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TWENTY WEEKS

Posted on: Tuesday









Half done. This pregnancy is half over, and it feels absolutely surreal. Just as the cool winds and rains blew in outside, ushering in autumn, I feel as though a new season has suddenly begun within me as well.  Its strange to say, but I suddenly feel really pregnant.  Of course I've, obviously, felt pregnant for a while now, but something has changed.  I now see myself as a mother of two.  I dream about his or her tiny face, greeting me for the first time at birth.  With every gentle kick and turn that ripples through my belly, I am reminded of how strong this new little one is. This baby is no longer something that will be happening in the future, but rather something that is happening now.  

I've begun to envision labor. I imagine it will be very different from Biet's birth, yet magnificent in its own way. I feel strong and capable and at peace when I see myself there, in the throes of childbirth, working my hardest to bring this new baby to the outside world. I can't believe that I am going to do it again.  I hope that by envisioning it more and more regularly, I will be truly ready when the time comes. 

This pregnancy seems to be a bit more taxing on my body than the first one. I've been gaining weight much quicker than I did the first time, as well as experiencing plenty more aches and pains... nothing to write home about though.  I suppose that carrying an extra 30 lbs of wriggling toddler weight on my hip doesn't make this any easier on my body.  Gaby, who knows that I've been feeling more run down than usual, has been helping out by waking early with Biet and letting me sleep in.  He's also been encouraging me to indulge in my only "craving" (if you can call it that.. its more of a "I'm pregnant so I deserve it" kind of situation) of fresh baked baguettes with imported french cheese.  Gaby and I may or may not accidentally finish a whole baguette in one sitting.  I am so grateful for that man. 

Biet has begun lifting my shirt with her tiny hands and slapping my belly (a little too eagerly), when I ask her "where's the baby?"  Then she leans in and kisses my bare rounded belly.  Then she pokes her pointer finger into my belly button, which has already nearly popped. It melts me.  She seems genuinely drawn to babies when we're out in the city or at the playground, so I'm hoping for a gentle transition from single child to sibling.  I guess we have plenty of time to prepare for that, though. For now, I am just trying to soak up every moment with my single little one.  I love her so much.

And if all goes to plan, we will be finding out the gender in just a couple of days. I can't wait to know if this is a little he or a little she summersaulting in my belly! 



44 COMMENTS:

  1. the love a mother gives her daugther makes the daughters life. and i see that your giving a lot of love to your little girl. so i'm sure she is going to have brilliant life...

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  2. This post is too sweet. You write beautifully!

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  3. You are both so beautiful.

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    1. Oh Bekah you are such a sweetheart!!

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  4. Beautiful!! I am so, so happy for you guys. I'm also really wanting a baguette and some cheese right now, too!

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    1. Welcome to my life, everyday. I am obsessed now with bread and cheese!

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  5. Those pictures are beautiful, and such a great look into your life. I love the last picture with Biet nursing with her little leg up on your leg, my girl does that to and it's so sweet and intimate. You are so gorgeous pregnant!

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    1. She always tries to entwine herself into me when she nurses. I will miss it when she grows up.

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  6. Gosh these photos are stunning!

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  7. Such beautiful mother/daughter photographs to look back on. You are going to be a wonderful mother of two. I am pregnant with our third (fourteen weeks) and I can relate to feeling more aches and pains this pregnancy. Good luck on finding out the gender, and hopefully you don't make your readers wait til the birth to know what you are having ;)

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  8. And fresh baguettes are just a necessity. So delicious.

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  9. Such intimate pictures of you and biet. LOVED THEM!! She's such a sweetie. I wish we lived closer, I have a feeling my son would have a crush =)

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  10. So sweet!! Are you still nursing your Biet? My milk dried up in no time when I got pregnant with #2...

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    1. Yes I am still nursing her, but I'm not sure how much longer it will continue, sadly. My milk seems to be drying up too and it is getting pretty painful.

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  11. These photos are surreal! You are just radiant. I'm looking forward to hearing what the little bundle will be ; )

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    1. Thank you Coryann! I took them with a tripod really low light but somehow they came out ok!

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  12. You look absolutely beautiful.

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  13. I love these shots:) Would love to start a little family next year and I love how you show a working mom balancing it all somehow and still having romance, and so much beauty.

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    1. Awww thanks Carey! It feels a little overwhelming at times but we work hard to make time for everything. Family has added so much beauty to our lives.

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  14. Thank you for sharing such beautiful moments with us! I'm positive that Biet will be a loving big sis!

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  15. These are the most beautiful pictures I've seen in a long time. They aren't just about you, your beautiful bump... but they are about life for you in that moment. I love that you included your beautiful daughter. These pictures captured a remarkable moment. They look effortless and honest; true beauty, I say.

    Your blog is delightful and thank you for sharing.

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    1. Wow, this is so sweet. I aimed to capture a moment of just us, and am so happy that I was able to! This time of the evening with Biet, after dinner but before bedtime when we play on the big bed, is one of my favorite times of day.
      Thank you for reading and commenting! Your encouragement means so much to me!

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  16. Oh these pictures are so sweet...so wonderful to capture these moments between you and your daughter. Beautiful!

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  17. these pictures are darling
    you are darling.
    as is your blog.

    so happy to have found it! new follower here.

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    we love nyc. especially in the fall.<3 hope you are enjoying it!

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    1. Thank you Sara! So glad you found us, its always nice to read new comments. :)

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