“Overdue”

Okay, so first off, I’m so glad that y’all got a kick out of Monday’s ThredUP post. I wasn’t sure how many of you would already be familiar with it or might think I was a bit of a nut for getting so excited about having used clothes mailed to my door, but apparently, if I’m a nut, y’all are too because I got an inbox full of referral requests in addition to your blog comments.

HOWEVER, although I went through every single name I received and sent referrals to each of you, I know for a fact that not all of them went through (some of you emailed and let me know, and then some of them just refused to show up in my referral history).

So! If you’re still interested in a $10 code to ThreadUp and are thinking that I’m ignoring you…I promise I’m not. I just can’t figure out how to make them all go through.

HOWEVER (again), I *think* you should be able to use this code whether or not you got an email from me.

Let me know if it works for you!

Okay, so you know from my anti-getting-dressed rant on Monday that I’m not super into wearing normal clothes these days.

Which is why, I have to admit, that this post is a bit of cheat. Shaun snapped these shots of me after church one day a couple weeks back (I think I was 37ish weeks along). But I never actually got a post written about them.

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The funny thing is that, even though I’m still measuring about a month behind, at almost 40 weeks now, I’m getting every belly-reaction possible–from the woman at Beall’s who said, “Goodness! You’re about to pop, huh?” to the lady who made me turn sideways and told me I couldn’t possibly be ready to deliver a baby because my belly wasn’t big enough (both of these occurred on the same day while I was wearing the same outfit).

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So, I have no idea what to think about how pregnant I look or not, but I know this: I’M READY.

I shouldn’t be. I should be totally content with being pregnant for another few weeks (since I probably will be), but the reality is this funny meme that my friend, Shanna, sent me:

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Ha! Right??

Of course, I agree with the “overdue” part being in quotation marks since I genuinely believe that God’s timing is perfect and that babies come when they are good and ready.

HOWEVER (take three). While I haven’t even reached my official “due date” (which ranges anywhere from tomorrow through Sunday, depending on the source of the info), and  I’m MOST happy with whatever date gives him the healthiest entry into this world, it doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t prefer him on the outside where I can hold him rightthisverysecond.  polka dots

I will say, though, that–while it’s been a lesson long in coming–I think I’ve finally, mostly (pretty much) gotten the hang of not worrying about it too much. (I almost lost my mind when, after having Ezra, my first, 6 days early, my next two BOTH showed up two weeks “late,” and then the twins hung around for 39 weeks and 4 whole extremely uncomfortable days).

Just the other day, as I felt that familiar antsy feeling creeping up my spine, I forced myself to open my Bible to the Psalms right then and there and read about God’s unfailing goodness and how He has a plan for my life that far surpasses any that I could conjure up. It helped a lot. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t get a bit frustrated again yesterday (hey, I need lots of reminders). But every time I turn to Jesus with my jitters–which is usually the truly overdue thing in my life–I’m amazed (I shouldn’t be by now) at the almost tangible peace that overtakes my anxious heart.

As my blog friend, Ruth, is always saying, “Motherhood is sanctifying.” And, I might add to that, “Pregnancy too!” 🙂

Of course, pregnancy is hardly the most anxiety-inducing thing on the planet, and I know many of you have worries that far surpass anything I’m dealing with right now.

So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to turn this post around to you and encourage you to take your worries to the Lord today, whatever they are.

And, if you want, you can even email me at blogabbie{at}gmail{dot}com if you’d like me to pray for something that’s keeping you up at night, and I would be honored to lift you up before our Father in heaven. I mean, you’ll get prayed for, and I’ll have something other than the fact that I’m not in labor to focus on when I wake up in the middle of the night. It’ll be good for both of us, I promise!

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15 thoughts on ““Overdue”

  1. I found this on google and it really helped me calm down my anxiety. Its a great reminder to seek the lords wisdom during this time. Im 40 weeks and about to be “overdue” but u are right….My babys due date is never for me to decide, but his creator.

  2. Abbie, I love your perspective on babies coming in God’s timing! All three of mine were “overdue” – 13 days, 8 days, and 13 days, but I wonderful birth experiences when they came! Praying for grace for you as you (try to) wait patiently!

  3. Both my daughters were late babies, each 10 days over due date. I remember my doctor telling me that “babies are never late” hmmmmm well seeing he was a male doctor!
    Good luck and wishing you all the best from Scotland.UK. PS I had my babies in the dark ages

  4. Oh the babies that love staying on the inside. I know it well. 40weeks and 10days with my first and 40weeks +8 days with the other two. Not super fun being ‘THAT’ pregnant but they came when they were good and ready. Hope you can find some good stuff to distract you. I tried to escape the house as much as possible but that of course opens you up to all the comments and yep, I’ve heard them all too. Can’t wait to hear about his arrival!

  5. Isn’t it funny how you can get one reaction from one person about how far along you look, and quite the opposite reaction from another person all in the same day! This last week I got, “Woah you look pregnant!” and “You are so TINY” all in the same day. I think you look really great for 40 weeks.

  6. About 6 months ago you gave me some encouragement on your Facebook page when I was “overdue”. So here I am to do the same! The last few weeks sure take a while to pass but they really will be over before you know it. Hang in there and try to plan something to do every day for the next 3 weeks so you aren’t hanging around getting grumpy that you are still pregnant (yeah…that was me). Can’t wait to “meet” him!

  7. Thinking of you! My first came at 38+1 and my second at 41+5. I ended up with a c-section with my first, so chose a midwife the second time. I was the only one I knew in my area and in my family that had used a midwife, so we got a lot of, “so, when are you going to induce?’

  8. Hey Abby! I was overdue with my last little man by 6 days. I truly thought I was going to be pregnant forever. All 4 of my friends who were due around the same time delivered before me, even one due two weeks after me!!!

    Thanks for offering prayer! Pray for my family that we would get healthy soon. We have been battling one sickness after another since October, last week being the stomach flu 🙁

  9. Praying for you and your little one all the way out here in South Africa while you’re praying for others.x

  10. I was wondering what A-shirts were too?! Lol yes the good ‘ol “wife beater”! So inappropriate yet that is what I call them lol! (East Texas native ;)…….also will be praying for the situation mentioned above so sorry 🙁

  11. Love your blue shirt and shoes! I have a red denim jacket that would go with a look like that. 🙂 oh, also, a little tip you probably already know as an experienced pregnant woman, but I discovered by accident/desperation during my last pregnancy… guys A-shirts. Actually I bought more and now wear them under everything but during pregnancy they are especially helpful in covering the belly and chest. 😉 they are long in the waist and unlike most girl tanks, the neckline actually covers your chest. Colors are a bit limited but there are at least three different pack options (white, black & grey, and red, navy etc). I wear a lot of the white even if it won’t show just to feel secure that I’m not hanging out or for another thin layer in the cold. (I do NOT live in TX were a cardigan is winter wear!) 🙂

    1. That’s brilliant! Although…I had to look up what an A shirt was. In Texas, we call them wife-beaters (true story). 🙂

  12. how kind of you to offer to pray for all your readers. you are going to be quite busy.I would like my terminally ill SIL to be mentioned to the Lord. He and my da. are believers were not blessed with being parents. along with this situation is the fact that his diagnosis is exactly the one her nana (my mother ) passed from a few years ago. thank you so very much for your generosity. God bless you

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