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!

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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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