-1-Peter was a summer baby, born in mid July. When I told people I was expecting, many of them lamented how hard it would be to have a summer baby. It would just be too hot. I would be so miserable. Imagine carrying all that extra weight in the hottest temperatures of the year!
|3 days before Peter was born. Still had not spontaneously combusted.|
-2-Even at the time, I thought it would be much easier to have a summer baby than a winter baby. First of all, I live near Rochester, NY, where the average high temperature in July is only 83F. Not exactly oppressive heat. But I mostly held my tongue, because what did I know? This was my first child, so I had no experience from which to draw about either summer or winter babies.
-3-Now I have experience. Summer babies are better.
-4-For one thing, summer weather is much more conducive to exercising regularly. With Peter's pregnancy, I took long walks in the evening with my husband almost every day. My brother is in the area and has a pool, so I went swimming regularly. This time around, I spend my evenings snuggled up in a blanket, marveling at how quickly it gets dark.
-5-Summer weather also means fewer clothes and therefore a cheaper wardrobe. I'd been assured that being pregnant would make me noticeably warmer, a drawback in the summer but a definite plus in the winter. I haven't found that to be true in either pregnancy. Last time around, all I needed was a few pairs of shorts and some tank-tops. Now I need to layer up with a shirt, sweatshirt, and a coat just to go grocery shopping. I am refusing to buy a maternity coat, so I'm making do with the loose jackets I have and leaving my real winter coat unzipped the few times I've worn it. (Unzipping a coat makes it much less effective, if you were wondering.)
-6-I'm not looking forward to having a newborn in January. Our lovely location on Lake Ontario moderates the cold (average low temp in Jan. is 17F), but it's still pretty cold, especially for a baby. Peter had some jaundice, but it was easy to take him out for some indirect sun every day. This baby will be lucky to have sun on anything but its face in the first few months. Extra blankets, bundling up and taking it all off again, more layers for diaper changes... doesn't sound appealing.
-7-So if you're getting ready to share your good news with family over the holidays, be ready for the naysayers lamenting your summer pregnancy. Then reply, "Could be worse. It could be a winter baby!" (Unless you live in Dallas or somewhere like that. Then summer might actually be worse.)