Here Comes Baby

I’m a mom

The title of this post should not be read as an announcement – instead, it should be read with a note of wonder, confusion, disbelief, and awe.  I spent most of my pregnancy thinking how surreal it was to be pregnant, and now I have a hard time realizing I’m a mom.  Me.  How did that happen?

06192014 Mommy and Luke BW

Baby J was born on Saturday, June 7th, after about 12 hours of labor.  I’ll post the obligatory birth story later, but for now, just some thoughts.

  • I love how soft his hair feels when I rub my cheek against it.  The top of his head probably receives more kisses than the rest of him.
  • He’s a pretty good kid, fairly quiet most of the time, keeps himself company well.  Sometimes, though, he cries and cries and cries, and nothing makes it better.  Currently, my theory is that it’s associated with bottle feeding, maybe he gets extra gassy with a bottle.  The last few days he’s been great, and I’ve breastfed exclusively, but he had a bottle this afternoon and tonight he screamed for no reason we could find.  He’s currently in the Moby wrap, or what I like to call “the womb,” so he’s content for the time being.  And it’s the only way I can get on the computer – otherwise, I’m typing emails with one finger on a tablet while he feeds.
  • I’ve taken far fewer photos than I thought I would at this point, much to my mother’s disappointment.  Part of it is exhaustion, part of it is the fact that the apartment is a mess in preparation for the move – stuff is literally everywhere, because “just put it there for now, it’s just for a few days.”
  • Speaking of, we’re moving this weekend, to a bigger place.  We packed up some stuff today and Stephen carted it over to the new place, and we’ll get the furniture tomorrow, then hopefully finish up the remaining bits on Sunday.  FYI – moving with a newborn is about as much fun as it sounds.

Overall, things are going well, except for some excruciating nipple pain when he latches on.  It eases off after the first minute or so, but that first minute sometimes has me screaming in pain.  We met with a nurse on Wednesday and his latch looks okay, so I’m hoping this is just a case of my nipples needing to toughen up.  I’ve read it can take 2-5 weeks – I hope I can last, considering I’ve only been breastfeeding for about a week now (he got mostly bottles in the hospital – I’ll get into that later).  All I want is something to numb the initial pain – any suggestions, other than ice?

More – lots more – soon.

 

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10 things I can’t wait to do again

  1. wear my wedding ring
  2. drink wine
  3. sleep on my stomach
  4. paint my own toenails
  5. take a long walk without needing a toilet along the way
  6. eat smoked salmon
  7. eat sushi
  8. not think about what I can and can’t eat
  9. put on my shoes without getting winded
  10. drink wine

Baby J update – 16 Days to go!  I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

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The Nursery

Anyone want to see our nursery?

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No, seriously, that’s it.  The box on the bottom is the baby’s bed, and is currently filled with baby clothes.  The box on top holds everything else – diaper bag, diapers, thermometer, aspirator, etc, etc.  Stroller(and car seat) to the left.

You see, we’ve had plans to move for several months now, just waiting on a new place to become available.  We were hoping to move in April, or early May, so we didn’t set any of the baby stuff up, figuring we wouldn’t need it until after we moved.  But here we are, end of May, still waiting for a new place, and baby is due any time in the next 3-4 weeks.  Currently it looks like we’ll be moving in early July.  Nothing like moving with a newborn, right?

I need to go ahead and unpack what I can – the clothes and diapers.  I have an empty drawer in the dresser that I’m hoping will be big enough for that stuff.  We’ll see.  And unpacking the clothes will free up the baby’s bed.

Even once we do move, the “nursery” won’t be much – temporary housing and all that.  No real decorations, and the bare minimum with furniture and things.  The kid won’t know the difference!

Baby J update – 19 Days to go! I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

 

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What not to say to your husband at 37 weeks

I’ll be 37 weeks tomorrow, officially “full term.”  This morning after getting out of the shower, I went into the bedroom to dress.  Stephen was in the living room.

This is what he heard:  “Oh, crap.  Honey? I need your help, quick.  Get me a towel.”

A couple of seconds later I realized that I had probably freaked him out.  No, my water didn’t break.  I had been about to put some coconut oil on, and it’s been warm enough that the oil has turned liquid, so I ended up spilling it everywhere.

Stephen comes in with a towel, looks at me, and I explain.  “You need to be careful what you say at this point,” he said.

Heehee.

