One of my favorite games to play during pregnancy and child rearing is "A Year Ago Today, A Year From Now." I made that name up on the spot. Great, yes? You'd better agree, because I am too tired and pregnant and sore to think any better than that.
I will demonstrate how to play. Let's say you are not pregnant right now. Assuming current ovulation and a fast conception and also that you are female and of child-bearing age (this game allows all such assumptions), one year from today you could have a 3-month-old baby. A baby who doesn't even exist as you think about it now! Isn't that crazy, that you could do that, that you could change your life so much in a year?
I was thinking of this tonight as I was looking at the calendar and realizing that the next time we turn the page, I'll have a fifth child. One year ago, I wasn't even pregnant; in fact, I was almost five whole months away from missing my period and taking a pregnancy test. I was still breastfeeding the twins, who hadn't yet had their first birthdays or started walking; they were still babies. How can things have changed so much in just one year?
One year from now this baby will be about to have his first birthday. He's not even born yet as I'm typing, but in one year he'll already be shedding babyishness like summer cat fur.
Hey, this would make a good question for a mini-essay comments section, wouldn't it? Or you can do your own post and link to it in the comments section. Where were you a year ago, and where do you think you will be a year from now?
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