Friday, March 22, 2013

39 Weeks: Photos and Thoughts

39 Weeks. 
This sure has gone by quickly. While I'm so ready to have her in my arms, I'm also so ready to embrace every last moment of this pregnancy. It sounds strange, but I know that someday I'm going to miss this.
In honor of baby being ready to come out any day, my sister took a few pictures of me this evening. It's been really rainy here lately, but this evening the sun came out just for us. Getting your picture taken when you're this gigantic feels a little strange- okay, totally awkward. I had to keep reminding myself that someday I'll be really glad to have these photos and hopefully this little baby will be happy to see what Mommy looked like when she was still in me. Pregnancy is beautiful, no matter how big you are!
As I've been sitting here going through the pictures, I'm struck with what a gift life is. Motherhood is the biggest blessing I've ever received and also the most challenging. I think that us Moms, whether by adoption, foster, or birth sometimes forget what an HONOR it is to be given the gift of these little people. This gift is one that I pray I'll never take for granted, even on the most challenging of days.
My mind has been shifting to thoughts of birth and labor a lot lately. Thankfully, she's stayed head down since we had her turned. At this point, it's highly doubtful that she'll turn back so, I'm just praying for the most beautiful and healthy birth experience. I'm excited, nervous and so ready to see what her story will be.
Physically, I'm semi comfortable all day and in the evening I hurt. She moves a lot between about 9-11pm and when she moves around, it's terribly uncomfortable. But, even though I'm not that comfy, I'd still be happy for her to stay in for another few days. I'm a firm believer in 40 week babies. My other two were late, fat and happy. 
 As we walked along and spotted this bouy, my sister and I both cracked up. Yep, it's pretty much the same size as my stomach, which brings me to another point......Getting dressed these days is um, interesting! Even maternity shirts are starting to be too short! I've decided that wearing "regular" clothes is highly overrated. I'd rather have "at home" yoga pants, "go to the store" yoga pants, "dress up" yoga pants and that's about it. The other day, I saw a photo on Instagram of a full term pregnant women wearing stilettos. No thank you, I don't think it's even good for me to look at pictures like that.
Until it's baby time, I'd like to intentionally hold Paisley more and enjoy her being my baby. When I sit in the rocking chair with her, she fits perfectly on the side of my big tummy. She nestles her head into my shoulder and tells me which songs to sing. I know she's going to adjust to the new baby just fine but, I want to fully enjoy her being my youngest as long as I can. 
Judah is beyond excited to have another little sister. Everyday he talks about the new baby and wants it to be "baby day". Lately he's become such a big helper and watching how he looks after Paisley and loves her, makes my heart so happy. He has such a kind, tender spirit.
Thank you, sister for taking all of these photos and for saving me from the seal! Haha! Love you!
Enjoy your weekend, friends!
Angela

8 comments:

  1. so beautiful....you and your dear sister are a wonderful team...LOVE - MOM

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    1. Thanks Mom. I love being a team with Sally. :)

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  2. You are adorable pregnant. You will look back on these and it will hurt seeing yourself. Ha! At least that's how I feel when I look back at pics. I was so uncomfortable those that few weeks. Excited for you. Thanks for reading along with my blog. I'll be praying God gives you direction. He will...

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    1. Thank you for the prayers! I so appreciate it!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE the picture of you directly in front of the sun, silhouetted with the water behind you. I totally want to try that sometime. Great job sally. So lovely!

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    1. Yes, the silhouette is one of my favorites! Sally rocked the camera!

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  4. Such stunning photography. But then she had a beautiful subject. :-) I know the labor and delivery will go as it should for you.

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