Wishing you all the best for 2016.

The holiday season is almost over. Just one more day to celebrate, and then we must start 2016. Looking back on 2015, there have been many highlights, a few lowlights, but also a lot of wonderful memories and stories to look back on. You, my patients, have allowed me to be part of another year in your life. You have challenged me, inspired me, and brought tears to my eyes many times this past year. From births, deaths, and everything inbetween this year has been amazing. Thanks for all the memories.

As we start 2016, I am looking forward to my life changing with the addition of our first child. But with this change there comes a rollercoaster of emotions as I am sure most first time moms have. What I have to remember is to trust the female body as it knows what to do. The human body is amazing because of the union of the sperm and egg to produce a human; what a miracle, and a wonder of nature and love. As a result, for 37 weeks this little human has been my constant companion. We have shared a lot together from throwing up to hiccups. And when my husband and I first saw it (ultrasound), and heard its heartbeat around 20 weeks, that was an incredible experience. There have been tears, lots of laughter, and many sleepless nights which I know will only continue.

We have come to the last part of this pregnancy; the final days if you will. My work is winding down for maternity leave, and nesting has taken over. With the nesting, I have been throwing out/donating things I no longer need while getting lost for hours in boxes of pictures. Chris and I have been struggling with baby names… what a hard decision to make (even more so as we do not know whether it is a boy or a girl yet). It is exciting to have a cleaned out house though, for now, even though it feels like we’re just making room for the baby’s new things. 

I know in a few weeks my body is going to change yet again. The female breasts become milk making machines, the abdomen is forever altered, and the kicking/hiccups/movements will no longer be something that I feel from the inside. There will be crying, diapers to change, a baby to feed, and a new life to watch over in awe. Certainly, there will be a lot of firsts.

I am in awe of the female body, of life, and health. I feel lucky to be in the field I’m in, as a women, and to be able to carry a child. Thank you to my body for being a host for our new little life. So from our soon to be growing little family, to yours, we wish you all the best in 2016.

Image: Dbxsoul (Wikipedia) (CC 3.0 Unported)