August 28, 2008

The Purple And The Pink Belly

I'm thirty-seven weeks now. I have baskets of delicately washed pink things, drawers of little girlie socks and shoes, and outfits that I will my mind to envision putting a little baby girl in, but I just can't seem to see it yet.



She is almost here, but in so many ways I feel as though it is just a dream.


I have no idea what it's going to be like- maybe next Thursday I won't have a 38 week belly picture but instead will be filling this blog with photo after photo of my newly born child. The waiting and the not knowing when she is going to be here isn't what is on my mind much of the time. We have all the supplies and are ready for the technical. It's just the meeting her for the first time. The holding her in my arms. I want to feel that and smell her and finally understand just what it is that I've been feeling, because I can not explain it. And I'm beginning to wonder if it will even be possible to put in words. My heart will for a moment hold hands with my mind and it will all make sense. And that is so worth waiting for.

Belly 37 weeks

65 comments:

  1. I was just thinking about you and wondering how you were feeling when you posted the link on Twitter.

    She'll be here before you know it! You're doing the same thing I did: three boys followed by a girl. I can't believe I now have four of each. :-)

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  2. How great! You look wonderful... you're all belly! I know you're excited. I wish you all the best and a great birth!

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  3. Wow! Wow! I can't wait! I'm starting to get antsy... sounds silly, huh?! Can't wait to read the twitter that says you're in labor!

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  4. Oh the excitement is mounting. So eager to "meet" that baby girl. Prayers for these last few weeks (days?)... : )

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  5. Oh me, oh my, oh PINK THINGS!!! You're gorgeous as ever.

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  6. Honestly, I think you're the most beautiful pregnant woman I've ever known.

    Can't wait to meet Ivy...although I have to admit I'll miss seeing all your pregnant belly pictures each week!

    Nell

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  7. Oh I love that shot of the 'under belly', how artful! I just took 36 week shots, going to post myself, if they're good enough. Hard to take by yourself *giggle*

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  8. Ok you are SO adorable! All belly and so pretty!

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  9. You are such a doll! I can't wait to see pictures of that sweet baby girl!

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  10. I love your pregnancy pics...so creative and fun! Looking forward to seeing baby ones soon!!

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  11. I just started reading you today compliments of the blogtalkradio show, and what a lovely picture you have painted of your dreams for a daughter. yay for you!

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  12. Wow! She's almost here! I love that you said you want to smell her. I love the newborn smell. Mine still has it, but I am sad that she soon won't!

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  13. It seems like you just told us yesterday that you were pregnant, and now here you are at the end! You look great! Praying for you!

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  14. Putting that into words that adequately express it I find to be impossible. It's a miracle beyond description, simply wonderful!

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  15. Your pictures are beautiful and I'm so excited for you!! Those last few days before Ellie was born were so nerve-racking. I just wanted it to be over!!!!! I can't wait to see her in all of her pink glory. :)

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  16. Beautiful pictures... as always. I hope my pregnant belly with number 2 is as extraordinary as yours! With lil' punk, my belly button didn't even turn inside out. I guess that's what happens when you're 5 foot ten...

    I'm sending warm wishes your way for the delivery!

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  17. Those are great shots this week! You inspire me... I wonder if I'll remember to take one each week...

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  18. So excited for you to finally meet, soon, the little girl you've always envisioned. I'm sure it will be hard to find just the right words that do your mind and heart justice, and that's OK.

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  19. You look fantastic! :)

    I love the belly shots.. you pull it off well. I love them.. I feel like you just told us you were pregnant. And now you are ready for her. Man, time just passed by didn't it?

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  20. Cool pics. I can't wait to see her picture all over your blog!

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  21. Just love that belly! You look great!

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  22. You look great and I can't wait to see pics when she is born!

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  23. Oh, so beautiful! I'm giddy for you!

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  24. very exciting! and i can't believe how adorable your belly is... it's bigger than the rest of you!!!

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  25. We can't wait either!!! Big prayers for you and baby! :)

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  26. I don't know if it's just me, but the end of this post had me in tears. Oh to snuggle that little angel. I'm so beyond happy for you.

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  27. I think your belly may be the most photographed one ever. And that is awesome! She'll be here soon.

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  28. Oh, I love those two shots looking down and up! What a fabulous idea!

    I can't wait to see her and hear about you meeting her!!!

    Hugs,
    Heidi

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  29. Oh I remember that feeling of anticipation - and really not being able to fathom meeting my daughter for the first time! It really is beyond words...
    I'm sending my happy thoughts your way!! Relish these last few moments of being "one" with her...

