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Kicks.

Dear baby,

It’s hard to believe we are less than three months from your due date and that I am just days away from starting my third trimester. It seems this journey just began when I saw that faint blue line and when I heard your heart beat for the first time. My heart smiles at those first special moments and soars as I get that much closer to your arrival. Three months feels like a long way off, yet I know the weeks will fly by.

Within the past couple weeks I’ve really felt you growing and becoming more mobile in my belly. What started as a few occasional flutters has now become a continual reminder of your presence with each little kick or jab against my stomach. As uncomfortable as things are starting to become, I take so much delight in feeling you move around in there. In a way it makes me feel at peace, knowing you are growing and strengthening each day. And at the same time I feel a connection to you, one that I cannot describe with any other word than special.

Even as you manage to pinch my insides or kick my side (I swear you were lying sideways for a few days!), I have to admit, I love being pregnant. There is something so magical about this process: watching my body change, feeling you grow and move within me, and learning about how to care for you and myself while pregnant, all while I prepare for what’s ahead.

There is still so much to do (like pretty much everything), but your daddy and I have started planning and getting ready. We’ve visited some daycares, gotten our registry set up and narrowed down some furniture options for your nursery. Now we just need to make some decisions and purchases – the hard part!

In due time, we will have everything ready for you. Whether we will emotionally feel ready is another story! I am so thankful for these nine months of pregnancy – not just to plan for what’s to come, but also because of this amazing journey and blessing it is being your momma.

With love,
Momma

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Bucket list.

Dear baby,

It’s been a pretty quiet, relaxing weekend for me, while your daddy continues to work on projects and keep himself busy. As I write this, he is fixing a drawer and cupboard in the kitchen, and yesterday he helped renovate the church building for several hours. I think he secretly likes using power tools and doing random projects. A couple weeks ago he crawled into the attic to install a new light and ceiling fan in the bathroom – that one definitely wasn’t his favorite project. He swears he lost half of his sympathy gut due to sweat.

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Ceiling fan installation project was a success!

We kicked off our weekend at our first ever Nitefall on the River concert to see Owl City. It’s been on my summer bucket list the past couple years as something I wanted to do pre-baby. It was a beautiful night and we enjoyed watching the sun set over the city.

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I definitely enjoyed the opening act more than your daddy. 

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I loved the venue and would definitely go to another concert someday. Your daddy and I agree that this is not the best place to take a baby, but for some reason the family that decided to sit next to us didn’t. By the time the second band came on, their baby was screaming. Thankfully, they left early.

While I may have a “bucket list” of things I want to do before you arrive (like our babymoon or going to Nitefall), that doesn’t mean I feel like l am missing out. Your daddy and I couldn’t be more elated for the changes our lives have in store and the new, fun things we will do together as a family.

Some families try to fit their kids into their pre-baby lifestyles (or convince themselves they don’t need a babysitter), and while it may work for them, your daddy and I look forward to creating new traditions. We’ll take you to some of our favorite places that are more family friendly (like the Iowa State Fair or the Downtown Farmer’s Market!) and of course, places like the Zoo, Science Center and so much more.

I can’t wait for all of the moments we’ll share and enjoy together. From seeing your first fireworks to catching fireflies to feeding animals at the Zoo, there are so many memories to create. I hope you enjoy experiencing life as much as we look forward to sharing it with you.

With love,
Momma

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Anniversary.

Dear baby,

I’ll warn you now, it’s about to get cheesy in today’s letter. Today marks the sixth anniversary of your daddy’s and my wedding anniversary. We have been together for nearly ten years and married for six, and this year is extra special as we celebrate becoming a family soon.

It’s interesting how much you get asked once you’ve said “I do” when kids will be on the way. It’s well meaning (or so I optimistically choose to think), but every couple has their own story, their own timing, their own desires. And sometimes, things just don’t happen according to how you may plan them that are outside of your control.

You are a beautiful gift, a little miracle that will be arriving at the perfect time for us. We’ve been through a lot together, your daddy and me, and we’ve grown stronger and closer through the process. At the time of grief or suffering or anxiety in the unknown, it is never easy. But I am so thankful to have your daddy at my side so that we may support, encourage and love one another in the way that God loves us. And in the times of joy, I am so thrilled to celebrate with your daddy the gifts this life gives us, like you.

Even with our anxiety in the unknown, we look forward to what’s ahead. We trust in the timing and find hope in the future of our family together. The simple things are bringing me joy as we prepare for your arrival, like getting your nursery ready. We registered for this Winnie the Pooh set yesterday that I just fell in love with – I hope you like it!pooh
It is my hope that someday you’ll see just how much your daddy and I love each other and that we would be a good example to you as parents. I know we aren’t perfect, and we won’t pretend to be. I just want you to know that at the end of the day, Daddy and I and you are all on the same team together. We love each other – and you – no matter what, and we want what is best for us and our family. Daddy and I are so excited for this next chapter in our lives and cannot wait for you and possibly future siblings to join us. We’re only six years in and have a lifetime to go.

With love,
Momma