Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Day Back

Well, yesterday was my first day back to work.  Ironically, I think it was harder for me to go back this time than it was last year when Kaylee was just a few months old.  Leaving her at the sitter's house was just not an easy task, but I did it! 

I went into yesterday expecting the worst!  Some may say this is a pessimistic attitude, but I think of it as optimistic. This way if it is bad I am ready for it, but if it is good then I am really surprised and happy about it. 

Anyways, so out of everyone's classes my whole class showed up pretty much.  I was only missing 4.  Most of the other classes only had 3 out of everyone show up.  It was crazy!  The great thing is that I was told that none of my students would speak English and several of them actually do and can help translate for the ones that don't!  It was such a relief to know that some could help me when I need them to!

Needless to say the day was a pretty good day.  Tiring, but good.

Joyful Moment of the Day:  Seeing Kaylee get excited when I came into the house from work.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Top 10 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Being Pregnant

You see the pregnant woman from afar. She is beaming with beauty. Glowing. Her tummy is round and resembles a small watermelon in it's almost perfectly round shape.  You all of a sudden want to be her.

With that being said it is time for...
Top 10 Things Your Mother Never Told You About Being Pregnant

1. Typically the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy you won't really look pregnant.  These are the weeks where you can somewhat still wear your normal clothes, but feel fat in them.  You aren't really that big so you don't want to buy maternity stuff quite yet so you just feel fat. (Maternity clothes are super comfortable. Even the more dressy stuff feels like you are lounging in your sweat pants!  As much as I wanted to fit into my normal clothes again after having Kaylee, I was dreading giving up my maternity pants!  So, if you are in that "I'm fat!" stage just go buy yourself one maternity outfit.  You will feel a lot cuter and be much more comfortable.)

2. You are going to be exhausted at least 2 out of the 3 trimesters. You thought old ladies went to bed at 8 and now you are finding yourself sliding into bed about that time.  On top of that you are trying to catch a little snooze here and there throughout the day.  2nd trimester is suppose to bring a burst of energy and for me it did. Hopefully, it will for you too.

3. You may have diarrhea. You may be constipated. Some women have one extreme or the other. This makes having a normal bowel movement after pregnancy such a delightful moment.

4. Glowing. Ha! With Kaylee, glowing meant all of my zits lit up my face!  It was so gross and unmanageable. I looked 13. Some women get beautiful skin that gives her a glow that is lovely. I am hoping that is my experience this time around. Just warning you though, glowing could mean lots of acne for some.

5. I mentioned earlier that you will be tired, but did I mention you may have trouble sleeping? Some nights you will just not be able to fall asleep. Other nights you can't find a comfortable position to save your life. Even with the body pillow around the tummy, the pillow under your head, the pillow over your head, and the pillow behind your back.

6. Having "morning sickness" may be something you have heard about, but you may not have heard the whole story. You may be nauseated and never puke. You may puke. You may not be sick at all. Morning sickness is just a term that is actually describing what could be "all day sickness".  With Kaylee I was on the "not sick at all" side of things which was fabulous. The only time I puked was when I took my prenatal vitamin before eating most of my breakfast.  With this pregnancy I have been super nauseated all day every day, but can't puke.  It's definitely the worse of the 2 extremes.  However, my best friend Meggan puked her whole pregnancy so I cannot even begin to complain.  With nausea you wish you could puke, but for me this seems to be just a first trimester thing.  She had it the WHOLE time. 9 months. Ugh.  I can't imagine. (She did end up with the world's best baby though so it works itself out I guess but still.)

7. You have to pee in a cup EVERY time you go to the doctor's office.  I have huge stage fright issues when it comes to peeing on demand. The worse thing is when it comes out as a small little tinkle and does not land in the cup where it is suppose to go rather it lands all over my hand. Yes, I have done this more than once. The nice thing about my doctor's office is that they give you latex gloves to handle your "specimen" with.  Thank goodness!  Did I mention that I still have this problem?

8. At 18 weeks you are no longer allowed to lay on your back.  (It has to do with the weight of the uterus restricting blood flow to the baby and to you.)  Before I was pregnant with Kaylee I was a stomach sleeper. When I found out I was pregnant, I retrained myself to sleep on my back. Then, I found out I couldn't even do that anymore. It was terrible! Ever since being pregnant with Kaylee I have taught myself to sleep on my side and have slept that way ever since.

9. You may have the world's worst breast tenderness ever.  You may not. I think I may have mentioned in a previous post about my desire to put up an electric fence around them that not even clothing could go near. If I didn't - well, that is how I felt. This time around it has not been worse than what you may experience with a monthly period.

