Everyone knows pregnancy is full of dos, don’ts, and body and lifestyle changes (duh!). And while I’ve enjoyed being pregnant for the most part, there are a few things I’m really looking forward to post-pregnancy. Obviously, becoming a mother to our little one tops the list, but here are a few other not-so-consequential  things I’m counting down the days for:

1. Shopping for baby clothes.

Baby Boy and Baby Girl Clothes

Not finding out the gender of Baby H has been easier than I originally thought it would be. I think it’s been harder on our friends and family than us! For me, the most difficult part of not knowing is not being able to buy baby clothes! There are so many cute outfits, especially for girls, that I can’t wait to get my hands on. We’re planning on buying one baby boy outfit and one baby girl outfit for Baby H to wear home from the hospital, but other than that all we have are basic onesies.

2. Sleeping on my belly and back.

Sleeping Border Collie Puppy
I never realized how glorious belly and back sleeping are until I physically couldn’t anymore. I’m like a beached whale at night trying to roll from side to side to get comfortable. Also, not needing to get up three times a night to use the restroom will be nice…

3. Having a hard cider.

Crispin Honey Crisp Cider

I haven’t missed alcohol very much during pregnancy, but do enjoy hard cider. We’ll be in full fall swing after the baby is born, which is the best time of year for hard cider!

4. Wearing my regular clothes…and shopping!

Tulle Skirt
Summer is my favorite season to dress for, so it’s been a bummer not being able to wear most of my summer wardrobe. I’m looking forward to getting back into my old clothes and maybe shopping for a couple new things! Oh, and NOT having a maternity band hugging my stomach all the time will feel glorious!

5. Showering without difficulty.

Shower Products

Do you realize how hard it is to bend over and shave with a baby belly in the way?!

6. Running.

Exercise After Baby

I feel lucky that I’ve been able to keep walking and exercising during my pregnancy, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of running. I’m hoping to get a good Craigslist deal on a jogger stroller so that next spring Baby H and I can go out and exercise!

7. Not stressing.

Beating Pregnancy Stress

Every ache, cramp, and pain has given me reason to worry during pregnancy and I’m looking forward to not dealing with that stress. Course, I’ll have a son or daughter to stress about for the rest of my life … I’ll have to report back on what’s worse ;).