Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weeks 9-11: Surprise announcement!

I know what you're thinking.  It's only been two weeks since she's written, so how is this a post about weeks 9-11?  Well, read on.

Not much of anything new during week nine really.  I was still nauseous though controllably so during the day.  The evenings are still pretty much shot.  I'm regularly in bed by nine or so to try to pretend I'm not sick to my stomach. ;)

Week ten brought much more fun.  Though the nausea did not let up, we got to hear the beautiful sound of the baby's heartbeat.   There are few sounds sweeter to my ears!  And then, because we were uncertain of the baby's due date (as I'd miscarried just prior), we got to have an ultrasound to better date the baby.  I just love ultrasounds!  Seeing those sweet baby movements is such a joy!  Here was the surprise.... week ten was not week ten at all!  It was week eleven!  Yep!  I was off a week in my dating and my due date actually go moved UP one week.  So now, we're due September 27 instead of October 3.  That was super exciting news.

On the downside, week eleven brought an increase in nausea.  It is becoming more and more difficult to control.  Here's the thing though.  Since becoming pregnant, I've had three different friends and acquaintances lose their babies at 7, 12, and 16 weeks.  As much as I'm truly not enjoying this nausea, I'm trying my hardest to be grateful for the reason.

I've gained five pounds in the first trimester.  That's actually quite a low number for me.  I typically gain 10 or more, though I have no idea how with all the nausea.  Looking forward to moving into the second trimester and Lord-willing, a decrease in the nausea.

Oh!  And a side-note and non-pregnancy related, Daniel finally cut his first tooth - just shy of 15mo old!

Until next time...
Take care,
Terra

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Don't You Know What Causes That?

Loved this post by Jen Wilken on big families.  My favorite quote was this, "So I suggest that we stop saying these things to the woman whose arms are full of children for the sake of the woman whose arms are not. Because the answer to “Don’t you know what causes that?” is not a what, but a Who. I don’t know why God gave me children effortlessly and withholds them from others who would make fantastic parents, but I know this: Fertility is not a curse, it is a gift. It is a scandalous miracle."  Beautifully stated.

Take care,
Terra

Week 8: Improving but Still Nauseous

By God's grace, week eight finally brought improvement on the illness front.  I was convinced I just had a run of the mill respiratory virus but after further conversation with some friends, I think it may have actually been the flu.  This was the first time in years I haven't gotten the shot.  However, all the kid's did have the mist this fall.  That would also explain why they weren't all hit as hard as I was.  Either way, praise God it's over and done with.  I'm still fighting a tad bit of a drippy nose but I'll take that over all the other mess.

One thing that unfortunately did not let up was the nausea.  Yep.  It's here.  Yep.  It's definitely the pregnancy.  Fun times.  On the positive side, it's somewhat controllable by keeping my stomach full.  As soon as I start to get an empty stomach, I eat.  It's doesn't remove the nausea but it makes it more manageable.  As with my previous pregnancies, the night time seems to be the worst.  I've been hitting the bed by 9p each night just to escape the funk.  If I remember correctly, the nausea lasted until nearly 20 weeks with my last pregnancy.  I hope and pray that's not the case this time.  But if it is, by God's great grace, He'll see me through.

This weekend I had the privilege to attend my church's women's retreat.  The guest speaker was Jen Wilken .  It was a great time, with great women, learning to love and draw nearer to our great God.  I decided to stay the night at the hotel it was at with three other lovely ladies from my church.  Our first surprise was two double beds when we thought they were supposed to be queen size beds.  That was funny.  Considering our event did not end until 10:30 Friday night, I figured we'd all be tired and hit the bed pretty quickly.  However, as ladies tend to do, we were up chatting till around 1:00a and I was up at 6:15 to get ready for the day.  It was less sleep than I've gotten in quite some time but God has sustained me!

Lastly, I weighed myself this week.  I don't keep a scale at home so I'm not tempted to be constantly on it.  I gained FOUR pounds in two weeks!  Yep... And I wonder why my belly is getting big so fast!  I guess it's all that eating as soon as I feel nauseous.

Until next time...
Take care,
Terra