Monday, April 21, 2014

Week 16: Coming Up for Air

After the busyness of the previous two weeks, I spent most of week sixteen trying to come up for air. I'm continuing to feel better physically.  I'm still nauseous but minimally so and mostly controllable with food.  When all of our family left, I spent the first few days catching up on laundry, house cleaning, organization, and so on.  I still have an insanely long to-do list in my head.  I'm trying to write all those things out now and take care of them as I have time.  There are not many big things, mostly smaller, petty things that need to be accomplished.  Overall, our time with family was quite enjoyable and now we're all settled back into our usual routines (including school again). 

This week was the first where I started debating whether or not I was feeling the baby move.  I'm still uncertain as I feel it could be gas bubbles or tummy rumbling but there have been a few days where I'm caught off guard by a small amount of movements (mostly when I'm still and in bed).  I know I'll be feeling the baby for sure before too long so hopefully it's sooner than later!

Friday night we enjoyed our church's Good Friday service.  We are part of a large church with four campuses so it's always a joy to join with others from the other campuses.  Our campus pastor gave the message and it was encouraging and thought-provoking as always.

There are only a few more weeks until our gender ultrasound!  I'm getting very excited about that.  We just can't wait to see if our girl/boy pattern continues or not.  I think I'm going to ask the ultrasound tech if I can try to label the gender before she does.  I've seen so many ultrasounds, I think I may be able to get it.  Who knows... I'm certainly not trained! ;)

Until next time...

Take care,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weeks 14 and 15: A Whirlwind of Activity!

Wow.  That's about what I have to say about weeks fourteen and fifteen!  I would say we tend to be somewhat busy around here but these last two weeks have made those weeks look like cake walks.  During week fourteen, my sister, her husband and their three kids came and stayed with us for five days.  We spent time enjoying each other's company, taking a trip to the zoo and mostly (for me) painting.  My sister taught me the basics of painting and then got really sick for about a day or so and couldn't help.  I pressed on knowing that my spring break time was limited and continued taping and painting the four rooms I was tackling.  About one week later, it was all finally completed!  By God's grace, around this same time, my nausea started to lessen.  I was able to get much done in the evenings when I'd normally be ready to hit the bed.  Though the nausea is still present, it has decreased significantly and I'm beginning to feel somewhat better in that area now.

Then towards the beginning of week fifteen, my sister-in-law, her husband and their four year old daughter came to visit us from Hawaii.  That was a joy as well since we only see them about once per year.  Also, it was the first time we got to meet our niece as she was adopted from China this past November.  That Friday, my mother-in-law and father-in-law drove up from Florida and spent the weekend with us also.  Needless to say, we've had a packed house! ;)  But the time was good and we got to enjoy much time together, great food and making new memories with the kids (Easter egg hunting, slumber party in one room, etc).

My midwife checkup during week 15 was also good.  I've been a little anxious having not felt the baby move yet.  And having known several people recently lose their babies, I feared going in and there being no heartbeat.  But to my joyful ear, there was still a strong, beautiful heartbeat and I'm measuring right on target.  My gender ultrasound is the second week of May.  We're super excited to see if our gender pattern will continue (girl, boy, girl, boy, girl?) or if this baby will be a boy and rock the boat. ;)

Until next time...
Take care,

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Weeks 12 and 13: Keep on Keeping On

I was tempted to write a blog for week twelve but there was so little to write about, I thought surely there'd be more with week thirteen.  Well, not too much more. ;)  Here's a little about the last two weeks.

Week twelve was busy with usual life things: homeschooling, ballet, piano and piano tuning, and living life nauseous one moment at a time.  I did manage to go consignment shopping one day to finish up some spring clothing purchases for the kids.  And I had the dog groomed for the first time (she's five months old).  Our friends F and B (as I'll call them) came back from Texas to live with us again for a time.  They stayed with us for a year until last May.  That was an exciting homecoming.  Pregnancy-wise, nothing new but grateful for a continued pregnancy and health as much as we're aware.

Week thirteen was busier still.  I had the opportunity to teach a class at my church's Women's School on Monday night.  I very much enjoyed that though I had insane indigestion after eating a giant burrito just prior.  I'm not sure if it was my nerves or what but it did not settle well at all until the next evening!  Then, a good friend of mine came over and helped me tape off several rooms in my house.  We're getting ready to do a decent amount of painting and she volunteered to help get things prepped.  That was surprisingly enjoyable since we kept each other company.

Friday night, my sister and her family arrived.  They will be staying several days during their spring break and she'll be helping with the home improvement.  We're looking forward to time with them (we haven't been together since Thanksgiving), and it'll be the first of two weeks of Spring Break for us.

So, there it is.  I don't really have any exciting new news to share about pregnancy.  I'm still pretty nauseous and getting some hormonal skin breakouts.  Otherwise, things are pretty much the same, and steady.  Thankful for that.

Until next time.

Take care,