Passing the halfway mark

40 weeks seem like a long time to wait. 9 months feels like a lot of time to prepare for the arrival of a baby. But when you hit the 20 week mark, things accelerate at a surreal speed. The bump is growing bigger every waking hour. More clothes now don’t fit and there’s no doubting it. Some workout regimes are more difficult to accomplish and don’t even think about sit ups.
I’m constantly amazed at the fact that life is forming inside of me. I remember threading so carefully during my first trimester. I recall thinking, ‘when will my baby bump start showing?’ And before long, I’m 23 weeks and progressing well into the second trimester of my pregnancy.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, from books to magazines to online articles. And I’ve noted that at 16 weeks some pregnant women will begin to feel their baby’s first kick. I was expectant and excited to feel it for myself. At 16 weeks while chatting with some friends, I felt a light tap. I wasn’t waiting for it, it wasn’t timed, and I definitely wasn’t thinking about it. So it all came as a very pleasant surprise. I had to admit that I was second guessing whether it was a kick or just gas. I suppose for first time moms, somehow you need double confirmation and assurance since everything is new. So I waited. 1 day, 2 days, 1 week passed… nothing. I decided to wait it out.

18 weeks came along and all the doubts evaporated. The kicks were more obvious now but still very sporadic. Every little kick made my heart leap. It felt like taps from within or ripples swirling in the stomach. My baby was moving and I was overjoyed! We even counted his little fingers at a recent gynae’s appointment. 1-2-3-4 fingers and thumb on one hand and the same for the other. His tiny hands were wiggling on the ultrasound. How precious!

I’m really enjoying this magnificent journey of pregnancy and pre-parenthood. I can’t help but realize that my heart swells with so much thanksgiving, appreciation for life and wonder at our Creator.

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