how to slow down time + being content with now

I think I have a new way to slow down time: be 38 weeks pregnant. Every day and night will last longer than you can possibly imagine. :)

This morning my news-watching brother texted me and asked if Princess Kate and I had planned to have our babies on the same day. :P I told him I wish... at least for the part of this baby coming today, anyway. :) Even more hilarious than that, when I told Rob what my brother texted me he responded with, "who's Kate again?" :)

I don't know if Princess Kate enjoyed her last weekend, but I did. :) It started with Panera and garage sales with the family on Saturday {we bought a bag of 1/2 dozen bagels there- the most brilliant idea for eating breakfast out I stole from Ruth who has 6 little boys!}.


Then we went for a long walk on the trail on Saturday night, which started out grand and ended up with us running back in a thunderstorm...and that was the moment I learned this very pregnant girl can only run about 100 yards at a time at this point. So we all got soaked. The boys loved it; mama not so much. ;)

Noah holding a 10 inch worm on the trail.
Even with all that walking and running I did, there still were no signs of labor. It's still early, but that doesn't mean a girl can't try a little...hahaha! 

Oh you guys, I'm trying to wait patiently on the Lord for the birth of this baby. I know it's getting closer and will be here so, so very soon, but I'm not very good at waiting. :) I know beyond a doubt that God's timing is better than mine- He's shown it to me over and over- even in my previous births! I know His will is what is important, and trusting Him is the very best thing I can do right now. He knows when it is time for this little one to come.

Today I want to focus on the great blessings I have right now instead of waiting to be content later. You know what I mean? I get so caught up in the future I forget to remember I only have now.

Today, I'm so thankful for this MAN. He shows us all such great love on a daily basis:


I'm thankful for sunny weather, and the chance to see gorgeous creations of God like this giant gerbera we spotted on our date last night.


I'm thankful for parents who watch our kiddos and give us time alone as a couple. It's been so very good for our marriage! Yesterday while my dad took the kids, we had the chance to drive around for an hour, walk a few stores, and eat at Chuy's on a long date. {bumpy car ride, walking, Mexican food...check ;)}

I'm thankful for a fully stocked freezer and yummy real food snacks. These are so good:


I'm thankful for the distraction of all your baby guesses over here... they are so much fun to read- so far, the biggest weight guess is 10 lbs. 4 ounces! Oh my! If this baby is that big when he comes out, I should get a medal of some kind! :) Phew!

After our busy week, I took off from making goals last Monday, so this week I figure I'll make a few just to keep me distracted in the midst of long days. :) This morning I had a great desire to repaint the bathroom and clean out the fridge, but I haven't made a list quite yet, so I'll keep you posted! :)

Do dates freak you out or do you love them too? 
I admit they look a lot like a gross insect we all despise here... ;)

How big was your biggest baby? :) Any double digits out there?

Any verses of encouragement that helped you through uncomfortable days?

37 comments

Joy Scott said...

I always felt the end of the pregnancy was harder than the beginning, or at least as bad. It is so hard to wait not knowing for sure how long or short the wait will be. Luckily my last (#4) came 10 days early. I always tease that he tried to stretch his almost 22 in little body and ended up breaking my water :). Praying for content as you wait.

Mary said...

My biggest baby was 11LBS 1/2OZ. Soooo thankful I had a midwife with him or he surely would have been a c-sec!

Mandee C said...

so glad that you enjoyed time with your family and that you got some alone time with your hubby :) to answer your questions, I have never had a date, im a little freaked out over their appearance lol. my first baby was 9 lbs 14 oz, my second was 7 lbs 11 oz, and my third was 9 lbs 3 oz. Isaiah 41:10 is a great verse.

Becky said...

I had a baby that was 10.4! She was my shortest and easiest birth, the other two were 8.2 and 9.14.

Deanna said...

I love dates!!! Dates and almonds are one of my favorite snacks. :-)

They Call Me Momma said...

My last baby was 10'4, a boy, at home. I will be 37 weeks on Thursday. This one's a girl, (my fourth baby, first girl) so I'm hoping she will be smaller!! I got him out just fine, but I feel like a smaller baby would make things a bit let's say..... calmer at the end. :-) My non induced homebirths both came after 40 weeks, just by a few days, so I don't expect this one too either. Which I think is a blessing in many ways. I can calmly enjoy these last few weeks without feeling in a hurry or anxious to get things started. I expect her to come a few days after her EDD. I love your posts, and your spirit. Thank you so much for blogging and sharing with us all. I too was doing bootcamp up until 7 months but with the summer months and the other three kids at home, I would either have to go at 5:30 am or 6pm..... which is too early or too late. I am still trying to get some gym/kettlebell workouts in a few times a week though. You are such an inspiration!!

elizabeth Winter said...

Check out this article- ouch!!

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3595071

Krista said...

