What are (or were you) grateful for during the third trimester…or at the present moment?
The third trimester brings its own beautiful set of realities. Each person, each pregnancy, each moment unique to what is going on in life for the specific person. Some moments can be emotionally overwhelming while others are perhaps a mix of boredom and impatience.
As I tick closer to welcoming a new little girl to tag team with her big sister, I’m constantly aware of all that fills my life and for that I’m grateful.
- The ability to saw and haul limbs safely. Over the summer I thought I was done with clearing land and burning. I was going to put up my tools, rest my legs, and live a blissfully boring life. Then September came, discussions happened, and determination emerged back. On Saturday I sawed for three hours. On Sunday, it was Scott’s turn. He said, “it’s addicting!” Yes, my love, it is. I’m grateful that I’ve come to know how to work with a third trimester body to continue to beautify our land as we seek.
- A husband who works from home. Last week was tough. The stomach flu wound itself through me worse than I’ve ever experienced. On Monday Scott let work go to be with Susanna, and then worked late at night. On Tuesday, he was still on primary parent duty as I was recovering more.
- The ability to stock our home with good food. We’ve got quite a freezer and pantry stash. It makes meals incredibly simple. I can either pull something already made from the freezer or create something from what exists. It also helps as the weather has turned, and we can avoid long drives to the grocery store.
- Clocks and perceptions. My 2000 swim time felt slow on Sunday. The clocks, however, told me I was still on the same pace as a few weeks ago. I’m grateful for something “fixed” when the internal perceptions are subjective.
- Common sense. It’d be incredibly tempting to buy, buy, buy “new stuff” for the end of the pregnancy “just ’cause…” Fortunately, thankfully I’ve held off. I’m choosing to wait and see what is needed, what reality brings, and what is best.
- A down comforter. I sleep against this, under the belly when I’m on my right side, and it’s the absolute best! With Susanna, I used a fleece blanket, but the down comforter is much more perfect this time around. The extra warmth is fabulous, too.
What made your third trimester better? How are you comforting your life with gratitude?