Friday, May 27, 2005

Observations on being pregnant

I've been behind on posting pics, especially for our parents, the Whangs, and the apologies!  But once we get our home computer set up, I'll be a lot more diligent.  So, they're coming soon!

10 Observations on being pregnant...

1. Strangers and acquaintances are very nice to you and are willing to open doors for you, carry bags, smile, and make conversation.  A great opportunity to build relationships...which I definitely need to take more advantage of.

2. Once you are over your spell of nausea, everything tastes SO yummy!  I've never enjoyed watermelon or a PB&J sandwich so much before. I'm so thankful for taste buds!  The Lord sure is so creative in creating all different types of food for us to enjoy.

3. You thank God for simple things. For example, making it up the stairs after a long day, having a good night of sleep, fitting into clothes, getting out of the car, reaching dishes in the cupboard, breathing comfortably, and having uninterrupted time with your husband.

4. You marvel at how well skin stretches.

5. You realize that you have no immediate control over this little life growing inside of you because baby is dancing and wiggling all on his/her own.  It truly is God who knits little ones together in their mothers' wombs.

6. If you are a teacher, you are resigned to the fact that your students cannot concentrate on the lesson because all they are looking at is your growing belly.  When you ask them if they have any questions about the material, they ask, "Did you get a stroller yet?"

7. It's an exciting time for you and your husband to get ready for a new member of the family and to anticipate the joys and challenges of raising a little one.  It's also fun to play "Name That Body Part" when you see a bump on your belly.

8. It's great to enjoy every different stage of pregnancy and consider it a precious time that God's given you and your husband.  And in admitting that there are no guarantees for a healthy child, you trust in the Lord at every stage.

9. When talking with other moms, you thank God that other women have already experienced it all and can share a lot of wisdom with you.  You also realize how every pregnancy, labor, and baby are so unique and different.

10. Although labor is very scary, you are reminded that "Whenever a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she remembers the anguish no more, for joy that a child has been born into the world." (John 16:21)

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