnancy on TV, so the writers had to come up with other variations.)

  • Great Expectations

  • He's/She's got his Daddy's chin.
    (ultra sound pictures are rarely this clear but people want to hope)

  • Hey! It's really cramped in here. (ultra sound caption)

  • How To Get Pregnant:
    1. Donate your last piece of baby equipment to Goodwill.
    2. Send your youngest child off to kindergarten with a dance of joy.
    3. Start writing that novel you've always dreamed about, or take golf lessens, or join a bowling league.
    4. Spend $500.00 on a new wardrobe for work.
    5. Get a cat or a puppy.
    6. Complete all the paperwork to adopt a child.  (I personally know 4 people this has happened to, including me.)
    7. Let your best friend or sister use the baby name you'd been hoping to use for your next child.

  • I began to love this little creature, and to anticipate his birth as a fresh twist to a knot which I do not wish to untie. - Mary Wollstonecraft

  • I hear your voice Mommy - I can't wait to see you. (baby captions)

  • I hope you are happy as an only child because I'M NOT DOING THIS EVER AGAIN!!!

  • It's all in the delivery!

  • It's really dark in hear - how's a kid to read? (baby captions)

  • It's so small in here I have to step outside to change my mind. (baby captions)

  • Just a peek to see how you're doing. (ultra sound picture)

  • Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. - E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

  • Life is the first gift, Love is the second, and Understanding the third. - Marge Piercy

  • Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends! - 1 Corinthians 13:7

  • My skin just can not stretch any more!

  • No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love. - Edwin H. Chapin

  • Pregnancy… The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. - Rajneesh

  • Tap Tap Tap … Could you send in some real food? (ultra sound picture)

  • There is a reason God makes you pee every 2 hours during the last trimester - it's training for the every 2-to-4 hour feedings.

  • The Miracle of Life!

  • There is no friendship, no love, like that of a mother for her child. - Henry Ward Beecher

  • The weirdest thing about being sleep-deprived?  It affects your ability to be aware that you're sleep-deprived.

  • We have a place for you, right here in our family tree.

  • We shall, we shall overcome!

  • When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about and that was the beginning of fairies. - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

  • Who will you look like,
    How will you be?
    Will you look like Daddy or me?
    Ten little fingers and ten little toes,
    A wrinkled up forehead and a cute button nose.
    You will be crying with that first cold touch,
    And so will I because I love you so much.
    - Wendy Dahlke


Tips:

-- Write letters to your child, chronicling all that you are doing to get ready, how you are feeling, how is DAD handling everything, how is he helping (or messing up), etc. Describe: Shower gifts, painting/decorating the room, birthing classes, Other baby classes, when baby started to move and when you and your partner first felt it. Talk about morning sickness and what foods you couldn't stand to smell and how you had to change your life to accommodate. Write down what the doctor says at your appointments. Write down little stories -anecdotes- when they happen (IE. reading the paper and a baby kick moves the paper). The baby book is something you can pass on to the baby but it would be nice if you journaled some of these events in your album too.

-- Make your own baby book - suggested outline below…
  When we found out you were coming
     how we told friends and family
     how they reacted - who fainted
     your general thoughts about getting/being pregnant
  My First Trimester
     morning sickness -- what foods set you off
     how many home remedies did you try?
     doctors appointments
     date you heard the heart beat (who was with you- how did you feel?)
  My Second Trimester
     ultra sound
     done/ or not done with morning sickness
     date you felt the first movement
     doctors appointments - weight gain - glucose tolerance test
  My Third Trimester
     birthing classes
     showers and presents
     doctors appointments - weight gain
     visiting the hospital
     getting the baby's room ready
  It's TIME!!!
     faults alarms - Branstin/Hicks contractions - Fools 'um every time!
     over due -- what home remedies did you try?
     stopping for gas/breakfast/a pizza for Dad?
     Dad was late/ missed the whole thing! (Who was your coach?)
     you were almost born at home/in the cab
     music we played and focus item for Lamaze breathing
  How we chose your name
     after weeks of debate…
     you were named after …
  Gifts, Cards, Good Wishes
  Our family tree
     Where do you fit on the family tree?
  Family Legends

-- Take pictures of yourself each month-- tummy showing-- and write excerpts from your favorite baby book.  (“What to expect when your expecting” was my bible.)

See also: baby.