|I call this look "The Pregnant Ballerina."|
Did I mention that I finally caved on the Message Boards? I did. I still stand by what I said in an earlier post about how crazy some of them get. I'm very lucky that the board for my birth month (June 2013) is relatively awesome and drama-free. I also try to stay out of the threads regarding potentially incendiary topics, which helps, I think. But anywho, it's been a lot of fun at times...especially Wednesdays.
Why? Because Wednesdays are known as Hump Day Bump Day (HDBD). Everyone posts a photo of her current baby bump, how far along they are, whether or not they're a first time mom, height, etc.
First of all, everyone always looks adorable. It's so fun to see the smiles growing as the bellies grow each week. But that's not what absolutely thrills and fascinates me about these weekly threads...
What I absolutely love to the point of actually getting teary-eyed sometimes (man I'm such a hippie...) is how different yet absolutely beautiful every woman looks. No matter her height, shape, size, outfit, hair color, skin color....it's just amazing.
Now before you blow me off as being some crazy lady who is in absolute awe at the wonder of the children growing in our expanding wombs...it's not that part that gets to me (although that's stupid awesome, too!).
What fascinates and excites me is how differently every woman shows and grows with her pregnancy (first, second, fourth...you get the idea). Some of the moms who aren't doing this for the first time will post a side-by-side comparison picture -- this time THIS pregnancy vs. this time PAST pregnancy, and the differences can be so awesome!
Also, everyone is SO supportive of each other. There are women who are weeks farther along than I am, and SMALLER...and women who are weeks behind where I am with bigger bumps than mine...but it's such a supportive environment! I sure hope that anyone who thinks "I shouldn't be this big already," or "Why am I not bigger by now?!" feels as uplifted as I do after this weekly post.
It just serves to prove the "every body/woman/baby is different" that I keep hearing throughout this pregnancy...but it also proves a great lesson even minus the baby bumps. There is so much beauty in every woman, no matter her shape, the size of her jeans, how tall she is...and these weekly posts have been a tremendous reminder of just how we are all "fearfully and wonderfully made" by our Creator with loving hands.
EDIT TO ADD: I just finally opened my daily devotional email and this was today's key verse: But Lord, You are our father. We are like clay, and You are the potter; Your hands made us all. (Isaiah 64:8). Pretty cool and appropriate, huh? :)