Tuesday, August 28, 2007

How Far We've Come

I really need a T-shirt that says, "Please stop asking me when I'm due." It's actually not so much the question I mind, it's peoples' reactions when I tell them. Twice within the last week a stranger {one dance class mom & one Wal-Mart cashier} asked me when I'm due and reacted the same way.

Them: So...when are you due?
Me: December 15th
Them: HEH. HEH. WHOA! {As if to say: You've got a long way to go.}
Well, it's only 16 weeks.
Them: I guess when you put it that way.......

This really got me thinking. I think too often we look at our own progress or at the progress of other people & think, "I've/You've got a long way to go." Instead, we should try and appreciate how far we've/they've come. If only those strangers knew how many weeks of sickness I endured or the two ultrasounds I've had with another coming in a few weeks or the concern over my placenta previa, they would instead be saying, "Wow! You're more than half way there!" Don't get me wrong, we should focus on how far we have left to go in whatever journey we're pursuing {our spiritual walk, journey towards healthy living, a more intimate marriage, pregnancy} so that we can guage our progress, but I also think that every so often we should turn around and enjoy the view towards the starting line to see how far we've come. So maybe today, despite whatever it is you're facing, you can take a moment to appreciate all the work that you've done so far. You've come a long way, baby!


Beth said...

Maybe you should start saing something like, "Yeah, it's ____ many more days of sleep that I will be getting and I am thankful that I am not any farther along!" In the summer months I was getting, "Uhgggh, I would hate to be you...being this pregnant in the summer! I loved it though...that's why I have two August babies!

Hollie said...

December 15th!!!!! Sweet! I hope you go just one day early... then your little bundle of joy and I will have the same birthday!!
I think people forget what it's like to be pregnant and so they say stupid things like that! Do they really think you want to hear... "You have so far to go?" I like Beth's response of counting down how many more sleep-filled nights you have left!

Anonymous said...

WOW you only have 16 weeks left, that went by really fast!! Your doing great Momma!!!! :0)

Alisa said...

I just recently started reading your blog. I didn't even realize you were expecting! 16 weeks will fly by. How many children do you have? We have 4.

Rebecca said...

Thanks guys!

Welcome Alisa! I commented on your blog as well. Hope you find something inspiring here ;>)

Alisa said...

Rebecca, I'm inspired by 'regular' (read: busy) moms who (find time to) craft! It's fun reading. I wish you God's blessings for the rest of your pregnancy.