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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