If I could do it over again…

This week I must confess is being hosted by the gorgeous Emma from Five Degrees of Chaos and the prompt is ‘If I could go back to one moment in my life it would be..’

I’ve spoken before about regrets and how I feel about them in my life.  While there are many moments in my life that make me cringe thinking about them, combined they make up the person that I am today.  It’s the butterfly effect of life.  If you take out one small aspect of your life, then it will forever change the rest of your destiny.

However the one part that I wish I could go back to, just to savour that time of my life again would be when I was pregnant and the birth of Mr 5.  Although being pregnant while unmedicated was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done there are things that I do miss.

I miss the tiny fluttering of feet.  While occasionally gas gives a similar effect, it really isn’t the same.  Especially when it gets towards the end of your pregnancy and your whole stomach moves from side to side while your baby got into a comfortable position (which seemed to always involve a foot to the ribs.).

I wish that I had taken more photos when I was pregnant with Mr 5 too.  I had a camera and yet all of my photos are crappy 2mp phone photos.  I wish that I had gotten more photos of my belly when I was pregnant…it really was a sight to behold.  I still remember my mum walking into the hospital room and I had my back to her.  She said ‘I don’t know what your aunty was going on about, you’re belly isn’t that big’.  Then I turned around.  The look on her face was priceless!

I wish that I had charged my damn phone properly instead of being too chicken shit to plug my charger in to the wall.  I ended up giving my phone to my mum to charge overnight.  I used her phone but there was no internet and it was a damn long night!

I also only have 3 photos taken during labour and when Mr 5 was born.  Where was my damn camera you ask?  Oh it was in my bag, flat, because I had forgotten to charge it.  I’m glad that I have those three photos because I know that I am extremely lucky to even have the blessing of a child but I just wish they were pictures I could share in a photo album.

I look at the pictures that others have of their pregnancies and birth and it makes me sad that I don’t have those mementos.

Do you have photos of you when you were pregnant?  Do you regret not taking more photos?

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24 thoughts on “If I could do it over again…

    1. Tegan Post author

      I was mostly pregnant during winter so thankfully there are no pregnant bellies in a swimsuit here!

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  1. Ness

    Yeah I never really took any belly shots with all three pregnancies. Now that strikes me as sad. Sigh. I mean they were the only times in my life I would have a gigantic belly and it wasn’t from too much cake. Damn.

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  2. Emma Fahy Davis

    I took dozens of belly shots when I was pregnant with the gremlins and I’m so glad I did as I was in such a bad headspace for that entire pregnancy that it’s nice to be able to look back on the miracle that was growing two babies.
    I wish I could go back and do the same during my pregnancy with Maya tho. I only have one photo of me pregnant (and I’m holding a birthday cake over my belly!) and one of me in labour and delivery after she was born. I’d like to go back to that one moment when she first came out and remember exactly how it felt in those very first moments as a mum. It’s been special with all of the girls of course, but I think the first is even more so…

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    1. Tegan Post author

      I remember Paul saying to me after Mr 5 was born that the change in me was amazing. He said my face just melted when they held him up. There really is nothing like that first glance.

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  3. Min@Minsmash

    I had my hubby take side on photo’s of me at various stages through my pregnancy and they are SUCH ugly photo’s!! LOL Oh I wish I had some of my current photography and styling skills back then!! I also wish that I was into photography when the kids were little so that I could have got some beautiful shots. We do have photographs but just amateur snapshots and the odd professional shot that we got done. With the skills I have now though – I could have captured some beauty’s. No point in regrets though! 😉 xo

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    1. Tegan Post author

      LOL! I took all of my pictures myself so it was only as far as my arm could reach, which when I got towards the end didn’t include much of my belly!

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  4. Suzy Mac

    I was like you! front on or from behind I looked normal then side on POW. My husband (now ex) took the few shots we had on his phone, so theyre pretty awful. i swear to God he shuts his eyes when he holds a camera, or bends dlwn on one knee so you can count the hairs up my nose!

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  5. Janet @ Middle Aged Mama

    I really regret the lack of photos too. Because of family circumstances there are virtually no photos left of my childhood years 🙁 . Even when the kids were tiny we don’t have that many, getting photos developed was just so expensive back then! So glad for the digital age!

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    1. Tegan Post author

      I’m sorry that you don’t have a lot of photos of your childhood. The digital age certainly makes it easier!

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  6. Toni @ Finding Myself Young

    I love that I took lots of photos when I was pregnant including 2 professional maternity shoots. I was a bit ott with photos because it took me so long to get pregnant. I wish I had more or right at the end though and while I was in labour.

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  7. Zita

    Not something I’ve had the opportunity to do as yet but if it ever does happen I’ll be sure to remember to take loads of pics and enjoy every moment!

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  8. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset

    Yes! To all of this! This is me. I wish I had professional pictures of being pregnant, the birth, and of us as a family afterwards. I will always regret not having that. I regret not enjoying it much too. I never thought it would be my only chance/pregnancy tho.

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    1. Tegan Post author

      I’m sorry that you didn’t get to experience the pregnancy you wanted. If only we could turn back the clock x

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