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Letters to My Little One | 36 Weeks In My Belly

 

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

To my little peanut,

 

I just wrote June, little one. June will most likely be your birth month (unless you decide you are too comfortable and wait till July!). Your due date is fast approaching! Physically, I feel great! I’m starting to move a little slower and waddle, but I really do feel great.  I can feel your big movements everyday. You are definitely starting to run out of room, I can tell. Don’t worry! We’re almost there! Then you’ll be outside of the womb and in my arms. And I will snuggle you so much and love you so much. Just 4 more weeks to go, little one.

I love it when your daddy explains why he is so excited for you to come. He’s excited to hold you. He’s excited to teach you. He’s excited to watch you learn on your own. He’s excited to watch you grow and develop. He’s excited to see you smile for the first time. But, most importantly, he’s excited to be your dad. (Little side note, little one, if you came on Father’s Day, I think I’d be OK with that!). I can tell as time is getting closer to your arrival just how excited daddy is about you coming into this world. And I am excited, too! You’ve definitely got us both wrapped around your cute little fingers already. And you’re not even in our arms yet!

I think we are pretty much ready for you. We have so many cute little outfits for you, some toys, and some books! You also have a really nice stroller and car seat for all of your travel needs. One thing we have yet to do is set up your crib. But that’s on the agenda this weekend, so don’t worry about your sleeping arrangements when you arrive. Mommy and daddy have you covered.

I’m in shock. I really can’t believe it is June. I remember when I found out I was pregnant, last October, I couldn’t believe it. We had tried for so long to get pregnant. And there was the little ‘pregnant’ sign on my pregnancy test saying I was pregnant with you. And now I am shock that it’s June. That the due date of June 29th is only 4 short weeks away. A month really isn’t that long at all. I am so excited to hold you. To care for you. To love you. To watch you grow. To see those hiccups in real life (you are hiccuping right now as I type this, it’s so cute!). To teach you about anything and everything. You’re a miracle, little one, you always will be in my eyes. You make me so happy already I’m not sure how I could be happier once you’re here, but I know I will be!

The count down is on.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Letters to My Little One | 34 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

To my little peanut,

34 weeks little one. 34! Only 6 short weeks left, and you’re fully developed and ready for this crazy world. You love to move lately. Not that you weren’t moving before (you definitely were!) but I can feel you so much better now. You’re bigger, too. Which makes momma slightly more uncomfortable, but that’s ok. You’re going to be here before I know it and I am trying my best to prepare for you! I am comforted by the fact that it doesn’t have to be perfect for you (because, let’s face it, you won’t remember any of this). Which means it doesn’t have to be perfect for me! I just need the essentials and I’ll make it by.

I am preparing my job for when I go on maternity leave, training new people and making sure everything gets covered there. I am doing my best to prepare our small little apartment for your arrival. We had the baby shower this past week and it was so much fun to spend time and celebrate your arrival. So many people showed up to make me and you feel loved. Because, little one, you are already loved! I am so excited to finally hold you in my arms and to sing little songs to you and whisper ‘I love you’. It’s going to be the best thing in the world and I am ecstatic.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Letters to My Little One | 32 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

To my little peanut,

This is crazy. I just wrote May. The next month is your due date month! Daddy and I are super busy getting ready for you to come. We’re preparing for your beautiful birth. We’re preparing for you mentally. All you need to know is that we will be as prepared as we can be when you get here. This morning, daddy and I snuggled you. It was the first time since I’ve been pregnant with you that I really felt like a family. You and daddy are my adorable little family and I am so happy. Daddy’s excited, too. He hugs my stomach and talks to you. It melts my heart!

I haven’t had much physical change, besides you growing and pushing my stomach out more. The main thing is having some hip discomforts. My midwife told me I now needed to sit down when I put my pants on. Take the steps one at a time (that’s more of workout than the normal way to walk up steps!). After taking these precautions, my hips are feeling much better. I’m thankful for a midwife who knows what she is talking about and listens to my needs.

I am excited this week for my next doctor’s appointment. I love listening to your heart beat. It’s so perfect. My midwife always says you’re one happy little baby. I sure like to think you’re happy and smiley just like your daddy! I can’t wait to see what you will be like. Will you smile all the time? Will you have hair? What will your nose look like? Your eyes? Will you have dark hair? Ahh! I just can’t wait to meet you!

