AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: 27 Weeks DATE: 10/25/2009 11:12:00 PM ----- BODY:
Dear Butterbean,

Still no new blog name for you. I'm thinking you're just stuck with it. That will probably happen a lot - getting stuck with things. I apologize in advance.

There are some new things in your future. Clothes that are just yours. I didn't have very many warm clothes for your brother when he was itty bity. We just didn't go out much. You and I won't have the luxury of hiding out at home, so I've bought you some warm and cozy things. You'll be nicely dressed for all of your brother's activities which you will have to attend.

Just this morning, your daddy and I were talking about how you don't kick as much as your big brother did. I said that you didn't kick as often, but you kicked harder. And you do. Some nights you take my breath away with one single whack to my belly. You also squirm more. It's interesting how different you already are from Bird.

Then, in a great attempt to prove me wrong, you went to town in your cocoon this afternoon. You respond most to your brother. When he climbed in my lap this afternoon, you went nuts. I wish you could have seen his face when you started punching up near my rib cage. He felt it first and then looked down and saw it. Then he said, "Baby!"

I know he doesn't fully understand the fact that you are a little person and that you won't always be in my belly, but it's cool to see him making a connection in his own way. You are making a connection too. By whacking at him whenever he's near my belly. Which, by the way, is not so helpful while I'm trying to rock him to sleep.

You are taking up more and more room everyday. I'm getting heartburn from a glass of water. When I stand up, I immediately have to pee, even if I'm standing up from the toilet. It's bizarre. I'm absolutely starving, and then when I go to eat, I get full entirely too quickly. These are things I remember about the end of pregnancy.

It's not the end though. Today we are at 27 weeks. We have just gotten to that point where I'm keenly aware of you all of the time. I'm glad it's not the end. I'm enjoying having you all to myself, and knowing that this is my last pregnancy, I'm trying to savor it a little bit more.

You know, your brother may have been my first born, but you'll be my last, and that's making me love you in your own special way too. Not too much longer, little BB. I hope you're cozy in there.

Love,
Your Mama

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous slouchy DATE:Monday, October 26, 2009 at 12:09:00 AM EDT Sigh. Lovely. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Barry DATE:Monday, October 26, 2009 at 7:40:00 AM EDT Marty,

I love this.

Not only do I adore my four and Lisa's three, one of my favorite times as a pastor was baptisms. Looking at these little people God places into our care who bring us such delight and terror, I always had to really fight to keep from choking up. (I didn't always succeed.)

No wonder God revealed himself to us as Father and Mother, just so we can approximate His astounding love and care for us.

And, regardless of one's position on choice, we have lost something as a culture when every one of these little lives are not held in precious esteem, in and out of the womb.

Remember, God gives us kids so we can see how we look to him.

Love,

Barry ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Convertible Girl DATE:Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:29:00 PM EDT Ah, the water heartburn -- must be a baby boy thing, because I had it so much with Juni and not so much with Pip.

Second babies get their own special everything -- just different than the first. Enjoy every minute, even the sleepless ones -- before you know it, you'll be chasing BB down the street. ----- --------