Here are five ways to know a woman is nearing the end of her pregnancy:
1) She’s developed a 5th food group. It’s called Tums.
2) Her thighs used to touch when she walked. Now her small children can run between her legs as she waddles.
3) When she sits down on the couch a small cushiony title wave ensues giving everyone else already sitting a little whoosh. She also realizes that once down, she may never get up.
4) When she takes her socks off at night, the imprint in her lower legs is so deep that a plaster cast could be made to determine the exact brand of sock.
5) She may have strong inklings to sneer at (or punch) anyone who calls her radiant, glowing or beautiful, along with those who call her worn out, tired and, the all time favorite, “about to pop.”
Let’s face it, childbearing is cursed. We walk a fine line of blessing and curse as we bring little ones into the world. And for me, a minute after the baby is born, the curse is so overshadowed by blessing that it’s hard to recall what all the fuss was about.