My biggest was 9lb1oz. I'm due tomorrow and definitely feeling ready! I've been eating dates and made date oatmeal cookies. Also had some pineapple and red raspberry leaf tea. I need the reminder to stay positive and try not to focus on the wait.

Becky said...

My biggest baby was 9 lbs! I am a very small person (5'1") and carrying a 9 lb baby was very hard!

Oh, and I love dates!

Linda said...

My first and biggest was 10 lbs 2 oz. and 3 weeks late, to boot! Thankfully, no mention was ever made of a c-section. This was back in the days when they allowed you to go 3 weeks past your due date. I think now they induce and do a c-section much earlier. Second baby was 9 lbs 2 1/2 oz.

And I hear ya about the dates! I've had the same thoughts, but I love them anyway. I especially like those they have out around the holidays that are ground up and rolled in coconut. Yummo!

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Kerrie said...

(Oops, sorry for the delete!) My #5 was our biggest, 10 lbs, 2 oz and 22.5 inches long. His sister was 9 lbs, 15 oz. :)
Our last sweet baby, Evie (now 1 1/2), was 8 lbs, 9 oz. and everyone in the delivery room said "Wow, BIG baby!" while at the same time DH and I exclaimed "Oh she's so SMALL!" LOL!
I'm only 5' tall, and I hate to whine, but oh goodness, it is SO uncomfortable carrying these little chubs around. I desperately wanted to enjoy every moment with Evie but in the end I was in such pain and so miserable that I agreed to an induction two days past my due date.
I have to admit I still feel guilty about that sometimes - I really wanted to wait on God's and Baby's timing (of course the induction wasn't a surprise to Him, so I guess every birth is His timing, right? LOL!)
I hope these last precious days for you are comfortable and just long enough to enjoy!

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kajochims said...

My grandmother gave birth to my >13 pound uncle when she was only 17 waaaaay back when, so epidural wasn't an option :) She was my hero!

Anonymous said...

My biggest baby was 10 lbs. 14 oz. She was born by c-section 3 weeks early due to pre-eclampsia. I can only imagine how big she would have been if we went full term...

habecker said...

Psalm 71:15-puts the focus where it needs to be (salvation and sharing that gift with others AS WELL AS noticing how it applies to every relationship and circumstance!) and off of my self/feelings/circumstances.

Kristin said...

My first 2 babies were both 9 lbs, 4 oz. My last 3 were between 7 lbs, 6 oz and 7 lbs, 12 oz., but they were all early so I guess that explains the difference. Truthfully, labor was no different with the small babies than with the bigger babies. That's good news. :-)

Molly . . . said...

You are so close! And it's all going to be great and wonderful, and at exactly the right time! I think all the impatience and eagerness comes in to keep our minds too busy to think about impending labor and delivery :)

Our biggest was 9#, 1 oz. My recovery was a little harder after his delivery (babies 1 and 2 were 5#, 11 oz and 7#, 14 oz). We have three fabulous boys!

A verse I leaned on during my last delivery was: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
– Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

Anonymous said...

I am in the middle of week 37. My last 2 kiddos were born around this time, so I'm hoping this in follows suit. However, I know God's timing is best and it will get here quickly.
My biggest was 8 lbs 2 oz, and I was induced a few days after his due date. My girls were either just under or just over 7 lbs.

K Hays said...

Well of my 4: Landon was 10.10, Allie was 10.10, Evie was 10.6 and Canaan was my "midget" at 8.14! Do I win a prize? ;)
(I had all c-sections though.) Hoping for a smaller one for your sake! I'm going with 9.6! ;)

K Hays said...

Oh, and all of mine were at least 10 days early. ;)

Lisa said...

Each baby's birth is exactly what God wants it to be...we can rest in that truth, and know that He is in control of every aspect of life and loves us so very much. The verse that most helped me through labor and pregnancy(all natural even though in the hospital) was Phil. 4:13. It was a good reminder that I could do what I needed to do through Him; I could be what I needed to be in His strength. My first five months of pregnancy were terrible; so believe it or not I actually found rest in the last few months compared to the first five. God is gracious.

Heather said...

I just gave birth in February, to my third son, a healthy 9lb 10 oz baby boy.....naturally (which I had planned). The only way I got through the labor was remembering that God was by my side, and having the lyrics of "Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)" by Chris Tomlin, go through my head. :) I had just started to hear that song on the radio more when I was at the end of my pregnancy and it was helpful to know that He went before me and He knew when I would go into labor.

Mandy said...

10 days early is wonderful!! :D that would be today for me! :P thank you for your prayers, girlie!

Mandy said...

WOW!!! I'm in awe of you!!! and a natural delivery- you are supermom! :D

Mandy said...

Wow! I am so amazed she was the easiest! Was she last or first or middle? :)

Mandy said...

mmmm! I love love love raw cashew butter with mine these days! And I love walnuts with them too! :)

Mandy said...

