Week 28 – Coconut
Connecting with others
Week 28! 3rd Trimester
“There’s something that feels quite special about relying on a strong community to be a part of the baby’s life.”
The baby is moving and kicking more and more. It’s quite fun and interactive, including for his daddy.
We had a busy week, with appointments and family visits. It turned out to work quite well. It provided a good distraction from the Diabetes and more focus on the baby and the people we care about.
There was this moment where three generations of women put their hand on my belly to feel the baby. Surely each of them was experiencing something very different from the others but they all seemed to be wishing the baby good things. It was a very powerful feeling and an intense sense of connecting with others.
There’s the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”. It is a bit hard to imagine but it must be quite spectacular to have such a network of people. All of these friends who love and care for a child, contributing with what they can and want to their health and happiness.
How that combines with a sense of privacy and family boundaries, I’m not so sure. Maybe I have a naive view about it and in reality, it’s an emotional chaos filled with conflict. Still, there’s something that feels quite special about relying on a strong community to be a part of the baby’s life.
In the meantime, I’ve been reading more about the local system for children. It seems like it’s very oriented towards group activities, exploring different types of learning and playing that starts before the formal school education. It seems quite exciting and I’m looking forward to connecting with people who are a part of it.
Soon, I’ll be joining a small group of expecting moms and I’m curious to get to know them and share some experiences.
For now, welcome to the third trimester!