I have a total of EIGHT close friends/family members who are pregnant right now. EIGHT! Most are due in August, a couple in March (hmm some people were VERY thankful). Of those eight, I think only one of them has had a really difficult time with nausea… she would be my cousin.
The conversation is the same almost every time:
Me: How are you feeling?!
Dear Preggo: pauses. stammers a second. Wellll… I feel really great! I didn’t want to tell you because I know how sick you get when you’re pregnant… but I haven’t gotten any of that! I AM a little tired though…
Just kidding. TOTALLY JUST KIDDING! Um hello? Most of them are on the mainland, punching them in the face is virtually impossible.
In all honesty I am not bothered one bit when a friend has an easy pregnancy. I am very very very happy for them. Sincerely. Cross my heart hope to die. Truly ecstatic! !!!
As much as I
loathe UNlove being pregnant for all the reasons you can read on my blog Fall 07 – June 08 and Summer 09 – March 10, my pregnancies are way easier than many. I have friends who are bedrest-bound the ENTIRE time (how much do THEY want to punch me in the face for skiing 7 months pregnant?).
Some have it easy, some have it hard.
I do know this:
For me, as both pregnancies rounded corners week 7 and 8 and 12 and 14 and 18 and 22 with puke being a given part of the day (ok ok, with Claire it was much more intense, but I DID stop vomiting daily after 14 weeks or so. El kept me going though)… I stopped asking God to take away the nausea and began asking for grace to get through it.
And He did.
Parenting lesson #1: We’re not supposed to do this on our own.
I carry that with me every time I JUST. WANT. TO. SLEEP. and PLEASE. GET. THAT. TOOTH. OUT. and WHY. IS. SHE. STILL. THROWING. A. FIT.!?!
Lord, I need your grace.
p.s. not pregnant. not even close. in case you were wondering…