This past week was my birthday, on St. Patrick’s Day (hence the outfits in the pictures!) It was a day of celebration and fun! My husband and I were lucky enough to both be able to take the day off work. He made a delicious breakfast and we sat outside and enjoyed the first spring-like day this year (15 degrees Celsius!).

Another year older - Janel's birthday at 27-weeks pregnant

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

After enjoying a beautiful walk in a nearby park we went to pick up a dresser for our little sweet pea. Then we spent the evening with my mom and grandma. They made the birthday dinner of my dreams!! Chicken wings (I have been craving these a lot!), caesar salad, homemade French fries, and cheesecake. I also enjoyed a 0.0% beer, which is surprisingly satisfying! Spoiled with presents, calls, and messages from family and friends throughout the day, my heart was truly full.

Another year older - Janel's birthday at 27-weeks pregnant

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

While it was a day of celebration, it was also a day of reflection.

This time last year I was deep in the throes of grief after finding out we lost our first pregnancy on March 4th. Although this year is much different and I have much to be thankful for, it was definitely on my mind how sad I felt the last time I celebrated my birthday. It’s truly amazing how much can change in a year, but when we hit milestones and important days it often spurs the urge to look ahead or behind the previous moment (for better or worse).

Janel's birthday at 27-weeks pregnant

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

Throughout the day I was also processing this new age. I turned 28 this week! I’m not sure how old I thought I would be when I had a baby, but I pictured myself younger. I think this is based on the fact that most women in my family have had their first child in their early 20s. I have also known for years that I want to be a mom, so I envisioned it happening before I was 28. Nonetheless, here I am 28 years old and almost 28 weeks pregnant with our little sweet pea!

Janel's birthday at 27-weeks pregnant

Author’s Personal Collection/Janel Morphy

My final reflection (this one really hit me!) is that this will be my last birthday before I become a mother.

My grandma gave me baby bath soap as part of my gift and I said “Hey! It’s my birthday!” My mom and grandma joked that nothing is ever really going to be about just me again. While this fills my heart and I am of course more than happy to give everything I have to our sweet pea, it did make me stop and think. The next few months will be full of “last times” I do something without little sweet pea by my side. And that thought simply put, fills me with joy and happiness.

So here’s to another milestone and one more week closer to meeting our sweet girl.

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