How are you feeling physically?
I feel great. So far, I have had a really easy pregnancy. I would say that if I had any physical complaint it would be that my hips/ pelvis feel tight sometimes (I need to look into some kind of yoga or something to help). I get a little more tired easily especially by the end of the work week but nothing too bad really.
How are you feeling emotionally?
I feel really pretty good emotionally too. I have definitely become more sentimental about things. We are in the process of redoing our guest bedroom to get it ready for a nursery and I have sometimes gotten a little sad about how it's not going to just be Jeremy and I anymore and how things will change. Don't get me wrong, I am sooo excited about my daughter's arrival and I just can't wait to meet her, I just sometimes worry about how the dynamics of my marriage will change. I have a wonderful husband and marriage and it is hard to imagine that it could get any better than it already is. I don't feel like I have been have many mood swings or have been really irritable. I asked my husband his opinion just to make sure and he agreed with me (he's a really sweet man).
How have you been preparing for childbirth?
We are actually starting a Lamaze class May 19th, our 7 year anniversary! We are excited.
What do you love most about being pregnant?
I love feeling my daughter move and I absolutely love watching my husband want to feel her and get excited about her and becoming a dad. I feel like I am learning so much more about the Lord and how he is the giver of life through this process as well.
I just love to eat and want to eat about anything all the time. Haha. I wouldn't say that I have any specific cravings.
What makes you feel best right now?
I feel great after I exercise. I love spending time praying for our family and my daughter. I also have a lot of friends that are pregnant and I have loved walking through this journey with them.
Anything else you’d like to share with pregnant mamas?
There are days that it is hard and I get scared about childbirth, being a good mom and how a baby will change the dynamic between Jeremy and I, and I can get down on myself. I really just have to stop and put things into perspective, pray and tell myself that these feelings are normal and that the Lord has such great plans and will guide us. One thing that I have learned while trying to adopt while pregnant is that all of these children, whether biological or adopted, are the Lord's children and we are entrusted to raise and care for them. We are currently in the process of adopting from Uganda but not currently matched with a child or children.We have decided to wait to be matched with a child until about December so that we have some time to bond and get adjusted to our daughter. We hope to travel this time next year to Uganda to bring home our child.
We aren't just alone in the process. God loves them more than we ever could and guides us along the way. I also believe that it is so important to have really open communication with your husband through this process. Jeremy has no way of knowing how I am feeling or what I am going through unless I talk with him. I have about the sweetest, most patient husband who reassures me constantly. I tend to be a person that worries (I am getting better) and a book that I have loved and have actually picked it up again to read during this whole process of adoption and pregnancy is Calm my Anxious Heart. It is wonderful!
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