We met our baby for the first time on Monday morning.
It was the best moment of my life.
It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
In our family, it’s a tradition to nickname a baby while it’s still in utero so that you have something to call it before it’s born. Some of you might know that Martin has turned me from someone who formerly loathed sci-fi and magical books, movies, stories, plots, shows, all of it, into someone who more readily accepts such genres into their life.
Now, I’m not saying I’m a Trekky or anything, but I get REAL down with Harry Potter. Star Wars has become a thing I like and no longer become narcoleptic when watching. And I appreciate Neil Gaiman as an author, human being, and husband. I’m easing into it, folks, and I’m happy about it.
That being said, when we found out we were pregnant, and I downloaded pregnancy tracking apps (I went with TheBump and Ovia, so far so good) it asked the basic questions about me, and the baby and due dates, etc. But then they asked, “What are you calling the baby?” I took that to mean they wanted me to nickname this tiny, round, multiplying at the speed of light, bundle of cells (as it was at the time) and my mind immediately thought of the tiny orange and white round robot from Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) called BB8. That robot is terribly endearing and grows on you. Everyone loves BB8!
I had a BB in my belly, growing rapidly, but it was not number 8… it was number 1! And thus: The nickname was born:
Dearest friends and readers, I’d like you to meet BB1. As you can see above, the head is on the left, and the rump is on the right. BB1 is facing upwards, and you can see BB1’s tiny arms reaching up.
The moment BB1 came into focus on the sonogram screen is utterly indescribable. We saw the tiny but absolutely apparent heartbeat which was going 174 beats per minute! The tech said, at one point, “I need you to hold still.” And I said, “Oh, sorry.” And she laughed and said, “Oh no, not you!” And we all laughed. And I was emotional. And I shed tears of joy. (I do right now, too, as I write this.)
I don’t think I can adequately express to you how impactful a moment this was.
My heart literally grew 3 sizes in that moment; not that it was too small to begin with.
Folks, I’m literally so in love.
I’m so pleased to meet you, BB1. ❤