To Endure

Hi friends!

It is Wednesday. YAY!

Or not.

I so thought I’d have a baby in my arms by now. gahhhh.

But it is what it is!

to fill ya in, like I promised: Yesterday’s appointment took forever because of some office circumstances (only 1 NST machine, and only 1 US machine that day because the other was being fixed), blah blah blah. p.s. I am slightly more effaced & dilated–but not much. I then chatted with the doc for awhile.

So Baby Perks’ HR wasn’t doing what the doc wanted for the entire NST, so then I had to go get another US & have them do a biophysical profile.

Which scared me, of course. That name just sounds intense: biophysical profile.

Turns out though, that Baby Perks is happy as a clam & scored great on the bio-profile. She is in perfect position for birth (!!!!!!gahhhhh!!!!) <–soooooo come already!! And will be well over 7 pounds.

After I finally left, I then proceeded to go buy evening primrose oil (popped more than a few & opened a few for rubbing on the bump & my ‘you know’ area), cry like a mad woman, and text my husband that I AM GOING TO GO CRAY.

He had some really kind words, etc, and then suggested I go get a slurpee or fro yo. Hah. That man is wise.

Guess what though? Food didn’t even sound good.


Long story short-I cry a lot and I am still pregnant.

the end.


I actually considered not blogging again until she comes (mostly because I think you and I are both SUPER sick of me saying “no baby” over & over again), but then I thought that might freak people out & you all would be even more worried & wondering where I (and Baby Perks) am.

So here I am.

And here are my thoughts on all this schtuff:

I can endure anything, if I know it will end.

Sounds pretty reasonable, right?

It is. But sometimes actually keeping that perspective is wayyyy harder than it sounds.

To Endure

Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual endurance each come with a PRICE.

And that PRICE is dedication, perseverance, and self-discipline. (idea for this came from this talk)

If you want to endure something, you must be dedicated, you must commit to persevering, and you must practice self-discipline.

But you must also remind yourself that it WILL end. You have to have that faith & hope. Always.

Right now I am going through a major, mental endurance race. And it might be one of the hardest mental endurance races I’ve ever participated in!

Similar to a physical endurance race, like the Half Iron Man I did last year, right now I have to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I have to be fully dedicated to this. And I must stay focused & never give up.

Although it would be easy to give up & just be induced…

But I have faith she will come on her own. Or at least I HOPE she will.

I am dedicated & disciplined and I will see her birth through—however it ends up happening, I will endure it. And I’ll do my best to endure it well. <3

Because the prize at the end is WORTH IT.

And, I know this mental endurance race will end. It has to. 😉

With that in mind, did you know, that from a physical fitness perspective, we as athletes do better & work harder in our workouts when we know how much time we have left?? It is a mental battle that begins in the mind & takes over the muscles & the body’s systems. You can do 10 more burpees. Or you can run for 2 more minutes. And then it will be over.

You can do that.

So if you ever want to give up in a workout or race, remind yourself how far you’ve come, yes, but also, how CLOSE YOU ARE to the end. And that the END WILL COME.

to endure

It always does.

Annnnnd if it hasn’t come yet, it isn’t the end. 😉



p.s. on a super fun note, this article was hilarious: annoying things married people do on FB. hah. (and I’ve so done some of these things before because I am a romantic sap #truth)

Have a GREAT day!

What has been an emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual endurance race YOU’VE gone through recently??! How do YOU endure a trial well??! 

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  1. yes, you’re right – this mental race will end for you and it will end with a beautiful baby!!!!!! not only can i not wait to meet her, see her, i can’t wait to find out what her name is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #sidenote :) and that article makes me laugh. jonny only posts about football, baseball, or miami and i’ll occasionally be sappy… speaking of, itz our 3 year anniversary! oh how i love my hubs! lol jared is amazing and definitely a man of wise words! you’re a lucky girl! :)
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    • I can’t wait to find out what her name is too!! If only she’d SHOW UP, then we could decide & name her!!! hah.

      happy anniversary, cutie!

  2. Yep, you have a pretty fab prize waiting for you at the end of this horrendous waiting period. One day, when Baby Perks has grown up into Teenager Perks, you’ll have an awesome story to tell her about how fashionably late she was making her entrance into the world.

