9 monthsby: Tanya Escaler Rivierre
It was love at first sight, in 6 months we got engaged and wed on our one year anniversary last Christmas, then sometime around Valentine’s day we found out that we were having a honeymoon baby.
I still cannot believe that was nine months ago… it all went by so fast.
It has been such a beautiful and blessed pregnancy, as if the joy of having a baby was not enough, I was one of the lucky ones who experienced no hormonal changes or morning sickness whatsoever. My first trimester consisted of an insatiable hunger and need for naps, so I cheerfully succumb to food and sleep. Then like magic, a blossom and burst of energy tickled me pink in my second trimester. Finally as expected, I felt the fatigue and heaviness creep in slowly as my third trimester came around along with the excitement of the nearing birth.
THE MOST FUN PART OF BEING PREGNANT FOR ME: feeling my baby squirm and wiggle inside of me!!
The first of which were bubbling hiccups around the fourth month that soon developed into the most amazing tossing and turning movements… there were many bonding moments of me just laying in bed looking at my baby belly with loving eyes whilst my husband laying beside me would feel our son move.
THE MOST EMOTIONAL PART OF BEING PREGNANT FOR ME: going for an ultrasound to see my baby!!
It was absolute magic at 3 months when we saw him in his tiny human form moving about then there was also that rushed feeling of great wonder at 7 months when we saw the features of our son so clearly in 4D… that was a special moment where my husband and I would just lovingly look into each other’s teary eyes.
On top of the amazing anatomical and physiological changes happening to me, I made it a point throughout my pregnancy to take extra care of my emotional and physical health by being responsible for how I felt and what I consumed because I believe that parenting skills begin before birth. I am shamefully far from the health conscious kind, but since it is something I would like to instill in the lives of my future children, with quite a bit of effort I have never eaten healthier in my life. I also purposefully paid attention to my emotions, with what and whom I surrounded myself with, along with gaining as much knowledge as I could from reading books and blogs, to taking up a birthing course and prenatal yoga classes.
The past 9 months has been the most beautiful experience of my life and I was thrilled throughout and I have no doubt that my baby felt so much care and love, along with excitement and joy trickle from my heart and soul to his. I also believe that he already knows the love of his father, and the love that is given him by the best of family and friends that surrounds me.
This moment in my life has been nothing but beautiful and I am truly so blessed by it… and that for me is what this photograph taken by my husband represents.
TANYA ESCALER RIVIERRE
Due Date: 12 October 2011
Chiqui Borasa Hahn
Edwina Dominguez Garchitorena
September 20, 2011 by Guest Writer