My baby app tells me that I will gain about 1 pound from now until you get here, and most of that will go to you! Which means you are growing! And fast! But it makes me so happy. I am so amazed at what my body has done. My body has created a miracle and continues to help it grow. Even after birth, I’ll help you grow. It’s incredible. Motherhood is beautiful and I’m so happy you are my child. I’m so excited to meet you, and so is daddy! We only have about two months left, little one. And you are doing great. Mommy is doing great, too! We still have leaps to jump over together, but soon enough (in just four short bi weekly updates) you’ll be here. I’m so proud of how you are growing and I’m proud to be your mommy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Letters to My Little One | 30 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

To my little peanut,

This month is the month I start going to the doctor twice. Then May I go twice, and then June is every week. We’re so close, it’s amazing. But can you believe we only have 10 weeks left? I certainly can’t. I’ve enjoyed our 30 weeks together so far. Of course there’s been up and downs, like how I was sick for the first trimester. Or how for the second one I was just plain tired. And now that I’m in the third one, I’m tired and sore! You’re growing so fast, I’m amazed. You also kick harder (gee thanks!) and you also like to move a lot more. I love feeling your little movements in the morning. Sometimes it distracts me from my work. I’m just so proud and happy you are moving so much and getting so big. I absolutely love you so much. I can’t even describe it.

I’m amazed at what my body is doing. You’re a miracle. Last night I was laying in bed and you were moving around so much. When I looked down I could see every movement you made. It was amazing to see. And it made daddy and me smile.

I really can’t complain about my pregnancy. I feel like I got it pretty easy. I was sick for the first trimester, but after that I feel pretty good. I’m tired a lot. But, I tried taking a nap one day last week and was so wired I couldn’t go to sleep that night. So, I try to avoid naps now. Other than being tired and can’t sleep, it’s been a pretty good pregnancy. As far as psychical changes to my body, I almost don’t have a belly button. It’s just flat. But I love it!

Your favorite thing is music. I can tell because anytime I have music on, you are squirming like crazy! It’s so cute. You especially love it when the song has a good beat, when I play the piano, and when I sing along (I’m so sorry!). I hope you love music when you’re born, as well. Other things you enjoy is when I eat (you act like I’m starving you!) and car rides. You also like to keep mommy up at night with your big kicks and movements.

30 weeks down, 10 weeks to go. 10 weeks! In just 10 short weeks, we’ll meet face to face! You’ll meet daddy and your aunts and uncles and your grandparents! In just 10 weeks. So, as always, grow little one. Grow and stay healthy. We’ll see each other soon enough, and then a whole new adventure will begin.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Letters to My Little One | 28 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

To my little peanut,

Did I really just write April? Your due date is approaching so fast. This week was mommy’s birthday (daddy’s was last week!). I woke up on my birthday with a ton of kicks from you. I could even see you move. It was a great birthday present and I will cherish it forever. Thank you, little one, for that nice wake up call! Daddy felt and saw you move, too. He’s so proud of how big you are getting and how strong you are getting. I was recently looking at a phone picture I took of myself when you were just 13 weeks along…my how we both have changed! But I love it so much, little one. You truly are a miracle.

My next doctor’s appointment is the glucose test. I am not looking forward to it at all. But I sure hope I pass. I am excited to once again hear your heartbeat and see how you’re doing. Since this week marks 28 weeks, we now officially only have 12 weeks left. That’s 3 months. I can’t believe how fast it’s going. I cherish the little moments we spend together on a daily basis. I know that once you get here, time will go by so quickly. That’s one of the main reasons I started photography. I wanted to be able to capture my kids and hold on to memories that way. I hope I don’t annoy you with always having the camera in your face!

Your daddy and I are (finally) going to IKEA this weekend to pick up your crib and dresser. I’m so excited! I received some baby clothes from my wonderful cousin and don’t have a good place to put them yet. Come Saturday, we will! Everything is starting to fall into place and I am so excited.

Up until this next doctor’s appointment, I was having them every 4 weeks. Now it’s going to be every 2 weeks. I really can’t believe I am already to that point in my pregnancy. I also can’t believe it’s the fourth month of the year and you come the end of the sixth month!

