Having a Baby: The Bad News… And The Good News

17 Mar

Having a Baby: The Bad News… And the Good News
By Pamela Redmond Satran

The bad news: You gain 30 pounds during pregnancy.
The good news: You lose 22 of that in the course of eight minutes.

The bad news: Labor seems to go on forever.
The good news: At the finish line is the prize of a lifetime!

The bad news: The baby inherited your mother-in-law’s crooked little toe.
The good news: She also inherited your mom’s red hair, your husband’s grin, and your big brown eyes.

The bad news: Months of sleepless nights.
The good news: Napping with impunity.

The bad news: Look terrible in tight pants.
The good news: Look spectacular in tight sweater.

The bad news: Sex drive drops to zero.
The good news: Love drive zooms off the charts.

The bad news: Monster poops.
The good news: Equally gargantuan smiles of relief.

The bad news: Gorgeous baby clothes that get worn only once before they’re outgrown.
The good news: Lots of adorable photographs of baby in an endless parade of outfits.

The bad news: No time for yourself.
The good news: Never lonely.

The bad news: Missing all the great new restaurants, books, and movies.
The good news: The money you save by also missing all the duds.

The bad news: Your life is turned upside down.
The good news: You feel like the luckiest woman in the world.


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