Reality star Jamie Otis is every mom with her 15-week confessions, declaring how excited she is to be this far along in her "healthier" pregnancy following loss, while also getting candid about the fears all moms-to-be feel while expecting.
Otis and her husband Doug Hehner, whom she met on the reality show "Married at First Sight," have been refreshingly open about their journey to baby. First, the heartbroken couple poured their souls out last year in a stirring tribute to the baby they lost at 17 weeks in a social media post that went viral.
Then, Otis shared her joy over expecting again early in her second pregnancy, shunning the notion of taboos in favor of being honest about her life. She has even shared the baby name the parents might use.
Now, the soon-to-be mom is celebrating this pregnancy at 15 weeks, saying this time, things feel completely different. "I've felt confident this baby will grow safe and sound inside me," Otis wrote on Instagram, where she also shared an adorable image of her belly, comparing her baby to the size of an apple.
But recent slight cramping had her worries shifting into overdrive. Her doctor has assured her that both she and Baby are fine. But still, Otis admits, "I just want to get past 17 weeks and feel this baby move. I want to know our sweet baby is safe, healthy, and happy growing inside me."
Of course, given her painful loss, this feeling is 100 percent understandable. Even moms who haven't suffered loss still worry during pregnancy; it's completely normal!
I can so relate to this sentiment. Until you hold your baby in your arms, healthy and happy, you will always struggle with fears and misgivings. Here's wishing Otis a healthy rest of her pregnancy, until she gets to that most cherished moment.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.