Dear Baby Girl,
I am shamelessly copying the idea of writing you letters from a few friends of mine, but it is such a good way to document what is going on in your world before you officially enter the world. I want to remember how I was feeling and what was happening during this stage of your life....so, copy I will!
You may have noticed that you do not yet have a name. Baby, this process is hard! Naming you is one of the biggest decisions your dad and I will ever make, and we want it to be just right for you. We'll keep you posted on our progress. ;)
These days, you are rolling around and dancing and kicking so much that I can see little glimpses of your movement through my shirt! It is quite distracting in church and while I'm trying to teach, but any time I feel you really get to squirming in there, I quickly shift my focus to my belly to watch for glimpses of you. Your kicks don't hurt...yet, and you seem to have fallen into somewhat of a routine with your movements: after breakfast, lunch and dinner; as I'm driving in the car; sitting on the couch in the evenings; when I lay down to go to bed. I so look forward to our little moments together. Your dad has felt you move around quite a bit lately, and he recently caught a glimpse of you poking around in my belly when my shirt started shifting! He teared up a bit feeling and watching you. Baby Girl, you have an amazing dad.
Speaking of your dad, he surprised us recently by secretly assembling your crib so that when I arrived home from work, it was up and ready to go! Let me tell 'ya, that made things seem very real. To see where you will spend your naps and nighttimes was wonderful. Your dad also worked very hard on your nursery over the past few weeks. He installed bead board wainscoting, painted the walls, put together your dresser/changing table, installed light fixtures, and he and his Dad built you some custom bookshelves to store all kinds of your little things when you arrive.
He loves a project, and he has been so helpful to me during all of this. Like I said, you have a wonderful father already, Baby.
Your lovely baby bedding is another project that my mom and I have undertaken. We are chopping to pieces a king-size comforter in aqua/green satin tones, and we'll be making a baby blanket, crib bumper and rocking chair pillow out of all that yummy fabric. (I loved the color of this comforter so much, and, since we no longer use it for our bed, you get to use it!). The theme is patchwork birds, and we're taking inspiration from some sweet bird pictures I found in New York this year while shopping with my mom and sister. We've got all kinds of tricks up our sleeves, and you will have a gorgeous (yet budget-friendly!) nursery when we're all said and done. I love my mom for helping with her daughter's daughter's room...surreal and wonderful.
As far as your Mommy goes, I am feeling just fine these days. You and I have passed the nausea stage, and I actually feel pretty much like myself...except, of course, for the bulging belly, voracious appetite and need for naps. Carrying you around with me has made my body do some crazy things, but, as it all levels out during this second trimester, I understand what women meant when they described pregnancy as one of the most beautiful and amazing experiences of their lives. They didn't mean they felt or acted or looked amazing and beautiful all the time. They were talking about the unbelievable gift of carrying and caring for another life right inside their bellies. You are that amazing gift to us, Baby Girl, and as each week passes (so quickly!), we look forward to meeting you more and more. We just celebrated Thanksgiving, and you were on my mind so much during this holiday.
You are loved. So so much.
PS-Now THAT was neat to write! Mom. I'm a mom. Wow.