By the time you've been pregnant for 40 (more or less) weeks, I can pretty much guarantee you're ready for that pregnancy to end. I, for one, was tired of everything hurting, everything swelling, and growing hair in places hair shouldn't exist. However, while I was more than ready to have my baby and send my pregnancy, I wasn't prepared for the emotional stages of being induced. Nope, I had a lot of feelings, you guys. A lot of feelings.
The day my OB-GYN and I decided to go ahead and induce, I went a little bananas. Instead of going home to rest (as directed) I went to Target and bought a diaper pail. I didn't have one and I was about to have a baby, so in my mind I needed one. What kind of a mother didn't own a diaper pail, right? So I waddled and sweated and grunted my way through the busy aisles. I proudly purchased my pail and headed to my car, only I couldn't find my car. I had forgotten where I parked it, so I wandered the parking lot with my diaper pail, pushing the button on my key fob to make the horn beep. At the same time I couldn't stop thinking, "OMG I'm going to have a baby. I'm going to have a baby, I'm going to have a baby. I'm going to have a baby." To say I was freaking out would be putting too mildly.
As the day progressed, I experienced a range of emotions. While I was more than ready for my pregnancy to end, motherhood is scary and taking care of another human being is a gigantic responsibility. So, if you're feeling any of the following emotional stages, know that you're not alone. Not even a little bit.