Basically within a couple of hours of having delivered her I felt so much better! I had been an alien and was now myself again.
Don't get the wrong idea. Pregnancy is a great thing and it is a miracle. And I am thankful for pregnancy in that it brought my three beautiful girls. But, I am not thankful for morning sickness and the other not-so-fun effects of pregnancy.
For those of you who don't really know how sick I was, let me give you an idea.
I would say I got sick every day for about 6 weeks (despite the meds from the Dr) and I was nauseous consistently for at least 10. I had many other eating issues throughout my entire pregnancy. This was all happening while I taught my first year at a new school and it was very stressful.
All of my misery has caused me to become very thankful for my health and my normal body.
I am thankful that I can now (because I couldn't do these things while pregnant without getting sick or at least feeling sick)....
- eat breakfast
- eat sweets
- get up off of the couch in the late evening
- take a nice, big drink of water
- drink without eating
- eat dairy
- do the dishes
- stay awake past 10
- brush my teeth
- stand in church during the loud worship music
- actually eat my dinner by the time I get it home
- drink water instead of Coke
- not eat potato chips every day at 10 am
However, the biggest thing that I am thankful for recently has been the ability to take care of my kids. My life consisted of work and my couch for about 9 months. We can go to church, I can bathe my girls, I can cook, I can help Kaylie with her homework, we can go for walks, etc. I have more energy now (physically and emotionally) so I have been praying with the kids daily and utilizing time to teach them about God's saving grace and amazing love.
I believe that the Lord used my "year" of pregnancy to give me more patience, love, kindness, sympathy, and most importantly JOY. Last night when I put Brynlee to sleep 6 times in 30 minutes and she kept waking up I was also trying to help Kaylie finish her homework and bathe them. It was a pretty hectic,frustrating night, but instead of being filled with anger and impatience I was still filled with a great sense of love for my kids.