I’m so grateful for the women in my life who have give me the best advice. The most key thing I’ve learned is “lean into the tired.” I’ve always been an early to bed early to rise person. Lately I’ve taken that to a whole new level. Leaning into the tired has just meant planning my day around my nap schedule. I’ve been trying to work from home or a coffee shop in Durham in the morning. That gives me time to run home and rest for an hour before heading into the office to get to meetings and events. If I don’t get my daily nap (which happened on Monday), I have to go to bed stupid early. Like 7:30 early. No regrets.

Another change in my body is the bloating. I had read about it, but OMG. I’m 6 weeks and look like I’m showing because of the (TMI) excess gas. My friend Susan told me to listen to the cravings because it could be your body telling you what it needs. I love this. I read message boards about women who say they “needed” Doritos. No you didn’t, you wanted them. Well I wanted a bran muffin. Maybe craved it? I’m so glad I listened to that because my body needed it to resolve some bloat.

I’ve still been dizzy, which I know is normal. I have had no sign of the tall tale pregnancy sign– nausea. I know I should be grateful, but it does make me worry about the baby. If I were barfing I would know that the kid was growing like they are supposed to. I’ve convinced myself that if I keep something in my stomach I won’t get sick. That isn’t hard to do because I love to eat, haha. Maybe I’m keeping it at bay without knowing it or maybe I’m just in the small percentage of women who don’t experience this. At only 6 weeks only time will tell…

I am getting so excited. A lot of my anxiety is at bay (for now). At church last Sunday we confirmed 40 8th graders. It was a huge blessing and cue the tears. Our choir sang the most beautiful song based on Isaiah 43:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

I love to worry, but it’s truly not my job. I totally took this scripture to the extreme and heard it as a love song from God to my baby. I also took it out of context and took the waters to mean the amniotic fluids. Life is interesting when you’re a pregnant pastor.

I went to the grocery store and bought this tea. Not sure if it will do anything, but I wanted to feel pregnant so I bought it.

To wrap things up, here are the 6 week stats:

  • Mini van is as big as a sweet pea
  • Mini van is beginning to form cheeks, chin, and a jaw
  • Mini van is about 0.25 inches
  • Because I like size comparisons so much, mini van is also the size of a chocolate chip and/or ladybug

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