Come to find out, there isn't much to do during the first trimester if you are the intended parent (our surrogate, however, has some work to do). Of course, most of these lists aren't targeted at gay men having a baby through surrogacy in India, so some of them aren't very helpful. But even some of these lists get the cerebral juices flowing even if they are only peripherally applicable. For example, here is a sampling from one first trimester list:
- Time to share the good news with your partner - check... we're both in the know.
- Find out what to expect from the first trimester - check!
- Learn what's in store for the first four weeks of pregnancy - check!
- If you aren't already, begin taking folic acid each day - umm... Our Surromamma is, so, check!
- Start keeping track of name ideas for Baby in your online Name Basket - Fabian, Fabian, Fabian!!
- Begin researching hospitals - leaning towards Phoenix, but we'll have to see what some of our colleagues who have had babies in Delhi say.
- Choose your OB-GYN or midwife - check!
- Schedule your first prenatal visit - check... or really, NA!
- Get to know the basics of fetal development - check!
- Figure out your due date - this will probably wait until the ultrasound next week.
- Stop smoking, drinking, and cut back on caffeine. Know what's safe and what isn't during pregnancy - giving up caffeine in the land of chai isn't going to happen, but we did both quit smoking this year.
- Begin a pregnancy journal - does this blog count?
- Connect with other women who are due the same month you are - Jeni, I think you're it. Everyone else seems either further along or already have had babies.
OK, so we've knocked off most of the first trimester checklist. Can we get started on the second trimester checklist? That one involves shopping and looks more fun!
On a more serious note, most of the early pregnancy information on the interwebs is about what can go wrong. And, while I believe it is helpful to know what the possibilities are, I am recommitting myself every day to remaining positive, and devoting my energies to the pursuit of becoming a more informed, better prepared parent and not to thinking about the endless things that could go wrong in the first trimester. Or, let me rephrase that, I are making it my daily practice to remain positive. This mindset is not the flick of the switch, its the continual movement in a direction of remaining open and optimistic about the possibilities that life holds for us.