31 Weeks Pregnant

March 27, 2010 at 11:22 pm (Family, Life) ()

Wow, hard to believe. I usually have an inward eye roll when someone talks about how fast someone else’s pregnancy must be going. I mean, sure, it goes fast for them. They’re not dealing with swollen ankles, endless bathroom trips, and an ever-expanding mid-section. I gotta admit, though, that this time? It really has gone fast! I think in part that’s been due to an averted focus. Whereas in the first pregnancy, I really just focused on…well, the pregnancy. This time, I’ve had several other attention-demanding factors.

The first and most obvious would be the miniature man called Joey that lives upstairs. Being focused on getting him through potty training, enjoying new experiences, and just generally, each day, has kept me far less preoccupied with my current pregnancy. The other, and far less pleasant factor would be the various ailments that have seemed to find their way to me during this time of being “with child.” At first, it was really, really, (really!) offensive congestion. Then came a cough that literally lasted about 2-3 months. I also got the occasional ear infection and a bout with a viral “thing,” that claimed our Thanksgiving. Then there was the weird breathless feeling that sort of put a cramp on Christmas. Yup, this had all happened prior to Christmas.

Come the new year, I decided to get an ear tube put in to combat the recurring ear infections. Those are extremely painful. Come to find out, though, ear infections have nothing pain-wise on getting an ear tube put in and the anesthesia and numbing NOT taking. Cue the pinched nerve in my neck that resulted from said ear trauma, and you’ll find me in some of the most excruciating pain I’ve ever known. Also cue a month and a half of physical therapy that wound up being a merciful answer to prayers and an ending to my pain.

Now, I’m once again having ear infection issues (on the non-tubed ear), general sinus yuck, and those late-in-the-pregnancy uncomfortable feelings that only another mom-to-be can understand. I am starting to feel better, but realize I am in the final stretch here, and that some of the discomfort may be here to stay until Mr. Gavin is safe in my arms.

So what’s the conclusion? This pregnancy has been hard, yes. There is no way to get around that fact. Still, I know the moment I see Gavin and we begin to embark on the journey that will be his life, this will all start to fade into the oblivion of days gone by. Is it worth it? You betcha! I’ve got the rest of my life to be comfortable…and with my sweet son along to share the joy. Thank you, Lord, for this privilege.


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For Moms on the Run!

December 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm (Cooking, Family, Mommy Tips) (, )

As moms, we’re all always looking for fast, easy new recipes. A friend of mine has a FANTASTIC blog that she updates regularly with great recipes and pictures of the creations! I’ve cooked a few of the meals and found them great, easy, and yummy!

Check it out! http://cookingmommy-cookingmommy.blogspot.com

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A Day for Mothers

May 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm (Family) (, , )

Today I am celebrated as a mother for the first time on Mother’s Day.  Well, sort of.  I mean, I was pregnant with Joey last year on Mother’s Day, so I was technically a mother, but I actually have a child this mother’s day.  It still seems extremely crazy at times to be someone’s mom.  I remember thinking when I was younger that my parents were so wise and old and so…parental.  Will Joey be looking at me like that soon??  Does 25 seem soooooo old to someone who is a mere 8 months old?  AH!  When does this happen?  So many times when I think of myself, I still see the baby of the family who is a nice, perennial 17 or so.  Crazy how we grow up, take on responsibility, and become the people we think of as “adults.”  

I also can’t help but think of those who have lost their mothers on a day like today.  As soon as I think of that, though, I am reminded of the awesome God we serve that knows exactly what we need and is able to know how to meet our heart’s desires long before we even voice them to Him.  He provides those people that become our family, though not connected by blood, but by love.  So celebrate “Mothers and Others” day, as a reminder of the people that God has put in your life that mean so much, because they were there in just the right place, at just the right time, being used by God to fulfill a need in your life.

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