Snapshots: From a raspberry to toddlerhood

This post is in response to the weekly Discover challenge, Snapshots:

Get inspired by Andrea Jarrell’s post “A Roar for the Ages,” and tell a broad story using a series of short, focused scenes.

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We are all sitting around the table at my parent’s house: my parents, brother, sister-in-law, husband and I. We have finished dinner and are chatting, when my husband asks “What time does Shoppers [Drugmart] close? Does anyone know?”. This question, seemingly out of the blue, ends up being how we break the news to our family that we are pregnant! My husband, never the best at keeping secrets, has inadvertently revealed to the family that the reason for the evening Shoppers trip is to purchase a pregnancy test. Our family is over the moon with our surprise … and even more so when we text them all later that evening to reveal the results of the pregnancy test!

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The first 40 weeks of the journey of your life

This post is in response to the Journey prompt from Writing 201: Poetry. The details of the prompt are:

  • The word prompt: journey. “Write a poem about anything that word evokes for you, from the excitement of a trip you’re about to embark on, the mental progress you witnessed someone make, or the struggles, pleasures, and extreme emotions that travel can bring about.”
  • The form: limerick. “The traditional rhyming scheme of a limerick is a a b b a — the first two lines rhyme, then the next two, and the final verse rhymes with the first couplet.”

It began with a simple test
The news we received was the best
In a few minute’s time
We saw the plus sign
We were pregnant, as I’m sure you have guessed!

Then over the next fourty weeks
We went through both lows and peaks
Your feet flatten out
(What’s that all about?)
So many things about which no one speaks!

But when you feel that first little kick
You don’t even care you’ve been sick!
I know how I felt
It made my heart melt
And I grabbed my husband’s hand: “Feel this! Quick!”

And then when the baby arrives
And off to the hospital you drive
It all seems a blur
You lay eyes on her
And you start the best journey of your lives!