Pregnancy is a complete and total blessing. Plain and simple, it is a gift from God. Parker and I knew when we decided to start expanding our family that pregnancy was a gift, not a right, and we were overjoyed when those two lines appeared on that stick. We were pregnant. The Lord chose us. What a humbling thought.
If you've kept up with my pregnancy, you know that I've had a pretty easy time with it. I escaped the morning sickness, I didn't get nauseous, and I can still fit into my old clothes at 16 weeks. Pretty darn easy, right? It has been, and it's been a huge blessing, but I've also had my share of scares and discomforts as well. I've been doubled over most of today with sharp round ligament pain in my belly. I had a small bleeding scare just before getting out of the first trimester, every pregnant lady's worst nightmare. There have been a couple of things. I didn't highlight these on my blog for a reason. I'm not here to sugar coat things and want to portray the real deal, but I also believe dwelling on the positives of pregnancies and not focusing on the minor negatives I am going through is key.
I think a lot of people view pregnancy as a 9 month excuse to complain about anything and everything. We are growing a human, so we are going to play that pregnancy trump card all day, every day. That's the vibe I'm getting. Knowing how much we prayed for and wanted this child, this mentality is just a little unsettling. I may be having sharp growing pains that have been here for a solid 24 hours, but there is someone out there that has had them for 24 weeks. There may be someone out there that has had sharp pains for 24 weeks, but there's someone else who has been on bed rest since week 12. There may be someone who has been on bed rest since week 12, but there is someone else who lost their baby at week 12 and would do anything for these symptoms to be back and for their baby to be growing healthily. You see where I'm going with this. Someone always has it worse.
Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, but it comes with its share of difficulties, and we all experience these to some degree. I feel like we have a choice on how we choose to act. This baby in my belly is a direct outpouring of God's love and faithfulness. This baby is a gift. I have cramps all around my belly as I type this, and I already have to pee again, but I want to strive to choose positivity in every aspect of this pregnancy. God is good all the time. In the difficulty and strife, there is always good.