When I was pregnant with my son, I tracked the various stages with careful precision and intensity, like how I follow rumors surrounding each season of The Bachelor. I needed updates. I was constantly checking to see what fruit size my baby was. I was absorbing practically every parenting-related newsletter in my inbox. Still, despite my Hermione-esque behavior, I realized there are some pregnancy milestones that you can't possibly prepare for.
To my credit, there are so many constantly, unrelenting changes that it's difficult to prepare for anything and everything. Plus, pregnancies do feel about 3,576 weeks long, so it's no surprise that a lot of things that happen don't get a ton of attention. Books only have so much room to cover it all, so I get why they spend more time on things like kicks and contractions, and less time on the not-so-pleasant little stuff.
However, that doesn't mean the other milestones don't count or don't deserve at least some recognition. Besides, there are some points of pregnancy where every little accomplishment or development is worth a freakin' parade because, really, pregnancy is long and hard and taxing . Every little bit of growth and effort counts, including but definitely not limited to the following: