And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom

There are so many changes that come with starting a family.  One of the biggest ones for me is the growth spurt I am experiencing localized to my abdomen.  No longer can I fit into most of my clothes.  I also had to remove my wedding ring this weekend because it was getting just tight enough to warrant removing it.  I will be getting a cheap band to wear in the meantime though.

Also changing is this strange movement going on in my belly!  The baby loves to move around, but never when I want him to.  I would love if baby would move when Justin’s hand was near enough for me to grab and place on my stomach, or when baby hasn’t moved for a couple of days and mommy starts to worry.  But, just when I am ready to pull out my hair (this is an exaggeration), I feel a nice kick and I know that all is well with baby.

Besides the changes going on with me, my environment has been changing!

Alabaster, our sweet kitty (unless you ask Justin), is acting like he knows something is up.  I wake up in the middle of the night, and he is sitting up, staring at me!  He does this for hours sometimes, Justin says.  Too funny!

Justin has started the nesting process!  In the past couple of weeks, he has installed a ceiling light (with a dimmer!), installed 2 smoke/CO detectors, installed an outlet, rewired two outlets, rearranged the basement, and installed a shelf.  I may be forgetting something!  We are working on readying the baby’s room, which means making sure everything is safe and easy to manage.  We have a lot of work to go still, but it is looking great!

I am working continuously on trusting that God is there with and for me.  I make sure to pray to Him when I have doubts and to thank Him for the baby kicks that I feel.

Starting our family together has been stressful and exciting.  We are looking forward to much more of this and can’t wait to meet our little one!

Title quoted from Anais Nin