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  30. You look wonderful! I already miss that anticipation of the unknown and Stella is only 5 1/2 weeks old! Can't wait to see pictures and hear about your home birth!

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  31. I'm so excited FOR you Steph!! The anticipation is the worst, isn't it?

    Hope you're feeling good...

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  32. Soooooo exciting! I'm so looking forward to "meeting" her too!

    I love these photos - you have the coolest pregnancy photos! The views from above and below are very cool. Wish I had thought to do those kinds of pics when I was preggers!

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  33. I'm getting all teary for you! It is just all so exciting!
    Great pics! You look great!

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  34. Holy baby belly - you are all that - all baby! You look so cute! Wishing you a wonderful delivery!

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  35. Now THAT is a baby belly!

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  36. You look fab....and BOY has that belly dropped!

    I expect Baby Ivy should make her appearance any day! :-)

    So weird to see you going through these last few few weeks, since I only made it to 34 with Jackson.

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  37. OMG, I love your first shot of your belly!!

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  38. ok, we are ready and waiting for some good news of arrival!!!!

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  39. OK didn't I just see you a few days ago? And your belly grew that much already? This girl is just about ready and you look amazing.

    I bet it's hard to make sense of so many emotions. And sometimes it's not necessary. xoxo

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  40. Loveeeee those pics! that last one is wonderful! well done.
    cant wait to see ivys pics... so exciting!!

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  41. awesome shots! any day now... so exciting!
    - audrey

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  42. Great photos! I can't believe the time is almost here. I'm so excited for you and your family. That is one lucky little lady to be coming into such a loving circle.

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  43. Those last weeks I think are the hardest because I always just wanted to hurry up and get my baby girls in my hands. I wanted them so bad.

    Steph you are beautiful girlie.. you are all belly too. I can't wait to "meet" her.

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  44. ahhh sorry... logged in wrong. That was me on the above comment.

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  45. These are such cute poses. You looked adorable at lunch today. I have a feeling Labor Day might really be Labor Day...just my huntch!

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  46. Wow! That is a lot of baby. She is so cute in your tummy! I cannot wait to "meet" her either!

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  47. Oh, I love the "my heart will for a moment hold hands with my mind" part! It's so true!

    I only have one daughter, but I have to say, isn't pink stuff the cutest?

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  48. It won't be long now!!

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  49. Girlfriend! That is one very large baby in there. :-) Can't wait to hear all about the birth!!!

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  50. oh my, you have the prettiest belly! you look beautiful! birth and baby blessings to you~

    xo,
    erika

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  51. Oh the excitement of pink and those frills - I cant wait to see beautiful pictures and here that beautiful story - I hope all goes smoothly...blessings.

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  52. You look so beautiful, You wear pregnancy so well. I know I never had the confidence while pregnant that you do. Wish I had. Totally love that tie around your tummy.
    Jen

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  53. I am praying for you as the time gets closer! I can't wait to see your pics of your precious baby girl.

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  54. You do look ready to deliver any minute. She may be a big girl. Your mom's hunch about Labor Day may be right if not sooner. Every time I open your blog I think maybe it will give the news that my great niece has arrived. I hope your labor is a "piece of cake."

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  55. Wow, it could be any time now! You look great.

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  56. Steph,
    You do realize of course what a wonderful journal your blog will be for yourself and Ivy someday.

    I wish you a peaceful delivery, my prayers are with you dear.
    I'm lurking(watching) through your blog.

    You look great by the way! XXOO

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  57. Those are great pictures! I hope you get to hold her soon. I can't wait to see pictures of little Ivy :)

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  58. Awh, the pictures are great. Sweet pink shoes. Can't wait to see pictures of your baby girl.

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  59. Thank you for the comment! :) I've been reading your blog for a couple months now and thoroughly enjoy the little glimpses into your life. My "new" baby is a few days shy of 5 months, but I feel like it was just yesterday that I was where you are, on the final stretch and wondering about all the where's and how's of when he was going to arrive and excitedly anticipating that amazing SOMETHING that is completely unique when you hold your child for the first time. Can't wait to see the pictures of your little girl!

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  60. O.K YOU HAVE TAKEN WAYYYYY TOO LONG TO WRITE ANOTHER POST!!!!

    IS BABY HERE????

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  61. SO exciting,and you look gorgeous!

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  62. Awww, love the belly. I just can't wait to see an adorable post-birth picture!

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  63. I love your perspective on your baby belly! So cute! I hope you are feeling great~you are looking super! :)

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