This date marks the start of the 36th week of my first pregnancy.
This date also marks the end of an era where I can go wherever I please when I please. This is due to three reasons:
- My OB mandates the stop of long distance travel as of the start of the 36th week.
- My body no longer allows me to walk around for more than a few minutes at a time before it threatens to dispel the foreign being from inside of me (or that’s what it feels like, anyway).
- Once the munchkin arrives, either the effort to tow him along will be too much of a hassle or childcare issues will keep me from going places I would otherwise go to on a whim.
It’s been a difficult week. It seems that all the discomfort I didn’t experience during the first 35 weeks of my pregnancy has compiled into these final weeks. I can’t get in and out of my car without getting the winded. I end up in the restroom at least once every hour (usually more). I can’t walk down the hall without feeling shooting pain in my lower abs. I sit in front of my computer typing this and trying to catch my breath, as the sitting position seems to cut my lung capacity in half. Even lying in bed is an ordeal, because I fear getting back up and feeling intense pain in my hip joints.
It all happened so suddenly. Up until my appointment on Tuesday, I was fine. I was mobile. I felt next to no pain. As soon as I left the OB office, suddenly I was inundated with all the discomforts of late third trimester pregnancy. And I have been struggling to keep it together through the pain since.
But despite all of that, it’s nice to know that there is an end date to all of this. The hubby (aka father of my child) reminded me of this when he shared this passage with me today (so timely).
|My support through these past 35 weeks…so grateful!|
Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
It was a reminder that the present pain will not last, but the joy of the end product will. There is hope that the end result will make all memories of this pregnancy disappear, and all I will be left with is the love I have for this child. And the gratitude of having successfully carried him for the last 35 weeks (and however longer it takes).
|Even sweeter than these fresh Krispy Kreme donuts!! Mmmmmmm…|