It's amazing how much you can already love someone you've never met. At 6 months, we are just 3 short months away from meeting our newest love, our daughter.
To our baby...
I love feeling you move inside my belly. Sometimes when you've had a quiet afternoon, I whisper a few words of encouragement to you "Come on baby, say hi..." Usually you respond fairly quickly. I love that feeling.
Your daddy loves talking to you already.
It is one of my absolute favorite things to watch. He often initiates "secret" conversations with you, curling up with you under the covers, hand on my belly, whispering to you about what's going on in the world, and your future plans together, peppered with a few "mom thinks this, but I think this," comments. Usually, I can hear these "secrets" in their entirety, but I play along. I truly love these moments. I feel myself break into smile as he talks to you, and desperately try to soak up every moment into my memory, imprinting it in my brain so I'll never forget the way these moments feel.
Other times, he talks to you candidly, laying beside me, hand on my belly, asking you questions, waiting for you to react or answer in the form of a kick or tap. "What do you think of this name? What do you think of soccer? swimming? basketball?" Ironically, football and gymnastics have been the two activities you've reacted most to, two activities your mama would not declare her strengths in the slightest.
In the evening, after we've eaten dinner, caught up on each others days, when your daddy and I retire to the couch, we often wait for the bewitching evening hour when you're most active. You were a morning person for the first weeks of movement, but now 9:00 - 10:00 pm seems to be your hour to shine. It's amazing to be able to view your uterine acrobatics from the outside - it still surprises us.
Lastly for today...it's unreal how we love you so much already. It's pure magic. Even growing up, I always thought I'd enjoy pregnancy, and love this time in my life. I feel like I sometimes have to pinch myself to remember it's happening to me, to us, at this very moment, contemplating the reality that I'm carrying a life we created together, it is truly a wonderful, amazing feeling.
Baby, we are so blessed to have you in our lives already.