Thursday, May 24, 2007

Don't sweat the small stuff...

Yesterday I was at Kroger and the cashier asked me how far along I was. I told him 25 weeks. Well this blew his mind and he was like, "Whoa, Whoa!!" and making all this commotion. I thought it was going to start calling me over to look at me. He then continued to tell me how I was going to have a BIG baby (since he was such an expert) and kept staring at my belly. I said well I am having a boy and I do hope he's a healthy littly baby. I smiled and walked away, even though I wanted to do something else. So for the rest of the day I was pretty bummed because I'm really sick of people commenting on the size of my belly. I mean what do they expect? I'm over 6 months pregnant, I'm not going to have abs of steal right now.
Well that evening our small group served dinner at the Ronald McDonald house. (A place where families that have children in the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital can stay). There were a lot of families there that had premature babies that were in ICU. One couple I spoke with really touched my heart. They asked me how far along I was, I told them 25 weeks. She said she had her baby at 23 weeks, 2 weeks earlier then where I am. Their baby weighed less than our baby weighes right now. It was amazing to see these people's strength and faith in God remain strong. It really makes you put everything in your life in perspective and realize that you are very blessed. I made a comment without thinking that I'm going to have a "Big boy" and the woman told me, "That's not a bad thing". I've been so worried about how big I'm getting and if I'm too big for how far along I am when those woman would have loved to have been as big as I am. So my lesson learned last night: I'm going to enjoy my pregnancy because I have been VERY blessed so far and I'm not going to worry about how I look or how big I am getting (as long as the baby is healthy). Remember: DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!

10 comments:

Corbin said...

you've come so far from forgetting your bra in the 8th grade!!! YOua re going to be a GREAT mother!!!!

Julie said...

Thanks Corbin! Somone how I had blocked that memory out. Thanks for reminding me :)

The Harringtons said...

You are so right! Enjoy every pound you put on right now! Trust me it comes on much faster with the second one! By the way I gained 60 pounds with Lucas! Anyway, you look great in every picture I have seen of you!

Rebecca Sue said...

i just had to say that you have looked great in every picture on here I have seen of you! You will make a great mom! Enjoy being pregnant, what a blessing!

Amy James said...

Julie- It's Amy Abbott James. I came across your blog on another blog. I just wanted to let you know I am on my second pregnancy and I had a big first and looks like a will have a big second, so I know what you mean about the comments people will make, but you are wise to change your perspective. I had people insist that I must be having twins or that there was no way I would make it to my due date. Anyway, I told myself they don't mean any harm and admitted that yes I do have big babies. Being a mom is so wonderful and trying. I wouldn't trade my size for anything cause that would mean trading the body God blessed me with and the child he blessed me with, not to mention the amazing blessing it is to even be pregnant. You will love it! congratulations! It's fun to "see" you after all this time. Hope all is well. Hope I haven't said too much.

Amy

Jennifer Burks said...

Julie,
I love your tender heart!! You are so right!! I will say that I was laughing at first thinking about what you would say to the guy at Kroger! I love you and can't wait to see you and your belly NEXT weekend!!!!! I'm so excited
Love you,
Jen

David said...

Julie,
After the summer in VA when I gained a lot of weight, people (Guatemalans) would call me fat all the time. Apparantly, calling someone fat was a compliment because it was a sign of wealth... clearly they considered me to be Bill Gates!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

The Walkers said...

Hey sweet sweet Julie!!! You are going to be a great mommy and I know that we could all stand to learn the lesson of being so thankful for everything that life throws at us! I love you!

carozza said...

julie, so true!!!!!!!
I needed that reminder myself.
love you!
d

Margie Carothers said...

You are so precious! God is teaching you some valuable lessons....and you are listening! What a blessing you are to me! Remember, Jonathan weighed 9 pounds, so you do have a good chance of having a big baby. But I agree with you, Don't sweat the small stuff!

Love/Hugs,
Margie