Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pregnant Ponderings: A Husband’s Perspective

One of the first things that everyone asks me when they find out my wife is pregnant is, “So is she craving pickles on her ice cream yet?” I, too, used to believe the stereotype that pregnant women always wake their husbands up at 3:00 AM with an insatiable appetite that will only be appeased if their husband brings them very large amounts of something that couldn’t possibly be purchased so early in the morning. This, however, has proven to be nothing but a myth. The only thing that my wife has truly craved during her pregnancy has been onion rings. But then again, she always craves onion rings—even when she’s not pregnant.

Something that is not mythical, on the other hand, is the affect that hormones have on my wife’s emotions. The following is a typical conversation between my wife and me before bed:

Jessie (in a voice that usually means she’s upset about something): “Honey, I don’t know what to do.”
Me (in my most calming voice): “About what sweetie?”
Jessie: “I don’t know!”
Me: “Honey, you’re freaking out. Please calm down.” (Unfortunately, saying ‘calm down’ usually has exactly the opposite affect)
Jessie (now in hysterics): “Honey! I’m not freaking out! I’m calm!”
Me: “Okay Jess; I believe you. Why are you upset?”
Jessie: “I don’t know!”
Me: “Can I do anything for you?”
Jessie: “I just don’t know!”
Me: “Jess, do you need to play with my hair?”
Jessie: “Yes.”
At this point, Jessie begins to play with my hair. Strangely enough, my hair is the only thing that calms her down lately. Less than two minutes after she begins to play with my hair, I begin to hear a change in her breathing, and soon she is fast asleep.
Pregnancy, however, is much, much more than silly cravings and out-of-control emotions. Having a pregnant wife is one of my favorite things in the entire world. My wife thinks she has talked me down to six children, but I’m still secretly holding out for tenJ. At least.
These are my favorite things about pregnancy:
1. Seeing my wife’s stomach move when our little girl is doing her daily aerobics workout.
2. Putting my hand on my wife’s stomach and actually feeling our child.
3. Going to the doctor with my wife and seeing my little baby girl all curled up in a ball and sucking her thumb.
4. Talking endlessly with my wife about potential names (the names always seem to get more and more ridiculous the longer we talk).
5. Feeling my love for my wife grow stronger every day. Knowing that she is willing to sacrifice her body for nine months (well, more like ninety months by the time we have our tenth child) makes me so grateful.

Anyways, having a pregnant wife has been a blessing in so many ways. I highly recommend pregnancy to anyone.

1 comment:

  1. I can't remember how far pregnant I was when my obstetrician asked me if my husband had listened to the heartbeat yet. I told him that we heard the heart beat on a couple ultrasound appointments, but the doctor said if he laid his ear on my belly that he could actually hear the heartbeat, not a projection of it. If you haven't tried it yet, I recommend it. I was super jealous, because I couldn't lay my ear on my pregnant belly.