It is December! Where in the world did this year go? Honestly, I need these years to take it easy. In another month, I will be a year older — #FortyWonAndUp –and somebody’s momma. Today I am officially 8 months y’all. I am in the home stretch and starting to get a little nervous about this whole becoming a momma thing. It is about to go up, down and all around. My life will forever be changed.
I’m starting to feel reallly pregnant now. Getting up out of my bed, off a couch or out of a chair has become a bit of a challenge. I feel like I need a walker on stand-by. Getting comfortable is a task and my child is moving like he is ready to get the heck up out of my belly. But, I have pep talks with him. We got a few more weeks baby boy so don’t be trying to bust up out the womb just yet.
I can hardly believe we have gotten to this point. I mean realistically this little dude could come any day now. And, although I want him to stay put as long as possible, I can’t wait to get my body back. It has been easy breezy up until now and I’m like Lord help me. From my knees and legs aching, my feet swelling up a bit and him kicking the wind out of me, I am exhausted to say the least. There are so many things I wanna do around the house that I just simply cannot do. And when Im trying to get into something, my husband is like sit yo’ tail down! But I do need to take advantage of the down time that I have because come January or any day now, sleep will be a distant friend.
And y’all I had no idea of all the “afters” I would be experiencing once giving birth. Chilllllle. You current momma’s out here make it look so easy. But ain’t none of y’all tell me about this pregnancy aftermath. That ain’t right. Possible tearing, vaginal bleeding, discharge and bruising; numbness and/or discomfort for about three to five weeks in which coughing, sneezing or even sitting down could prove painful. Look I understand all this makes common sense. If you just had a whole baby come out your vagina, it’s not bound to be hearts and rainbows. BUT, I had not been focused on all that ma’ams.
So needless to say, I’m planning on doing natural childbirth but we all know that really depends on the baby. Either natural or c-section — which also has its on set of afterbirth symptoms — I just pray that things go quickly and smoothly. My pregnancy has not at all been what I’ve heard from a lot of other moms, so I’m just hoping that my birthing experience will run in accordance with how well I’ve gone through this pregnancy.
This week I’ve also been following up with my research for a pediatrician so my plan is to narrow that down in the next week. And yes, we have already started looking at schools because apparently wait-lists are no joke and we need to stay on top of this situation to ensure we get in the school we prefer. Additionally, I have registered for a couple more child-birthing classes that I’ve been wanting to take but because I’ve had so much going on with moving, the baby shower and just life in general, I had not been able to schedule them.
Finally, I will be packing my hospital bag this weekend and I was able to schedule a maternity shoot. Yay! Can’t wait to share with you guys. Unfortunately, I have not booked any maternity jobs since being pregnant so it will be cool to get into model mode. So hoping that baby boy hangs in there for momma so I can get all this stuff accomplished.
Overall, this pregnancy has been good to me. I’ve pretty much gained all my weight in my belly. I’ve not had to buy too many maternity clothes. Regular clothes with stretch have been a life and money saver. Genes, coconut oil and shea butter have been my friends. No apparent stretch marks. #PraiseHim. But don’t get it twisted I do have them. I’ve had them since I was a teenager. I’m just thankful my stomach was spared.
Wow! Week 35. Which, according to biblical scholars, the number thirty-five in Hebrew was written with the letters lamed (authority) and hey, which, at the end of a word, means “what comes from.” The number itself, then, indicates “what comes from authority. When there is an unresolved question or dispute among men, a ruling is necessary from a higher authority. Look at God blessing this forty-three year old women who has overcome the odds.
So today, I pray that your journey brings you to a place of peace and purpose. Know that God is in control. Every step of your journey is your own. Do not compare your path with others. Don’t allow other people’s experiences to scare you or deter you from living the life God has planned for you. Challenges and losses will happen no matter who or where you are. But from them you will build strength, grow your faith and develop a testimony to share with others. Stand firm on HIS word and I promise you will go further than you thought you’d ever go. I had no idea my greatest accomplishments, so far, would happen in my forties. HE has the final word.
I want to dedicate this post to my Aunt Denise who lost her battle to Cancer on Thanksgiving Day. Today is her homegoing service. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. #FCKCANCER