I have been nagging Markus for a while to take some belly pics. We thought of it after the fact with Ellie, and I wanted something to show for these nine months. Today, the weather turned gorgeous and gave us a great opportunity for pics at the beach, where we'd gone for a lunch picnic. I just wanted a simple side shot so we could see the belly so close to go-time, but we got the wonderful bonus of Ellie's belly love. Ellie LOVES the belly. Every day, she wants to look at it, talk to it, hold it, touch it, kiss it, hug it... She is sooooo sweet to the belly. Her love insists on seeing the bare belly up close and personal; none of this hiding beneath layers business (thus the exposed belly in the pics; this was Ellie's doing and insistence). As soon as I took off my jacket for the picture, she wanted to commune with the belly...so here we have the long-awaited belly pics with beautiful Ellie love too!
Each time after she's done a thorough touch/listen/look with the belly, Ellie asks, "Baby come out?" Not yet, sweetie. After contemplation, "When baby come out, Ellie hold it." She's going to be a wonderful big sister.