Substance and Soul

24 weeks

MotherhoodSamantha WetterholmComment

We are over halfway to delivery day and I am nooot readyyyyyyy. So not ready. But I have absolutely no desire to get ready either. Maybe I'll get things sorted out...eventually.

These have been an eventful few weeks. I already have Braxton Hicks contractions. ALREADY. WAHHH. (Yes, I'm whining.) Considering I had WEEKS of prodromal labor with both kids, I am not looking forward to the same this time around. And the heart burn has started. 

Pregnancy is just so beautiful. 

Lest you think I always complain (I only mostly complain.), there are some sweet things going on too. The baby has been moving a lot. Just like his sister and brother, he is an active womb mate. He seems to be a night owl so far too. Emma and Henry have been loving on their brother so much already. It is one of the most special things to witness. Emma always talks about how our family has FIVE people now and Henry likes to lift my shirt and give kisses to my belly. 

The sibling cuteness and the pregnancy hormones make me weepy. 

I definitely feel "bigger" this pregnancy compared to the first two. I think my stomach is so far stretched at this point that it is ready to be a perma-basketball shape. I don't think I've gained anymore weight than previous pregnancies at this point. In fact, I know I haven't because I am pretty sure I have had no opportunity to gain excess weight because of my hectic schedule and not eating enough in general. 

I'll try to work on that with a new box of cocoa pebbles. YUM. 

We also set up our registry on Amazon. It's just a few things because we already have a ton o' baby crap. 

24 weeks
How far along: 24.5 weeks  
Total weight gain: I don't even know my own name at this point
Maternity clothes: yes! and I bought some more maternity business slacks, hallelujah  
Stretch marks: sadly, yes  
Sleep: bizarre dreams and inconsistent sleep
Miss anything: not grunting when I pick something up off the floor    
Movement: he's a mover and shaker  
Food cravings: wine and oysters   
Aversions: smelly body odor   
Sex: un niño
Symptoms: heart burn, insomnia, fits of crying
Belly button: in? I can't see it anymore  
Wedding rings: not snug, not loose
Happy or moody: somewhere in the middle
Looking forward to: seeing the three (!!!!) kids together loving on each other 

Thanks for following along this time around. 

Emma at 25 weeks
Henry at 24 weeks 


Whatever you did...

LifeSamantha WetterholmComment

This is difficult to write. It is difficult to have any coherent words regarding what is going on at the border. My mind has been a jumble for days as I think about the plight of refugees, the wailing of terrified children, and the inhumanity of it all.

Over and over, the same words echo in my ears. It is on repeat -- on surround sound -- written on my soul. 

And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Matthew 25:40

Today, my priest said something that I felt was poignant, simple, and crucial to remember during this time. He said, we need to take off our political hat and forever put on our Christian hat.

All of our decisions, ideologies, and leanings should be viewed through the lens of the Gospels. Jesus -- our true master and teacher -- has an answer for it all. The King of the Universe should be our guide in every decision we make, in every word that escapes our lips, in every thought of our minds and hearts.

My heart aches for the human rights crisis going on at our borders. I pray that our policy makers view each person with dignity and humanity. And I also pray that we end the barbaric practices going on at the border. And I pray that my heart remains charitable and loving -- even towards those who have different views than myself and especially towards those towards whom I have anger. 

On this Holy Sabbath Day and on the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist -- I pray for peace and that hearts are turned towards the Gospel. Amen.