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Moving to the Hood: Motherhood

That’s right…I’m pregnant!

Unexpectedly pregnant, but pregnant nonetheless (that’s a separate post).

I am 16wks as of July 2nd, and now that the shock of being charged with the IMMENSE responsibility of raising a baby into a well-adjusted adult has worn off, I can begin to experience other feelings.

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Right now, mainly excitement.

I’m excited for all the firsts. The first time I fully feel Bean kick and move (I refer to the baby as Bean until we find out the sex). The first time I see Bean and the OB places them on my chest. Will their hair be curly or straight? What will their cry sound like? Will I cry or be in complete shock that I have finally finished the first half of this journey.

I’m excited to be called “Mama”.

I’m also excited to watch my husband become a Father. He has handled my sickness and all the changes well so far. I know his bonding with the baby will look different from mine, but my prayer is that he would begin to feel connected to Bean before birth. Occasionally he will rub my ever growing belly and talk to our little one. I know he will be a great example of a father.

Already, Bean is turning me into the Mother I never thought I’d be. I feel so in love and fantasize about cuddling, rocking and kissing their cheeks. I often think about the kind of life I want for them. How I want them to feel loved, heard, supported but also challenged to grow and learn. Needless to say, I’m obsessed.

It was hard to keep Bean a secret for the first trimester because being pregnant is such a life changing event that it’s all I ever think about. Besides having the constant reminder via nausea, everything I thought was filtered and seen through baby-colored glasses.

Planning changed. Cruise in the fall? How big would I be? What will Christmas with family look like this year as I am due Dec 17th. If I go a week over my due date I will be delivering a Christmas Eve baby. Christmas and the season has always been my favorite time of the year, but this year will be extra special.

I have much to say about the journey thus far, but I will save it for another post. Right now, I’ll just focus on the blessing that is conception.

Calling all mothers! Β I’m open to any and all advice. From how to survive the pregnancy, to labor and delivery encouragement, to tips for raising a newborn. Please leave your wisdom in the comments. Thanks in advance!

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First look at Bean (7wks 3 days gestational age)
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16 thoughts on “Moving to the Hood: Motherhood

  1. Awww…this is so exciting! My only advice is take pics lots and lots of pics. Even if you’re not going to post on Social Media. (This especially helped in my transition back to work and cause these babies literally grow so fast)

    I really hope you enjoy your pregnancy and your motherhood journey. πŸ’œ

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  2. Congratulations!
    1) I agree with mamarose — take more photos than you think you’ll ever want. The glory of digital pics is you can take a ton then pare them down to save memory. Nothing makes me happier than when I look back through my kids’ pic from when they were little.
    2) Start practicing now on granting yourself grace and asking for help.

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    1. That’s two votes for take a lot of pictures…check!
      Granting myself grace and asking for help has ALREADY been hard. I underestimate how hard my body is working. I want to clean the whole house in 2hrs and my body is like, “Girl, sit down!” lol

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  3. Congratulations and God bless you and the baby! Advice? Don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money on a baby. A good car seat and stroller and maybe a bassinet are all you need for awhile. And I highly recommend breastfeeding. It’s such a special bonding time with your baby that nothing else can replace and it truly does improve your child’s immune system even if you only do it for a few days!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have been trying to hold back in my mind and tell myself that this baby doesn’t need 1000 items. It’s hard because this is my first baby and there’s so much that you want to get and you just want your baby to have the best, but really you are all they need (along with SOME supplies lol). I REALLY want to breastfeed. I’ve been praying over by breasts that God would bless my milk supply lol. I will stick it out, but I know it may not be as easy as it is for some women. I’m determined to try.

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      1. Great! Thankfully nowadays the hospitals are better about being supportive of breastfeeding and if you have trouble, they can help you.

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      2. Oops, I wasn’t done. πŸ˜€ I was going to say, don’t worry, you’ll get to buy lots of stuff. I just recommend shopping for things the baby will need a little later, because you won’t need a lot of gear for the first 4- 6 months. I used to spend a few hours a week in Babies R US, lol! I LOVE strollers and gear. So fun. But I also found good stuff at Children’s resale shops. Some of it had never been used. I know you’re going to have tons of fun! πŸ™‚

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