A Time to Rest
When we found out earlier this year we going to have our second baby, my husband and I were thrilled! In April we found out our little one would be a boy. At first, I was shocked because I really thought it might be a girl but I have to say I’m so excited to have another boy. We have so many boy clothes already that our first hardly wore because he grew so fast. And since I already have on sweet toddler, I know how precious little boys are!
My personal goals throughout this pregnancy has been to have a healthy weight gain, eat nutritiously, educate myself about natural child birth and expand my knowledge on breast-feeding by taking a lactation consultant course. Exercise was also an important goal of mine throughout this pregnancy and I had high hopes of working out until the day of delivery.
A little over a week ago (I was 34 weeks) my midwife let me know that I was dilated to 3 and the baby was very low and that I need to make it a few more weeks before our little one makes his grand debut. As a former NICU nurse, I became a little anxious about delivering a premature baby. I knew at that point I had to do what ever I could to keep little guy in longer. I told my midwife, “I’ll stand on my head if I have to, in order to keep this little guy in.”
As soon as I left her office, I instantly called my husband to let him know I’d be on bed rest. I feel incredibly blessed that between him and my grandma, I’ve been able to successfully stay in bed for a week and half. I’ll be honest with you all though, the first few days were hard. I was worried about having a preemie. I was concerned I wasn’t ready. I hadn’t packed my hospital bag yet or picked out little mans first outfit. I surely hadn’t finished studying the Bradley Method.
I let all those worries take my energy away. But after spending some time reading my bible, praying and shedding a few tears with my hubby, God has totally given me a peace about it all. I’ve even been able to see how he is using this time of me resting to prepare me for the next season in life. It might get a little busy around here with two little ones! He knows how much of a go-go person I am and this period of time has been just what I’ve needed: rest!
In my reading the last week and half these two verses have been very helpful!
Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind thorough Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-29
Have you ever had a time where God has made you rest? Could you see the joy in that time? It was certainly hard for me at first for me but now I see how much of a gift it is.
A special thanks to my husband, grandma, friends and family who have helped and called us! I’m so grateful for you all!