Hooray, Jack's birthday month is here! We are finally experiencing the kind of autumnal weather I've been hoping for. I love this time of year, and all that it brings - chilly mornings with a cup of hot tea, falling leaves sweeping over the roadway (okay not so much around here but I can imagine), cinnamon and spice aroma in the kitchen, and hooded sweatshirts when we go out on beach walks in the evening. *big sigh*
So at 3:30 this morning I woke up to go to the bathroom, something that has been happening much more in this pregnancy than in the last I might add, and then I couldn't get back to sleep. I laid in bed thinking about all the wonderful aspects of Fall, and how lucky Jack is to have such a great birthday month. I used to think that my birthday, June 21, was pretty near the best day to be born. But then I realized, sure it's great for me, to get to celebrate and open presents halfway through the year, but I wonder how my mom felt about having a baby in the middle of the summer. Personally, I think Fall is THE BEST time to have a baby, and apparently others agree. Did you know October 5 is the most popular birthdate? So in the wee hours of the morning I came up with my list of reasons why Fall is the best season for baby birthing:
1.) If you can stand being pregnant in the heat of the summer, the maternity clothes are super cute.
2.) You can get all that sleep training accomplished when it's too cold and miserable to leave the house anyway.
3.) You're nursing right through the thick of the holidays, and can therefore consumer your extra 1000 or so calories without any guilt.
4.) You get to bring the most popular gift to Christmas get-togethers.
5.) You can walk/exercise/play outside for the brunt of your pregnancy.
6.) The weather begins to warm up just about the same time as baby starts getting more active and adventurous.
7.) Five years down the road, your child will be one of the older kids in his/her class.
Then I got to thinkin' about poor #2, who's due in the Spring. I tried to come up with good reasons to be born in April (which just so happens to be the month with the least popular birthdate) but only got as far as thinking about nursing in the hot and humid summer and not being able to fit into a swimsuit until it's too late. By then I was getting depressed, so I gave up. So, anyone with a Spring baby have some good news? Anyone?
You may be wondering why we didn't choose to have #2 in the Fall. Well that was the original plan, or rather, my plan. But since we're moving in June/July and Jon starts a new grad school in August, and he wasn't too thrilled about having a new baby in the middle of his 1 year intensive Master's degree, and I wasn't too thrilled about having a new baby with no hubby to help out, and then we'll be moving again the following June to who-knows-where ... we didn't have much to work with. So April it is, and as I informed Jon on our walk last night, #3 will surely be born in the Fall. I'm thinking September-ish 2012. Is it too early to be thinking about such things?