Monday, September 25, 2006

Pregnancy is Changing Me

Yes, my body is changing, but that’s not the change I’m talking about here. Even though I’m only four months along, my outlook and even some beliefs have changed.
The most dramatic one is my stance on smoking. I’m not a smoker, but I’ve never had anything in particular against people who did smoke. (In fact for most of my teens and early 20s, I thought smoking looked really cool, which I know is really dorky.)
Well, that has changed completely. I’m definitely more sensitive to the smell, but I also want to do whatever I can to ensure Little Elvis doesn’t get asthma. (If my crazy allergies are inherited that will be enough!)
Last weekend we went to an outdoor festival and were surrounded by smokers. This frustrated me to no end. I’m still not really showing, so these people had no way of knowing that the woman they were blowing smoke in the face of was pregnant. Still.
After 2 days of dodging the puffs, I really wanted to outlaw smoking outdoors. I know, I know, if people want to risk their health and smoke, they should be allowed to. But why do they have to risk my health and the health of my baby, too?
I came to the decision that smoking is the most selfish habit (aside from drunk driving) that a person can have.
I also decided that at this festival, they should have cordoned off an area by the port-a-potties for the smokers. That way, the rest of the festival would be enjoyable for all the other people (especially kids and older people).
This is an odd stance for me. Normally I’m all for our rights to be who we are, but I guess my pregnancy has already begun changing my ideals.
Maybe my parents were right, “When you have kids you will understand.”
I wonder how many more changes I will go through once Little Elvis actually arrives. I’ll probably want to outlaw bad breath, or maybe I’ll give up cussing!
Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Have any of you experienced ideological changes? If so, what?