It's a windy morning and the word is that a snowstorm will be blowing in tonight and tomorrow. But even that doesn't dampen my excitement over the fact that it's the month of March. Baby Emery's birth month is officially only three months away and I'm so grateful. Plus, I just can't wait to be outside in the fresh air, soaking up vitamin D, and using nature's natural medicine for depression and anxiety. It's been a long winter.
As we count down the days until Emery's due date, my mind is swirling at a million miles an hour about all the things I'd like to get done first...
-finish painting all the existing woodwork & doors in the house and install the new trim
-paint a few items of furniture
-continue to organize and declutter the entire house
-paint the kitchen
-get 30 freezer meals in the chest freezer + lots of healthy homemade baked goods
-finish my Master Menu Plan
-spring yard clean up
-create new postpartum budget
-install new light fixtures
-finish selling furniture & other household items
-finish birth plan
-pack hospital bag
I'll spare you the rest. My list is two full pages long and growing... We will definitely need to prioritize.
I'm making the choice on this Monday morning to not let the overwhelm paralyze me, to learn to prioritize better, and to remind myself that whatever does or does not get done, it will be okay. As I near the third trimester, I can already feel my body slowing down. In this season, I will choose to give myself grace and focus on what is most important: a healthy baby and a healthy momma.
The house projects will always be there. If the freezer doesn't get packed full of meals, our family will step up and help feed us. If I can't make the numbers work on the postpartum budget, God will provide.
These are the little truths & reminders I will need to repeat to myself over and over and over as we journey through the final part of this pregnancy.
I'm a perfectionist by nature and like to be prepared and do all. the. things. This has been a constant battle, both blessing and curse, over my entire adult life. As I enter motherhood, those challenges will continue to change and grow and I pray God continues to shape & refine me.
I pray He helps me prioritize with eternal values in mind.