It has been a rough couple of weeks around here as we have learned that I will be on bed rest until further notice. Thankfully, baby Maverick is growing right on track and healthy as can be.
It started about 8 weeks ago when I started getting this pain in my side. I didn’t think anything about it at first, I’ve had the same (or so I thought) pain in my rib when I had Maddox. It didn’t start with that pregnancy until late in the third trimester though and I just thought it was his foot or some body part pushing into my side. Well when I brought it up to my doctor she mentioned that it couldn’t be the baby, he’s not that big yet and nowhere near my ribs. Well, as time went on it progressively got worse. The more active I was, the worse the pain got. I couldn’t find relief!!! I would sit down to “rest” and that seemed to make it worse and by the time I would get home from work I was in tears, practically crippled from the pain. After a few more doctors visits, bloodwork and a sonogram they diagnosed it as inflamed nerve tissue between the rib. When people get this they can usually take ibuprofen to help with the inflammation but since I’m pregnant there is no cure. The doctor placed me on modified bed rest so I can get the rest I need to finish out this pregnancy. It was soooo abrupt that I was in panic mode. I wasn’t ready to leave my class, I wasn’t prepared AT ALL for a sub to come in and I just didn’t think my family was ready to have half of mommy for the next three months.
As God would have it, everything has worked out. My long term sub that was going to take my maternity leave has now taken my medical leave, thankfully!!! So my students are taken care of. My team and co workers have all put in extra time and effort to help get everything situated because if you’re a teacher, you know how hard it is to leave your classroom! And my beautiful friends have set up a meal train and offered to help in so many ways that I can’t thank them enough.
Although this was not my plan, I know it was HIS. I am able to have peace knowing that God is in control of it all and I need to let go a little bit so I can feel the calling of being a mommy of three in a few short months.
Finally, I want to thank my husband for ALL the extra love, work and effort he’s having to put into our daily life. He and I both knew when the baby came a lot of the responsibility would be on him, but now with bed rest, we didn’t realize it would happen this early. So I am completely thankful for his unquestioning ability to take care of us and love us well. I am beyond grateful for the man that he is and blessed beyond belief.
Prayers would be appreciated. Specifically for
My school family and students- that they know and understand why there teacher is gone and that they are loved well throughout the rest of their school year.
Zach- who is not only working full time and managing a business but managing our entire family every moment he’s home. That he has rest and energy to do it all.
My kids- Maddox and Mia. So far they have been so awesome in understanding why mommy can’t carry them or do some fun things because her “tummy is hurting”. Please pray that they won’t remember this time of mommy being incapable and that it’s just a short time until mommy is feeling so much better.