Monday, August 28, 2006

buddha

I've hit that stage in pregnancy.

That glorious wonderful stage where you feel fantastic, with loads of energy, and a belly just big enough to be cute, but not big enough to be cumbersome. I feel the baby moving all the time these days, kicking and rolling and making himself or herself known. He or she seems to respond to the sounds outside, like the dog's squeaky toy, or Josh pressing his mouth against my belly button every morning and sounding a fake wake-up bugle alarm, as if the baby were in the Army. I'll bet he or she just loves that.

I'm aware every day of this wonderful event that is happening to us. I get weekly emails reminding me of the baby's stages of growth and development, as well as notes on what I might be feeling. Each Monday morning, when I open my email, these notes remind me of the miraculous thing that is happening to the wee monkey, who we call Buddha most of the time, after my growing Buddha belly.

I told Josh the other day that I never want this to end. This newness, this feeling of excitement, the knowledge that we'll never do this for the first time again. I don't doubt that the love and excitement and anticipation are the same with subsequent pregnancies, but this exhilaration tinged with fear? Does it ever happen again? Every day feels like an adventure.

And all of this doesn't even take into account the reactions of friends, family and colleagues around me! People seem to love pregnant women! My colleagues are incredibly helpful and complimentary, people stop me in the halls to inquire as to how I'm feeling. They are all just so nice, I'm definitely sure I don't want this part of it to end!

People keep telling me that one day I'll be so uncomfortable and tired that I'll start wishing for the pregnancy to be over, and I do hope I reach that stage (although hopefully not until after December 25th). I'm anxious to meet this baby, but at the same time I'm so enjoying how great I feel and how fabulous having the baby inside is, that I hate for it to end.

This pregnancy is flying by, I want to savor every moment! Grateful and happy is my new motto!

16 comments:

liz said...

I loved that part of pregnancy. LOVED. IT. Often, that's the part I remember best. But the last month is the part Mr. Spock remembers best. What with me saying "oy" all the time.

Jill said...

I'm glad that you are feeling well and are enjoying and appreciating your pregnancy so much. What a blessing!

Ninotchka said...

I love your new motto. It should be everyone's motto. I'm so glad you're enjoying this pregnancy. It is a marvelous time in a woman's life for sure!

chatty cricket said...

Hurrah! This is my favorite part! That, and the actual baby that comes out of the deal.

I will tell you one thing, when this pregnancy does yield the wee little monkey, the nice and the feeling special definitely will NOT end. People made me feel even more special once Lady was here to see! I love being her Mom, people LOVE babies!!

Hurrah! Feeling happy and grateful shall continue indefinitely!

Nancy said...

The phase you are in is an amazing one. I honestly remember the 2nd trimester of my first pregnancy as one of the best times of my life. Enjoy the planning, the wonderful feelings, and the attention as long as possible! (hopefully right up until that baby is born!)

donna said...

I feel the same way! I love the attention and the kind way people speak to me. It's also nice to have a built in excuse to not do things, like carry the laundry up and down the stairs, or go buy dog foog because the bag is too heavy.

I can't wait to meet and kiss and cuddle the baby, but at the same time, I don't want to stop being pregnant!

Yankee, Transferred said...

Although I never wished I could experience it, you make it sound so appealing! I'm glad you're loving pregnancy so much.

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Jessica said...

I am so glad you are enjoying this, HL - I think so many expectant mothers just want to get it over with (and, often, justifiably so)...your perspective is refreshing.

Maribeth said...

Trust me. Another month and you will be ready for the kid to come out! LOL!
So glad you are happy, healthy and enjoying the pregnancy.

Lisa V said...

I loved being pregnant. Every the awful early trimester. I worked so hard to have both my successful pregnancies that I enjoyed them.

The last week I was pregnant with Sunshine I was ready for it to be over, but otherwise, I loved it.

ccw said...

This is the best part of pregnancy, whether it is a first or subsequent one.

I was just as excited with Nonami as I was with with Kid L, but my pregnancy with NSBH was so horrible that excitement was difficult to muster. So, in my experience it depends upon the quality of pregnancy.

Jane Dark said...

Yay! So glad that you're enjoying yourself!

Rev Dr Mom said...

I remember feeling that way, too. Savor every moment!

jo(e) said...

I love the middle months of pregnancy.

Savor it!

Jenny Rough said...

Found your blog though a friend. What a wonderful post. Glad you're enjoying your pregnancy. My mom always talks about how much she loved all of hers (I'm not on that road yet, so we'll see).