In other news, many months ago – okay, like, three months ago – I jokingly said I wouldn’t be able to drive towards the end of pregnancy, because at month 6 I had about an inch of room between my belly and the steering wheel.  Kind of hard to scoot the seat back when you have a stick shift – you still have to be close enough to push the clutch in.  I haven’t gotten behind the wheel in a couple of months, but I took the car to get it washed this morning.  The result?  I can still fit behind the steering wheel.  I think Stephen inclined the seat back some, which gave me some room.

Baby J update – 22 Days to go! I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

 

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Baby J

26 days to go.  I went to the doctor today and they did another sonogram to check his weight – currently about 6.8 pounds.  Doctor said to expect him pretty much at any time here on out – could be 3 days, could be 5 weeks.  We’ll see…

She actually got a somewhat decent capture today – you can see his nose, and his ear (or possibly a hand), and where his eye and mouth are.  If you squint and use your imagination…

Sonogram

Forehead on the upper left, nose is pointing up in the middle.

I’m blogging every day until I give birth, so you’ll know when the baby is born!

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Random Thoughts at 35 weeks

33 days to go!  I have a whole slew of random things to share, so this is kind of a long post.  But if you’re curious about how the Finnish maternity system might operate as opposed to the US system, continue reading.

First up – I haven’t shared with you my pregnancy card.  It’s very interesting!  You’re given this multi-fold card at the maternity clinic on your first visit, and you bring it with you each visit.  The midwife (and doctor) record all your information, vitals taken at each visit, test results, etc, on the card.  It’s neat to be able to pull it out and see how I’ve progressed each visit, and of course, it seems awfully handy to have in case of an emergency.  We’ll of course take it to the hospital with us – again, handy.  I’m sure everything is in a computer somewhere, but it’s nice to have the info at home.

Finnish Maternity Card - front

The maternity card

Finnish Maternity Card

Several folds create a booklet

Finnish Maternity Card - unfolded

Here it is folded open – I blurred it some, because I don’t know what’s delicate information and what’s not. The first panel has your name, and contact info for the clinic and hospital. Second panel has blood type, test results, sonogram results. Third and fourth panel include blood pressure, hemoglobin, weight, etc.

Finnish Maternity Card - details

A non-blurred view – first column is fundal measurement, and further across is baby’s heartbeat and activity level.

Finnish Maternity Card - growth chart

The graph of baby’s growth, or fundal measurement to week. Currently on the “high normal” line, TYVM

On to the random…

We finally got the car seat and stroller!  Unfortunately, we have not gotten the car seat base – you know, the part that keeps the car seat *in* the car?  Our car, based on the year, should have come with these Isofix brackets, which apparently keeps the seat in the car minus the seat belt.  So we bought the base, went out to the car…and we don’t have the brackets.  Went right back into the store and returned it, tried to get the other kind of base, the kind that is held in place by a seat belt – this base is on back order.  So, yeah, issues.  Apparently the Isofix was optional, as opposed to standard, in cars from 2002-2005.  We’re now looking into getting the brackets installed in the car.  Fingers crossed we get it done before, you know, we need it.

We had a quick informal prenatal class with the midwife yesterday, since they only do prenatal classes in Finnish.  She also talked some about what to expect in the hospital – again, we couldn’t do a hospital tour, I think because they only do them in Finnish, since I’ve heard of others doing it.  I feel about as ready as I can be, although I still want to study up on delivering a baby by myself in an emergency – or on the side of the road.  I’m still more freaked out about actually caring for an infant than giving birth to one, although I can feel the nerves starting.

Speaking of giving birth on the side of the road….  We did a dry run to the hospital yesterday, to make sure we know where we’re going.  It took 45 minutes at noon, following the speed limit.  It might only take 30 minutes if there’s no traffic and we trust we can get out of any speeding tickets we get on the way.  I’ve heard you can get out of the fines if you’re in labor.  Let’s hope it’s true.  Of course, if Stephen is at work when I go into labor, that will add an additional 20-25 minutes to the commute.

