Size Six…

Buying size six pants for the first time since college is a sure sign that, this month, you are sure to become pregnant. It is inevitable–that kind of purchase and that kind of regimented diet and exercise are just the sort of thing easily laughed at in the face of pregnancy.

So rather than succumb to the forces of nature that dominate the first trimester and give up my size six dress pants, last week, while everyone else in my building was on spring break, I wore those dress pants every single day. Who knows when the next time size six will be a reality. Perhaps never!

It is early yet, six weeks in, and every day I wonder whether everything is okay (you know the routine), but we’re just plain excited. My first doctor’s appointment is next Wednesday. Due date is anticipated to be November 11, 2010 — 11/11/10. My kids’ birthdays are all like that – Lyd is 05/03/06, E is 08/09/07.

It’s a good season.

I watched the last of the Beth Moore video series on the fruit of the spirit this week, and it addressed the verse that says, “Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” She addresses the physical fitness ramifications that surface through this verse, the fact that our physical bodies are the residence for the Spirit, and it made me think about the care and consideration I have for my body when I am pregnant vs. when I am not. I am extremely aware of every meal, the amount of water I drink, the amount of sleep and exercise I get, all when I am pregnant. When I am not? Eh, I eat. I drink. I merry. I need to remember that even when a physical person isn’t dwelling inside me (weird), a spiritual being is, and he’d like the house to be in tip-top shape, too.

Off to find a remedy for my mild nausea that will satisfy my little lentil bean of a baby 😉

Published by Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others (2022), American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (2021), Between the Heron and the Moss (2020), The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture (2018), Pruning Burning Bushes (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Sarah's work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and her essays have appeared in the notable essays list in the Best American Essays 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018. Sarah is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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