Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thoughts for Thursday - Sacrifices of a Mom


Well Happy Mother's Day to me...I'm pregnant! This will be my 3rd (unplanned might I add) child! As I was laying in bed last week (sick & tired), I started thinking about all the sacrifices you make the instant you become a Mom.

The moment you find out you are pregnant, the sacrifices start. If you have ever been sick while pregnant, with a cold or allergies, or any other illness, you learn very quickly you will sacrifice being able to take any and all meds to get you better. I suffered from allergies really bad last week & think this is the longest it has ever taken me to get over it. Simply because I could only take meds that were suitable for a child! LOL.....

And I also was recently informed that I can no longer eat Mexican Cheese Dip while pregnant because it is unpastuerized. Add that to the list of no hot dogs, nitrate filled deli lunch meats, no excess tuna fish, etc. Can't color your hair if it touches the roots, clothes too tight, but not quite ready for maternity clothes, you know the drill! And if you're there right now, I'm with ya! You are not alone! :)

But, as we Moms know, it is all worth it.
When I was pregnant with my 2nd child, I kept going into premature labor. At 20 weeks I was ordered to go on complete bedrest, was on & off meds & shots, and in & out of the hospital, until the little one arrived at 36 weeks, only 1 month early.
When they first put me on bedrest, I had a 3 yr old daughter, and you can imagine how life-changing, and attitude-changing, that was. At the time, I was so upset. So upset that my 3 yr old daughter, who had never been to day care, or away from me hardly at all....was being watched by a different friend almost every day. Don't get me wrong, I am SO thankful & eternally grateful for all the people who cooked for me & helped me with Gracie, and cleaned my house while I was on bedrest for 3 months. But, that was so hard to watch my baby girl walk out the door every day with someone else, while I sat, helpless, on the couch. I think she & I both became a little resentful to this little person growing inside of me, whom we had never even met or laid eyes on. Looking back on those feelings now, I still wouldn't trade this little guy for the world!!!

So, in thinking about all the personal sacrifices we make as Moms, of lack of sleep, eating cold food after everyone else is fed, schedules mandated by little people's needs, and basically putting another person's life above your own in almost every instance, it sure does make me want to call my Mom up and tell her, "Thank You!" And thank you just isn't enough, is it?

As I was laying in bed (sick & tired as I mentioned in the beginning), wrapping up these thoughts, (wishing I could just lay in the bed all day) my 3 yr old son(the one I was on bedrest with), came into the room.

Hayden: "What are you doing?" (I'm not one to just lay around during the day.)
Me: "I don't feel very good right now."
Hayden: (Sad look on face)"Mommy, I thought you were going to take me to McDonald's today."
Me: "I will. Mommy was just resting for a minute."

We have been cooped up in the house for the past couple of days as Mommy tries to function as a sick, tired, preggers Mom, and mommy guilt was setting in. So, I told him I would take him to McDonald's.

So, instead of laying in the bed, like I would love to do, I crawl out and get ready to take this sweet little miracle, and gift from a day of play @ McDonald's. And so the sacrifices go on....none of which I would trade for the world!

So I just want to wish a Happy Mother's Day, a big thank you, & big {{Hugs}} for all you Moms out there, who sacrifice yourselves each and every day!


da momma said...

CONGRATS pretty momma!!! when r u due?

Jessica said...

Congratulations, Heather! You sure are blessed.

Krystyn said...

Oh Heather! Congratulations!

I hope this is a much easier pregnancy for you than the last one!

And, yes, there are so many sacrifices...and I'm pretty sure our kiddos will never really understand, unless of course, they have kids!

Kimberly Anderle said...

Congratulations Heather! I also hope this pregnancy is easier for you. Your children are beautiful, can't wait to hear more about it!

Shannon said...

Congratulations Heather, that is so exciting!! I'll be praying for you that this pregnancy will be your easiest yet!

Leslie said...

Congrats Heather!! Sacrifice comes with being a mom, and a good thing it is all worth it.

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The Stevens: said...

You have two beautiful children, congrats on the 3rd:) Pregnancy is a blessing and a curse:)

Karen ~Georgia Angel aka ~Leah Rose's Mom said...

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