For all the people wondering why I haven't posted belly photos...time for an honest statement, followed by some visuals....I am not a glowing pregnant person.
I look, and feel, exhausted. I don't love being pregnant, and I don't make it look especially cute.
So....in comparison with all the lovely professional photo shoots of glowing mama-to-be...here is my reality:
31 weeks pregnant and sick...but I have consistently looked that exhausted before getting sick.
Anyways....I keep reminding myself that, as with all things, pregnancy is not something that I need to be rating myself in comparison with my pinterest board photos on.
Aside from some exhaustion, it has been a relatively smooth and healthy pregnancy thus far, and for that I am thankful. Our son has already been an active little boy, we could feel him moving like crazy starting at 16 weeks! He gets hiccups, and wakes me up a lot. He also kicked Daddy in the face while he was trying to listen for the baby's heartbeat.
We picked a name, which I will share here only because I think it is doubtful that any of my readers are going to steal it. 刘恩路。 We haven't found an English name, so the Chinese name will have to do. He, like my students, can always give himself an English name later...and he will have mom to advice him on not picking a name like "Demon" or "Will.I.Am" (yes, those were both self-named male students of mine).
Anyway...the name, which means something like "a thankful path/journey" alludes to the grace of God in mine and my husband's lives, and the blessing that our son is. We are looking forward to meeting him! Hopefully only 8 or 9 more weeks to go!
In this journey, I've been so blessed by my husband, who has been supportive, encouraging, and even gives me a foot/leg massage every single night (and makes me eat protein even when I don't want to).
In spite of the hardships we have faced, we have learned more than ever to trust God together, and as we are looking forward to this Easter Sunday, when we can celebrate Christ's triumph over the grave, I am thankful to also be able to attest to Christ's triumph over many things in our lives as well. Happy Easter!