Waiting For Baby

waitingbabyI am now 38 weeks pregnant.

Hard to believe, and yet of course I knew (or at least hoped) that I would eventually get here. I knew that, God willing, everything would progress, my belly would grow, and this being inside me would grow into a tiny person. But even though I’ve been pregnant now for the better part of the last year, I still find myself surprised sometimes that there’s going to be another person living in our house!

My husband and I belong to a local Methodist church and we celebrate the season of Advent every year: counting down the Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There were moments when I thought about Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a different way this season. I thought about her making journeys on her donkey, heavily pregnant, not knowing exactly what to expect. I thought that she probably experienced some of the same physical discomforts I am (did she have heartburn that made her feel like she might burst into flame at any moment? Did the baby Jesus wedge up under her ribs and make it difficult to breathe sometimes?), while knowing inside what an amazing gift she carried for all mankind.

The holidays felt different this year. Both of our families live close by and there were numerous family events, and though there were moments when I was tired, I found myself eager to soak up the last few family moments just as a couple, with our families. That dynamic, I know, will never be quite the same again, and I wanted to embrace every second. And this Christmas day my husband and I awoke and exchanged Christmas stockings for the last time, just the two of us, excited that next year we will have an almost-one-year-old to share this time with.

So here we are, in the New Year, still waiting. The excitement is building, as well as the nerves, and we don’t know whether we will be waiting a few more weeks or a few more days. We do know that at this point, our son could arrive any day now, and every day that we get closer to January 16, we smile to ourselves, knowing we are one day closer to meeting him.

Are you waiting for a January baby to arrive? Or did you get a Christmas surprise?

Emma is mommy to one-year-old William and wife to Bill. She was born and bred in Baton Rouge, attending Episcopal High School, the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU and the LSU Law Center. Married since 2010, she is loving her new life as a mother. She is an attorney but has limited her practice for now so she can stay home with William full-time, and she feels so fortunate to be able to do that. She is learning as she goes, rejoicing in every milestone and happy moment as well as working her way through the challenges that come with parenting. When she gets a chance, she loves reading, writing, and watching movies. She and Bill are both lucky enough to have their families close by and love spending time with them. She looks forward to seeing her little boy grow and eventually expanding her family. Motherhood has been the most fulfilling role of her life.

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