Additionally, apparently the taxi service here in town is well versed in pregnant women going to the hospital.  They have a minivan-type vehicle to take you there, and put you first in line for pickup.  Wonder if *they* know how to deliver babies on the side of the road?  Actually, it seems the way to go – at least then you don’t have to worry about cleaning up amniotic (and other) fluids out of your own car!  😉

I remain healthy, everything is going well with the pregnancy. My weight gain has gone down since my last appointment, so that’s good.  Haven’t *lost* weight, just haven’t gained as much week over week.  Probably because my appetite has been nonexistent over the last few weeks.  I’m hungry in the morning, and I have my standard apple and piece of toast with peanut butter.  Then through the day I snack on some prunes and dates (prunes for obvious reasons, dates because of this study).  And getting through those are tough, because I’m really not hungry.  And lunch?  I force myself to eat a little something because I know I need to, but I don’t enjoy it.  Dinner is a bit better – probably because I didn’t have much of a lunch…

I was on the fence about buying a nursing pillow, and deciding which one to buy if I got one.  Like with everything else, everyone has their favorites.  Unfortunately, it’s not like we can run out to Target real quick and get one (or a different brand) if we decide we want it – we actually have to plan in advance.  A couple of weeks ago we went to a baby store in The Big City and I was looking at the Boppy again.  It was 69 euros (compared to about $30 in the US) and I just couldn’t justify it.  The saleswoman pointed me to the other brand they carried, the Doomoo, and they had both a Boppy sized pillow and a slightly larger one that could be used as a nursing pillow and a sleeping pillow for me, now.  It’s the same shape as a Boppy, just longer, and filled with micro-beads, so it’s a little more malleable.   Stephen made the executive decision that I would get the larger pillow.  That afternoon, when I laid down and curled up with it on the bed to rest, I wondered why the hell I had resisted getting a sleeping pillow for so long.  I was in L-O-V-E.

I found some things out during the prenatal class that I thought I’d share, for those in the US who find it interesting:

  • We will likely have three midwives in the room for delivery, but we won’t see a doctor unless I get an epidural or there are complications.
  • All midwives in Finland are women – there are no male midwives.  I don’t know if that’s a law, or if men are simply not interested in becoming midwives.
  • We have it in our birth plan that we don’t want forceps used – Stephen has a deviated septum from forceps being used on him.  Our midwife said they very rarely use forceps here – there are about 3 uses per year, she said.  3!
  • The cost for a natural birth is 2250€.  This includes everything, including epidurals, and this is the price for paying out of pocket, sans insurance.  It’s actually gone up quite a bit in the last year – she said last year it was about 1400€!  A c-section costs 5840€.
  • Assuming everything goes okay, and I don’t have any complications, I will likely stay in the hospital 3-4 days, at a cost of 39€ a day.

Regarding doctors and midwives….  So the town has a maternity clinic that all pregnant women use.  There’s only the one in town, as far as I know, and luckily it’s about a five minute walk from our apartment.  As far as I can tell, there are two prenatal midwives, but there are also several other women in the office – I’m not sure of their function, but it seems some of them may only be there to do things like take blood and check your blood pressure – the stuff a nurse would do in the US.  There are also a couple of doctors – I’ve seen two – who apparently are only there to perform sonograms (not some lowly tech!) and gynecological exams.  So over the course of my pregnancy so far, I’ve seen the doctor three times – each time for a sonogram.  And I will be seeing one next week for a pelvic.  Other than that, I only see the midwife.  Now, I’m not sure how “midwife” here equates to “midwife” in the US, so when I use the term “midwife” it may not be what you’re thinking of.  As far as I can tell (with my very minimal knowledge of the UK system), midwives here are similar to midwives in the UK.  You don’t have an OBGYN, you have a midwife.

Oh, and because this is Finland, there is no waiting in the doctor’s office for an hour.  Your appointment is at 9:30, you will see the midwife at 9:30.  Finns are *very* punctual.  😀

Well, that’s about it for now, although it’s certainly plenty.  Happy Tuesday!

 

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Single Digits!

32 week bump

32 weeks

This week is Week 32, which means ideally I can count the number of weeks left on my hands.  I will state here and now, however, that I fully expect this kid to be as late as possible.  Call it a hunch.

