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Early Summer Babies Are The Best


My life is crazy right now. Griffin's birthday was yesterday, which means his party is on Saturday. A play-doh factory blow-out I've been planning for weeks would be enough to fill every second, except I've got Amos's first birthday two weeks later...Nicholas's birthday a week later, followed in short order by my mother's birthday, our anniversary, my birthday, and my dad's birthday.

Then, it's Christmas.

Not really, but that's about how it feels. Summers are crazy and I love it. I can't imagine having babies any other time of the year. I chose May primarily because my mother would be out of school. As most of you know, I have my babies at home, but not MY home. I have given birth to both Amos and Griffin at my mother's house and then we usually live with my mother and stepfather for a couple weeks as we settle in to life with an infant.

It is an IDEAL arrangement and I am incrediably blessed to have it. 

There are a couple of other reasons I can't imagine giving birth at any other time. I am less blessed to have about six weeks of mind-numbing nausea. It usually kicks in right around the time the weather turns cooler, which is good because if I had to be sick in the heat I think it would be more than I could handle. The nausea usually clears up just in time for the holidays, which is nice as well.

Also, I am HUGE by my ninth month. HUGE. People started asking me if I was due any day with Griffin at SIX MONTHS. I've seen dear friends suffer through the heat of the summer at seven/eight/nine months pregnant. I can't even imagine dragging around my nine month pregnant belly in 90 degree heat.

So, despite the fact that our summers are turning into one long (sometimes stressful) celebration, I can't imagine having a baby at any other time.

But wait!

"Sarah," you say, "why are we spending so much time on when to have another baby? I thought your husband was opposed."

OH! Did I forgot to mention? Guess who rolled out with a "Let's have another baby" recently?

That's right! Holland #3 is officially on our To Do list for 2013. I'm nothing if not a planner. 

What did you love or hate about the time of year you were pregnant? 

~ Sarah Stewart Holland 

Reader Comments (6)

I miss the days when I felt like I was in control of when I got pregnant and if I got to stay pregnant. Glad you are going for #3! That is exciting.

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarybeth Taylor

I thought about that when I was writing the post. :( Of course, I was also knocking on wood the whole time because the truth is there's nothing to say it will work out for me the next time either.

May 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterSalt & Nectar

That soon? WHOA.

But to your question: I loved being big pregnant through the Fall and Winter when I could avoid a swimsuit and the heat with my first -- Plus, since I'm always cold, I enjoyed being nice and warm most of the time. I loved the May baby the second time, for all the same reasons you listed, plus the nice outdoor birthday parties... January babies don't get those. My third was born the end of July. It was nice to be able to spend those huge months in the pool feeling weightless!

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

So your mom gets to start her summer break by taking care of a newborn? Good times!

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReally

Well, not exactly. I don't move home and leave them there or anything. ;) I'd actually planned to have Amos at my house but no matter where we lived my mom would probably spend the first couple of nights with us. She decided she preferred to be in her own bed and her house is much bigger so we go to her! Plus, my husband didn't take any time off with either boys do there is no way I could have done it without her help!

May 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterSalt & Nectar

Having a baby at the end of August while teaching Kindergarten was a little rough.

May 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

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