This is sweet baby Thea, and she is only 2 days old. I went to meet her and visit her mom, Elisabeth, today. They are in the same hospital where I will deliver in less than two months from now. It feels like just the other day that I told Liz that Justin and I were trying for a baby, and she leaned over and whispered to me that she was pregnant! Since then we have chatted on a very regular basis via Facebook and text message, and on Sundays we like to go for lunch after church. It pretty much feels like we have been pregnant together this whole time because I fell pregnant only 7 weeks after her. It has been her and my friend in South Africa, Tarrin, that I feel I have “been pregnant with” over the last few months. These two ladies have been the ones going through this together with me – emailing, messaging, encouraging and sharing. I appreciate them both very much, and now that Liz has given birth I have realised… wow, I’m next… and then very soon after that it’s Tarrin’s turn! The months have flown by, and suddenly the end is coming up fast.
Holding little baby Thea today was so different from any of the time I have held newborn babies, and trust me, I have held many many babies. This time I knew just as I was holding a sweet little baby in my hands, so too was there an amazingly little miracle inside my belly! When I held her close to me and then felt my own baby kicking and moving around inside me, it filled me with so much joy! One of the biggest things I noticed was that Baby Thea looked incredibly small. She weights a good 7 lbs 4 ounces, but yet she looked like the smallest baby I had ever seen (in an adorably sweet way!!). Justin says that I probably felt that way because I was realising that inside this bump of mine is a baby and soon I will have him in my hands! It was so surreal! I kept thinking, “Oh my gosh – I am going to have a baby!!”
I spent all afternoon with Liz and Baby Thea. It was interesting to be in the hospital, seeing how things work when you are not simply coming in for a check-up. The doctors and nurses came into Liz’s room A LOT and, of course, they barely knew much English at all. Liz has someone there with her to translate all day long, but Justin and I won’t have a person with us everyday (only at the birth) so I should have plenty of interesting stories about how we make it through all of that! You can be sure to find many amusing accounts of what goes down in those days that we are made to stay in the hospital after our baby is born.
For now I’m going to try and make the most of the time we have left before baby comes. My baby shower is this weekend, and after that Justin and I will be spending a good amount of time preparing for baby’s arrival – packing, sorting, rearranging and stocking up on things we might need. Other than that we feel like we are ready and very excited to meet our little man! Today’s visit with Baby Thea only made me realised this even more! We are so blessed and thankful for this baby… and for good friends that we get to share these beautiful experiences with!
Last pregnancy photo together
Liz was at our baptism ceremony on Sunday – looking as cute as ever – the DAY BEFORE her scheduled c-section. We took our last opportunity to have a “belly shot” before she gave birth. We have done a couple of these already, and we knew this might be the last day we were both pregnant at the same time. Well, we think so at least… for now! Here we are about 6 weeks and then a month ago: Bumping Bellies
Congratulations Michael and Elisabeth…
Baby Thea is beautiful!!!