Dear Non-Pregnant Racheal,
- When (if ever) you get some sleep, soak in every second you get to spend on your back without feeling like you are being suffocated by an elephant. Celebrate the fact that it doesn't take 5 strategically placed pillows to make you comfortable, that you don't have to get up 4 times in the night to use the bathroom, and then spend 20 minutes re-placing the pillows.
- Really enjoy that glass of red wine after a long day at work or that cold beer on a hot day. Yes, it really does taste that good.
-When you don't feel like running, just appreciate the fact that you are able to. Remember when you drove to work for months, glaring jealously at the women jogging on the sidewalk next to you, wishing you were in their shoes. Remember how you missed that sweat-soaked, out of breath, heart racing, energy drained feeling for 5 months. You have a lot of catching up to do.
- Never underestimate the ability to paint your toenails and breathe at the same time. Or the ability to see your toes and notice they need to be painted.
- The next time Dan upsets you, remember how he was during the last few months of your pregnancy. How he came home after working 14 hours on his feet and cooked you multiple dinners, sang to you and the baby, rubbed your back in the middle of the night, brought you glass after glass of ice water, attentively (mostly) participated in child birth and breast feeding classes, took care of you while you were sick, the list goes on and on. You have yourself a keeper, and if you ever think otherwise, you are an idiot.
- Sushi - get some as soon as possible. With LOTS of wasabi.
- When you wish you could eat whatever you want and you get sick of tracking your food, remember when you could eat whatever you wanted, and it didn't make you any happier. You appreciate your food more when you track it.
- The ice cream in the freezer in the cafeteria at work is freezer burnt, so don't buy it, because no one buys ice cream for lunch, except for pregnant women.
- Most of all, please don't ever forget this completely different, unconditional love you have for the person inside of you that you haven't even met. When she is two and coloring on the walls or when she is 15 and sneaks out at night, please remember.