November 12, 2014

8 Reasons Why Spring is the Only Time to Have a Baby

By Amy 

Nature does things the right way.

In the Spring, babies are being born all over the place, right?  Well, nature is pretty dang smart, cause I've decided that the months of March through June are the only time that I ever want to have a baby.

What brought me to this conclusion?

Having a baby at the end of August.  Allow me to explain:

1: Sickness. RSV puts lots of little babies in the hospital.  Everywhere you go from October to February, you are walking into a cocktail of germs and viruses.  Stores, church, the library...they're just giant petri dishes of sickness waiting to infect your baby.  Ok, so that is a bit over the top, but I just spent 4 days in the hospital with my newborn who had viral meningitis.  It was terrifying.  Nine weeks is tooo young to be sick!  But being isolated at home for 2 or 3 months to get through the flu and RSV season is rough on a momma battling post partum hormones--it can be become very lonely.  However, if you have your baby in the spring when sickness isn't so rampant, you can enjoy getting out of the house and introducing baby to friends and family without such a high risk of sickness!

9-week-old Miles in the hospital
2: It is NOT fun to endure July or August 9 months pregnant.  It's rough having a bun in the oven when it's 95 degrees outside.  I thought ladies were exaggerating when I'd tell them my baby was due in August, and they'd be like, "Oh, you have to be pregnant in the summer, you poor thing.  It's SOO terrible."  But, I found out that it's real.  You cannot get cool!  You can't take off enough clothes.  A menopausal lady having a hot flash in a sauna can't sweat as bad as you.  You feel like you're having a heat stroke after being outside for 5 minutes...IN the SHADE!  I am not kidding.  The heat sapped all energy/desire to live from me. 

3: Easier to exercise!  If your baby comes in the spring, you have a good amount of time before the weather turns chilly--that makes it SO much easier to get outside and get moving when you're ready to lose some of the post-baby weight.  During the summer months, it's wonderful to take a walk with baby in the morning or evening when it's not so hot.  Gentle outdoor exercise, like walking, can be a game changer for combating the baby blues during that first month or two.  It's not fun to go outside when you're worried about freezing your baby (or yourself!)  But, when it's cold and I try to workout inside, it doesn't last too long.  The couch is in close proximity and that's usually where I end up.

Trying to work out inside.  Tummy time for baby Miles...
...and planks for momma!  Ha, my husband walked in and took these...he thought we were pretty funny.
4: Outdoor relaxing for Baby.  Most babies love to be outside.  I sat in the shade with my little Hayden and read books while he sat in his bouncer for probably an hour everyday of his first summer.  It actually kept my cranky infant happy!  Since they really aren't coordinated enough to play with toys in the early months, it's nice to be able to entertain them by taking them outside.

4-month-old Hayden relaxing outside

5: Self control around food during Oct-Dec is freakin hard.  Trying to lose baby weight and get back into your jeans when you are surrounded by Halloween candy and cookies is MADNESS!  And then comes Thanksgiving.  And I stuff my face.  And then Christmas.  I stuff my face again...the whole month!  Darn you, Christmas goodies!  Oy.  I wish I wanted to have self-control, but...who the heck wants to say no to holiday treats!?  (Or any treats for that matter.)  Maybe Jillian Michaels can say no to frosted sugar cookies or pumpkin pie, but not me.  What I need is Jillian to hang out in my chicken and slap goodies out of my hand while yelling, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING, WOMAN?!!?"  I bet that would help.

6: The Darkness.  I'm not trying to allude to anything creepy, I mean it's literally darker. If you have an infant waking you multiple times in the night, when 7 am rolls around, you feel like you got hit in the face with a sledgehammer.  Add the fact that in the winter it's still dark outside in the morning; it is really hard to get your poor body awake and moving (more like stumbling) around when it looks like the middle of the night outside.  Also, it gets dark so much earlier.  You can start to feel like a mombie living in a dark cave.  In my opinion, sleep deprivation is much easier to handle emotionally in the spring.  :)  The sun makes us happy!  

