Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


Pregnancy And…Kickball?

When’s the last time you played kickball? For most of you, it was probably around elementary or middle school. For me, it was last Saturday. Yep: I’m the captain of our unit’s spouses’ kickball team. There is actually a league of kickball teams, made up of the wives of various units around Camp Lejeune. I think we’re up to around 23 teams now.

I took over as captain of our team not too long after I had Ben, when the former captain ended up moving. We have a great time during games, you get to meet other wives, and it’s a fun way to get some exercise. I was a little apprehensive this weekend though, because the spring season is starting and I am, of course, pregnant.

I don’t worry so much about getting hurt. No, that’s really not the issue, especially considering the league mandates that BOBs — “Baby On Boards”, or pregnant players — wear a vest or a belt or something to identify them as being pregnant. If you’re a BOB, then it’s against the rules to throw the ball at you. If a player throws at a BOB, even if they miss, then they have to sit out in the Tower of Shame. (Yes, there is a Tower of Shame.) Plus, if it really came down to it, I could just run away from the ball whenever it came near me… but I have to say, that’s not really my style.

I worried more about if I would still be able to play well at all. I’m bigger now, and I thought maybe, I would be slower, less able to move quickly to catch the ball or run to the bases. Thankfully, this weekend, that wasn’t the case. I think that I may be running a little bit slower, but for the most part, I found I was still able to hustle pretty well around the field. The freezing cold weather definitely affected my playing more than my pregnancy did, which was a huge relief. What would it say about our team if the captain had to sit out?? I plan on playing for as long as I can. Hey, I may be pregnant, but I’m not dead!

How did you handle being pregnant and staying active? Did you have any concerns?

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