First, a Pregnancy Update 🙂
I’m finally in the third trimester of this pregnancy and am currently in between week 30 and 31. It’s been amazing how much more difficult this one has been, granted I am older (33), but somehow the problems have seemed much worse than in the past pregnancies. Last pregnancy was hard at the very end, but not as early as this one has been, if that makes sense.
I’ve had a longer time of nausea/vomiting (5 months worth, and then it just came back at 7 months for a second act!), a couple of tiny varicose veins that are a little painful and annoying (just thankful they’re tiny!), and just a general exhaustion that probably comes from being a mom to three kids under 10 already 🙂 . I have to ask my doctor about another problem that just popped up, but it looks like from online diagnosis’s that I might be put on bed-rest in a couple of weeks 😦 . I’m so glad it is close to being over, and that the baby is growing fine and doing well – I have to think on the happy things to keep from feeling overwhelmed. On a side note – compression socks are AMAZING lol and really seem to work for the circulation problems I’m experiencing. My mom bought a bunch for me right away when she found out I was having issues, and I can tell the difference when I wear them or forget to, they really work! And to note – I never had anything remotely like this with the past 3 pregnancies!!! So varicose veins… bad circulation… all that is very new, and (I guess?) contributed to age.
Our Last Baby…
I had one email from a reader asking if I’m really ok that this is our last baby, and how my husband not wanting more is the reason we’re stopping, and how I’m feeling about all that. You know… I really am thankful God has made this pregnancy so awkward and difficult, it DOES help with accepting that my husband doesn’t want anymore 😀 !!! That probably sounds so shallow and non-spiritual of an answer 🙂 but it IS the truth! I wrote a more, “wise-sounding,” spiritual answer here if anyone is still interested. I’ve never really let it bother me much anyway, I always just accepted his limit, and honored it by not allowing myself to get upset or bothered. I’ve actually thanked him many times over this pregnancy for calling it quits in light of how hard it’s been.
And he really is giving us a grace in setting his own limit. It’s not just hard on me, a difficult pregnancy is hard on the whole family, because so much of what I do gets backed up or not done as well. It’s hard on him having a very sick wife for 5 months plus, and it’s VERY hard on our other children, almost not really fair to them to have a mom that is so sick for so long (and now looking at potential bedrest for the last 6-7 weeks – you can imagine how hard that will be on them and him!). So in light of all that, his decision has proven to be very wise in my mind, and I’m so grateful he had the courage to do it even though he knew I wanted a lot more than four. It’s been wonderful watching his confidence as our spiritual leader and head of household grow through the years.
I think it’s good to respect your husband’s decisions as the head of the household, even if other people try to get you to feel offended or feel bad for you (had a comment like that last pregnancy)! Recently my husband had a conversation with his parents where he could hear his dad in the background, angry at one of my husband’s boundaries and firm decisions (over something super minor and of little consequence to them!). It immediately made me so sad he has parents who act offended at him having boundaries, I actually apologized on their behalf to him, since to me that’d be painful. Luckily we figured out a plan where my parents could accommodate his parents’ wishes, which will hopefully make them change their mind. We have countless examples of experiences like this with them, but it still kind of shocks me each time how they react in anger at what I’d view as, “normal,” boundaries. The only good thing God’s shown me in this, is that it makes my husband turn closer to us as an immediate family. The more someone reacts in anger at another person’s boundaries, the more it kind of just pushes that person away, and makes them not want to be around those people much. Growing up in a household where he wasn’t allowed to have boundaries makes his spiritual growth in this area even more remarkable in my mind.
Fear of Childbirth
I was asked if I was scared again of another c-section… a reader remembered the last pregnancy where I mentioned this since it’s well-known multiple c-sections are kind of risky, with even the possibility of death. I wrote about the last experience with our daughter here – in preparing oneself spiritually for childbirth (all the fears etc.). I really was somewhat afraid of dying for some reason… it is a little more risky with multiple c-sections, so much could go wrong, yet usually doesn’t. But this time around, it feels very different. There’s a confidence that even if I do pass (which I’m sure is still highly unlikely) there will be contentment and peace in God allowing that… it’s almost a whole new level of trust. I really don’t understand this kind of peace, and I haven’t experienced it before except right before each birth when I really just have to let go and trust God while being awake and cut open, knowing He has the final say in the operating room. Last time there was a lot of scar tissue, which is normal for repeat c-sections, but it does cause complications at times because the different organs/tissues stick to each other (have literally grown together!), and need to be separated. Last time I remember it taking them quite some time to sort it all out, and from just a little research online, most doctors don’t like opening a woman up and seeing that mess – and I don’t blame them!
Overall it’s been a fast pregnancy, and we’re so excited for the coming baby boy to add to our fold in 2020!!!! ❤
Happy New Year Readers!