While not every aspect of pregnancy has been fun, there hasn’t been ONE second that I have taken this whole experience for granted. Every bout of nausea, every weird craving, and every sleepless night is worth it, because I know the precious gift the Lord has blessed us with that is growing bigger and stronger every day.
And now as this baby moves more and more, I just smile and laugh as I watch the miracle happen before my eyes.
But, enough of the mushy gushy stuff. One of the things that has come along with this pregnancy that I was not aware of before, is the “stuff” I get to hear. All the time.
And, to be honest, here are a few things that I have heard a little too much, and I’d be okay if I didn’t hear them anymore (or at least a little less than I hear them now):
- “You just wait…”
- “Oh, you’ll see…”
- “It only gets better.”
- “It only gets worse.”
- “Should you be eating that?”
- “You should eat this.”
- “That’s not how it was for me when I was pregnant.”
- “That’s not how my sister / mother / friend / daughter felt when she was pregnant.”
- “Well, she’s pregnant and she can do it, so shouldn’t you be able to?”
- “Did your doctor say that was okay?”
- “Wow, you’re huge for how far along you are!”
- “Have you finished the nursery?” (We haven’t started on it yet… wooops.)
- And of course, the unsolicited labor horror stories
Please, please, please don’t get me wrong – I know that most, if not ALL, of these statements have well-meaning intentions behind them and that people genuinely care and want to help. And I totally appreciate it and I’m SO grateful to be surrounded by so many people who are so caring and thoughtful. Just hearing these statements so frequently can just sometimes make an already sleepy and anxious pregnant lady a little weary. ‘Naw mean?
Anyone else know what I’m talking about? What do YOU hear a little more often than you’d like?
“12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:12-14