23 December 2011

Yep, I'm Still Pregnant!

It's coming on Christmas (Happy Christmas Eve Eve, by the way!!) and that means we're coming on baby time, too. Yeay!!

I know I don't have to explain to you what an incredibly sacred and important time this is for James and I. We're both giddy and beyond excited at the thought of meeting our daughter face to face soon. It won't be much longer before the movements we've witnessed from inside my belly are ones we'll be able to see when she's in our arms.

It's incredible. And it's totally surreal.

37 weeks pregnant
Waiting, anticipating ... 

While I don't think anyone's lives are going to be revolving around us announcing our news, I know many of you are anticipating it eagerly with us. And since so many of you have grieved with us, now waiting eagerly for the news that it's time to celebrate with us, I wanted to let you know what you can expect in terms of announcing baby girl's arrival.

I don't plan on saying anything when I go into labor. I won't be tweeting or Facebook-ing between contractions. And I'm guessing I probably won't be posting pictures of her within minutes of her arrival. 

Don't get me wrong -- we're going to announce it on Facebook and the blog, and we are going to share pictures. Heck, you're going to see so many pictures, you will probably beg me to stop posting them at some point!!

Honestly, we cannot wait to share her with you.

But I hope you will understand that I need to protect this time for our family. I need to be focused and clear-headed and undistracted. I want to focus on being  completely present for my daughter, my husband, and myself. And while I'm certain there are plenty of mamas out there who can do both, I know myself well enough to know I'm not one of them.

(Plus, I think James would quite literally destroy my phone if I was on Facebook while also in the process of birthing a baby). :o)

And so without mincing words, we will announce it when we're ready. When we've had time to soak in a little bit of time together as a family, share her with her grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins, and just hang on to her quietly for a little bit. I don't want to set a time frame on it, but it might be a day. Maybe two.

And then? Then we'll celebrate TOGETHER. 

Because she will be here, and it's going to be beautiful.