hi baby girl. would you look at that cute little corner of your room?! we are going to spend so many hours there. your papa lovingly placed that rocking chair in the corner for you. it is a pretty special place. this week, we are adding nesting tables [tout à fait approprié, oui?] and a sparkling little chandelier lamp. that should make the nook complete. and then…we wait for your arrival. have i mentioned that we can’t wait?
let me tell you, little one, you are growing. a lot. my little bump is becoming a full-on preggo belly. and my belly button is so itchy! i know that things must be getting cramped for you in there. according to all the pregnancy resources, you are 16 inches long. that is a lot of length to squish inside my belly. at least you are bendy. i hope that you are comfortable all balled up in there. but, don’t get too comfy. we have a nice place all ready for you. with plenty of space for stretching, soft outfits for cuddling, and blankets for swaddling. i think you will prefer it on the outside. no rush – keep growing and getting healthy. but, promptness is appreciated. and, a bit early is on time. no need to linger for too long.
oh! we have another doctor appointment this week. this one will trigger the “final countdown” schedule. every two weeks from here on out. and, we might just throw in one more ultrasound for good measure. just to check in and see how much chub you have put on since we last saw you. it will be fun to see you again. and even better when we get to meet you in a couple months.
cravings & such: nothing new to report. i am the lamest pregnant lady ever! where are these pickles and ice cream cravings that i have heard about. come on baby girl, let’s get crazy and work on expanding that palate!
the bump: yup. i still have one. and it is getting bigger…
cool & cute things: baby girl’s sense of movement is well developed by now and can feel it when i move around. apparently i should have private dance parties with her. we’ll see about that. but, if you happen to witness my swaying or doing the macarena, you’ll know why. baby girl is 11 inches long and weighs over a pound.
new things: blood vessels in the lungs are developing to prepare for breathing. and, the inner ear is fully formed so she can hear whatever i hear [but not at the same level]. which would explain why she gets her in-utero groove on whenever i play music.
meaningful moments: another doctor appointment [we are on the monthly appointment scheduled now]. being reassured that you are doing well. hearing your heartbeat again.
yup. the bump is here. it is so exciting but i am still not quite sure what to do with it. i feel a bit outside of myself. it is so strange to look down and see that tiny little bump and think “there is a tiny person in there!” this whole pregnancy thing is kind of a big deal. it isn’t just growing a baby…it is a new life. a new adventure. i am no longer someone’s daughter or friend or co-worker or sister or wife…i am going to be someone’s mother. sometimes i am just overwhelmed by the thought that i am going to be a mama. that not only do i get to watch as you develop inside but that very soon, you will be here and i will be able to watch you develop as you walk through life. your papa and i are so excited. we are so grateful. we keep praying for the wisdom needed to train you up in the way you should go. that our lives may point you to Christ. that you may fall in love with Jesus and walk with Him. ultimately, you are His. you are a precious, precious gift to us.
i have been feeling happy and healthy…trying to keep up the exercise and stretching to help with blood flow, endorphins, and flexibility. i know that you are getting ready for a big growth spurt in the coming months so i want to do all that i can to make that a comfortable experience. take it easy on my ligaments, little one.
i am feeling your little baby bubble, butterfly flutters more frequently now. it is so much fun! i think your papa is getting jealous that he can’t feel you yet but i told him “all in good time” for those crazy kick attacks. won’t that be fun!
hello bump! you have finally decided to make yourself known. your papa was getting worried. he kept looking at apples and looking at my tummy…then wondering how that could fit in there without any little “pop”. the bump isn’t really big, but i can tell and it is so much fun. and guess what else? i felt you move! i have been trying to carve out some restful time where i can stay still and pay attention to you. and, i felt you move! it was pretty cool. but i must say, you feel more like a bubble-blowing butterfly than a tiny person, but i will take it! those little tummy flutters are amazing to me.
i am feeling pretty happy and healthy these days. plenty of energy which couldn’t have come at a better time because i am busy-busy for the next few weeks as i tackle a big event at work and an outside project that i took on for the fun of it. i promise to get plenty of sleep and to stay hydrated. and, of course, to eat enough food to keep us both happy. speaking of food, you have really been into giant plates of salad these days. and, bowls and bowls of berries. way to want healthy food, peanut!
i have been fighting some “placenta brain”. i think my affectionate moniker for it will be “peanut brain”. sometimes, it feels like words and thoughts just drop out of my head. poof! gone. my only explanation is that you are currently working on forming your vocabulary and imagination, things that will serve you quite well later on in life. however, little one, there is no need to take them from my brain, just ask and i will be happy to share. as most people know, i have enough words and imagination to go around.
your papa and i are just itching to see you! i am so happy that we get to enjoy that live-action window into your world [a.k.a. ultrasound] again soon. that was so much fun last time and i know that you have only grown since then. just a few more weeks! and a just a few more months until we get to see you in person. we are just so excited!
things are moving along quite swimmingly. no sickness. nothing. and, i am over the hump [yet still no bump] and into a new trimester! the second trimester is known for a boost in energy and an enhanced feeling of happiness. i suppose this is when that “pregnancy glow” kicks in. i have been so blessed so far to have enjoyed an easy time. you continue to be very well-behaved as you actively progress and move through your life. i am pretty sure that you get that quiet tenacity from your papa. hmmm. perhaps you are just waiting to exhibit my tendencies as a postpartum party for me. we are so excited to witness your demeanor outside the womb and begin to understand your personality. no matter what you are like, no matter what combination of traits you have, we know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. it is going to be so much fun to get to know you and watch you grow.
i am noticing that you are making a bit more of an appearance these days [just a bit]. not much, but definitely more. i am feeling a bit more pregnant which is so strange and really fun. so many big changes to come. i just continue to pray for patience and peace.
i have another appointment this week to check in on you and make sure that all is well. and, i get to hear the rapid flutter of your heartbeat which is so cool. i bet that won’t ever get old. your entire family is awaiting the big news of whether you are a boy or a girl. we still have four more weeks until the next appointment and we just want time to fly! it is going to be so much fun to know what to expect so we can prepare for your arrival and for how to uniquely parent you. your papa and i have been thinking through some ideas for how we want to do “the big reveal”. we are planning a cozy and festive soirée with family so we can all celebrate together. we have also been testing out name ideas on charlie and coco. we will say a name and rate it based on tail waggily-ness. it hasn’t been very conclusive and we probably won’t rely on them for the final decision. but, it has helped them get used to the idea of you. they are excited to meet you and give you lots of kisses. ditto for your parents.