    Stay strong, mama <3.
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  3. I am praying for you and baby girl! I agree with you – The end will come on trials and tribulations so we have to just keep pushing through. Before you know it, you WILL have your girl in your arms! :)
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  4. Love this little pep talk! You’re doing an incredible job at keeping a positive attitude and staying strong. HUGS!
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  5. Courtney says:

    Love that quote by Gordon Hinkley. I’m glad you decided to continue blogging. I check every morning to see if BabyPerks has come yet… In fact, this may be a bit lame, but I’m a law school student, so to motivate myself to complete my reading, I tell myself during the AM readings, “just get through XX more pages, and you can read Annette’s blog and see if BabyPerks is here.” 😛 Weird? Possibly, but it works!

    • haha. I LOVE it! And hence why I def need to say something each day, esp if she’s not here! Hoping she makes her arrival SOON though! gahhhhh

  6. I absolutely agree on the mental challenge of this race! You are so strong and your little baby girl is gonna be just as tough as you.
    I read an article yesterday on Yahoo about the new definition of “full term pregnancy” which is 37-42 weeks and it’s better for the baby to be in their longer if their are no issues, she will have more brain development and better lung function! There’s always a positive :)
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  7. Hang in there chick!!!

  8. oh my goodness! You are such a strong person! My daughter came 4 weeks early and I was already over being pregnant….I’m sure the anticipation is killing you. Just try to get as much sleep and rest as you can, because it’s going to all be lacking very soon. Totally worth it though!

  9. danielle says:

    hang in there pretty mama-to-be, it’s so close you will forget all of these feelings before you know it… she must love her little home in there SO much that she wants to stay a little longer :) but she will be here any minute, it’s just a matter of moments.. precious moments.
    i’ve been tested in a huge way lately, my patience, faith and emotional/mental/physical endurance. and it’s nothing to do with a race or how i’ve been training either! i was supposed to move into my parent’s condo on september 1st, and the tenant refused to leave… and i’ve been literally waiting since then, moving from friend to friend, waiting while the whole court process drags on. now i’m at a point where i need to just get my own place and let them resolve the issues in their own time. it’s been incredibly hard but every night i thank God for giving me a place to rest. it’s hard to wonder how i got here, but i know that’s a useless thought. i know that i will have a future home decided this week! so for that i’m just uber happy…
    love you pretty girl, so excited for you!!!

  10. {Hugs!} At least you’ll be able to use this is payback for little miss in the future, right? That can always be your comeback… “Well I was preggo with you for an extra TWO weeks so you have to do the dishes. End of discussion.” Hehe! Thinking of you <3
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  11. Chatelaine says:

    You’re doing amazing. Your daughter is so healthy and so are you and it’s all because of your dedication. I hope you keep posting as I will be one of those readers that freaks out if you go silent for long :)

  12. Hang in there mama! That married/fb article. Dead on.
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  13. Well I ain’t gunna say SHEEZE about when baby Perky will be born since I clearly SUCK as guessing!! LOL! My mom is an OBGYN though, she could probably guess pretty well!
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    • hahaha. Yah well, if it makes you feel better, my thought of when she was coming was TOTALLY WRONG too. hah.

      What does your mom guess now?? I’d love to know when this baby girl is gonna show up! gah.

  14. This is one hell of a battle to endure, but when it’s over you’re going to get what is easily the best prize in the universe. Hang in there mama! (P.S. if baby Perks comes tomorrow, we’ll share a birthday!)
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  15. Let’s be honest, if you stop blogging, we’re all going to think you went into labor 😉
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  16. This is like the marathon that just won’t end! If anyone can handle it, you can! Just think, you’d rather have this problem then anything else being wrong, right? Blessed. Always, always thinking of you!
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  17. You are just awesome overall!! :) I’m so inspired by all your accomplishments. I have no excuse not to do an half ironman next year. I hope!!!
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  18. I feel like we’re running a race together and you’re that person ahead of me who is motivating me to keep going because she is 😉 Not that we really have a say in the matter.

    No pregnancy lasted forever!
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  19. Aw, I know you’re frustrated and annoyed and so over it and so ready to meet her. This is like the longest race that you want to end SO badly because when you cross the finish line you get the greatest gift ever!! Just think – in less than a week…REGARDLESS…she’ll be here and out of your belly….isn’t it surreal?! :)
    -Sammy @
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  20. i think its so true about doing better if you know how much time you have left. During my first labor I remember asking the doctor how many more pushes will it take. She said she wasn’t sure. I said give me a number and I’ll do it. She told me and I did :) Good luck! And you’re right, you cant be pregnant forever (even if it may feel that way)
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  21. As someone who was a week late, I get it and I sympathize. BUT one day (maybe far far away haha) you will look back on this time with fondness.

    Like I said, it may take a while though. 😉
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