November 24, 2017

Thankful Thursday: 37 Weeks

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;  His love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1


It’s hard to believe that, today, I am 37 weeks pregnant with our eighth son.  There’s so much to be thankful for in that one sentence.

  • We’ve been blessed THAT many times with children from God.
  • I’ve carried all eight of them to term.
  • They are all healthy.

I have been getting my Thankful Thursday posts up late each Thursday lately, because it seems my appointment with the midwife is always on that day.  But I’m grateful for what I learned there today.

Our baby is permanently head down (with no chance of flipping to breech, she said.)  He was not LOA, today, like I thought he was yesterday, but instead, posterior.  I had a slight moment of worry, since that is the least desirable position for birthing a (non-breech) baby.  But my midwife was quick to remind me that my baby had plenty of chance to get into a good position for birth and there was no need to be concerned.  He is a wiggle-worm, for sure!

I also measured perfectly for his due date, which is always a reassuring thing.

The only bad news I can come up with is that I now weigh more than I ever have in my entire life.  While I am not happy about this, I know that it is temporary and like always, have plans to melt away the extra pounds after our baby has safely arrived.

In the meantime, I’ll be gearing up for birth, getting our home as baby ready as possible, and freezer cooking.  Be sure and like the MarathonMom Facebook page for updates during our live labor log!

I’m so thankful for our baby who will be here any day now, and that I’ve been so blessed to get to carry to term another sweet boy.  God is good.

What are YOU thankful for this Thursday?


  1. I always hated weighing myself towards the end of my pregnancy simply because I hated seeing numbers that high. But that just means we have a big healthy baby in our tummies! And like you said, that number is very temporary and will go down eventually. 🙂

  2. Ha! I wasn’t too happy to read in my pregnancy journal today about the 1-2 pounds I will be gaining this week due to increased blood volume!
    I am so thankful today for a healthy baby girl. I had an ultrasound yesterday (33 weeks along) and got to see her in 4D. A.MA.ZING! God is so GOOD!

  3. YAY for a full-term baby! I’m excited to hear the news in the coming weeks! I too always hate when the scale gets higher and higher at the end but you will drop it! Thank you so much for this blog. You are an inspiration!

  4. That is awesome that you are measuring exactly as your due date!! The end is always a mixed blessing for me.
    Hope you have a great 3 weeks remaining!

  5. Congratulations, Brandy! I’m so happy for you and your beautiful family!

    I’ve been lurking for a few weeks, reading archives, and I just wanted to say you are a ginormous encouragment for me! I’m almost 10 weeks along with #5, and my previous 4 are all boys. God worked on my heart to accept one more, and He has provided a precious baby for us, but I am still in the tired/icky phase and often feel I’m not providing a very good witness of His goodness! You give me hope that I can do this – the pregnancy, and the amazing situation of raising (possibly) 5 boys.

    Blessings and safe delivery to you and yours!

  6. You look amazing, so I wouldn’t worry too much about what the scale says. As everyone else has said, that is just that beautiful baby boy you’re carrying! Praying for you over the next few weeks that you will have a restful, healthy, relaxing (as much as you can with 7 cute boys running around) finish to this pregnancy! You are so blessed already, and I’m sure God will continue to bless you greatly with your beautiful family!

  7. Candice Morse says:

    I am with everyone else, you look amazing!! I recall feeling overwhelmed when I reached 199 lbs at my 40 wk appointment. I never imagined seeing that number in my life on a scale. What I am thankful for is that 10 months after having my daughter, I am 45 lbs lighter simply from nursing, diet, and exercise. I am so happy you will be going full term. I can’t wait to see your live labor posts.

    • Way to go Candice! I hit 198 at 41.5 weeks, and I was so sad. I officially weighed more than my husband! I haven’t quite lost 45 lbs yet, but I’m working on it. And, I’m almost 9 months post baby. I didn’t start working on losing weight until recently, so I lost a lot from nursing, but then plateaued at about 5 lbs left to lose to get to pre-baby weight for a LONG time. Now, I’m back to working and hoping to get down even more before we start working on baby number 2!! 🙂

  8. Mary Beth Patnaude says:

    Congratulations! I am the mother of 5 wonderful sons, ages 4-13! I love boys, too! Many blessings to you! “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the sons of one’s youth… blessed is the man who’s quiver is full of them.”

  9. Congratulations! I came across your site for the granola bar recipe and quickly forgot about it. I was so hoping your picture in the corner was an old one. haha Now I see it is not! You are beautiful and inspiring! With homeschooling our 4 girls, I find it easy to make excuses when I can’t do it all. But you definitely put me to shame. I am so looking forward to learning from your website. Thank you!

  10. You look like you are “ready to pop” -that’s what I would say to people toward the end of my pregnancies when they asked me “how I was.” 🙂

    You look beautiful!!! One thing I don’t worry about, AT ALL, during my pregnancies is how much I weigh. I always gain about 35-40 pound and enjoy each one of them. 🙂

  11. So happy for you! You are just glowing! I had a VBAC just this past Tuesday with a 9 lb 8 oz son! I understand the whole posterior thing…I saw my midwife on Tuesday afternoon when I was in very early labour (3-4 cm) and he had switched from ROA to posterior, which I was NOT very happy about. I went home, got on my hands and knees for a long time, went into “real” labour a few hours later, and sometime between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning he turned around and was born anterior. Will pray your baby turns for you, too!

  12. Oops… I mean I had a VBAC on Wednesday not Tuesday…Still recovering from the all-nighters! Ha!

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