I am now 23 weeks pregnant and some things have changed for the better. All of my physical ailments are still present and mostly worse – so no good change there. I was reflecting this morning how much this pregnancy has humbled me. My fantasy for my second pregnancy before becoming pregnant was that I would be a beacon of health, that I would be in tip top shape and sail through a second pregnancy. However, this pregnancy has been the exact opposite. I went into it still not healthy from my months of health issues that were happening this past year (that are still not figured out). My first trimester consisted of constant nausea and exhaustion resulting in me sleeping the majority of my free time away. My joint pain started extremely early at 8 weeks and has only progressed and worsened, resulting in me being unable to do much in terms of physical activity. Simple tasks like laundry, house cleaning, grocery shopping or errand running bring on types of pain I didn’t know existed.
So, this pregnancy is not what I had imagined, yet it is teaching me and pulling me in ways that I really needed. I am learning that despite what I think I am not an island to my own. I cannot possibly do everything by myself, I truly need a village. I have had to ask for help and accept my limitations so much and so early on. I have to rely on my husband to do things like take out the garbage and carry the laundry up and down the stairs. He’s had to make and clean up meals far more than he’s used to. I have had to ask for help from all of my physicians – suggestions on how to just live with a little bit of quality of life (and they have been excellent). I have had to sit down with my manager numerous times and ask for modifications in my work – schedule and duties and she has done it willingly and with so much grace and understanding. I have had to lean on God like I haven’t had to in so long (this is really good for me). When someone is over and they ask if they can help I am eager to pass off tasks instead of decline and do it myself. I have had to settle for “good enough” instead of “perfect” when it comes to my house cleanliness.
So no, this pregnancy is so very far from what I desired and dreamt about but it is absolutely everything I need in my life right now. It’s so easy for me to get wrapped up in accomplishing everything alone, I’m an independent person through and through. This year has been a full year of struggling with my health and it’s taken this pregnancy for me to let go of the guilt and disappointment of it all. Of my health plummeting and with it my weight increasing and activity decreasing, of not being able to accomplish everything I want to each day because of pain and exhaustion, of struggling financially because I can’t work over full time like I did in 2015. I’m letting it all go and embracing the community of people that surrounds me that desires to help me.
We all need a community to lean on and I’m so very thankful for mine.