The journey to motherhood is flush with quicksand, stool softeners, thorns in the sciatic nerve, secret all-you-can-eat-buffets, justified temper-tantrums, loose gravel, flash in the pan "Must Have!" child-soothing gizmos and ill-timed gas.
I strongly believe that our pain, whichever it comes from, is on purpose. It helps us grow and give birth to a better version of ourselves. It is hard to be thankful for our pain but, if we shift perspective, we realize it always brings us a lesson in disguise.
I couldn't tell you her name, or the name of the baby she was pushing in the stroller, but I knew her dog. His name was Arthur and he was one of my favorites. So I was a little bummed when the woman approached me and said, "We're moving to Pittsburgh."
Last week, thanks to my father-in-law, I learned a very valuable lesson. Never use the word "matronly" to describe a pregnant woman. A man needs all his wits to survive a first pregnancy with his relationship intact. These are my Top 7 Pregnancy Survival Tips.