Well folks, I'm here to tell you that we all survived to see the end of week 16 of this pregnancy! It was pretty hit and miss there for a while! Thought they were going to have to cart me off to a loony house! I feel like I've already done 40 weeks of this pregnancy thing...maybe it will speed up a little now?
For 3-4 months, I've been hanging onto hope that maybe I'll feel like a human being again sometime around the end of September or beginning of October and hoping that my family will make it in one piece with me. But as the date neared, I feared that I had set myself up for disappointment. I know that I don't necessarily get "better" until sometime between 16 and 20 weeks. Thank heavens for little improvements! I'm not back up to speed but I'm on my way. The nausea isn't constant anymore. I'm still completely dependent on the meds, but that's okay. I'm starting to eat more healthy things instead of any random thing that sounds good. I have a little more energy as long as I don't over-do it and use it all up in a day!
The best part of all is that I'm better in time to enjoy the fall...what a great reward! The world suddenly looks more beautiful and life has more sun shining on my days!
I'm so grateful for the little things I can do again. The laundry mountain hasn't been so high. The floor has been swept, mopped and vacuumed more often, dinner is even planned and prepared by me most nights. And last week was an exciting milestone...I ventured out for a full-Sam's Club shopping trip with kids in-tow! Haven't done that since at least July! My kids behavior is improving now that they aren't neglected orphans! I play games with kids and even discipline more effectively which makes us all much happier. It's wonderful to feel sincere gratitude for the mundane parts of life!
The gears in my brain are starting to turn again with to do lists and projects. I have had to started using my calendar again--before we just scheduled nothing! I wish my body could move faster so I could keep up with all the plans my brain has, but for now we'll just settle with appreciating the little things that we've missed!
1 week until the big "reveal"....BOY or GIRL...what's your guess???
I think I'll be shocked either way...boy would be unbelievable considering our history and girl--again?...is that really possible 4 times in a row??? I like to think that at this point I don't care (although I've had my opinions--and at one point thought I'd cry on the ultrasound table if I didn't get what I wanted!) I think I've gone through the pros and cons of each so much that now I'm completely confused about what I want! 7 more days to wonder...