Full term

Last night, Bella would not get off my belly no matter how many times you kicked her.

bell on belly 4 bell on belly3

Maybe she already knows that you’re going to be best friends, just like she knew you were there before I did.

Your room is (pretty much) ready, your clothes and bedding are washed, just waiting for you.

nursery

I’m going to miss feeling you dance and move around from inside my belly, but can’t wait to dance with you around the kitchen, holding you and smelling that perfect baby smell.

Your dad is getting really excited to meet you, too. I love feeling him talk to you, and the way you nudge back in your own little conversation. Last night you had the hiccups, and we both laughed as we felt them. I also prayed that your hiccups don’t sound anything like mine… they’re a little loud and scary.

I dream about you almost every night now, and can’t believe that in a few weeks I’ll be able to look into your basinet and see the little face I’ve been thinking about for so long.

Keep growing strong and healthy, and come whenever you’re ready. We’re ready for you, and I’m so excited for your birthday. It’s going to be an experience that will change our lives, and I can’t wait for you to meet all of the people that already love you so much.

See you soon <3

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105 Comments

  1. Julie S. on December 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Awww, I love this! Gave me the teary eyes. 🙂

  2. Kelly on December 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This just gave me chills in the best of ways. I’m so happy for you both (and Bella!)

  3. Rachel on December 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Oh my gosh I’m over here just fighting back tears. This is so sweet! 🙂

  4. Laura @ Backstage Balance on December 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    What an adorable post! We can’t wait to meet you too, little Fitnessista 🙂

  5. Destini on December 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    OH goodness I got teary eyed reading this! I love that you wrote this to your daughter! I am soo unbelievably excited for you on this new adventure.

  6. Stephanie Wilson @On the Road to RD on December 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    What a heart-warming post. 🙂

  7. julie @ peanut butter fingers on December 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    i am SO pumped to “meet” this little lady. (hopefully in real life one day, too!) she is going to be so loved.

  8. Rachel on December 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Please stop making me cry, kthxbai! <3 <3 <3 <3 (One for all three, plus Bell.)

  9. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on December 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    This was so beautiful!!! Congrats on making it to full term so healthy and happy! I know that might seem like a weird thing to be congratulating but I think that’s an incredible achievement!

  10. paulie on December 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    That is very sweet. Im excited for you

  11. Little Meggles on December 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Auntie Meg is crying.

  12. Megan infantino on December 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Made me tear up!!! Oh my gosh. This was so sweet!

  13. victoria on December 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    so very sweet…

  14. Melanie on December 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post! She is very fortunate to have parents who love her so much already!! I’ve been enjoying reading your posts and can’t wait to “meet” her as well…

  15. Laura on December 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Thats the best, feeling them move around and how they seem to have “conversations” with you through their movements. I didn’t get to experience that up to full term, my baby was born last week at 26 weeks and when I’m visiting him in the nbicu in the evenings and I’m talking to him and he is moving and kicking its like he is remembering those nightly conversations when it seemed like he was talking back through his movements in my belly.
    I have loved reading about your pregnancy and hope you have a fulfilling birth experience.

    • Lisa on December 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      prayers to your sweet baby <3

    • Fitnessista on December 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      sending love to your baby and family <3 i'm thinking about you.

    • JennP on December 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      My daughter was born last year at 24 weeks (1lb 2.5oz), and she is now a fiesty (remarkably healthy) little 16 month old! Aside from her small size, you’d never guess she’d been an early bird! Babies are amazingly strong and can overcome things that the toughest adult never could. Best of luck <3

  16. Diana on December 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Holy crap, I’m gonna cry.

  17. Stephanie @ Snacking?nSunshine on December 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This was just the sweetest thing. You are going to be the BEST mama.

  18. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on December 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    <3 that is so precious. lol. now you're making me think towards when I have a little bun in the oven. haha.

  19. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on December 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    teary… lucky baby girl 🙂

  20. Samantha on December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    This is beautiful. Can’t wait to “meet” her!!

  21. Erin @ Running Tall on December 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Love this post. So beautiful. I can’t wait to meet her via blog!!

  22. Wendy Heath on December 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    What Diana said… 🙂 Hope your labor goes well! Can’t wait to see pics of your baby girl. 🙂

  23. Candice on December 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    LOVE this post! Made me teary! It truly is wonderful and you are so right in that your world is about to change…for the better! 🙂

  24. Sarah on December 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    🙂

  25. Lizzie on December 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    So cute Gina! I have this funny feeling that I’m going to check your blog any day now, and there will be no post at the time you usually post. Then I’ll know for sure!

  26. Maggie on December 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    So, so moving. Made me cry a bit! Congratulations on making it to full term!

  27. Kath on December 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    absolutely beautiful 🙂

  28. Angela @ MyPinkyToes on December 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Pure sweetness. I am so excited for you.

  29. Lauren on December 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    So sweet!!

  30. kathleen @ the daily crumb on December 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    awww… chills! so excited for little miss fitnessista 🙂

  31. Katy @ A Shot of Life on December 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    This post is precious! I have chills!!! Also can’t wait to ‘meet’ the little Fitnessista 🙂

  32. Laura on December 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    This is so sweet 🙂

    Right after I read this, I saw an email about a coworker who just had her baby… You guys are giving me “the fever.”

  33. Emilia on December 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Such a sweet post, I have tears in my eyes now. I’m so happy and excited for you!

  34. Kari McLennan on December 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Awwww, first post since the Pilot coming home video to give me tears!! Too too sweet. We are excited for her arrival too! 🙂

  35. Lisa on December 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    awww..goosebumps!
    i want a baby!

  36. Emma on December 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Beautiful post 🙂

  37. Yelena on December 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    What a sweet post- baby girl is so loved already!

  38. RachelG on December 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I’m crying! This little girl is going to be loved by so many virtual “aunts” and “uncles”! 🙂

  39. Stephanie on December 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    WOW that’s the sweetest post!! Got a little teary eyed.. I can’t wait to hear all about it, & someday to experience these things with my military man as well 🙂

  40. Lindsay R. on December 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Every time you talk about your baby girl, I get tears in my eyes. You’re going to be such a wonderful, loving momma. Best wishes for you.

  41. Sarah on December 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    This was such a sweet post, you guys are going to be wonderful parents, to an amazing little girl! (And Bella will be a great “big sister” too!)

  42. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on December 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    this post is so, so sweet. i love it! i’m so excited for you and your husband.

  43. Sana on December 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I can’t wait for Bella to be a big sister!

  44. Parita on December 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    This made me tear up! I’m so excited for you guys. 🙂

  45. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on December 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    This is so sweet gina! I can’t wait to meet the little princess!

  46. Jessica on December 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Oh, Gina, I am SSSSOOOO happy for you guys! i just went back and reread the post where you announced it. Motherhood is the.best.thing.ever. and I am SO happy you are going to get to experience it and share it with the blog world! I truly appreciate every one of your posts, thank you for continuing to be an inspirational blogger while experiencing pregnancy and motherhood.

  47. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on December 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    What a sweet post. I can’t believe it’s already almost time!

  48. Brooke @ sweats & sweets on December 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    You are going to be a wonderful mommy. So happy for you two!

  49. Lorna on December 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Ahh, you made me cry. I’m excited for your little family- I hope everything goes perfectly!

  50. kara on December 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    aww, this is so so so sweet. just made me tear up! i’ll be praying for you guys and a safe delivery, whenever she decides to make her grand entrance!

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