the human body is a funny one. at least mine is. it’s like, “oh you wanna have a baby in here again? no problem, i’ll upgrade this baby bump from a 1 bedroom to a 3 bedroom mansion this time around for the little one. you’ll look like you’re already far into your third trimester, but it’s cool. it’s cool. i got this.” and i’m like, hey wait a minute, really? you had to pop my belly button back out at just 8 weeks along?! let’s all just be kind come september or october when i’m looking like i’m due any day even though i still have a few more months to go…. ;-)
it has become routine for eleanor and samson to kiss my tummy each night before bed and say, “good night, baby!” eleanor came to one of my earlier check ups with me and helped my doctor find the heartbeat as she acted as her “assistant.” my doctor printed off a little ultrasound picture for eleanor at the appointment and eleanor has since hung it beside her little bed. if anyone comes over to our home, she takes them to the wall by her bed to show them the picture right away. she is so proud of it. when i tuck her in at night she kisses the picture goodnight, too. and as her mama, witnessing that night after night does not get old. this baby is going to feel so very loved by his or her older siblings.
i’m getting terribly giddy over little realizations like adding a new towel hook with baby’s first initial to our family’s current towel hook situation in the bathroom. or adding another little name ring to my stack of rings with family names on my ring finger. nothing says “baby is here!” in my mind like engraving initials into something and hanging it up on the wall… now if only we could think of a good name.
speaking of names, the naming game is killing us this time around. it doesn’t get any easier the more kiddos you have. in fact it gets harder because you’ve already used your favorite names. we’re open to all and any suggestions. please and thank you. keep em’ coming.
my biggest surprise this pregnancy is just how magical each step remains, even if i’ve been here once or twice before. that moment where you see that tiny heartbeat on the ultrasound screen, to those first flutters and kicks you can feel as the baby moves inside! it brings me to tears the way it did the very first time. i’m grateful for that, too, because it is a constant reminder what a gift it is to carry a life, and gets me more and more anxious to hold and cuddle this new little baby like it’s nobody’s business. i seriously cannot wait until december.