I’m Leaving Miserable Out of it

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At 32 weeks pregnant I am officially entering the uncomfortable phase of pregnancy. The phase where a pregnant woman spends more time getting out of bed at night to visit the restroom than actually sleeping. Or sitting in the same position for too long is not an option as a the growing baby and uterus inside your rapidly expanding body requires that you shift and move constantly.

Here’s the thing though, I’m in the uncomfortable phase but I refuse to enter the miserable phase. While I might share with Luke or a friend that I didn’t sleep well the night before or that vacuuming the stairs is exhausting I refuse to complain. I refuse to see these feelings as bad. Maybe because Maddy is somehow already on the cusp of becoming a kindergartner. Maybe because I spent so much time obsessively preparing for Maddy’s arrival that I feel I might have forgotten to be present while pregnant with her. I know that this growing baby inside of me is only there for a finite amount of time. I am very aware that soon she’ll be here and while I can’t tell you how excited I am to hold her I know that once she is here I will never again feel her kicks and bouts of hiccups inside of me. So instead of rushing to get to the birth finish line -wishing away these last weeks because of the minor discomforts and stressing over preparing every single thing – I’m trying to be present. Yeah I like getting a full nights sleep, but those frequent nighttime interruptions for bathroom breaks are a reminder that my body is changing and my baby is growing. All those less than lovely aspects of pregnancy can be a beautiful part of the process when I look at them through the my body is meant to grow a baby and that is just what it is doing filter.

So the plan is to leave the I’m so miserable point of view out of the rotation. If your wondering, yes I’m feeling large but in a perfectly good and healthy way. And yes I am a little worn out after a simple trip to the grocery store, but I know that’s because my body is already working hard to support a sweet baby. And the all too frequent trips to the bathroom? I’m just looking at those as a chance to take a seat and have a little rest throughout the day.

This much happier face is here to stay. Unless I am napping, and then I probably won’t be smiling. I’ll probably be drooling.

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19 Responses to I’m Leaving Miserable Out of it

  1. I love the idea of leaving a miserable thought out of the rotation.

    Best wishes in the coming weeks!

  2. Gillian Bliss says:

    and how could you possibly be miserable when you look so beautiful!

  3. Love it! And I absolutely remember feeling like that with my last one. :)

    • Catherine says:

      I loved being pregnant with Maddy but I was so focused on life after her birth that I forgot to really enjoy the time before her birth.

  4. Love your point of view (and all your adorable pictures!!!)

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks, Emily. I’m such a ham, I’m not sure Luke knows what to expect during our weekly pregnancy photo shoots.

  5. Amber says:

    Good gracious, those pictures are soooooo adorable! I constantly had to remind myself when I was uncomfortably pregnant it was a blessing to be there in the first place. Great attitude!

  6. Diane Starkey says:

    Catherine – your website is fantastic! You are such a strong writer! Well done – and, your baby will be well done and ready to come on out of the oven before you know it! ;)

  7. Beautifully said! And I also think the more kiddos you have, the more you realize once they’re out – they’re OUT! You can’t put that baby back, not even for a night. (I tried)


  8. Jen says:

    This is an awesome point of view!

    And I love the pictures…. speaking of pictures, are you going to show off your new house? :-)

  9. Susan says:

    Love it Catherine! Enjoy these last few weeks. It’s over so fast.

  10. Donna says:

    You look great! Thanks for making us remember what a wonder growing a child inside you really is. Such a mircle.

  11. FireMom says:

    You’re so darn cute. :)

    Leaving miserable out of it sounds like a good life lesson in general.

  12. Carly says:

    You are so right–I am determined to have this perspective. People would kill to feel like this!

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