Change

The Anticipation of Change

Any day now, I will be embarking on a massive change to my life – the birth of my third daughter. Tomorrow, I would’ve reached the stage of pregnancy where I gave birth to my second daughter; and I am suddenly so overwhelmed with emotion.

While my hubby worked a night shift and I cleaned up after dinner, I thought to myself tonight: “This is probably the last time I’ll mop before I give birth” and “this could be the last time I put the kids to bed before Amelia comes”. The reality of it all has begun to set in, and to be honest, I’m feeling really excited but a little bit nervous as well.

It’s funny how the anticipation of change can do that to you though. Nothing is more exciting than preparing for the birth of your child, but at the same time, so nerve-wracking. With two kids to worry about now, I’m wondering to myself: “How many days will I be in hospital? Will the kids eat okay without me? What if the washing isn’t done and it piles up?”

But as organised as I am now, I know that in the major scheme of things, these issues don’t matter. Everything will sort itself out – it always does. And hubby looks after the kids great, I haven’t got anything to worry about. But I guess when you’re a mother, you can’t help but stress about these things.

But I think that’s where you need to accept that maybe the washing won’t be done the way you want, the kids won’t be fed the same way, or disciplined the way you would’ve liked. But your children WILL be okay. Have faith that things will turn out fine in the end.

And know that although change can bring along its own pros and cons, the most important thing to focus on is all the positives. Although it’s perfectly normal for me to be scared, I know that Amelia will bring so much joy to my life that I probably won’t even remember what I was so nervous about in the first place!

So, on a final note, here I am blogging for possibly the last time before giving birth. I’ve really enjoyed writing to you all for the past month. It’s been really nice hearing everyone’s feedback and knowing that I’ve helped some people out there. This is exactly why I made the website, so I’m glad you’ve all gotten some use out of it.

If you like, you can leave me some well wishes in the comments below, I’m not too sure how long it’ll be before I blog again. But I’m sure Amelia’s birth will inspire me to write many more blogs to come!

But just remember, if you are embarking on any sort of change as well, have faith in yourself that you can do it. Don’t just believe that you can, KNOW that you can. Because by believing in yourself, you’ve already won half the battle.

Thuy Yau is a freelance writer and Youth Work graduate living in Perth, Australia. She loves to share her own personal experiences about overcoming adversity, as she believes that human beings are more capable than they realise. She writes to make a positive difference in the world and to inspire others to learn from themselves and their own experiences. Her writing has been discussed on radio, won writing contests, appeared on The Huffington Post UK and major Australian sites such as news.com.au, SMH, Kidspot and Essential Kids. She is currently writing her first book.

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