Yesterday marked the day I hit "37 weeks," which means our baby is now considered full term - hooray! We've got a few more weeks to go before his due date on August 10, but realistically all of his organs should be fully formed and ready for life outside the womb...which means he could arrive any day now! Clearly my subconscious has latched onto this knowledge because I've started to think of and dream of babies on a regular basis; last night I dreamed up a lovely scenario that has no chance of coming true - because in it I delivered our son after only 2 minutes of pushing with virtually no pain (ha! In my dreams...literally).
Supposedly our son should weigh about 6 and a third pounds (so I'd imagine he's probably already 6.5 or something) and I've definitely started to feel it. My mom gained 50 lbs. with all three of her pregnancies and my older sister gained 40-45 lbs. with each of my nieces...so it doesn't come as much of a surprise to my family when I say that I've already gained about 46 lbs. (pretty much on track for 50!). However, when I tell my friends on the phone how much I've gained they tend to gasp and freak out. Um, thanks (clearly they didn't read the post I so obviously wrote for them). Last time I checked, my pregnancy has been healthy and complication-free so if that's what my baby needed to grow and be the little man God intended him to be then so be it. My doctor isn't concerned and I'm not concerned. :)
Thankfully, all the women I've befriended lately and/or female friends I've seen in person have helped to reassure me that my pregnancy weight gain is not a big deal because those women tend to be shocked to learn I've gained as much as I have (thanks, Patty, Cynthia, Sara, etc!). They've generously told me that I certainly don't look it - and they said it in a way that made me actually believe them (so they are either great actresses, blind, or I am somehow managing to look more petite than they think most 37 weeks pregnant women do), which is exactly the kind of compliment that can make any pregnant woman manage to continue feeling beautiful!
|Just beyond 36.5 weeks|
In fact, I am constantly praising and thanking God for how much He seems to have spared me in this pregnancy. I can hardly believe how many common pregnancy symptoms I have not had to deal with...and I continue to remain ever grateful. Acid reflux? Severe constipation and/or hemorrhoids? Frequent leg cramps? Intense Braxton-Hicks? Stretch marks? Bloody noses and/or miserable congestion? It's as if these things aren't a part of my pregnancy vocabulary (you can go ahead and send me your hate mail...I understand completely). For some reason I have been so so so blessed and I attribute it all to 3 things: good genetics, constant hydration, and the good Lord's mercy (He only gives us what we can handle, right? So maybe I'm just a wimp and He has mercifully allowed me to coast through. Whatever the reason, it wasn't part of His plan to make me suffer much with this pregnancy).
Do I have those days when everything seems to either ache or feel exhausted, making me move at the pace of a turtle? Sure! But the number of days I manage to have energy and can still move around a lot are far more numerous. So now that I've probably sufficiently made several of you shake your heads in disgust (I'd imagine some of you quit reading awhile ago out of annoyance - trust me, I know how obnoxious I must sound to some of you who have dealt with far more difficult pregnancies), I'll simply say that I give all the glory and thanks to God and our Holy Mother Mary's prayers for blessing me with such a healthy, smoothly-sailing pregnancy.
I'll admit, it can be difficult to share with others how few pregnancy discomforts I'm currently dealing with - because no one wants to be that girl that everyone loves to hate - but when the Lord blesses me I cannot bear to do anything other than shout it from the rooftops (and isn't that what we're supposed to do as Christians? To let our light shine for others to see?)! It's with great joy and humility that I share the radiance of His love and light throughout my 37-week journey into pregnancy thus far.
Thank you, also, to those of you that have been praying for us! Please pray for a healthy and uncomplicated labor and delivery in His timing. I feel overwhelmingly blessed and simply cannot wait to hold our son for the first time in the very near future. :)
"Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are."
-Louisa May Alcott