7. The Cold.  At birth, a brand new baby emerges from their warm, peaceful uterus hot tub, and suddenly...BAM!...they're in a cold, cold world.  It can be rough.  Like when I'm desperately trying to keep the carseat cover from flying around in the wind as I'm walking through a parking lot, and my unsuspecting infant gets a blast of frigid Idaho wind to his little tiny face and starts to bawl.  I feel so bad!  I don't like taking an infant out when it's really windy and cold.  I don't even like taking myself out when it's windy and cold!  I know if I had a baby in December, I'd become a hermit.  The thought of getting myself, an infant, and a toddler all bundled up, out into the cold weather, scraping and warming up the car, and braving slick roads...forget about it!  Not much is worth that effort to me.  Therefore I would talk myself out of setting up playdates, going to storytime at the library, I'd even skip cruising Fred Meyer and lounging on the gray sectional I covet. (I want that sectional so BAD.) I'd become hermit with cabin fever in no time.  As babies get older, it seems to be easier to get out....I'd brave the cold with a 9-month-old baby, but probably not a 1-month-old baby unless absolutely necessary.

8. Holiday visits. If your babe was born is the spring, hopefully by the time the holidays roll around they are sleeping a little better at night--which makes traveling and staying with family much easier.  Plus, a 9 or 10-month-old gets excited by pretty decorations and twinkling lights and is all cute and friendly with's magical experiencing the holiday through their eyes!  An infant, on the other hand, couldn't care less.

9-month-old Hayden...first Christmas!

Well, that's my list friends!  What do you think?  Which ones do you totally relate to?  Which do you disagree with?  What would you add?  Which month do you think is ideal for having a baby?  And... I must admit that there is one major pro to having a winter baby: you can hide a post-baby belly by wearing big slouchy sweaters during the winter months! :)

Now, I have to add that obviously we can't always choose when we become pregnant, or other factors make our choice for us.  Also, I know there are many women out there who have a difficult time becoming pregnant.  If this is you, you may be thinking right now, "Sheesh, you're pretty ungrateful!  I'd be ecstatic to become pregnant, who cares what month!"  Yes, you are so right.  These reasons are such insignificant sacrifices in comparison to bringing a baby into your family!  I'm just saying, if you have a choice in the matter, you might as well try for the situation that will be the most pleasant for everyone.  :)

Don't forget to give your feedback on these reasons!  I'd love to hear from you.

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  1. Ya I'm pretty excited about having a May baby instead of another late August baby (I'm feeling all your pains sister). Although we'd take a baby anytime. I have one con to being pregnant through the winter while baking a spring baby... exercising while it's crazy cold outside is hard. At least for me because I like to run (aka slowest prego jog ever haha). I was able to run outside almost my entire first pregnancy, but now adding in the winter cold and toddler to drag along, that's going to get tricky.

    1. Soooooo, what you're saying is...YOU'RE PREGNANT!!!! WAHOOO!!! :) I'm so excited for you guys! Yeah, it stinks exercising in the cold, especially while pregnant. I just didn't. Ha! I walked on a treadmill indoors.

  2. You made some GREAT points. I had Miranda in April, and I have to say, it was a pretty easy pregnancy. I'm thinking about planning all my kids to be born in April.

    1. That would be so cool, cause you can just throw one big party! Simpler for mom. :)

  3. AMEN! Ugh....I have an October baby and I'm dying over here! I just want to go outside and be around people and exercise outside...and eat all the good food! Haha this is just dead on. Preach.

    1. Yes. I feel your pain! At least we can wear sweaters til we can work out in the spring. :)

  4. This all sounds quite strategic to me! I have 3 siblings who were born in the Spring out of the 7 of it kind of seems as if my parents would agree! :)

    1. 7 siblings! Awesome. I came from a family of 6 kids! Hoorah for big families!


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