Lauren - M.I.L.F.s
Name: Lauren Haupt
Roots: Lenox, Massachusetts
Pin Drop: Astoria, Queens
NY Status: 10-odd years
What was your reaction when you found out you were pregnant? My reaction was disbelief. I wanted to buy about two week’s worth of pregnancy tests so I could check everyday until the appointment with my doctor. My husband (Tiago) and I wanted to have children in the near future, but Wyatt’s appearance was definitely unexpected!
Were you hoping for a specific gender? We had our fingers crossed for a healthy baby, the gender didn’t matter to us..
How was your experience being pregnant? What were some of the "perks" of it? I didn’t have any expectations of what it would be like to be pregnant, I kept finding myself using the word weird to describe it. Weird in the most neutral way possible; there are so many new feelings physically and emotionally that I wouldn’t know how to compare to anything else. Aside from the occasional days-long headaches and extra tiredness, I think I was fortunate to have a smooth pregnancy. And much to the dismay of my food-loving friends, I didn’t have any strong or weird cravings outside of the first week or two when Tiago was basically required to make me an egg and cheese sandwich every morning.
As far as perks, I have read that some women don’t enjoy it, but I liked when strangers would approach me when they saw my belly. It was amazing how many people have a technique for determining the sex just by looking at a pregnant woman and how often they were correct! I also enjoyed the extra smiles from strangers and those that whispered “good luck” or shared a personal story. It reminded me a bit of the holidays, when it seems like everyone is in a better mood, even if it is just temporary.
Did you have a difficult time picking out a name? Were there any names that your partner liked more than you did? A few years ago we decided that if we were to ever have a daughter she would be named after Tiago’s grandmother, but when we found out we were having a boy it took us awhile to find a name we both loved. I kept coming up with more and more girl names! Eventually we had a solid list and I created a chart for us both to rate them and see where we overlapped. Wyatt was a name we both rated highly and we decided to try it out on my pregnant belly. It was really nice being able to give my belly an identity outside of “the baby”. We decided on his middle name (from Tiago’s grandfather) pretty much on the spot at the hospital.
What is one trait that your child has that you definitely think came from you? Wyatt is only three weeks old, but I think it’s safe to say he has my chin. Tiago pointed it out on a sonogram and he came out with a pointy little number, just like me.