I received an email update about the 9th week of pregnancy from BabyCenter with a tip that I really enjoyed:
Start a daily ritual to connect with your baby. Diane Sanford, a clinical psychologist who focuses on pregnancy and postpartum adjustment, encourages women to set aside two five- to ten-minute periods a day to think about their baby. Just after waking up and before going to sleep works well for many expectant moms. During these times, sit quietly and gently rest your hands on your belly. Focus on your breathing and then start thinking about your baby (your hopes and dreams, your intentions as a parent, etc.). It’s a great way to initiate the bonding process and to help you plan for the kind of parent you want to be.
I loved the idea, so a few nights ago, my husband and I started “connecting” with our little babe. Once we’re in bed, we take a few minutes, with our hands on my belly, to think about what it is going to be like to have our baby in the outside world. To kiss the little fingers and feel the warmth. To see our reflections in the face of this little child we made together. To dress the baby in the sweetest and softest little onesies. To smell that distinct baby smell. Could anything be more exciting?
Anyway, this was definitely a really great tip that I’d encourage others to try. It’s just such a great way for Mark and I to connect to each other, to this experience, and to our growing baby. Not to mention, warm hands on my belly feels really nice and comforting.