One of my bestest of best friends posted some quotes on her blog last week, and I was particularly struck by these two:
Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.
~E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
(I’ve adopted this one as my mantra as I am now 41 weeks pregnant with this little girlie… it is a particular and purposeful effort to appreciate this time of waiting as something special unto itself, instead of an annoyance to be passed by as quickly as possible. I may not always succeed in this attitude, but the more I read these words, the more my mindset molds to this way of thinking. With just a couple of days left now, I am relishing the sweetness and delight of the anticipation. With this being my second sweet babe, I know even better what kind of loveliness awaits, and it is indeed a rich and steady time!).
Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.
(Oh how true this is! Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder. The perfect words to capture pregnancy! What a mysterious and weird experience it is to watch your body morph into something entirely different. My body has a miracle taking place within, and I get to watch it and experience it all first-hand. And in the midst of this roundness and wideness is a new person, who is yet unknown to me. What will she look like? Will she be strong-willed and feisty like her mama and brother? Or will she be gentle with a quiet strength like her daddy? What an astonishing privilege to know her from her conception, give birth to her, and watch her grow as the years go by).
Dear little one of mine…
I am anticipating meeting you with great excitement. I have been your mama from the very first moment God began to knit you together in my womb, and I always will be. You have caused me a few “inconveniences” along the way so far, with many more to come I’m sure, but you’re worth it, kiddo. Now, if you wouldn’t mind vacating my belly (if you’re ready, of course) so that we can hang out and fall in love face to face, I’d really appreciate it. Newborn baby heads smell so nice, and I’m craving the sweet cuddles that only tiny babies can give. So… Monday works for me. See you then?