All I can think of when I think of this baby girl growing inside of me is that it’s just weird. It’s definitely a miracle and we are SO thankful for this little one and how smooth this pregnancy has gone. But the fact that I am growing a human right now is just weird. Good weird, but weird.
And while I’m being honest… it’s been hard getting used to all of these odd changes that happen with my body during pregnancy. The biggest one (obviously) is that there is a baby bump that prohibits me from moving/going/doing as easily as I’m used to. One turn too quickly and some muscle or ligament screams at me in protest. And my bending over days are almost over too. Good thing squats are a regular thing at crossfit because I’m prepped and ready to be doing plenty of that from now until February!
Baby Catherine has been moving a lot more recently too! Ben was even able to feel her kick one night last week. But again, it’s just weird. She and I are having regular conversations about lots of things, but one of them is about her being gentle instead of flat out poking mommy in the stomach (as she did during some portraits at Sunday’s wedding!). She’s definitely more active when things are going on… when music is being played, when Ben and I are talking and laughing… although she is usually up and at ‘em in the evenings when we’ve finished dinner and are just hanging out. There are a few times during the day when I’ll forget that I’m pregnant but it’s about that time that she starts moving around to remind me that she’s definitely in there!
It’s also strange to think that after 35 years (as of Sunday!), I’m going to be a mom (in about 4 months). Every once in a while I’ll look at Ben and say, “We’re going to be parents. PARENTS!” and I’ll have a freak out moment. But it’s the times that I’m sitting alone and reading or praying that God gives me peace over all of this like only He can. It’s almost like when we got married and it was just as wonderful and a bit scary because it was something my heart had desired for SO long and it seemed like all of a sudden… it was here. It’s just surreal! Almost 3 years ago, I was walking down the aisle to pledge my life to the most amazing man and it’s like we’re there again. Only this time we’ll be walking into a hospital to bring this amazing baby girl into the world.
And truth be told… all weird pregnancy symptoms and pains and everything else aside… I can’t wait. Because it’s going to be amazing.
We’ve been mostly good at getting weekly photos… so here’s the collection from mid-summer until last week (we are hoping to get week 23’s photo this morning!). Some days I feel like I look about 10 weeks ahead of where I am, but I just keep reminding myself that every baby and every mom is different. I’ve been wanting to show for a long time and I’m definitely showing now! So I’m doing my best to just soak it all in :-)
A huge THANK YOU to everyone that entered the giveaway yesterday! The two winners are…
Ginny Rexroad Chan and Rachelle Chase!!
So be on the lookout early next week for an email from me!
This particular giveaway is over, but if you would like to support one of these two families, you can purchase one of these prints for $30. All profit will be split in half and sent to each of my sweet friends! Just email me if you’re interested (email@example.com)!