letters to bg2

Letters to BG2 (Week 32)

Dear Baby Girl, 

It’s snowwwwing!! We took the belly shot photo shoot on the road tonight to take advantage of the cool (no pun intended) backdrop.  We worked fast since Mommy wasn’t wearing a coat and didn’t want you to get too cold! I’ve got to admit, in the past I’ve always despised the white stuff, but there’s something about the first snowfall of the year that is still exciting.  And I also am finding myself warming up to it more and more now that I’m a parent. I start to think about you and your brother having fun playing outside in it for the first time together, building snow people, being pulled around the neighborhood hills in sleds, then coming inside with red little noses where I’ll warm you up with some mugs of hot marshmallowy cocoa.  I can’t wait for your Daddy and I to make a lifetime of memories with you two.  Suddenly I feel very antsy to meet you.  Up until now this pregnancy has flown by.  I know it’s going to continue to, especially given all of the other distractions that come with the holiday season, but now it seems like things are slowing down and I want to speed them up.  You’re practically full-size in there at this point.  My newsletters approximate that you’re around 19 inches and 4.5 lbs.  I am just dying to know what you’re going to look like – redhead like your brother…brunette like Mommy…sandy haired like Daddy? And I can’t wait for that moment when I pull you onto my chest and we first lay eyes on one another.  I’ve been daydreaming about it ever since I found out you were real.  All that said, it’s still much too early.  So keep growing strong in there and we will see you when it’s safe and you are good and ready to come on out.  

xoxo,

Your Mommy

Letters to BG2 (Week 27)

Dear Baby Girl, 

We are two thirds of the way there! This whole pregnancy is just flying by at warp speed. I still can’t believe the final trimester is already here.   Now that it is, you are apparently impossible not to notice. Lots of people comment on you these days… the mail lady, the woman at library sing-a-long who walked up to me to tell me “sweetie, you are *definitely* having a girl this time.” So I guess it is time to get down to business.  I had my last monthly OBGYN appointment today, meaning now we will check in with them every two weeks, and then once/week during the final month  Eep! I also got the flu shot while I was there and had my glucose tolerance test.  Is it weird I never mind those sugary drinks too much? I guess I really have developed a sweet tooth! Lets hope for both our sakes it comes back negative.  We don’t want any complications for either one of us, and it’d also be really, really sad to not be able to eat cookies after breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Especially with the holidays approaching.  Whaaaat? Maybe you’ll understand yourself someday. And besides, you’re only pregnant once twice, right?! ;) It’s crazy to think that after you are here that will (probably) be it for us. Your Daddy and I were talking how right now we feel like we are kind of defined as “a young couple with a baby,” but once you get here we will instantly switch over to that more official, stereotypical son/daughter four-person “family.” We’re just waiting on that final piece and it won’t be much longer until she’s here! 

xoxo,

Your Mama

P.S. Did I mention the doc also said she thought it looked like your head was already pointing down at this appointment!! 

Letters to BG2 (Week 17)

Dear BG2, 

I’ve got to be honest with you… this week has been a bit rough.  Your Daddy was away for work and I was pretty under the weather while playing single mom at home with your brother. I’m not sure if it was some strange virus or maybe pregnancy hormones, but every evening around the same time my temp would start to rise and I’d get a severe headache.  Usually after a good night’s sleep it would be gone in the morning.  But Thursday night, like clockwork, the most brutal headache of all came on and just grew more and more debilitating all the way through Saturday morning.  So bad it had me in tears and unable to do much of anything, even sleep.  

By this time, thankfully your Daddy was home from Atlanta and able to help look after your brother and me.  We desperately needed him! When I called your doctor on Friday to run everything by them and make sure it was nothing to be concerned about, they wanted me to get in that day just to be sure. I’ve got to admit I was eager to do so as well.  Fortunately it wasn’t preeclempsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure) and your heart beat sounded perfect.  Their guess was it was viral or pregnancy migraines.  Not pleasant for me, but not harmful to you.  Whew! That’s all I needed to hear.  

And now the headaches have lifted and I feel like a new woman again.  I’ve got to tell you, you sure are making your own mark from the get-go.  Morning sickness, GI bugs, and now these bizarre mystery migraines.  I didn’t experience nearly as many “exciting” things when your brother was in my belly.  But don’t worry.  I promise I don’t hold any of it against you.  I just love to imagine what it all means and how you two will be similar and different once you’re out here in the real world.  Five more months until we’ll begin to find out! 

