Chloe has been in this world longer than she was in my belly world.
39 weeks ago today she made her debut.
I went for a swim the morning before I went into labour. This was not unusual as I swam 25 laps almost every day of my last trimester. It was such an amazing feeling....totally weightless and then I would go to step out of the pool and BOOM! There's the belly I almost forgot I had. I loved the way the sounds of life would become muffled underwater, and I would picture my little girl doing her own laps in my belly as I would move.
The smell of chlorine & protective shampoo will always be a beautiful reminder of the final days before she would arrive.
When I was rolled into the delivery room that afternoon, my doctor was trying to figure out what the strong chemical smell was. I assured her that nothing was wrong...it was just that I could not escape the smell of that lovely chlorine.
So today we swam together to mark the occasion. But we opted for a salt water pool, because chlorine is so 39 weeks ago.