In this month’s “What I Love About Motherhood,” I’m going to switch gears from talking about blessings from my oldest son to talking about my second son – in utero!
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Once the first trimester or so of exhaustion and morning sickness is over, I love being pregnant! I loved it when I was pregnant with Aidan, and even though this pregnancy has brought more pain and discomfort than the last one, I love it, too!
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I love the feeling and the knowledge that I am growing a human being inside my body. Even though this is my second time around, it still blows my mind that a little person is growing and developing in there, and that I am responsible for making him grow. It is truly the greatest thing I have ever done with my life.
The most special part about it for me is feeling the baby move and kick. Feeling those movements is thrilling to me, even when they hurt or hit places I don’t particularly want to be hit! When I was pregnant with Aidan, I was so sad when my pregnancy was coming to an end because I knew that also meant an end to feeling him move inside me.
I can’t even really explain why I enjoy it so much. Maybe it’s the reassurance that he’s alive and well in there when I can’t see him. Maybe it makes the pregnancy feel more “real” to me. Maybe it’s the connection it helps me feel with the baby. It’s probably a combination of all those things. But mostly I think I enjoy it because it is a constant reminder of the wondrous miracle that is the process of pregnancy and childbirth. One I never want to take for granted because it is a very special privilege that not every woman gets to experience.
If you are currently pregnant or planning to get pregnant soon, I want to encourage you to make the most of this time with your baby. I’ve said it before, but you have years to enjoy that child outside the womb and only nine months to feel him/her inside. Don’t be in such a rush to move onto the next stage that you don’t fully appreciate the wonder of what is happening inside your body right now. Even during the painful moments or uncomfortable phases, growing a baby is a miraculous experience – relish in that!
I would also like to encourage you to jot down your thoughts and experiences during pregnancy! Though it takes a little time in the moment, I promise you won’t regret having done it in the years to come. It is so special to go back through what I wrote about my pregnancy with Aidan and let the memories fill my heart again. It doesn’t have to be anything formal, either! With Aidan, I had a simple Word document that I would quickly add notes to in bulleted form. It took only a minute to jot down a couple things to help me remember until I had the time to go back and rewrite it in sentence form. Whatever works for you!
This pregnancy, I’m keeping my notes in my Choose Love: A Mother’s Blessing Gratitude Journal
from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom, which I LOVE! It’s not a pregnancy journal, but I use it to record special moments both in Aidan’s life and in this pregnancy. It’s set up with a couple lines for every single day of the year to quickly write down memories, milestones, funny stories, or cute things your kids said or did that day. It’s a wonderful way to record all the special reasons I’m grateful for being a mom, and I love going back and rereading what I’ve written.
Baby #2 is getting more and more active, and the movements are getting stronger all the time! I love this phase of pregnancy, and I am so grateful for the chance to experience it.
What aspects of motherhood, in whatever season you are currently in, are you loving right now? Even if the days are long, the terrain is rocky, and the attitudes abound for you right now, what is one thing that you can be grateful for today? If you’re willing, share it in the comments below so we can all be reminded of the blessings in the journey!
If you enjoyed this post, check out others in the series:
- What I Love About Motherhood: April
- What I Love About Motherhood: February
- What I Love About Motherhood: January