One of the things that surprises me about pregnancy is how my animals react. Probably before I even realized it myself, they seemed to know I was pregnant. In our house, the animals outnumber the humans (for now anyway). We have two dogs and two cats, all of which I love dearly (although I hate the way they make my house smell). They all have very different personalities, which can be quite entertaining some days.
The thing that gets me the most though, is that when I am pregnant, they all want to be near me. It is almost as if they are trying to protect me and the baby growing in my stomach. Every time I sit down, I can guarantee that within minutes I’ll have at least one or more of the animals trying to sit on my lap. There have been times lately when I’ve had all four of them surrounding me, including the cat who rarely shows her face unless there is food around. Sometimes it gets a little annoying, but most of the time I don’t mind. I suppose they are just trying to be good caretakers.
Today I am thankful for those little moments in life that make all the bad moments worth living through. Sunday morning Zach was in bed with Hubby and I. He was just beginning to stir and was snuggled up next to me. He looked up with his sleepy eyes and said, “Mommy, I want to feel tummy, baby in tummy.” I helped him place his hand on my tummy in just the right spot and watched the smile spread over his face. That moment has stayed with me for two days now and every time I think of it I can’t help but smile.