More recently in the last week or so the third trimester pregnancy symptoms have hit hard. Between the insomnia, swelling, and my recently acquired penguin waddle, I've found myself (at times) feeling happier than ever that we're so close to Kensington's due date.
At the same time, I'm looking back on the last nine months in complete awe of how much has happened in seemingly the blink of an eye.
Although at times I'd love to speed things up, I'd also be more than happy to freeze time right where it is. I'd be content to continue spending hours on the floor of the baby nursery with Daniel next to me folding tiny baby clothes, and day dreaming about the adventures we're going to have as a family of three.
These times are irreplaceable. As much as I wish I could bottle up all of the love and gratitude and overwhelming feelings that have come along with this stage in my life, I know that these moments are fleeting. I don't want to look back on any of it and feel that I wasn't present for everything, the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly (swollen ankles are just not cute, you guys).
I keep reminding myself that I'm going to miss this. Later down the road I hope to look back and be able to recall the tiny details and the simplest moments.
Those days when Daniel comes home after a 12 hour shift with Krispy Kreme donuts in hand, just because he knows I'm going to want them. The times when my parents sweet, old cat sits on top of my belly and lets the baby kick her while she cuddles up as close as she can. These are the things I don't want to forget, and I know that I'll miss later down the road.
Regardless of whether or not you're going through anything big and life changing at the moment, be present in everything that you do.
You may look back on a time that you were hoping to rush through and realize that a certain part of it helped shaped you into the person you're becoming. You may want to remember the little details and the smallest of things, and you just might miss it if you let it all pass before you without taking in as much of it as you can in the moment.
Whatever stage you're in, even if you're having a particularly tough day, or bad week, you could find yourself missing some of the greater moments in your life. So take a look at everything around you, and throw yourself whole-heartedly into each seemingly little thing.
This life we've got is pretty great, and I for one don't want to miss a minute of it.