You were sick for nine months, you lost your tight abs, and you pushed out a seven-pound baby. Are you expecting diamonds?
Most new moms consider their babies to be the greatest gift ever, but more and more moms expect presents upon the arrival of their little ones. Call it crazy, but it's true. Their bundles of joy simply aren't enough to make up for nine months of nausea, back pain, bloating, and weight gain. Now, men are expected to deliver turquoise boxes right in the delivery room. Huh?!
Here's the problem: women are expecting presents and getting greedy. While preparing their hospital bags, they are wondering if their husbands got them what they wanted. They are setting up expectations. There are now push present registries, and women are dropping hints to their partners during their nine-month plight. Birth now comes with a "what am I going to get?" expectation. Isn't that a little strange? Isn't having a baby enough of a gift? Not to mention: the most difficult part of having a child isn't the 9 months of pregnancy -- it's the first 3 months of a baby's life ... the exhaustion, the adjustments. Are we expecting gifts for surviving that, too?
Because the idea of a material push present sounds kind of gross, how about having your man hire a nanny or cleaning crew, getting a baby nurse, or sending you to a masseuse for some much-needed relaxation? Doesn't that sound a little more helpful and supportive than getting a Tiffany box?
If your man wants to get you something, let him. But writing a wish list or registering for your presents? That is just plain wrong.