Things are going well.  A quick rundown on the pregnancy:

  •  I’ve had some swelling recently, and my nurse told me to up my water intake from 2 liters a day to 3.  As if I wasn’t going to the bathroom enough as it is.  My ring is on and off my finger as needed.  My mother-in-law sent me a ring holder necklace for my birthday, just in time!
  • Walking for exercise is difficult – my tummy gets tight and sore, and, you know, with all the water, I have to stop every ten minutes to pee.  The weather is getting nicer, and I’d love to go for a long walk outside, but the bathroom availability is scarce.  Now I’m really glad we got the treadmill!
  • As of my appointment last week – week 31 – I’ve gained 30 pounds.  The nurse didn’t say anything, but she did get this look on her face.  I don’t know what to do about it.  I don’t feel I eat poorly – I certainly don’t shovel a pint of ice cream in my face twice a day.  My normal daily menu consists of an apple, a slice of toast with PB and honey, less than a carton of yogurt with muesli mixed in, and then whatever we have for dinner, including a veggie starter.  I’m drinking my water, and I’m on the treadmill for 40-50 minutes at least 3-4 days a week.  Other than the fact that Stephen keeps calling for that 17 pound baby (asshole), I can’t really account for the weight gain.  But I’m trying not to worry about it too much – my glucose test came back fine, so until the nurse freaks out, I’ll try to remain calm.
  • The nurse scheduled a sonogram last week to check the size of the baby – she seems to be a bit worried he’ll be on the big side. :-/  But the doctor said he’s average for his age, so hopefully no 17 pound baby, as Stephen keeps predicting.
  • Around Christmas, I had been having trouble breathing at night, so started using Breathe-right strips, but then I stopped.  Lately I’ve been having some issues, not with breathing, per se, but I’ve felt like oxygen hasn’t been getting to my brain – kind of light headed feeling, but not really feeling like I’m going to pass out.  Stephen made me start using the strips again, because apparently I’ve developed a bit of sleep apnea at night.  “You stop breathing for a minute, and it freaks me out!”  I told him he does that, too, and his response:  “I’m not growing a baby.”  Anyway, the strips have helped, and I haven’t had that oxygen-deprived feeling since.
  • My blood pressure has been remarkably good, considering I was on blood pressure medication before I got pregnant.  My nurse is always so excited about my blood pressure – “It’s so good!” she says every time.  We’ll see if it shoots up in the next few weeks – I’ve read that it can do that in the third trimester.

I’ve been working on sewing some burp cloths, but ran into a small bump (er, burp!)  last week.  I’m adjusting my construction plan and hope to get them all sewn up this week.  Stephen doesn’t get it – “You’re making cute things the baby is just going to puke on.”  Well, yeah, but it’s a small thing I can do.  His mother pointed out that I haven’t had the opportunity to do a whole lot of nesting, and I guess she’s right – I guess that’s what this is.  Since we’re in an apartment, overseas, making a nursery seems kind of a waste.  Besides, the baby will more than likely be in the room with us until next February, which is currently the “go home to the US” date.  So, no nursery decorating.  We’re also trying to keep the amount of baby stuff small, for the same reason – the kid won’t need much before 7 months, which is when we’re currently slated to  go home, so why buy a bunch of stuff?  Now if we sign up for another year, we’ll have some serious purchases to make.

The other issue – the one that’s causing me the most stress – is that we’re supposed to be moving apartments soon, but we don’t know when.  We’ve put off buying a bunch of baby stuff, because why buy it then move it?  But I’m getting close to the “baby could come at any time” time, and we don’t even have things like diapers.  We figure even if we find out about a new apartment this week, it’ll still be about a month before we’re in the new place, and that puts me around Week 35.  Week 35, and I don’t have diapers, a car seat, a thing to clean the baby’s nose out, or things I’m going to need postpartum.  Oh, and I want to make a bunch of meals to freeze, but our current freezer is tiny, so I need to wait until we have a bigger freezer.

If I start thinking about it too much, I start really stressing.  Oddly, the fact that we don’t have what we need stresses me out more than the thought of labor and childbirth.  I’m still remarkably calm about that.

We did get the baby box, though!!  Photos to come soon – I finally gave in and started washing the clothes, so once they’re all clean and folded I’ll take a picture.  But that link will show you essentially what I got.  Since I’m not part of the Finnish healthcare system, I had to buy it off someone else.  Still, it’s totally a Finnish experience I want!  🙂

So we’re set on a bed for the baby, we certainly have plenty of clothes to start off with, and really, as long as I don’t have any problems breastfeeding, newborns don’t need a whole lot.  So hopefully we’ll be able to make do – but we still need those diapers and a car seat….

Stephen sent this to me last week, and I got a good giggle out of it:

Baby Translator (may not be SFW)

 

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Kids deserve privacy, too

Recently, Stephen sent me this Slate article about the privacy of children in today’s online world.  The author says she posts no photos or videos of her child online, and she and her husband went so far as to run their name selection through a google search to see what came up.  They also set up an email address, a domain name, and social media accounts for their daughter when she was born.

