Sarah Drew’s Blog: I Conquered My Parenting Fears With “Aggressive Thanksgiving”

Grey’s Anatomy star Sarah Drew is inviting Celebrity Baby Scoop readers to follow along as she experiences her first pregnancy.

The 31-year-old mom-to-be shares her “anxiety about being a parent,” and how she learned to transform her fears with “aggressive thanksgiving.” Sarah also writes about donating all of the gifts she received from her recent baby shower to the charitable organization, Baby2Baby. Read on…

“I am officially 5 weeks away from my due date and I am feeling great. It took me a while to really enjoy being pregnant. My first 16 weeks were full of nausea and exhaustion, and for the next few months I was still feeling really worn out and was having a hard time connecting to my baby. But starting at the beginning of my third trimester, all of that changed.

Most people say that you feel terrible for the first trimester, great for the second, and terrible again for the third, but my story has been pretty different. I think I spent the first two trimesters trying to wrap my brain around the fact that my life was about to change dramatically. I had a lot of fear and anxiety about being a parent, about my marriage changing, and about what it would mean to make the sacrifices required to enter into parenthood. All of that fear prevented me from really connecting to the baby growing in me.

At the beginning of my third trimester, I asked my dad for advice to help me conquer this fear. His advice transformed my experience. He said that I should make a habit of “aggressive thanksgiving.” He suggested that I spend time each day in gratitude for everything that I have been given, and when those thoughts of fear and anxiety creep in, I should replace them immediately with thanksgiving. I started doing that each morning, and after two days of “aggressive thanksgiving,” I felt totally released from the fear and anxiety, and instead all I felt was joyful anticipation for the coming of our baby.

Two weeks after this amazing spiritual transformation, I had my baby shower. I cannot tell you how full my heart was that day. I couldn’t stop thanking God for the incredibly loving support system I have surrounding me. My girlfriends and my Aunt Rosa threw me such a beautiful event at her home, where I was showered with love and gifts from all of the most important women in my life. I spent the whole day with this big stupid grin on my face just marveling at how much I’ve been given in this life. I realized that I’m not entering into parenthood alone. Peter and I have this incredible community surrounding us who will be with us through every hardship, struggle, joy and victory. I truly have nothing to fear.

Not only was I showered with love that day, but I was also showered with gifts. Peter and I have been given so much and we realized that so many families have not, so out of our overflow of gratitude, we decided to facilitate a donation to Baby2Baby. Among the brands that contributed to our donation were iCandy, Daddy Scrubs, Joovy, Saint Grace, Usana, and The Children’s Place. We delivered our donation last week and were blown away by the profound challenges that face so many families, and were so moved by the work of Baby2Baby and other organizations like it.

During this season of giving, I’d encourage you to think about donating baby clothes and gear to a local charity that works with families in need. You could help bring these families much needed joy during the holidays.”

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  1. Wow! You look great… good luck as the due date gets closer. Hopefully the peace and joy you feel now will continue!!

  2. I agree – it’s the season of giving and I always feel great when I give to charity or people I love. Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. Thanks for encouraging your readers to donate, not just during the holidays but all year long. Best wishes to you and your family!

  4. You look absolutely amazing, and the “aggressive thanksgiving” habit is a great idea! Thanks for being an inspiration to all mommies-to-be out there! 🙂

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