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Expecting Wonder: The Transformative Experience of Becoming a Mother

Expecting Wonder: The Transformative Experience of Becoming a Mother

by Brittany L. Bergman


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When you're expecting a baby, all the focus seems to be on the external trappings of pregnancy—baby showers, doctor appointments, setting up the nursery, learning about baby's development. But amid all that preparation, your own emotional and spiritual journey is also taking place. You're not just growing a baby; you're becoming a mother.

In Expecting Wonder, Brittany L. Bergman dives into this identity transformation with wit and grace, offering a heart-level guidebook for women in the season of pregnancy. Bergman shares stories of wrestling with fear, learning to trust God's goodness, and making space physically and emotionally for both her baby and her changing identity. By sharing her own honest journey of fear, change, and hope, Bergman offers the reader a picture of the miracle that God is working not just in the reader's body, but also in her soul.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506458908
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 08/04/2020
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 842,834
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Brittany L. Bergman is a writer who is passionate about telling stories and providing refreshment, connection, and encouragement to mothers who don't want to lose sight of their identity. Her essays about motherhood have appeared in Coffee + Crumbs, Motherly, The MOPS Blog, (in)courage, and Today Parents. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Dan, their two children, and their rescue dog.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Introduction: A Craving for Stories 11

First Trimester Wrestling with Fear and Embracing Mystery 14

Chapter 1 The "Right" Reasons 15

Chapter 2 The Two-Week Wait 23

Chapter 3 Two Pink Lines 29

Chapter 4 To Tell or Not to Tell 35

Chapter 5 Fed Is Best 43

Chapter 6 Miscarriage Scare 49

Chapter 7 First Ultrasound 55

Chapter 8 Blueberry Baby 63

Second Trimester Facing Uncertainty and Making Space 68

Chapter 9 Stabilit 69

Chapter 10 Showing 75

Chapter 11 Eating for Two 79

Chapter 12 The Sisterhood of the Full-Panel Jeans 89

Chapter 13 It's A 97

Chapter 14 Baby Registry 105

Chapter 15 A Pinterest-Perfect Nursery 113

Chapter 16 Working Morn 121

Chapter 17 Making Space 129

Third Trimester Anticipating Change and Welcoming Wonder 134

Chapter 18 Dormancy 135

Chapter 19 Movement 141

Chapter 20 Baby Showers 147

Chapter 21 Partners Becoming Parents 153

Chapter 22 Aches and Pains 159

Chapter 23 Birth Plan 163

Chapter 24 An Early Advent 169

Chapter 25 Birth 177

Chapter 26 After 189

Epilogue: The Force of Love 197

Acknowledgments 205

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