It’s true that anything we post online is, or potentially will be, available to the public at large someday, even if you keep a tight reign on your privacy settings.  We (society) have been trying to drill this into the heads of young people for years now.  We admonish them to think about what they post, what photos they take.  Teachers and parents have tried to prove to kids how quickly things can go viral (and wrong!) by using “Like this photo” posts on facebook.  Of course, some adults should probably think twice about what they post, as well… (No, dear, not you!)

I had already sworn to myself that  I would not be one of those people on facebook that only posts photos of their children.  I have friends who do that and I have to say, I’d like to see more of YOU, and less of your child than what I currently see.  (No, no, dear friend, I’m not talking about you!)   My facebook account is about my life, and, hopefully, there will be far more going on in my life than just my child.  Yes, you can laugh at me now, but I do not want my child to become the only thing in my world.  I hope to still have my own passions outside of my child, and I hope to have other things to talk about.  I figured I would post a few photos here and there, though, since he will be part of my life, and it’s the easiest way for extended family and distant friends to see the baby.

I had also already decided to keep all distinguishing photos of Baby J off my blog, and to continue referring to him as Baby J, even after we do have a name for him.  What I mean by that is, I might post a photo of his foot or his head, but not his face.  Private photo sharing and video accounts will be accessible only to those people who have the full link.  I don’t want cute/funny videos of him to go viral, and, especially as he gets older, I don’t want strangers to have access to pictures of him to do God Knows What with (if you know what I mean).

Stephen and I discussed it, and he agreed that the author of the original article went a tad bit overboard, and he’s okay with my current privacy plans.  They may evolve.  I admit, I may end up being one of those parents whose whole lives revolve around the child.  My facebook friends may be wondering what I look like in a year, because the only photos I post (including my profile picture) are of my child.  But I seriously hope not.

What are your thoughts on this subject?  Is it completely okay with you that strangers may be able to access photos and videos of your kids?  Are you just as privacy minded as the author of the Slate article?  Let me know by commenting below!

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25 weeks! (Pregnancy so far)

24 week bump

24 week bump

We’re over the halfway mark – hard to believe.  It’s funny – as nervous as I was in the beginning, I don’t feel nervous or scared or anything now.  Give me a few more weeks, and I’ll probably start panicking!

I’ve been feeling pretty well, overall.  Slight soreness around my middle as the baby grows, but no stretch marks yet, at least that I’ve seen.  I’ve been having some trouble sleeping over the last month or so.  At first I was able to blame it on jet lag, after coming back from the US, but now it’s more of a physical discomfort.  Sleeping on my sides has made my hips hurt like crazy – it’s usually worse on the side I lay on, so pillows between the legs don’t really help.  I guess it’s my hips loosening and widening.  Regardless, I have a hard time getting comfy in bed.

I still don’t have any real cravings.  I was hoping to get some in the US while I was there, so I could actually get what I was craving, but I’ve been oddly uninterested in food, overall.  Oh, I still get hungry and I still eat, but nothing really sounds good to me, and there’s nothing that I really want.  At least, most of the time.  I have wanted (though still not craved) milkshakes.  But nothing other than that.

Although I had quite horrible ankle and leg swelling on the flight back from the US, I haven’t had much since.  Luckily, I’m not stuck on my feet or at a desk all day, and I move around a lot during the day, getting up to do laundry or dishes, sitting at the desk for a while, walking on the treadmill, sitting down to relax.  I haven’t had to take my ring off yet, my fingers are still about the same size.  My face is too, evidently – at least that’s what a friend of mine here said.  She said usually she can tell when someone’s pregnant, but I didn’t have any facial swelling, so she couldn’t tell (early on, before I started showing).

Speaking of showing, boy howdy am I now.  Before I went to the US, I was basically just chubby – my growing uterus just pushed all my fat pockets up and out, so it was really less “bump” and more just “belly.”  At that time, I would catch a glimpse of my stomach and instantly suck in.  Now I definitely have a bump, and I forget the thing is there sometimes.  I keep trying to squeeze behind chairs and I bump the kitchen counter.  There is no sucking it in and making yourself smaller to fit a small gap.

