During this last stretch of pregnancy, I'm reminded of how the growing of a baby incites so much kindness in people around me, both friends and strangers. Holding open doors, checking to see if I need some water, asking after my health, and just generally smiling and being friendly and helpful, in so many little ways. It's so touching and humbling, and I'm enjoying it.
It's a great reminder to be kind to ourselves, especially as mothers. It's often the time when we feel the most frustrated (and often failing!) as human beings, and it's amazing how hard we are on ourselves about it. And don't get me started on other people and their opinions of how we're parenting our kids. The early years of parenthood are not always the time and place to be critical! Believe me, we're hard enough on ourselves about our kids' behavior, eating habits, and educational growth.
I need to remind myself, beyond this pregnancy, to be gentle to Kathleen. Eat well, think well, smile often, and rest, even without a baby in my belly.