10. You may have horrible moodiness and be irrational. You may not. With Kaylee I was all over the map!  I felt terrible for the way I treated my friends and even Adam once I realized that I was pregnant and hormonal.  The rest of my pregnancy I had to make a conscious effort to really think through things that I was upset about and see if I had the right to be upset or if it was just me being pregnant.  It was really hard at times to not think with my hormones and emotions.  Needless to say, I have been sooooo much more level headed so far with this second kid. I know Adam and my friends have been grateful.

So, now as you see that woman from afar, instead of wanting to be her, you feel sympathy for her. That little baby inside of her is taking a lot out of her.  Maybe you could let her go in front of you in the check-out line.  It is after all, almost her bedtime.

Joyful Moment of the Day: Skype date with Kim today. Pretty excited to see that baby bump somewhat in person. :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

2 Days Left

So I am down to about 2 days to get things done around the house.

As you can see I am making great use of my time.

I think going back to work will be good for me. It will motivate me to make better use of the time that I have at home.  These last few weeks have by far been my laziest weeks ever.  I spent some of them super nauseated and most of them very exhausted so there is my main excuse for not doing anything. However, this week the nausea has been pretty much gone and I have yet to accomplish anything more than getting the laundry done.

My goals for Thursday and Friday:
1. Organize basement shelving unit and make room for things from guest room.
2. Sort through the guest room stuff and get rid of stuff we never use.
3. Move guest room keeps to basement.
4. Clean bathrooms.

I was going to add scrub floors to that list, but windows are going in sometime soon and so there will be lots of dust and whatnot going through my house.

Guess I will have to find time to do that after the windows go in.

Now that I have bored you with my life laziness and my to-do list.

Joyful Moment of the Day: Actually this happened yesterday. Grace came for lunch yesterday and I really enjoyed her company and getting to catch up with her!  It was delightful visit and I hope we do it more often!

Monday, August 16, 2010

One Major Difference

This pregnancy has been a truly different experience for me.  The only bad part has been the nausea and that has really let up as of late!

The major difference is in the way I feel about myself.

With Kaylee I felt fat and ugly most of my pregnancy.  None of my clothes would fit so I had to wear maternity stuff and even while wearing maternity stuff I wasn't actually showing.

Top that off with the horrible acne and wow! I did not want to look at myself in the mirror in the morning!

Yes, I have had to move into my maternity stuff already, but I just don't feel nearly as bloated.  I just feel pregnant.  And somewhat cute!

It amazes me that two pregnancies can be so completely different. My only common thing so far is the exhaustion. Oh and the weird dreams!

I look forward to the many other differences and similarities that will come.

Joyful Moment of the Day: Kaylee looks super cute today. My friend gave Kaylee a tank top that she had originally bought for her niece, but it was too small for her niece.  It is really cute on her!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Beauty of Life

Ironically after months of wanting another baby, I was not immediately excited about being pregnant again.

I had just started to truly get my body back - not just prepregnant body, but my premarried-life body.  Sure it was still a work in progress, but it was getting there.

Also, Kaylee is very independent now. Sure we still do diaper changes and feedings, but overall she plays and does things by herself throughout the day.

The thought of breastfeeding again makes me want to vomit.  I know it may be easier this time around, but it is not something I look forward to doing again. Ever.

All of my reasons, I know, are selfish.

Then, I had my first ultrasound.

Let me just say there is nothing more beautiful than seeing a tiny little baby inside of your tummy and hearing it's heartbeat. 

Tears come to my eyes.

The overwhelming joy, love, and gratefulness envelope me.

The excitement takes over.

I see this pregnancy with fresh eyes and heart and praise God for allowing me to carry something so beautiful for Him.

Please let me share a small part of my experience with you.

Joyful Moment of the Day: I won one of my favorite games today.  Beat the three other guys I was playing with.  Feels good.

Friday, August 13, 2010

All of a sudden I am given one more week of summer!

My boss sent me a text this week letting me know two things. One. We are not starting Monday as originally planned. Two. We are not working Fridays this year.

The bad thing about him telling me this is that I started off the week highly motivated to get things done. In light of the new information my motivation flew out the window.  Meaning that NEXT week is crunch time.

Having Fridays off will be nice. Especially when people are coming into town or we are going out of town. It will also be nice because then I will have 3 days to get some rest before Monday rolls around again.  Trust me. Pregnant people need their rest!  You do not want to mess with me when I have not had sleep! (nor when I am driving, but that is another story)

Anyways, sorry for not writing lately. Sometimes being pregnant makes me more negative than usual.  I don't want my blog to be nothing but my rants, raves, and complaints so I have refrained from blogging.  I should be around more often though. Hopefully. :)

Joyful Moment of the Day: Skyping with my parents this morning and getting to talk with my brother on the phone tonight. Man, I miss my family.  They made my day a really good day!
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