Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16: 23-24
It’s time for a second…a second tri-mester that is!
For a lot of people, THIS is a moment you have been waiting for. This is the day that you tell the world YOU are having a baby. Congrats!
Remember, as you tell your friends, family, neighbors and maybe the occassional stranger your news – you are the protector of a great possession.
You are having a baby. But God created this baby. He knows this baby and all that is to come. As you sing your good news to all, make sure your excitment and joy for the One that greated this baby is equally great and known.
Mom Tip: Share the news with close friends and family in person or over the phone. It is important to begin involving those you love in this process from the beginning. (I promise Facebook and Twitter can wait another 2 hours to hear the news!)
Photo by Jo Naylor
“Have you not known? Have you not heard?The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
If you have a baby calendar or are following your baby’s growth on a blog or in a book I’m sure you’ve read that your baby is about the size of a fig, he/she is growing and you are experiencing bursts of energy.
Yep, THIS is a burst of energy. You might still be sick to your stomach (literally or figuratively), still holding onto the news and overall just finding your stride in this new world of pregnancy and impending motherhood.
Bursts of energy feel few and far between but know they are coming. Maybe not in the form of physical energy but God is preparing you to have the emotional energy to be a mom. Your strength is more than making it past dinner before heading to bed. It is the internal capacity to love, nurture and care for the child coming into your life.
Know that God will provide the strength you need to be the mom you already are!
Mom Tip: Put up your feet. Renew your physical strength by asking your husband for a foot rub and pulling out your most comfy shoes anytime you have to go out and about. Your feet will thank you for it 🙂
“Behold You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath.” Psalm 39:5
I have a mug that says “Life is just so daily”. You might be having that thought about pregnancy about right now. The crazy hormonal high has now become a little more normal. You are on the road to accepting this next phase of life. And you have probably not told a whole lot of people yet the good news.
You might be asking “now what”? And in the midst of that thought busying your self with baby names, thinking of colors you want to decorate in or just doing an obscene amount of internet browsing about babies!
Remember. Sometimes life is just daily but even the daily moments pass quickly. The Psalmist reminds us that our days are nothing compared to eternity. Live in today. Live in the moment. Love in the minute.
Mom Tip: Start making a monthly “baby to do” schedule. Don’t feel like you have to be married to it but start thinking through things you would like to do before baby comes. It will help put the day to day in perspective and help you enjoy the moments when you are not doing baby related things!
“All your Children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” (Isaiah 54:13)
What is the speed of your brain? Feeling a little jumpy yet? Crying at the drop of a pin? Laughing at inappropriate moments? Most minds run a mile a minute at the beginning of pregnancy. Add in a million additional hormones and you’ve really got a party!
Don’t get ahead of yourself. Stop. Look. Listen. These are the directions we give a child when they learn to cross the street. You are getting ready to cross a street – more like a highway – of life into motherhood. Take it slow. Remember that it is a process.
Instead of getting on the hormone roller coaster start bringing your thoughts to the Lord. Practice spurs you on to excellence. Begin praying for your child. God already has a plan for baby and for you – start resting at His feet and experiencing His peace.
Mom Tip: Find something (a hobby, an activity, a class) that you enjoy and begin relaxing. It will serve you well during pregnancy to have a “happy place” to keep coming to!
“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:4
Somewhere between week 8 and 12 you will have your first appointment. By now you have already scheduled it and are just waiting in anticipation.
The first appointment is always a little nerve wrecking. The look of the waiting room, the thought of “am I really here” and the step into the exam room for the first of many visits is so exciting! Know that being nervous, feeling like you have no clue and just being overly excited and giddy can all be part of the experience.
At no point are you in this alone though. God has already made it clear that HE is your rock. Part of God loving you is His ability to stand firm, not be overwhelmed and already know the answers to your questions before you ask. And not just for this week – for eternity! He has your heart and soul in His hands.
Lean on Him this week!
Mom Tip: If you have any questions be prepared to ask them. There is no question too big or too small. Start writing them down!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28
Tired yet? If there is one thing that every woman experiences in her 1st trimester it is exhaustion. Crawling in bed right after dinner only to wake up the next morning feeling like you haven’t slept at all. Know that this is NORMAL! Your body is doing something new and different and it takes time to adjust.
Your heart is also doing something new and different. Adjusting to the idea of having a new person in your life is a big deal. Wondering what it will be like, what will happen next and exactly when everything will happen are big mental and emotional mountains to climb.
Christ called people to himself. He is calling you. As you are on this journey if you have physical, mental or spiritual exhaustion go to Him. He has called you, He will give you rest.
Mom Tip: JUST SAY NO! It’s okay to just say no to engagements, overtime at work or even an evening out with your spouse or best friend. Make sure to rest.
“Wait for the LORD. Be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14
Limbo. That’s what it is like in the 1st Trimester. Maybe you haven’t told anyone yet, you haven’t been put down and out by morning sickness and you probably aren’t showing yet.
The morning sickness might start in force soon (or it may not!), exhaustion will become the norm for awhile. But what about today?
Let your heart take courage. Think about that for a minute. Your heart that is happy and sad, angry and glad. Let your heart take courage. For those moments ahead where you won’t know the answer. For the days ahead where your pregnancy hormones get the best of you.
Store up for the future! Practice: Let your heart take courage.
Mom Tip: Go celebrate! Grab your husband, friend or confident that does know you are pregnant. Get dessert and enjoy these first moments of KNOWING that you are pregnant!