With the development of the Bump, it has become quite clear that I have a coat issue.  I can still (barely) zip up my long down jacket, which I wear most of the winter, but I can’t bend at the waist at all, even to get into the car.  My short down jacket, which I generally wear when it hovers around freezing (which is has been the last few weeks) still fits my belly (barely), but if I zip it up over my boobs I can’t breathe.  My wool coat, which I generally only wear when we go out to dinner or something, is officially past the buttoning stage, unless I want to pop one of the buttons.  I looked around town the other day, hoping to find a cape-like/poncho-like winter coat on sale, but no luck.  I’ve worked out a solution, though, and can’t wait to share it with you – I’ll be posting about that soon!

I’ve had minimal side effects and discomfort overall, I think.  No acne, no linea negra, no skin discoloration.  I’ve had some heartburn, but it hasn’t been bad or constant.  I often have trouble breathing, though – when I put my boots on to go outside, I need a minute or two to recover.  I’ve had a bit of lower back pain, usually when I do the dishes then cook dinner, spending 2 hours hunched over our too-low counter to do both.  I still get some round ligament pain, although it’s much better now than it was a month or two ago.  I had some serious headaches in the first trimester, but they’ve become less frequent now.

We got a little taste of our future life a few weeks ago.  We picked up a pack & play (and some other items) from a friend, and watched as she did the “pack” part of the pack & play.  Holy Engineering, Batman!  Then we had to load everything in the car.  A ten minute process, easily.  I think Stephen was a little stunned at how much time he’ll be spending on the packing and hauling of baby and baby things in the future.

We’re still working on a name.  One old wives’ tale is that if you have a name for a girl picked out, but you’re struggling for a boy’s name, you’ll have a boy.  Well, this is one old wives’ tale that rang true for us.  I have two girls names written down, and one is crossed off.  We had that one picked.  But we were and are having troubles with the boys name.  We have a middle name, and we just need the first name.   It’s more of a rhythm issue at this point than anything else (that and I don’t want it to end with an “n” sound, and you’d be surprised at how many names end that way).  We’ll get there eventually…hopefully before the baby is born!

I keep considering cloth diapering, but then…I get an ick factor.  If we lived in the US (and I was staying at home) I would probably do it, and get one of the services to clean the diapers.  But the idea of laundering at home…I don’t know. I keep reading it’s totally okay to just throw the diapers in the wash, but I can’t get the idea of dysentery/typhoid/etc out of my head.  Someone please tell me how ridiculous I’m being, and provide facts.

Okay, TMI time!  This kid kicks low.  Really low.  And he really loves my cervix.  Sometimes I think he’s headbutting me there, and I’m like, “Not yet, mister!”  Sometimes when he kicks me in the cervix I feel it in my throat, like a punch.  A couple of times it’s made me gasp.  On the plus side, my boobs look *spectacular*.

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2013 in Review (and why I haven’t posted in a while)

The year started out quite mundane – we were settled into life in Finland about as much as one would expect after a year.  I was intent to work on my kitchen challenges, learning more about photography, and writing, and I was looking forward to more traveling.  We visited Riga, Sicily, and Barcelona, and our parents came to Finland and we visited Stockholm (and I went to Tallinn again).  We were planning a trip to Vienna and Prague for the holidays.

Things were going well through the summer.  And then, I know, I dropped off the face of the blog.

You see, I had no desire to sit in front of the computer and craft words into sentences.  Not only when it came to the blog, but when it came to writing anything.  Part of it was just a creative drought on my part.  But part of it was something more.

I spent about 6 weeks in an almost constant state of sickness.  I was nauseaus pretty much full time from the moment I woke up until I went to bed.  I had headaches, including a couple of lovely migraines, one of which lasted for three days.  Thinking  (and cleaning, and cooking) became a luxury I didn’t have the energy for.

Then, when I finally felt moderately better, I was still suffering a creative drought, but I also had some things going on in my life I couldn’t share at the time.  And that is, after all, the point of this blog, right?  Sharing?

As you may have guessed, the nausea was actually morning sickness – which I knew was a misnomer but now have proof.  More like all-the-time sickness for me (although, I never, not once, actually threw up – I just constantly wished I could).

Yes, for those readers who aren’t friends of mine on Facebook, I’m knocked up.  Preggers.  With child.

There was quite a bit of stress regarding that in the beginning, and some roller coaster issues with our living situation, which I’ll get into in a later post. (Nothing bad or anything, just a lot of decisions to be made, some of which were beyond our control.)

But here we are, the end of another year, a bright, shiny, exciting year just around the corner.  Once again, I’m promising myself (and you) that I’ll be better next year, do better, set and achieve goals and revel in living.

Wishing you a Happy New Year-

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