Mom-to-Be: I have a confession. And it's one that might peg me as a prego princess who can't let go of her crown. But after carrying this baby for ten months, it's going to be hard to give up the attention, perks and privileges that come along with being pregnant. Even though I'm beyond-words excited to have this baby and hold him or her in my arms for the first time, admittedly, it's going to be hard to turn in my special member card. You know: the pregnancy card.
I didn't mean for it to happen, but I've become more than slightly addicted to
what people will do (and won't do) when they see that I'm sporting a bump. They
offer me their chair and want to make sure I'm feeling OK at all times. I get
preferred parking at the mall and am allowed to be borderline narcoleptic at any
moment. And after a lifetime of watching my weight, I really, really like it that no one (to my knowledge) judges me when I go back for second and even third
helpings -- even when it's fried food!
Will that kind of special treatment stop once I have this baby? Will I be
getting the "Don't you want to lose that baby weight?" eye if I consume a second
or, dare I say, third portion? Will I be judged if I fall asleep standing up at
the grocery store? Will people still hold the door open and pull out their
chairs for me?
Is there a certain time I have to turn in my card? Is it the moment I give
birth? Will the nurse hand me the baby and snatch the card right out of my
sweaty hand? And if so, will I be issued a new one -- perhaps a "new mom" card? Is
that too much to ask?