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Third Trimester Thoughts: Becoming We

DenaMarch 12, 2013 | belly

Yesterday, I rolled out of bed cradling my enormous belly in my palms like I do every morning and I thought to myself, “I’ve got to do a better job of documenting this miracle.” After the pain of my first trimester, I was expecting my second to drag on forever, too. But almost immediately into it, things changed quickly. My nausea lessened. My anxiety faded. I was becoming me again. Only now, I was becoming baby, too. I was becoming we.

Pregnancy went from misery to joy. I finally started to glow. Strangers started to ask me how far along I was. And best of all, baby boy started to take on a personality of his own. His cravings for ice cream got stronger. 😉 He began to kick, punch, and twirl. I started to see his movements through my clothes. His daddy got to feel his strong jabs (and beamed with joy while mama winced in pain). I fell completely, wholly, madly in love. This was the miracle I’d been waiting for all of my life.

Now we are well into our third trimester at thirty-one weeks along. There is so much to do and so many decisions to make. Sometimes it feels daunting. But then I put my palms on my belly, give a little rub, and feel all of the magical light existing inside. We’ll be alright. We’ll be just fine. There is so much wonder to come.

Comments (3)

  • Lou Mello

    March 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Looking great and glad you’re feeling better and able to enjoy it. I haven’t mentioned this before, but, my daughter is also in her 31st or 32nd week and due for a C-section on April 17th. It is a high risk pregnancy and she was not supposed to be able to conceive for lots of reasons so it is still pretty scary at this point. Her Doctor actually sent her to Ohio State’s high risk OBGYN unit two weeks ago and everything is looking good. She is having a baby girl and it will be my first grandchild, oh my!
    Take good care of yourself.

    1. denabotbyl

      March 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Lou, I didn’t know that your daughter was pregnant, too! And after all of those challenges!! That is amazing. I am so happy for you + your family — what a wonderful miracle. And to think that she is so close to me in the journey. I am sending her so much love + light. My prayers that the next couple of months go smooth for her and that we both end up with beautiful little bundles of joy. <3 How exciting for you to become a grandfather. I can't wait to hear how you like it. What a blessed little girl she will be to have you in her life. xo

      1. Lou Mello

        March 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm

        Thanks so much, Dena, very excited for both of you and I will let you know all the good news.

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