We’re Havin’ a BABY!

a letter to my baby
April 20, 2008, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Contentment | Tags: ,

Dear baby,

I don’t yet know your name, but somehow I know you. I’m your mom.  You aren’t born yet, but the days and weeks are slipping by so quickly, it’ll be that time before we know it.  You’re getting so big & growing so quickly. You’ve been developing for almost 20 weeks now, so you’re halfway to your birthday! How exciting! The web says that you are probably around 7 inches long now, plus your legs (that’s just how they measure it right now).  I hope I’m giving you everything you need to grow healthy and strong.

I already am in love with you. I know we haven’t officially met, but I can’t help it.  You are my baby, and I’m your mom. I just know I’m gonna be in love with you forever.  “They” say that motherhood is difficult.  Kids grow up, are strong-willed, make decisions that their parents don’t like, and sometimes get hurt.  I’m still gonna love you. I’ll love you no matter what you do or don’t do, say or don’t say.  I’ll love you just because you’re my baby. I hope I’m a good mom. I hope you always know how much I love you.

I love being pregnant with you. It’s an adventure (especially because you’re my first).  You are so special. I’ve been waiting for you my whole life.  Ever since I was old enough to play with dolls, I knew I wanted to be a mom. God has been preparing my heart for you ever since he first created me. One day, when you’re all grown up, and wonder how I felt when I was young and pregnant with you, know this: I love it! It’s the most amazing gift that I’ve ever been given.

Your daddy can’t wait to see you. Soon I hope to feel your kicking and moving, and to let him feel it too. He loves you so much, and gives you kisses through my belly every day. He’s an absolutely amazing person, and is gonna be an incredible dad. He will love you with a love that is unfathomable. We love each other so much, it takes my breath away sometimes.  I just shake my head and wonder how in the world I got so lucky!  We have the ultimate example in God’s love for us.  I hope you love God when you grow up too. He is the one who gave you to us, and who sustains us.  God loves you so much my baby, and he always will. Even more than us, your mom & dad.

You are loved baby. You are loved by so many people, even now. Your grandparents, great-grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends all are waiting eagerly to meet you.  But don’t grow up too quickly baby, because I don’t want to miss anything. I am grateful for each day God has given to us to be together.  You are beautiful already because you are God’s creation. I pray we always cherish you like the gift from God that you are!

I love you already,

love, your mom.


Made Me Laugh…
April 9, 2008, 12:59 am
Filed under: belly watch, well meaning strangers

Forgot to mention a funny story from the babymoon…

When we were at dinner at the fancy restaurant, I was holding the menu in my lap (sorta over my belly – it was the big hard-cover style menu). The waitress asked us if what we’d like to drink. Chris asked what they had other than alcohol and pop. Now this being wine-country, it’s almost expected that you would get a glass of wine with dinner. Anyway, we decided on virgin raspberry daiqueries, and she gave us a few more minutes to decide on our entrees.

When she came back, I ordered and then moved the menu away and folded it to give to her. She saw my belly (looking quite round), and said “OH! You’re PREGNANT!” lol! It was so hilarious. It was like it all of a sudden became clear that I wasn’t strange for not ordering wine, I was just pregnant!

She asked how far along, said congrats, etc. and offered me the advice to swim alot to get through the hot days of summer during pregnancy.

Anyway, it amused me alot…

A Babymoon is a Beautiful Thing… (18 weeks)
April 9, 2008, 12:44 am
Filed under: babymoon, Contentment, milestones, YAY BABIES!

Well, life’s been crazy lately. Actually I kind of prefer it that way. I’m not sure what “not busy and nothing to do” would look like, or if I might just waste away my days being an unproductive member of society, eating and watching daytime television.

Nonetheless a few days off is always a blessing (and more appreciated when it’s in the midst of the busyness). That’s what I got to do last week.

Two weeks less a day ago, I flew to New Brunswick. My Nana and Grampa picked me up at the airport at 11pm. I spent Thursday with them (spent several hours looking at old pictures of relatives from the last century or so. My Nana is trying to put them all together with dates/names, etc. so that it’s not “lost history” when she’s gone). On Friday, Georgina and the Steeves’ picked me up and we headed down to Halifax for the Halifax MissionsFest (called Jesus to the Nations). I helped with booth duty in representing AIM and talking to people interested in missions. Chris flew in Friday night to Halifax to help us. Then we all drove back to NB Monday morning. They dropped us off at Nana and Grampa’s house, where we stayed until EARLY Thursday morning. It was a wonderful few days of domino matches with Nana & Grampa, Roger & Judy (great-aunt & uncle), being spoiled with Nana’s cooking, sitting around reading, sleeping in, and enjoying the quiet. One day we went to a sugar camp to show Chris how maple syrup is made.  It was too bad they weren’t boiling yet due to the lateness this year of the season, but it was still fun.  I also got to see my 17-yr-old cousin, Shawna, and her new boyfriend, Adam. They are adorable! I feel stinkin’ old though… I remember the day she was born. I said that to my Nana, and she said “how do you think I feel, having a pregnant grand-daughter!!?” haha!

We got up at the ungodly hour of 4am (3am Toronto time) on Thursday morning to catch our flight back to Toronto, where our awesome friends picked us up at the airport at 7:27am! We went home, did a load of laundry, patted our very needy kitties, and hit the road again for our BABYMOON (like a honeymoon, but done as a “last vacation before baby comes” thing)!!!

We went to Niagara-on-the-lake to a B&B (John’s Gate B&B, which we now highly recommend!). We were there until Sunday. It was such a glorious time! I can’t remember the last time I felt that relaxed and spoiled! There was a gourmet breakfast waiting for us every morning (and I mean seriously gourmet – Saturday had 3 courses!!!), we had a king-size bed, an ensuite bathroom with a tub for bubble baths, a chocolate on our pillows each night… and the list goes on! The weather was gorgeous (except one day was rainy). We went to a dinner theatre one night, the spa all day one day, the Shaw Festival to see Wonderful Town (AMAZING!!!), walked around on historic Queen St in the town (2 minutes from the B&B), and went for a fancy dinner at a fancy schmancy pants restaurant (I was classy enough to sneak a few pics though, so I’ll be scrapping them)… there were so many little things that just made my day each day, but it would take a long time to write them all down. I’m gonna scrapbook the weekend, so you’ll have to just check it out when it’s done!

Anyway… if you’re pregnant, I highly recommend a babymoon. It’s good for the soul!
If you’re not pregnant, go to Niagara-on-the-lake for some other reason. It’s such a cute little town.

And last but not least….

I am 18 weeks pregnant today! Haven’t felt any movement yet (that I can confirm is definitely baby). That’s apparently normal, but I could start feeling it pretty well anytime. Looking forward to that!!!