One of the most profound things I have heard so far on this pregnancy journey was from my midwife at our first appointment.
She said to Dave and I that we were already parents. Parents who, for the past 14 weeks or so, had already been making parenting decisions for our little one.
We don't become parents the moment the crying babe is placed in our arms. We become parents from the moment of conception. The choices make with regards to the food I eat, the exercise I do, the environments I put myself in while pregnant are all parenting ones.
Dave and I make joint parenting decisions right from the word go on things like the type of maternal care we want, and the car seat, pram and cot we choose to purchase.
Whether we realise it or not, right from the moment we confirm we are having a baby, our choices become not just about us, they include out little ones too.
What an incredible joy, privilege and responsibility it is to know that we can be shaping and influencing our little one's future even while it is still in the womb.
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