Is any one else having strong maternal feelings? I'm due with my first mid-Oct and have really strong (primal-like) feelings of protectiveness for her, both now while she's in the womb and imagining life after birth. I haven't heard or read about this, but I'm sure others must feel this way too.
I am due with my first as well and am having strong maternal feelings. Feeling protective over my belly and family and also a new protectiveness around myself. Another thing I noticed is a connected feeling to all the other Mama's in the animal world. Watching Mama Geese with thier babies makes me feel like I am kinda joining their club. Also there was a bear cub outside my house the other day and instead of feeling the obvious "yikes I better watch out for her Mama", I could almost better understand what it would be like to be her Mama. To be completely centered around keeping her safe from all the things she could get into or could get at her. And what it must be like to feel that invisible umbilicle cord long after it's been cut.
oh man, has this ever been hitting me hard!
i lay awake at night thinking about how i'll react to different situations involving him and his safety. even just the safety of his heart.
it's driving me nuts! :LOL
Ryleee - as you wrote, it's about more than their physical safety, but about their heart and soul. It's a good feeling to have, but can really be overwheliming at times. (I know what you mean about being up at night imagining situations!!)
You betcha! I am also having some feelings of disloyalty to my firstborn, though. I am so excited about this baby and already feel like his mother, but I really, REALLY am my daughter's mother, if that makes sense. I have cherished our time alone together and am sad that it's ending, even as I'm celebrating our new baby.