They’re back! They’ve come in droves. One by one they’ve marched back into my bed. It’s the march of the pillows. This event was one that left my husband talking for months after the last two pregnancies. With the increasing size of my belly and the increasing toll on my back, the pillows have made their appearance again.
First, I needed one for my knees to align my hips as they prepared to carry the tiny miracle inside of me. For days, it was just one. Soon, I required another fluffy friend to support my increasing middle as I lie on my side. Surely, my husband wouldn’t complain about two. Just two extra pillows.
Two extra pillows equaled better sleep. But soon, my neck was stiff from sleeping on my side each night. Just one more skinny one to place under my head would be enough. I wouldn’t pull out the “mama of all pillows.” Not yet. I knew it would take up residence like an unwanted guest in the bed. No, not yet. I’m only 5 months along.
Each night I’d fall asleep on my side, but in the morning I’d awake staring at the ceiling. I’d open my eyes and could almost see my doctor waggling his finger at me. “You really shouldn’t sleep on your back anymore. It’s not good for you or the baby,” his words would echo in my mind.
It wasn’t like I had a choice. There was no other option. Time to bring in the big guns. I knew it, yet I stood on the side of the bed with trepidation. What would he say? Would he welcome my guest? I knelt on the floor, but soon I was cheek to cheek with the carpet as I reached into the depths under the bed. It didn’t take long for my hand to reach the object in question. Like reeling in a grand fish, I pulled and I tugged until the treasure was dangling at the end of my arm.
And there it was. The body pillow – as long as the children are tall. I pulled back the covers and worked on making my nest as my hubby brushed his teeth. I settled myself in about the time he entered the room. One raise of the eyebrows and a grin. “They’re back,” he said with a chuckle. I breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe the next four months wouldn’t be so bad after all.
Are you aching all over? Do you feel the pain in your knees and the weight on your back? Perhaps you need some supportive pillows, as well. Go to God’s Word and choose just the right verse to cushion your needs. Let one align your knees. Use another to support your middle. Lay your head on His truth. But most of all, lean back on His promises. You’ll sleep much better. Trust me. I did.
Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. Job 4:4 NIV