One of my friends recently commented on how I haven’t been posting very many pictures of myself and my bump on social media lately. Yes, I have definitely been MIA on social media lately. As I stated last week, I’ve been spending a lot more of my time reading up on birth and baby’s first few months, as well as spending lots of time with Stuart, while it’s still just the two of us. And if you follow me on Instagram, you can probably tell that I’ve also been spending much of my time loving on our first baby, Stella, since I know my relationship with her will probably change a lot once there’s a new baby in the house. She’s been a great sidekick and so loveable, often times laying next to me while I read, or on the ground by my chair while Stuart and I work. I love her so much and can’t wait to see the little relationship she has with our boy.
But can I be honest with you? Another reason I’ve been MIA from social media (especially in the form of selfies) is because 95% of the time, I look like the picture below: no makeup, no shower, wearing leggings and a sweatshirt, and my hair thrown on top of my head…therefore I don’t end up posting a picture. Just being honest friends.
But anyway… I’ve hit 33 weeks, friends. You know what that means? I’m officially into the drudges of the uncomfortable-no-sleep-achy-peeing-all-the-time-ready-to-be-at-40-weeks (and looking like the above) stage. But at the same time, I know that our little man needs to cook for as long as possible to be ready to take on this world. And I’m sure this is only the first of many times my comfort will be put on hold for the best of our son. And I’m learning to be ok with that :)
One of the most exciting things in regards to Baby Grand this week is that his little body is almost fully prepared to face life outside of my womb! Some others are:
- Baby Grand measures in around 17.5″ and weighs about 4 1/2 lbs!
- His skull bones are hardening, but they’re not fused together, allowing for his head to make an easier passage during birth.
- His brain is developing more distinct functions and is capable of controlling his breathing, digestive functions and body temperature!
- He can now tell the difference between day and night.
- His lungs are almost completely ready for breathing on their own, and if he were to be born now, he would need only a little medical support!
Even on the hard days, I know that there is daily victory to be found in Jesus. There is a purpose to my pain. There is an amazing ending coming after this time of waiting. I cannot wait for the moment after all this time, when I’ll be able to hold our son in my arms, and all these back aches, sleeplessness, sore feet, headaches will not even be a memory. Our son will make it all worth it.
My friend Becky sent me an email with some verses she found comfort in during her labor, and one of the verses I’ll be adding to her list for my own labor, is the following:
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:57 + 58