I, like many people, have a love-hate relationship with the holidays. I love the season for its cozy, happy, giving mood, but I hate the panic and frenzy that come with it. All of the running around and the shopping and the giving can be really overwhelming, but the time off from work and the quality time with friends and family make it all worth it. But if you happen to be pregnant around the holidays, well, you're in luck. Turns out, being pregnant during the holidays is probably the best way to ring in this joyous season.
I was pregnant twice during the holidays and it was truly magical. I constantly ate, was "allowed" to be publicly grumpy if I wanted to, and received the best gifts. Everyone was so sweet and accommodating and I felt so loved and cared for. I could wear whatever I wanted with very little expectations of me. It was all so glorious. Plus, and for whatever reason, the holidays I didn't make me feel insecure about how much I ate or how I looked, which, unfortunately, I usually feel self-conscious about.
During my first pregnancy, I realized that the holidays with children will be completely different than all of the previous holidays I have ever celebrated. I realized we'll have new family traditions and possibly new ways of celebrating. Our holidays will focus way more on our children than on anything else, and we'll teach our children how to enjoy giving more than receiving. The first time I was pregnant during the holidays, I imagined a whole new world I didn't know existed: a world where holidays with kids was exactly what made the holidays incredible. So with that in mind, here's exactly why being pregnant this time of the year is the damn dream: