Friday, May 8, 2015

The Circle of Life

Today, my family and I are driving to attend my Pop Pop Ted's memorial service. What my mind struggles the most to wrap itself around is the fact that all of my grandparents have now passed away. Granted, he lived to be 93 and full of his wits, so I take comfort in the longevity that projects for my daddy. (I still maintain that he and Mom will live forever because if it can happen in movies, then why not in real life?)

Presumably, this little lady of ours will inherit some of her great-grandparents' wonderful traits, so their memories live on in us. Her kicks, tumbles, and frequent dances remind me that the circle of life continues to rotate. I can only hope she gains the strength of the remarkable people who came before her. Most of my close friends tell me she will be strong like her momma (despite my inability to bench press the bar in high school), and I pray for her sake that she develops a strength of her own. My bladder, sciatica, and round ligament will tell you one thing: her kicks sure are strong. Keep growing strong and healthy, Vincenza. You have a world just waiting to see all of the wonderful qualities you have to share with it.

Oh, by the way, here we are enjoying 6 months pregnant on Wednesday.

Cardigan (old): New York & Co. 
Flats: Aerosoles
Top: Gap Maternity
Jeans: Old Navy Maternity


  1. I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa but it sounds like he lived a wonderful life! Vincenza's got a pretty amazing family to come into! (And she's got one adorable mama!)

  2. I am sorry about your loss. On a positive note, look at that big round, popping belly. Looks like Vincenza is quite healthy.

    BTW, I also enjoyed your previous post on pregnancy post and the way you layered that maxi.

    Happy first Mother's Day weekend as a Mom-to-be!

  3. Danielle, I'm so sorry for your loss! It's so weird when our parents and grandparents are getting old, and new babies are coming into the family. I just have one grandparent left, but my husband has all 4! You have a great perspective on how Vincenza will pick up certain traits from family members. I see so much of my husband in his grandparents, and wonder which of those things will pass along to our kid.

    I hope your day is filled with love and celebrating your Pop Pop's life.

  4. My heart goes out to you on the loss of your dear grandfather. I pray for peace for your family and that his wonderful memories will sustain you.

  5. Sorry for your loss my friend! Sounds like your Pop Pop was a great man. I bet your little Vincenza will grow up to be an amazing little girl with people in her life like you and your family. :)
    Happy early mother's day mama to be with the cutest little bump!

  6. Did your family take the RV to the funeral? It looked like it in your IG photo. 93, wow. What a long life! I hope that will hold true with the rest of your family, including little Vincenza. I can't believe you're already 6 months along, crazy!


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