As I am typing this right now you are hiccuping like crazy! It’s really cute. I love that you are developing and getting bigger. I can tell you are growing. You are stronger. Your kicks are stronger. Your movements bigger. You love to move in the morning. So much that you make my stomach move and I love that so much. Your aunt gets so annoyed with you because I say you are moving and she tries to feel my stomach to feel you move and you immediately stop. It never fails. It’s so funny, you’re already driving your aunt crazy. I am just extremely happy you don’t do that to your daddy. I honestly think you like it when your daddy talks to you and touches my belly. You always squirm the most when he’s around.

Little one, you are loved. There are so many people helping your mom and dad prepare for you. I hope I never forget the love and help I have received from people already in my pregnancy.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Letters to My Little One | 26 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

To my little peanut,

 

My stomach is getting more + more round. And it’s all thanks to you, little one! I just bought some more maternity clothes, I feel like I’m running out of things to wear. But, that’s OK. It’s all worth it, because you’re worth it. You have definitely gotten stronger. I feel you kick constantly. You love waking me up at around 6:30-7am. But that’s OK! Sometimes if I hold really still, I can see you move my stomach.  Those little kicks and punches are so amazing to witness. I can’t believe how strong you are getting. And trust me, you are getting so strong. Sometimes you make me jump by how strong a kick is! But I love it so much.

I’m working on your registry, little one. I am making sure we have everything we need for when you make your big arrival. From clothes to toys to a stroller, you’ll be covered. We still have a lot to prepare for. Like buying your crib and making it into a co-sleeper! And buying a chest of drawers to put all of your cute clothes in! But don’t worry one bit, we will be ready when you come into this world. Along with all those other things, we were worrying about getting a rocking chair for you. My grandmother on my mom’s side (Grandma Gay) gave us a rocking chair. It was a burden lifted and I love that I now have something from my grandmother.

Growing a baby is beautiful and tough work. I can’t believe how much my body has changed since I found out I was pregnant with you. Clothes that used to fit loosely now fit snug. I’m amazed at all the changes my body is going through to prepare to bring you into this world, and to also help you grow. I’m amazed at the fact that MY body, MINE, is growing a little human being. It’s growing you, little one. And that to me is absolutely amazing and beautiful. I’ve started getting more and more tired. It’s not that I don’t have energy to do anything, per se, it’s just that my body is tired. My stomach is stretching and aching. I’ve recently found that doing yoga and walking around the neighborhood helps with my energy levels. I can’t wait for you to get here so we can go on walks together. And trust me, we will go on a lot of walks!

As we prepare for your arrival (which is still 3 months away), you’re getting bigger. You’re preparing for your arrival, too! My baby app tells me you now have cute little eyelashes. I can’t wait to see them in real life, little one! Your father and I often ponder what you will be like. What kind of person will you be when you grow up? What will you look like? What color hair will you have? I believe you’ll probably have blue eyes, if I remember my science classes correctly. 😉 Will you have curly hair like your father, or straight wavy hair like me? Will you have hair at all when you’re born (I sure hope so! But I know you’ll be cute no matter what!)? We have 3 months till we find out these answers, and it is so worth the wait. I can’t believe that it’s only 3 months left! I remember the day I found out you were there. It doesn’t feel like that long ago.

You’ll be here before we know it, snuggled up to us and getting used to life here. Keep growing. Keep kicking hard. Keep getting bigger. You are loved, little one. Don’t ever forget that.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Letters to My Little One | 22 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

To my little peanut,

We actually got to see you last week. We had our first (and most likely last) ultrasound to see if you were healthy and moving! And you were! The midwife gave you an A+ for being so healthy. She said everything looked perfect. You looked perfect. I am so proud of you, little one. We also found out whether you were a boy or a girl. And you’re a BOY! I am beyond happy. I got my wish of a healthy baby. Keep growing in my belly, little one. You’re getting bigger (and it’s showing) and I am finally starting to feel you move and kick. While we were getting the ultrasound, we saw you flip over! You did it so quickly I didn’t know what happened. I go back and look at your images constantly. I have them on my phone, I have them hanging on the fridge. I just love the way you look. Your cute little nose and profile are so perfect. And I love your cute little feet.

Nothing much has changed for me physically, except for my cute belly is growing at a constant rate. Your daddy loves it. He loves how big you’re getting. I am also feeling you move more + more! It makes me so happy! You woke me up one time this week because you kicked so hard. You’re getting so strong. It’s so fun to see you grow.