Love, 

Mommy

Letters to BG2 (Week 39/40)

Dear Baby Girl, 

I still can’t believe the wait is over and you’re finally here! In fact, on the day we took these final “belly shot” photos (New Years Eve), we were already celebrating your one week birthday.  Since the day you were born you’ve already shown a lot of personality.  You are such a sweet, easygoing little girl… sleeping most of the day (and even much of the night) and just letting out tiny little squeaks when you need a diaper, milk, or some cuddles. You mastered breastfeeding almost the second you came out and have been a great eater ever since.  In fact, between your day three and day five weight checks you gained FIVE ounces.  Half an ounce to one full ounce per day is considered normal.  Your pediatrician was floored, little Miss Over Achiever! Your big brother is smitten with you, always very concerned and alerting us whenever you do let  out the tiniest little sound.  You seem to recognize him, or at least his voice, as well, and try hard to focus on his face whenever he is near.  I guess the walls in that womb weren’t very thick, eh? Lastly, you have one of the prettiest little smiles.  I know it’s not a real one just yet, but it doesn’t matter.  You flash it frequently after nursing and it’s one of the sweetest sights I’ve ever seen. I know there’s still so much we have to learn about you.  As much as I want to freeze your growth with every single second that passes, I also know there is so much more fun ahead and I can’t wait to learn more about who you really are.  

xoxo,

Your Mommy

Letters to BG2 (Week 33)

Dear Baby Girl, 

Today I looked at the expiration date on a jug of apple cider in the fridge: December 25, 2012.  Then it dawned on me that that is two days before your due date.  Yow! It’s November.  This is the last month before the one in which you’ll most likely be born.  Unless you’re late. But lets not be late.  I have this feeling you are either going to be two days early (Christmas day… eek!) or two days late (your brother’s birthday… double eek!!).  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens since this is one of the few things in life that none of us really has any control over.  

Everyone’s been noticing and asking about you these days.  I guess that means I’m looking especially house-like. The adorable thing is all the men who stop to inquire about you.  Young baggers at the grocery store, older men at the mall, middle-aged guys behind the counter when I am ordering lunch.  Maybe they just aren’t as scared of being wrong and sticking their foot in their mouth compared to us females.  But whatever it is, it’s fun to have an excuse to engage with so many kind strangers. 

You’ve been having lots of hiccups lately.  It’s cute, although it feels extra funny when I’m driving since I’m pretty sure you are head down by now and resting pretty low in my pelvic area.  But with the exception of not being able to sleep at all lately (hello pregsomnia… my mind is always racing whenever my head hits the pillow these days), you are still treating me very well and I can’t thank you enough for that! 

xoxo, 

Mommy

Letters to BG2 (Week 25)

Dear BG2, 

You *really* like Oreos, don’t you? Somehow your mama may have managed to polish off an entire sleeve of them herself tonight.  Oops…let’s all make a wish right now that I pass my glucose test in three weeks!  But the fun part began a little while later when you started bouncing up a storm inside there.  Remember how I said a week ago something along the lines of you having a daintier left hook than your brother? I completely take that back now! You were also doing this really crazy-feeling thing where you’d run a fist or heel or something near my belly button and just keep it up there pushing out for a while at a time.  I rested my hand in that spot and we just kind of touched like that for a few moments at a time.  Your Daddy got to experience it too.  Such an out-of-this-world feeling that no words will ever be able to describe.  Pretty soon I imagine you’ll start running out of room in there, but for right now we both seem to be faring pretty well.  My bump is pretty manageable and I’m even still able to squeeze into my regular jeans! But that’s all bound to change very, very soon, I’m sure.  After all, starting tomorrow, your estimated due date is less than fifteen weeks away! Enjoy the somersaults now while you can, my little gymnast.  Knowing this could very well be the last time I will get to experience them, I know I sure am! 

xoxo,

Your Mommy

Letters to BG2 (Week 37)

Dear Baby Girl, 

We still have two weeks and a day until your due date, however, since early this morning you had me thinking that today might be the real deal. For the first time in months I finally got a decent night’s sleep (eight hours and only woke up three times to use the bathroom!), but then I felt off ever since waking up. Not like I was in labor, but just odd – hot flashes and my stomach was having rock hard Braxton Hicks contractions every time I stood up or did anything physical.  I stayed off my feet as much as possible and here we are an hour away from midnight/the start of week 38 and I don’t appear to be in labor.  As much as 12/12/12 would’ve been a very cool birthday, I’m okay with you staying in there as long as you need.  Well, within reason, of course. :)  The good news now is that, as of last Thursday, you are officially considered “full term,” so you should fare just fine whenever you decide to come on out.  It’s always a relief to make it to that point.  Your Daddy and I have done a lot of prepping for your arrival.  Your clothes are washed and organized, we’ve got your carseat now, the freezer is stocked with casseroles and breakfast burritos we prepped over the weekend, I wrote out my birth plan and everyone’s hospital bag has been packed! So now we just sit and wait on high alert while I overanalyze every tummy grumble and tingle until one day it will be the real thing. Eep!! 

xoxo,

Your mommy