Unsugar Coated Motherhood

January 2014: Being Grateful

It’s been a hard going week to be honest. My home birth hopes are looking very unlikely for several reasons. My bump is huge making the smallest things difficult and tiresome. I have aches and pains galore, and am up between two and six times a night to pee – which lets face it is just plain cruel! I’m officially at the ‘get this baby out of me’ stage.

My only consolation is that I have never encountered a woman at the end of her pregnancy that doesn’t feel like this. If Baby Blue follows in the footsteps of his big sisters and goes overdue though, I’ve still got another few weeks left of being pregnant.

So, rather than get too upset about the things I have no control over, I’m trying to be positive and think about all the things to be grateful for instead. It doesn’t take me long to realise how fortunate I am, as there are so many blessings to be counted. I thought I’d share with you my top five:

– I am grateful for my husband, who excels himself with his never ending love and support

– I am grateful for my beautiful girls, who despite testing my patience on a daily basis are wonderful in more ways I could begin to list

– I am grateful for my friends, who took the place of my family many years ago

– I am grateful for my fertility, which I never thought I’d say after being diagnosed with PCOS and told by two doctors back in 2007 that I would not conceive naturally

– I am grateful for my body, which has now carried three babies to term. Never lost on me, when so many babies are born too soon

What are you grateful for in life? Tell me your list in the comments below… 

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  1. Lovely post I like your positive look on things. I am grateful for having a happy smiley baby despite some of the problems she has faced. #POCOLO

  2. I find it’s the simple things in life that matter most once you have kids πŸ™‚

  3. Ahhh that’s sweet, children are such a blessing aren’t they xx

  4. Lovely post πŸ™‚ I’m so grateful for my little man. He teaches me so much every day x

  5. A lovely post and wishing you all the best! I’m so very grateful for all the simple things in my life πŸ™‚

  6. Definitely! I will keep my fingers crossed for you. X

  7. Lovely post and a fab word. It’s so difficult to get comfy near the end of pregnancy isn’t it. My third (D) surprised us all by being 6 days early and it was a relief as I was shattered.
    Hope Baby Blue makes an appearance soon and your girls enjoy being big sisters πŸ™‚

  8. I’m due in just over a week, but both my girls were quite overdue… I finished work at Xmas which was nice – can’t imagine how hard it is for you still working πŸ™ All the best xx

  9. That’s plan b

  10. Thanks my dear. Hope you’re ok and the rough patch is short lived xxx

  11. Such a great way to look at things! Good luck x

  12. Aww! Lovely post! Even after a not so good week it’s good that you still find things to be grateful and positive about x

  13. I sympathise. When are you due? I have 4 weeks left, and two more weeks at work and I’m drained!

    Good that you can still be positive about the good things though…. I’m lacking that right now!

  14. Its so lovely how you can be so positive – very inspirational! I hope that if you don’t get your home birth then you can have the best possible hospital birth – do you have the option of midwife-led care? X

  15. I am grateful for Ross and Grace at the moment – they are helping me with lots of stuff πŸ™‚ Make sure you take it easy lovely lady. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  16. Oh, honey, those last few weeks are so tough! But, this is such a wonderfully positive post. I was talking to a friend yesterday about writing down the little things that we’re grateful for each day so that we can look back and remind ourselves when we have a bad day. Lovely post xx #WotW

  17. I have felt like that so many times, some would say too many but all my children are fantastic and it was totally worth it, I hear your pain! xx #WotW

  18. They are such precious reasons to be grateful and I remember only too well that late stage of pregnancy despair! I hope you get your home birth, but if not, I was of the same attitude about not fighting against things of which we have no control, and was able to have a pleasant enough hospital birth instead.

  19. A lovely post and #WotW. So powerful, I think, to list things like this when times are getting frustrating for you. Hope that baby makes an appearance sooner rather than later for you! Thanks for joining in with #WotW x

  20. Thank you very much Julie, really kind of you x

  21. Thank you! I’m smiling at the mo πŸ™‚ xx

  22. Thanks so much xx

  23. Thanks Sarah. You’re so right, life is never going to be the same again! Even at this stage of pregnancy it’s hard to get my head around the fact that we are almost a family of five xx

  24. Ahhh thank you Michelle, really loved reading your blog too xx

  25. Thank you so much, I’m sure the second he’s here all will be very much forgiven πŸ˜‰ xx

  26. Wishing you all the best and fingers crossed that it happens soon for you and you don’t end up waiting too long. Lovely positive thoughts and they will get you through this last little bit and it will all be a distant memory over shadowed by happiness πŸ™‚ x

  27. What a lovely read! Those last weeks are such hard work, I remember feeling the same, especially third time round. I don’t think I accepted it with such good grace as you are doing, though! Hope it all goes well, will be back for more of your blog! #pocolo

  28. sarahmo3w says:

    Lovely post and not long to go now! In a way, even though you feel like ‘get this baby out of me!’ you should also be grateful for those last few days or weeks with your girls, because life will never be the same for them or you once baby arrives.
    Look forward to hearing the good news when it happens. x

  29. Sending hugs for the tiredness of end of pregnancy-no fun is it at that stage. And love your positive approach-I definitely think it makes a huge difference to everything πŸ™‚

  30. Lovely post. Always good to remind ourselves of all the things we are grateful for. I remember the ‘get theses babies out of me stage’ very well, but it will come round very soon, keep smiling and good luck x

  31. What you have written is absolutely lovely. The last weeks/days of pregnancy are hard as you know, I wish you well and hope you get the rest you probably need and deserve. Best wishes. Julie

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