16 weeks. It’s hard to believe we are already here. This pregnancy has not been the smoothest, but each day I am grateful that I get to experience growing another little human for a second time.
These last couple of weeks I have followed along with a mama’s indescribable journey of losing her premature baby girl. Her story has impacted me in more ways than I can even say. My heart has been aching for her immense loss and I have admired the strength she has shown throughout the entire journey, and her ability to share her story – so raw and so profound. Her story has had me reflecting on so much in life, and what a blessing it is to be a mother.
I think it is so easy to take for granted the things we have in life, even things like being a mama because it’s something we just do each day – going through the motions of life. Changing diapers, making meals, bath time, bottles, tidying etc – the days can jumble together and we can lose sight of the beauty of what it is to be given the opportunity to be on this journey of motherhood. I know for myself, I want to embrace each day and hold onto the little moments, watching Addi learn and grow, changing the most rank diapers but looking down to see her cute smiling face, and dealing with tantrums that come, all of it, is a part of motherhood, and something I want to never take for granted. There are so many women who have yearned for nothing more than to be a mama and who continue to struggle to get pregnant, or who have lost their babies and unborn babies, who would do absolutely anything to bring them back. For those women, I want to be the best mama I can be, embrace each day with a grateful heart – cherish these moments as a mama and each day of this pregnancy.