Can you believe that we only have 18 weeks left? 18? I can’t. I can’t believe how far we’ve come! And how strong and beautiful (I mean handsome!) you are getting! Once the 18 weeks are up, we have a life time of joy and laughter ahead of us. I can’t wait for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you. You’re special, little one. You already bring so much joy to my family. You’ll see when you get here just how loved you really are.

Keep growing, little one. Keep getting stronger and bigger. Mommy and daddy can’t wait to meet you, but don’t come any sooner than 18 weeks!

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Letters to My Little One | 20 Weeks In My Belly

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

To my little peanut,

Can you believe it’s been 20 weeks already? We are half way there, little one. You are developing more + more and pushing out more + more. I can feel you kick every once in a while if I really focus. Daddy likes to push on my belly to see if you’ll respond, most of the time, I believe you do! Soon your kicks will get stronger and stronger. And perhaps you’ll even kick daddy back one of these days!

We’re so excited to see you next week on the big screen! You have no idea how excited we are. We get to see you for the first time and it’s going to be amazing. I have dreamed about this day for so long. And it’s finally almost here. Daddy is really excited, too. We keep reminding each other how many days until we get to see you. It’s going to be our little Valentine’s day gift. So, thank you, little one. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift!

I am most excited to see you kick and to hopefully recognize what it feels like when you do kick! The doctor told me last visit (way back at the beginning of January, can you believe that?) that some first time mom’s don’t recognize that they felt their baby kick until later in their first pregnancy. But, I know I’ve felt you kick. It feels like a pressure that I’ve never felt before, and it’s only gotten stronger over the weeks. I know it’s you saying hello to me.

You do keep me up at night, already! It’s so hard to find a comfortable position now, but I don’t blame you. My legs also cramp during the night which doesn’t make it any easier. I have a nice pillow that I use and that usually helps. I guess you’re just getting me ready for when you come into this world. I know I am going to have many sleepless nights once you get here, but I know it will be worth it. Because, little one, you are worth it. You’re worth everything! You’re worth the nausea, the exhaustion, the sleepless nights, you’re worth it. Because you are exactly what I wanted. I waited a longer time than I thought I would, and I am so happy you’re finally in my belly growing like a champ. Keep it up!

People are starting to notice you because you are getting so big. I smile proudly. I am not used to the size of my belly (and it’s not even that big yet!) but I smile because I know you’re in there, growing. I know you’re the reason my belly is getting bigger and bigger. I smile because you’re in there. Oh! I can’t wait to see you next week! You’re going to be so cute, I just know it!

We still have quite the journey ahead of us. 20 more weeks. But we’ve made it this far, little one, and I know we can make it the rest. Know that there are so many people here that already love you. I can’t wait to see you next week! I can already tell how perfect you are going to be, so keep growing! Keep maturing! Keep being perfect, little one.

I love you so much!

Love, mommy

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Letters to My Little One | 18 Weeks In My Belly

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18 weeks

I can’t believe I’ve been carrying you for 18 weeks. We’ve come so far, yet have so far to go, little one! I smile so big when your daddy rubs my belly and whispers sweet things to you. Such as, “Good Morning, little one. Daddy loves you.” It melts my heart! We get to find out what you are on Valentine’s day and it can’t get here fast enough. Boy or girl, you will be loved and cherished.

As you’ll find out when you’re older, I love elephants. I picked elephants as your animal for a number of reasons. They are strong, beautiful, and majestic. They are big creatures, but still elegant. The number one reason I picked elephants is for the story below:

An elephant and a dog became pregnant at the same time. Three months down the line the dog gave birth to six puppies. Six months later the dog was pregnant again, and nine months on it gave birth to another dozen puppies. The pattern continued.

On the eighteenth month the dog approached the elephant questioning, “Are you sure that you are pregnant? We became pregnant on the same date, I have given birth three times to a dozen puppies and they are now grown to become big dogs, yet you are still pregnant. Whats going on?”.

The elephant replied, “There is something I want you to understand. What I am carrying is not a puppy but an elephant. I only give birth to one in two years. When my baby hits the ground, the earth feels it. When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop and watch in admiration, what I carry draws attention. So what I’m carrying is mighty and great.”

You are mighty and great. One day you will draw attention. Everyone already loves you. Your mom loves you. Your dad loves you. You will accomplish amazing things in your life. I am so excited for the day you get here, but, please take your time to grow and mature.

Love, Mommy