Reaching for the Sky

You would think that the fourth time around would be less exciting somehow. That the ‘been there, done this’ feeling would be more prevalent than the incredible sense of wonder that accompanies the first of any experience.

Not so.

This morning Dave and I nervously waited in the ultrasound reception area, sharing a warm, flaky almond croissant as we tried not to think too much about the completely possible reality that we were about to be told that we had no reasons for celebration.

As the screen flickered on and I craned my neck to catch a first glimpse of the black and white images, it happened. A beautiful, perfectly formed baby flashed up – wriggling, lifting its hands and twisting about. We were both overcome with emotion and such gratitude, watching in wonder as each measurement was taken – the little being making itself comfortable and avoiding the newfound prodding of the probe.

Life is such a miracle. Love is the only possible response towards this incredible reality. It stretches outwards beneath the ever-changing sky. We are profoundly grateful.

This post is part of the #Write31Days challenge that I’m participating in along with talented community of other writers. We free write for five minutes (or more) each day guided by a prompt. Today’s prompt is ‘sky’. 


For more information on 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, check out Christina Hubbard’s site!


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  1. Emma congratulations. It’s more than incredible. It’s always a miracle. Having gone thru miscarriages myself and watching my DIL lose 6 and now be pregnant with twins and my daughter go to infertility and now pregnant with her second I know God’s plan is perfect and I know each little baby is a miracle and I look at those sonogram pictures.

    I used the prompts this week of Thankful and Unknown to talk about my precious grand babies.

    1. Wow, what a time you and your daughters have gone through 🙁 I wish both of them such peace and healthy pregnancies – each baby is indeed a miracle… I look forward to reading your pieces 🙂

  2. Congratulations, Emma!
    I am not a mom, but I have lots of friends with kids and yes, having kids is a true miracle from conception to pregnancy to birth – all the best as you wait for number 4!

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I’m doing my best to keep that perspective even when it feels tough and difficult, but the miracle of life is something astounding 🙂

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