Sunday, July 28, 2013

39 Weeks and Thoughts



39 weeks-fixed

This last week marked week 39 of this pregnancy. We will be meeting our little girl much sooner than later. It’s shocking how fast this time has gone by but also how slow this time at the end seems. We want to see her face, hear her noises, and smell her perfect little baby smell. As real as it is, it’s still unreal.

I’ve had a lot of time for reflection over the past few days in between my ridiculous nesting rampages and random naps. I’ve been thinking about the blessings in my life. Bryant and I are truly blessed. We have the support of wonderful family, but I’ve really been thankful this week for friends. You see, I am an introvert. I don’t have an easy time making friends. When I find a good friend I keep them. My closest friend I’ve known for 23 years. I also want friendships. I have on more than one occasion thrown myself a giant pity party because I didn’t feel like I had many friends or sometimes-at my most dramatic-that I didn’t have ANY friends nearby. Obviously this isn’t true, but during a dramatic meltdown it seemed very true. There was a time when it seemed that many of my friends were moving far away, but that trend seems to have stopped.

Friends have moved back, or I’ve reconnected with friends over impending motherhood, or maybe I’ve just slowed down long enough to take the time for friends. No matter what the means to these friendships-I’m thankful for them. I feel like I have a support system around me. We are really doing life together. Up until now life has been pretty simple. Wake up; go to work; eat dinner; sleep; do it again. There were few things that really needed doing. I didn’t need advice. I didn’t need to connect-heck, I was talking to at least 150 different people every day; I didn’t have the energy to connect. I was doing okay if I sent out a text every now and then. Now, my life has changed. I don’t have a schedule. I’m about to have a baby, and most of my friends have babies too. We can connect. We can go on play dates and lunches and zoos. These wonderful people have offered to help me in any way they can. They are asking if they can bring meals and come visit to see my new baby. They are bringing me exercise balls to sit on to (fingers crossed) make this baby drop. They are keeping me company on days when there is just too much on my mind and I’m going stir crazy all at once. They are just doing what friends do, and it’s so nice.

If you are my friend near or far, thank you. You have no idea how much you’ve touched my life recently and how much it means to me to have you around. I can’t wait to see how our stories intertwine.


3 comments:

  1. You look sssoooooo good and refreshed and ready to see that baby girl. I am so excited for you and your family and I am glad that I can keep up with you on here. Maybe after things settle down, we can meet somewhere and I can meet that sweet baby girl. I know she is not here yet, but I can wait!!!!! Love you......Jan

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  2. Just found your blog and loved this post. It was real and full of excitement for your little one and gratefulness. I remember thinking the exact same thing before Sawyer.

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  3. Hi Kate! Great picture! I was hoping you could answer my question about your blog! My name is Heather and if you could email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com I would greatly appreciate it!

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