~ by Kim
This time last year, we were getting ready for the egg retrieval.
Now... it's just about time for the baby retrieval.
|I saw this online and it resonated with me. |
Especially "let go of what I can't control"
I wanted to thank everyone for all the encouraging words and support on this journey, especially lately. It really means a lot hearing from everyone, and even though we still don't have all the details worked out yet for the upcoming month, I feel calmer having been reminded that there are so many people who love and support us.
Here is a pic from last night, just shy of 36 weeks.
I see my big belly and it still hits me at how spectacular this whole thing is. I can't wait to see Janelle and Joel with their new baby, and think what a miracle he will be.
(Some pics we had done at the mall this week)
|Procrastination at its best|
|On our way there|
Once we got to Calgary, we were BUSY! We visited with family, went to the zoo, parks, swimming, bowling and restaurants. There was even a baby shower while we were there, which was so special to be there for and to be part of. The love, support and excitement was overwhelming, then and throughout our entire trip. It really touched me and was so re-affirming why we're doing this.
Being there, it was hard not to get caught up in all the excitement that comes with a new baby. Small things, like seeing this baby's room and where he's going to live made me feel happy and excited for them as I imagined what their life would become just next month. Visiting with all the family reminded me of how many people this affects, and the impact that this baby will have on everyone. He's not even here, yet means so much to so many. It was really heartwarming to spend this time together, not just with Janelle and Joel, but everyone we saw out there, and I felt like I was a part of something special.
Here are some pictures from our trip:
First: the kids. Pretty cute bunch.
One morning, we hit the pool and then went bowling afterwards. Busy day for little people!
Lily had never bowled before, and she LOVED it. When I asked her what she liked most, she told me, "the shoes."
The Zoo! Some of the animals we saw:
|Rowan, myself, Carl and Lily|
|Joel, Asher and Janelle|
We had a baby shower while I was there, which was also a lot of fun. I got to meet so many of their friends, all who welcomed me warmly, and share in the celebration of this new life that will be here soon. There was a ton of people there, but I didn't want to post pictures of people without permission, so instead you're stuck looking at more pictures of us.
Janelle has a friend who is a midwife, who brought her doppler with her, so after the party had quieted down, we got to listen to the baby's heartbeat. Pretty amazing moment.
All in all, it was a really special trip. We had an amazing time with incredible people. Thank you to all of you who made it such a memorable trip for us. And especially to all the family we saw. This baby is so lucky already, not just for great parents, but the incredible extended family as well. So many people touched my heart in ways that I will take with me always.
This trip has made me excited for the future, has reminded me of the big picture, and makes me feel fortunate to have a part in changing someone else's life. Aside from my own children, this is right up there on the list of biggest things that I've done. It's something that I feel proud of.
I can't believe this little one will be here next month.
Next month already!?!
....I have to give birth again! Ack!