So I shared this picture:
And shared the following:
Some probably think that it's silly that I waited this long. I was going to post something last week after my appointment, but a friend just had a baby that day, and I didn't want to "steal her thunder". I felt a bit more confident this time than last time, so perhaps I could have/should have said something weeks ago--but it was trying to come up with the right words that convey our joy, and yet also recognize our past and the challenging journeys of others who may see my picture and read my words. I pray that what I shared doesn't bring any additional pain to anyone out there--whether through this blog, facebook, casual conversation, or simply just passing on the street.
Today's blessing is the chance to participate in swim lessons with Ella. I'm a little self conscious that I'm too big to fit into any of my one-piece swim suits, and I'm too cheap to buy a maternity suit, so I'm the big pregnant lady in the bikini in the Parent/Toddler swim lessons. But once you're splashing around in the water, you can't see much...right? Ella does awesome with most of the activities...but is still terrified to jump in. It's been amazing to talk to her about her experiences, and to see her grow in her confidence around the water.