With my last pregnancy, I was especially excited that so many people I knew were due within 3 months of each other. We shared our pregnancy symptoms, progresses, and worries with each other…and we were all certain that our babies would all become fast friends when they were born.
Then I lost the baby.
Sometimes I like to think that I “took one for the team.” Does that make sense? I know that not everyone shares their miscarriages so anyone within that group could’ve had previous losses without my knowing. But among that group of women, I was clearly the one who got singled out and booted out on my ass through no fault of my own (or theirs) other than for the sake of keeping with the statistics.
This time around, I do not know anyone who is due this fall.
It’s a bit sad, really. I resort to message boards more than ever for pregnancy support. I know that I can turn to friends who are already mothers, or are further along in their pregnancies than me, but it’s different to have someone going through the same stages at the same time as opposed to those who have already gone through it and must recall their experiences.
This is why I was elated to find that two celebrities — for both of whom I have the highest respect and admiration — have announced their pregnancies today!
Amy Poehler, one of my favorite SNL alums, is expecting a second child with her husband Will Arnett (seriously, I would love to be their child…don’t they seem like such a fantastically funny pair?) and Danica McKellar (of The Wonder Years fame) and her husband Mike Verta are expecting their first child.
While Amy Poehler has not yet to announce her due date, Danica McKellar is now reaching the end of her first trimester, which means she is due right around the same time as me!
It may very well be that some of my friends who are expecting in the fall have chosen not to share their news yet. But for the time being, I will consider Amy and Danica to be my pregnant buddies and root them on as they progress in their pregnancies.