August 14, 2016

Little Clark III: 20 weeks

Hello baby girl,

This week has been up and down.  I've been so nervous, worried and hopeful for the ultrasound this afternoon.  Baby.  I've been all over the map.  Convinced you are a girl; whole and healthy.  Convinced you've already passed, and that we'd know immediately since you wouldn't be moving in the ultrasound. Convinced. Convinced. Convinced. But none of that matters.  Because you are here and here to stay!  You are alive and moving and wiggling and kicking and chewing.  Baby girl, that feels so good to say!  I found out why I haven't been feeling you as strongly as your brothers.  Your placenta is in front, which is softening your blows.  But in the ultrasound, we saw your heart pumping, your whole, happy skull, a beautiful if very fuzzy profile, you were head up and your little jaw was moving, chewing/talking? the entire time.  I wasn't surprised at all when the ultrasound tech announced that you were a girl, I've felt it so strongly since the beginning.  We even have your name all picked out for when you arrive, but are saving it for that special day.  I think you'll love it as much as we do.  Little lady, your big brother James is happy to meet you; his Christmas baby.  Laying on the table watching you squirm on the screen, I felt so much peace and embraced the hope that you are here.  We all love you and are looking forward to the second half of your gestation.

Love and snuggles,

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