Oh I'm so excited for you! you're so close!! I am amazed by your 10.4 baby! that's incredible!! :) way to go on doing bootcamp that long- that's hardcore, mama! great job!! :D praying for you a safe delivery this time too!

Margo said...

Mandy, my first was 9# and I paid the price for that. He was overdue by several days. The second, not so bad at 8.5# and easy peasy. My advise to move things along? I have no personal experience, but I hear an enema will do the trick :(

Are you over due yet?

I'll keep watching for news. Love it that Christian families are having big families. We need the world populated with good people.

Margo

Mandy said...

NO! that's crazy!! oh my goodness!! :D

Mandy said...

oh, I can't wait to hear how it goes!! praying for a safe delivery for you!! I'm taking the red raspberry leaf too! :)

Mandy said...

I can only imagine!! I'm right at 5-7 with a long torso and I feel uncomfortable! good job on the 9lber, mama!! :)

Mandy said...

oh those are my favorite too, Linda! 10.2 and 3 weeks late? You're amazing!!!!

Aria said...

mandy,
here's a link to a wonderful list of verses that i found on pinterest. hopefully some of these will encourage you and give you some peace-
http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2009/08/scriptural-encouragement-for-preparing-giving-birth.html
hang in there!

Michelle Peoples said...

I just tried dates for the first time a month ago when I kept reading about it on your blog :) I LOVE 'EM!! They are so good, but so ugly! Only 1 of my 5 kids will try them. Praying for a safe and healthy baby for you soon! My biggest baby was my son 9lbs 4oz. You are going to be great :)

Pam Anderson said...

One of my favorite verses is: The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord makes His face shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Also, there is a wonderful post from My Joy-Filled Life blog on Scriptures for pregnancy, labor & delivery: http://www.myjoyfilledlife.com/2012/06/scriptures-for-pregnancy-labor-delivery.html

I am relying on these for my current pregnancy with #4 - I am only 21 weeks but measuring 9 weeks larger. My other 3 babies were small - 6 lbs 5 oz, 6 lbs 10 oz, and 7 lbs 9 oz - all c-sections! Praying you and your little guy have a safe, easy delivery!!

Brooke said...

I love love love medjool dates. So rich and creamy, but they do resemble a nasty bug...I don't recommend putting them in a jar. ha ha. My biggest baby was 11 lb 3oz. I pushed him out. His birth is still talked about.

Vicky Champney said...

My youngest child is now seven, going on eight. I knew I really really wanted a third baby and was thrilled when I found out I was pregnant with her and thrilled to have a Sept. baby so we could have one child who had a chance of having an outside birthday party. It was the hottest summer that I could remember and I was wondering towards the end if the outside parties would be worth it. :) They are. I was also wishing for a third baby without the pregnancy but unless we were considering adoption I was going to have to "Be a big Girl" I suffered from lots of morning sickness and huge weight gain with each previous child. I was so anxious by the end to be done with being pregnant and feeling discouraged that for three weeks I went to my Dr. appointments and I was always the same (I even joked with the Dr. and asked him to lie to me and say I had progressed a little just to make my mind feel better) :) The day my daughter was born I woke up at 6 AM feeling "weird" But, unlike my other births, I was able to eat some toast and wasn't sure if I just felt weird or something was going on. I had been at the Dr. the previous day at 4 PM and when I called the nurse that morning she had to convince me to come up and get checked. I actually only called because my husband wanted me to. I just felt like I was getting so desperate to have this baby and be done with being pregnant in the heat that I knew I would melt down if they sent me home. The nurse did convince me and by the time we were driving to the Dr. office I knew I was having strong contractions. I stared at the office and when they checked me they quickly sent me to maternity (so happy to hear 6 for dialation instead of 2)and I was calling my mom, mother in law, sister, as my husband drove us to the maternity side of the hospital. With each phone call I would say "Today's the day" and I was on a high. They checked me into maternity at 10 AM (the high was gone due to the strong contractions) and she was born at 10:34 AM. No drugs and fast and furious. While the no drugs part was a difficult piece for me and the fast and furious is not something I recommend as I had to ask my husband after if the Dr. was even in the room as things went so fast I couldn't even remember, I was Happy to finally be able to hold my 8 lb. 8 Oz. baby girl. On a side note I was the third woman to deliver a baby in a 6 hours time span and I took the last bed on the maternity ward. They handed my baby to me without a diaper on (just wrapped in a blanket) as the nurses needed to go and check some of the other new moms. When we first entered the birthing room the custodial dept. was still finishing cleaning it from the last birth and the floor was still wet. I think they all somewhat panicked when I showed up. :) I know the look on the Drs. face in the office wasn't one of joy when they brought me in and now I know why. :) I didn't mind though, this was my third baby and I didn't need much attention and I knew I'd better rest while I could because once we went home, no nurses on hand. On a finaly note,I LOVE the outdoor September birthday celebrations. :)