"Guess what? I'm pregnant!"
No, not ME. (That would be a little bit cra-zee since I have a 6-week-old baby)...
But my little sister recently phoned to tell me that she is pregnant with her first. And I think I almost jumped out of my seat in excitement when she told me.
There's something so thrilling when people announce their pregnancies - especially first pregnancies. My husband and I always get excited when we can welcome our family members and friends into the Parenthood Club.
And, yes, there is a club. No, there are no secret handshakes. But there's just something about being a parent that you can't understand until you actually *become* a parent. I don't care if you are a full-time nanny or if you have a PhD in Child Development, the experience of parenting your own kids 24/7 is totally different.
It's such a relief when "Club Members" come over to our house for dinner, for example. Because they tend to understand when dinnertime discussions revolve around childbirth and potty training...or when dinnertime discussions aren't even possible because of the chaos at the table. If you're in the Club, "it's all good." We've all been there. Our kids aren't perfect. We're not perfect. We all "get" that.
When someone gets pregnant, it's nice to celebrate. To give a present, a card, or a genuine "Congratulations!"
If you're the type who enjoys making gift baskets for special occasions, I thought I'd put together a list of fun and fantastic things to put in a basket for a mama-to-be or brand-new-mama:
Preggie Pops : At around $5 a container, these lollipops might end up being a lifesaver for her first trimester. Designed to alleviate morning sickness, the pops are available in a variety of flavors and have been lauded by moms for their all-natural ingredients and sickness-reducing "power."
"The Business of Being Born" documentary : Give her something to think about. There are countless decisions for pregnant mamas to make regarding childbirth (midwife or OB, hospital or birth center or home, IV or not, epidural or not, etc.). This film gives moms a new perspective on birth and empowers women to take ownership of their birth experiences.
A bottle of sparkling cider : Encourage her to celebrate safely with cider. If you want, you could even include mini plastic wine glasses for an impromptu toast.
A robe : Mamas-to-be will enjoy cozying up in a soft robe after taking a shower...and the robe will likely get well-used post-delivery as well. It's convenient to have a robe on-hand to throw over low-cut nursing tops (or no top at all) when guests arrive after baby's arrival.
A pair of slippers : Something soft to slip on tired feet at the end of the day is always a treat, but pregnant womens' feet particularly deserve to be pampered.
Stretchy Pants : Yoga-style pants, pajama pants, sweatpants, anything with an elastic waistband and soft material. She'll wear these throughout her pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. Who knows...she might even throw them in her hospital bag...?
Maternity undies : Many women won't "splurge" on underwear for nine months. But maternity underwear are so supple and soft and they're designed to cover an ample bottom (yes, unfortunately, bottoms do tend to "expand" a bit during pregnancy...).
YOUR TURN: Do you ever make gift baskets? If you were going to make a basket for a pregnant friend or brand new mom, what would you include inside?