An essay at

Before Hadley was born I wrote an essay about the end of pregnancy. I submitted it online and then kind of forgot about it to be honest. Well a couple weeks ago I got a message that had accepted it and decided to publish it. I was so excited!!!

Then this week I got notice that it had officially gone live on their site. I wanted to share it with y’all. Thank you for reading here and I hope you enjoy it there.

“It will only be so much longer that my son runs over to me to kiss and hug my belly, unknowingly kissing and hugging his little sibling from the outside world….People will stop genuinely asking how I am feeling….Seats will not be miraculously opened anymore for the woman with a huge belly…It will not be forever that my husband whispers his love to an unseen child, telling them about the world they will soon enter.”

Read the full essay here, “There’s no way to speed up this pregnancy, so perhaps I should slow down.


xo, bethany rose


  1. All Adrienne

    October 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Congrats on getting your essay published on Motherly. I loved your essay. Seasons change for the good and the bad.

  2. waves + lilacs

    November 1, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Thanks so much for your kind words!

  3. ememist1

    November 2, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Congrats Bethany! Your words are inspiring. I wish I can write like this. Your story suddenly makes me miss my belly!


    1. waves + lilacs

      November 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Em! I have loved getting to know you 🙂

  4. Mikaeya

    November 4, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Love love love this mama! Such beautiful words, yes this is just a season, but it doesn’t make it any less hard or our emotions any less real! Hope all is settling in now!

    1. waves + lilacs

      November 5, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Aw, that is such a wonderful reminder. Thank you!

  5. kellijoyfulmama

    November 5, 2017 at 3:05 am

    This is so beautiful and true! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Eva

    December 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Excellent essay and such a good reminder of the seasons of motherhood. Makes me miss those pregnancy days with my son. Congrats on the publication, too!

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