Today’s blog is going to be written by parents and expectant parents to whom I have asked the question “What has been the most awe inspiring moment since you became a parent/found out you were expecting?”. I will post the answers below as I receive them! Please feel free to add your answers below as well. We would love to hear from as many people as we can! Thanks!
“I have had three moments since finding out I was expecting. I think the first one started once we let the news out when I was about 8 weeks along and it’s been the most continuous. Being pregnant doesn’t just effect you, and daddy-to-be, and baby. There are so many more family members and friends who already show support and want to know your baby ever since they heard the news. There was an overwhelming amount of cards received. People walk up to me at church, or people come up and introduced themselves as friends or acquaintances of my husband or my parents or extended family. I don’t think you expect how much love and support you receive right away prior to the baby even being here yet, and it’s amazing! Second, I’ve had a miscarriage so this pregnancy has affected me a little differently than a woman experiencing a first time pregnancy; more uncertainty was there. I couldn’t sleep the week before the ultrasound. When we went in, we found out his heart was developing well, and so was his body –
RAPIDLY. I asked to know the sex, but told them I wanted that to be the last info they told me. When they said he was a boy, he turned, looked at the camera and waved! It was the first time I cried in an ultrasound. And finally, yesterday I saw his little movements across my belly for the first time, so that’s the third one!” ~Vicki, expectant mother, due in Spring 2012
“With our first child, it was sharing “coupleness” in new ways that revolved around the pregnancy itself, and the anticipation of parenthood. With the two that followed, it was sharing all of that with the expectant sibling(s).” ~Gary, father of three
“My most awe inspiring moment as a mom? Wow… its so hard to pick one. I can give an example of one, but kids are so awe inspiring in general that there isn’t any one that beats out the others. Some of my favorite moments with my kids were/are when they tell me about a life lesson that they have learned through living it. When my 14 year old said to me, “I think I’ve learned the secret to happiness, Mom.” And I asked him, “What’s that?” He replied by telling me that to be happy all you need to do is take life as it comes, take the good out from all of your experiences, and be grateful for all of life, not just the good parts.” I was in love with being a parent at that moment. I said, “Jesse, you have figured out at 14, what some adults will never grasp. Good for you!” and I had to go tell all of my friends how smart my 14 year old was! There are so many moments in our kids lives where we just marvel at the natural learning that takes place in them, and that we have had a part in creating these little (and then not so little after a while) miracles. Being a parent, by birth or any other way, is an amazing experience! ~Michelle, mother of six