We have made it to 12 weeks! It is a BLESSED, HAPPY, SOLID number!!! It felt so good to get that pregnancy update from baby center today!
Over the past few weeks we have really begun to embrace our pregnancy and my ever so slightly growing bump. Last week, I even splurged and bought some maternity shirts. Not that I need them, what I really need are some pants, though rubber bands are doing me wonders. But, I have to tell you that I kinda hit the jackpot at ROSS of all places. I bought 9 new maternity shirts for $76 total (The really nice kind with rouched sides!) It felt great! Ross, is the one place that I essentially have a free ticket to shop all I want! My husband loves to save money and Ross fits nicely into the budget. Typically little money is spent there though as I have never really enjoyed shopping and especially not at stores like Ross that require massive amounts of patience to sift through all the clothing. But the maternity section was small and quite easy to maneuver. Anyway, all the shirts are are super cute. I should post a few pix. The experience certainly beat the $24 I paid at Target for one shirt. Anyway, there is always a compromise though. I am going to splurge on one pair of fantastic maternity jeans. I live in my jeans and have yet to find anything I like, so I am going to go for it, though I hope to purchase them through consignment…but if not…then I am just going to take the plunge.
Anyway, enough ramblings about clothes. On to some God talk.
For some time, I have felt that I need to do more for women battling with infertility. My heart is soooo heavy for women yet in the trenches and I want to help them find hope. It was SO hard for me to cling to hope and not give up on my faith entirely at times during our long road to conceiving. I have felt in my heart a real desire to write some sort of devotional or bible study to help encourage women through this season in their lives. We’ll see what becomes of it, but I can’t seem to shake the idea. Honestly, it seems so daunting to me. I am not a good writer and to put together some sort of booklet sounds like a huge undertaking, but at the same time, I want to be a voice of compassion and encouragement to women going through this. Fortunately, for so many of us, we have found community and a voice through our blogs, but I know there are so many more out there that are feeling humiliated, isolated, and without support during one of the greatest challenges that life can bring.
Anyway, so that is a bit on that….
We have begun to tell family and friends about our pregnancy and it is just wonderful to hear their responses. It is like a long awaited Christmas gift that we are just now beginning to unwrap. My husband and I cherish these moments together with our family and friends and find such joy in their responses. I think we will wait to post it on facebook for some time just because I kinda like keeping it to our inner circle for now. Maybe when I bust into those maternity clothes I will post a little pic or something, but for now, it has been so delightful just letting people know as we run into them or call them or however the connection may occur.
Praying for so many of you ladies and so thankful to be able to share in your stories! This community is a tremendous blessing and source of encouragement for me!