Baby Fever

No, no, no, I won’t be breaking any news today, or going “SURPRISE!” – no babies on the way.

But it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been having baby fever lately.  AND BAD. 

I never understood when my friends would talk of baby fever.  It sounded more like a made up thing, than an actual phenomenon, but for the last 6 months or so, every time I see a baby (and there’s a lot lately – every friend and every blog I read seems to be popping out babies this year), I think “I want one too!”

When we first got assigned to Manila, Karl and I decided to put kids on hold and enjoy two years traveling as much as we could.  And we really got a lot done already in the 6 months we’ve been here, averaging 1 trip a month.

But I don’t think I can wait the 2 years we discussed anymore.  I want a baby NOW.  (I don’t even know how the heck I’m going to deal with being 9 months pregnant:  I’m not a patient person.  And childbirth terrifies me – I can’t possibly be the only person afraid of it, no?)

For those of you single and/or child-less friends, no worries:  there won’t be any announcements anytime soon.  We have a BIG DEAL diving trip planned for April, and it didn’t take much googling to know that one cannot dive when pregnant.  It’s not even like drinking “a glass of wine is ok” – nope, it’s a no-no-no-no thing.  Not only it can cause miscarriage, but an embryo’s lungs are not fully developed, and there are no studies showing how the nitrogen could affect them on the way up from a dive.  (It’s not one of those things that people are offering themselves up as volunteers, you know?)

So yeah, after April, we might reconsider the idea.  I truly hope to have lost some weight by then and be back in shape – if I were to get pregnant, I would want to be at my healthiest.  But who knows, by then I might be even more excited about future travels and not willing to give up my last year in Manila.  But we’ll see. 

Baby fever sucks.  Good thing I have pets to keep me distracted.




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10 responses to “Baby Fever

  1. You are not alone at all! I am terrified of the part between the fun part and the baby. I really want to be a mom, and I want to birth it myself, but I kinda want to just skip the whole pregnancy/birth process. Its scary! 😀

  2. I love babies! But labor scares me too! Being in pain for HOURS does not sound like fun. I know what I’m talking about, I watch “16 and Pregnant”…that’s the real stuff man! 🙂 Sometimes I’ll get a Baby Cold (not as high as a fever, but it’s there). Then it goes away. I just don’t know how I would entertain something for hours on end. And they don’t even talk for at least 2 years.

  3. vadoporroesq

    Childbirth is totally scary. You are not alone. Somedays I think I’ll just schedule a c-section and be one of “those women”. Also, I get natural childbirth because epidurals freak me the hell out – that is a NEEDLE in my SPINE. Plus I’ve heard a lot of epidural horror stories. Although I hear that lawyers have a higher c-section rate because hospitals are afraid they might sue, so it might be a non-issue for me.

    I also have been getting baby fever, which sucks because I’m still underemployed and we’re pretty young and not ready for kids. I am also trying to plan pregnancy around dive trips – I want to do one last big trip, preferably somewhere in the pacific, before we start trying. My solution has been to pile on running goals – I have my first marathon and long trail race in the spring, and I’m going for the Maryland double medal, and I think I also want to do a half-ironman and maybe a century bike ride before we start trying, so I think that will keep me busy.

  4. Narra

    Ah, the ol’ baby fever. I remember those days! Since then it’s just been a haze of exhaustion — and fun too, of course. It’s so cool to enjoy all the little things again when you have kids. Like decorating for St. Patrick’s Day and what not. Motherhood is the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. And with household help in the P’pines – added bonus for you! And I have no idea why everyone is all vocal and showy about natural childbirth. I remember my doctor telling me that childbirth is the only modern medical practice where a physician will allow his/her patient to go through that much pain. When she put it like that, I was like, “Yeah! WHY go through that much pain?” All the best to you no matter what you decide!

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