As I lay down to sleep something felt strange. For a minute I thought my own pulse was racing and I checked it to see if the baby was somehow cutting off circulation which gives this imitated panic attack feeling. But my pulse was fine and I did not feel anxious or uncomfortable.
It took me another moment to realize the feeling. I have felt the baby move a tiny flutter or bump here and there. I have felt the rolling flutter as he or she turns to get comfortable but this was full on acrobatics! It continued for several minutes as I just laid there in awe. It was the strangest and most wonderful feeling.
Once the baby started to settle down a bit I placed my hand on my belly and whispered "goodnight." The movement stopped and soon after I drifted off to sleep. This morning as I woke completely exhausted from being up all night and the tell-tale headache of not enough sleep, I could still feel nothing but happy.
I'm grateful to be there for my dog during her time of stress. I'm grateful to put my own needs aside to take care of my fur-baby. I'm grateful for the beautiful miracle of feeling the baby so active inside me. I'm grateful for the awe it inspires in me and the love that grows even more each day for this little being. I'm grateful for a slower work day today so I can move at a lack-of-sleep pace. I'm grateful to be finding out the gender soon! And I'm excited and grateful for the progress on the baby's room. I'm so grateful for the abundance of blessings in my life.
What keeps you awake at night? Is there a benefit or gratitude you can find in the interruption of sleep?
May today bless us all with energy and optimism. May we see the beauty and blessings all around us. Have a beautiful day!