In Three Months

26 weeks/5 months

Maybe it was my mom asking what day I preferred her to fly out and help when the baby arrives.

Maybe it was the glimpse of the 5 economy sized boxes of baby wipes stashed and waiting in our closet.

Maybe it was the repeated thought that days have reached such a routine, such an ease with my daughter.

Maybe it was the fact that I just realized I’m a week shy of being 6 months pregnant and the THIRD trimester is knocking at my door.

Maybe it was the passing of the gateway holiday Halloween, and the recognition that these next few busy holiday months are going to speed by.

Maybe it was reading about the evacuated babies in the neonatal intensive care unit during hurricane Sandy and my heart aching for their families.

Maybe it was watching my little one trick-or-treating, so grown up, so not that little, so childlike and excited, and realizing how marvelous a process it is to watch your child grow from a sweet, helpless infant to an independent and captivating child right before your very eyes.

Maybe it was all of it.

But it really hit me this week. We’re having a baby. In 3 short months.

Maybe it should have hit me sooner, but this week I felt the giant tug at my heart strings to savor these last few moments as a family of three because soon, very happily soon, it will all change. We will discover our new normal, our new life, and my tears well up with gratitude for my little, growing family.

Maybe I didn’t let it hit me sooner because I cry uncontrollable tears of joy every time I let myself imagine the sweet little cherub joining our family, falling asleep in my arms, meeting her big sister, and snuggling her daddy.

I am completely besotted with my babies. The toddler-aged one I laugh with everyday and the one growing in my belly. Growing, raising, and keeping babies with my husband is my favorite. It is truly miraculous in every sense of the word.

I can patiently wait for the next three months because I have plenty to keep me busy, but especially because I know her arrival will be added to my precious list of “very best days.”

Until then, sweet baby girl.

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  1. by Joanna

    On November 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    This was precious! We just found out we’re expecting our first, and I’ll admit, I’m still in shock. This was a beautiful reminder to savor the moments of the next 9 months, while being able to joyfully and excitedly expect this new season.

  2. by Bekka Besich

    On November 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Congrats on expecting! It is so exciting. Savor it all because there is nothing like pregnancy. I’m a total sap for it.

  3. by Allison

    On November 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I seriously can’t believe that picture is of you almost in your third trimester! I totally forgot that when I was looking at your Halloween pictures. Thanks again for a beautiful post. I’m glad to hear that you are savoring your pregnancy. It was just a few months ago that I felt the same way and I’ll now treasure that time more than I ever imagined.