Maxee is making herself known to me and the world.
I thought I felt her little flutter kicks starting around week 7.
Seemed a bit early, but when I sat quietly in the morning with my hand on my stomach, before having breakfast, it was as though she was right there next to my hand.
I would pray for and over her and I would feel these slight pitter-patter of ‘kicks’ on my palm.
As the weeks have gone on, these little precious morning moments have turned into delightful reminders throughout the day of how much she is growing.
Now, my stomach actually moves from the inside!
I can feel these big movements and watch them pop out of my stomach.
Hubby is now able to feel her and at times, she flips and flops on both sides.
There is no way of hiding my stomach and I have moved into maternity clothes.
She is here and making herself present to be known to the world.
I am loving growing this girl.
In my past, weight gain and a less than slender figure would spin me into an unhealthy mental state.
With help over the years, I have been able to arrest these shameful/condemning feelings and thoughts and instead now see my body as a gift that is to be nurtured.
Today, I love my growing belly and praise God for the pound/week weight gain.
Thus far I have gained between 10-15lbs, wahoo!!
Keep this girl growing healthy.
We went in for our half-way-point (20-week) check-up which is also known as the Anatomy Scan.
How incredible was this ultrasound!
We haven’t seen Maxee since week 9 so it was such a surprise to see how much she has grown and how much of a human she has developed into.
Fascinated by the little nose, bones, ribs, toes, fingers… I cried.
That is our beautiful baby girl.
I was overtaken with emotion.
She was flipping all over the place and putting herself into some funky yoga positions.
How flexible she is in there!
The ultrasound tech was measuring the different parts of her body.
Her stomach, her heart, and the 4 chambers of her heart, her brain, her leg length.
It’s all there.
Between the kicking and now the visual of her inside of me, a tiny human, I am attaching myself to her more each day.
Knowing that these next 5 months will fly by and she will be in my arms before I know it, I hold true to the motto of living for this day to stay fully present and aware of the gift of being 5 months pregnant.