Patience: My Late-Pregnancy Virtue
As I have been reaching the end of the pregnancy with our second child, a sweet baby girl, many have asked or have assumed that I “can’t wait for the delivery day.” It is understandable given the fact that pregnancy is especially difficult in the last few weeks and a women’s body is pushed to the limit: swelling, insomnia, back pain, joint pain, pelvic pain, heartburn, contractions and cramping, to name a few.
However, this 38-week pregnant mama is not ready and certainly not rushing to the delivery room.
I actually love being pregnant. Even through all of the symptoms that I had and currently have. I am enjoying each and every moment of this pregnancy. The good, the difficult and the painful.
Plus, babies don’t keep. It seems as though it was just yesterday that I was pregnant with our son and now he is already three years old. The saying "the days are long, but the years are short" is one I have continued to remind myself and one that can be applied to pregnancy as well. The days are long, but the months are short. Soon we will be holding our sweet girl in our arms.
Being pregnant with a girl has been especially special knowing that I am carrying potential grandchildren. "Every female fetus develops all the eggs she will ever have while that baby is still inside of her own mom." So, we all technically started out our lives inside our maternal grandmother's womb.*
My husband and I are especially enjoying the one-on-one time with our son before his sister is born and our worlds are changed forever. I think there are many other mothers, especially mothers who have more than one child, who feel this way. While we are overjoyed at welcoming our daughter into our family, we will miss this chapter of our lives and look fondly back at the memories we shared just the three of us.
So, for these last days as a family of three (with a blessing in my womb) we are savoring each, precious moment and remembering that the fruits of the Spirit are "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness.” (Galatians 5:22)
There is no need to rush, baby girl. Take your time. Finish developing those lungs and keep practicing your reflexes. We love you so much and pray that your entry into this world is just as amazing as you are.
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