On Facebook last week, a friend posted a link to a company that makes bracelets with mantras on them. According to Wikipedia, “mantra,” a Sanskrit word, means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. I’m a fan of mantras — in the past, the mantras “you can do anything for XX minutes/XX miles” and “you’re strong, you can do this” helped me finish two marathons. Those powerful words willed my legs to go just a little further, when I thought I didn’t have anything left. And now, at a very different time in my life, I found myself drawn to (and then immediately purchased) the “Enjoy the Journey” bracelet. I’ve been wearing it ever since it arrived.

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I’ve been thinking about the concept of enjoying the journey of my pregnancy quite a bit over the past week. After an unexpected delay, we finally got our genetic blood test results back. All negative. And we had a doctor appointment last Friday and heard the heartbeat again.  So, in the spirit of enjoying the journey and with that little boost of confidence, we revealed the gender of our rainbow baby to some family members and close friends. Who knows, maybe next week I’ll even take my first bump picture.

Of course, even with all of the good we have going for us right now, I still can’t help but think that anything could go wrong at any moment. But even though that may be the case, and we’ll never feel totally confident or “safe,” we’re working on doing our best to just enjoy the journey and celebrate these little milestones as they come and go.

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