About a week ago I remember thinking, “What are all those people talking about when they say that the last trimester is miserable? I feel great! I could be pregnant forever and that would be fine. That way I would have a little more time to get my list done…”
Fast forward to this week….I now understand what everyone meant.
I am moving more slowly than I am used to – just having a hard time getting going and everything is taking longer than I want it to. My back is starting to get more sore as the days pass. I feel a tiny bit nauseous. But mostly, two nights ago I didn’t sleep at all due to insomnia – I’m not uncomfortable, really. I’m just wide awake night after night.
I got up and tackled things on my to do list instead. I feel very blessed. It’s true that actually getting pregnant was high drama for us, but since then I have had a pretty easy go of it. Now that I’m down to my last 4 weeks, I think it’s OK to assume that I should be starting to feel less than ideal. To be honest, I can’t complain. I know that many women out there feel worse a lot longer than I have – we are very blessed.
So, at 2 am I decided to work on Cole’s thank you notes. I designed them a while ago but I needed another batch printed out (Bazzill Basics textured cardstock) and trimmed to fit the envelopes. I used this last round of finished notes as my Project 365 of Gratitude photo for Monday. I had a baby shower last week and this stack is for my friends and family that came to that. I am so grateful for supportive people from over the years who are coming out of the woodwork to celebrate this baby. It’s a miracle and everyone wants to share in the excitement. (click here if you want to know more of the story about this long-awaited baby and here if you want Jason’s take on it all).
Cole's First Logo - January 12 Project 365 Photo
Therefore, on Monday I was grateful for the amazing support and love we feel from everyone in our lives – represented by this stack of thank you notes.
I am grateful for my life. Here are a few photos from my Project 365 of Gratitude this last week.
January 9 - I'm grateful for my brother Kent - with 3 little ones & one on the way, he's the expert who put the crib together
January 8 - I'm grateful for the connections from various stages in my past that this baby has created - here's a friend from junior high, some from high school, & from our time in Connecticut - all together at the baby shower
January 13 - I'm grateful that Jason finally got the pin out of his hand that had slipped and has been irritating him - just in time for it to heal before Cole comes (photo taken pre-surgery)
January 14 - I'm grateful that we finally got my wireless printer working after the lightening strike a few months ago - "Yeah!"
Big things, little things, and everything in between. My life is full right now. I am definitely moving more slowly…but I am steady and sure of my gratitude for our many blessings.
Today, when it comes to gratitude, these things I am sure of:
I am sure that being grateful has little to do with things going perfectly and a lot to do with how I look at each moment.
I am sure that generosity and love abound and have made our little world a place of celebration of miracles.
I am sure that whether I am a mother or not, I have the choice to be happy and love my life.
I am sure that being grateful is not reliant on having lots of stuff for the baby (LOL).
I am sure that our lives will never be the same again and I relish the chance for that to happen.
Slow but sure – that’s how I feel today.
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