“She accepted that change can be beautiful.” ~Jennifer
It feels like change has been swirling around a lot lately, affecting both my inner and outer landscapes. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable and unsettling. Many of the changes I’ve been experiencing these days are physical. There’s no way around that right now, given the transformations a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy. Weight gain is one of them. When I took this photo, I was twenty-five weeks pregnant…and I had already gained twenty-six pounds. The sources I’ve read say it’s normal to gain between twenty-five and thirty-five pounds…for the entire pregnancy. Well, I’m clearly not normal in that respect. I gained fifty-five when I was pregnant with my daughter. The doctors raised their eyebrows at me a bit, but I lost every pound afterwards. Who knows, maybe I needed that extra weight in order to nurse my firstborn for thirteen months. Family history shows that my mom had similar experiences during her pregnancies, so perhaps there’s a genetic link. Long story short, I’m learning to make peace with the fact that this is how my body prepares for childbirth. The effects of weight and hormones feel unpleasant right now, but temporary physical and emotional discomfort are extremely small prices to pay for a strong and healthy baby. Change fosters growth and growth leads to blossoming. The process isn’t easy, but it’s definitely worth it. Every pain, every pound, every tear shed ultimately allows for the arrival of a beautiful new life.
I find that when I embrace change, amazing things happen. Yes, it can be frightening to explore uncharted territory, but that’s part of the adventure. We can’t fathom the wonder of new possibilities if we shut down. Time and time again, I’ve noticed that change is only painful when it’s met with resistance. Each of us is constantly evolving on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. When we’re willing to speak our truth and acknowledge our desires, we create space for miracles to manifest in our lives. The evolution of She is Three is no exception. I’m so thankful for the road we’ve traveled thus far, and for all the discoveries made along the way. I certainly wish Viv the happiest of trails. At the same time, I look forward to a brilliant route ahead for this collaboration. On that note, it’s my pleasure to reveal the exciting news that Bella Cirovic is joining us as a monthly contributor! Her beautiful name echoes the beauty of her being, and I’m honored that she will be accompanying Deb and me on this journey. Beginning in August, Bella will be featured in our triptychs, plus she’ll share the story behind her photo on the fourteenth of each month. Please join us in welcoming her to She is Three!