on the precipice: five things i love

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Pregnancy fills the space in my days just as this little fig fills the space in my belly. It is so all consuming, so constant and ballooning.

 

Below is a list of five things I love about being pregnant (because heaven knows there are a fair share of things I don’t love. The sneeze-pee, anyone?) I love…

 

1. My changing body. I look in the mirror before I get into the shower and awe at how alien it looks. So weird and wonderful in its earthy, curvy presentation. There is no expectation to look any way but this way, and that is freedom.

 

2. Feeling little fig kicks. This morning he kicked so fierce I saw my belly bounce.

 

3. How pregnancy stirs up the sediment. All those emotional fragments that have rested, unaddressed, float to the surface. It seems to be the body’s way of purging the dross. For baby’s sake. And mine, too.

 

4. Being part of something primal and feeling so utterly elemental. My body knows, as only a woman’s body does, how to create new life. I feel as foundational as stone and fire.

 

5. Becoming part of a community of women who have traversed this trail before me–my mother, my grandmother, my girlfriends–and learning from them how to navigate these maternal dips and peaks.

 

If you are a mother or on the precipice of becoming one, what do you love about your experience?

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Responses to “on the precipice: five things i love”

  1. Tiff says:

    Lovely! Thank you for the reminder of positive focus.

    1. How enamored of me my husband becomes. Pretty heartening, actually, at a time when I feel so rough…

    2. Watching/feeling my Gymnast baby

    3. Thick(er) hair

    4. Accepting my body as is. (I wish we, as women, let postpartum bodies be as welcome to the game.)

    5. The hope at the end of the tunnel…

    • Krisanne says:

      Tiff–Number 1 and number 4. I love that you love those things. Love you. xo

      • Rudy says:

        Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or sotiehmng. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  2. Bryn says:

    I love the idea of feeling elemental. It absolutely feels that way.

    I was thinking the other day about how it was in Mary’s womb the Son of God was created, and realized that Divinity comes through the womb of all women when they become mothers. It is truly is a wonder. So I guess something I’d add is the feeling of being connected with our Creator as my body created a perfect and very divine new little life.

  3. Rachel Leah says:

    When I was pregnant, I loved not being alone. I had my little companion everywhere with me. Giving me gentle kicks to let me know she was there:)

    • Krisanne says:

      Rachel–I had never thought of it that way, but it’s true! I do have a little companion, and he’ll be my companion for quite some time moving forward. xo

  4. Alisa says:

    Beautiful post, Krisanne! I, too, love the look and feel of my pregnant body. And yes, I love feeling connected to millions of women who have gone before me, especially my own maternal ancestors. I love the sacred feeling of carrying life. I love the feelings of hope and anticipation to meet our new child. And I love the confirming peace that whispers I am doing what I was born to do. It is a wonderful season of life. And even though I am excited to move onto the next season of my life now and leave the exhaustion of my child-bearing season behind, I am a bit sad to move on. It is just such a sacred, special, rewarding season. So many moments of pure joy. My youngest is almost one. He is my last baby who will ever love me this much. I’m glad you are enjoying this special time.

    • Krisanne says:

      Alisa–your love of motherhood is tangible. Thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts! I can imagine how bittersweet it must be to face a new season.

  5. Alisa says:

    You look beautiful, by the way! Radiant!

  6. Ruth Cluness says:

    Wow!! Pregnancy suits you, K. You look radiant.xx

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