This has been a crazy year!
I know, I know- It’s only the end of November! But you see, I started this blog last November with all intentions of actually keeping up with it.
Then life happened.
I got a job offer in December that I accepted. I went from working part time 5 minutes from my house, to working full time an hour away. I still work for the same company, but now in a corporate setting instead of retail.
Then in early February I found out that I was expecting our third child. This was a complete SHOCK to our family. Don’t get me wrong this was a total blessing that we have been praying about for a LONG time. You see, I was told multiple times over the past however many years that we wouldn’t be able to conceive without the help of fertility drugs. We prayed that we would be able to overcome that obstacle. After almost 5 years of trying, I pretty much had it in my head that we wouldn’t be having any more children.
God definitely had a plan there. He always does, we just don’t always know what it is, or why he choses that specific path for us. The trusting part- that he has a plan for me- is always so challenging. It’s my A-type personality. But this past year he definitely SHOWED ME that HE is in charge.
With the news of the bun in the oven, came the hyperemesis gravidarium or HG for short. I have had it with all of my pregnancies and it starts around week 4 and leaves around week 15-16ish. It literally knocks me on my butt. I spend 6-8 weeks in bed, throwing up constantly (think 50+ times a day.) In the past I have had to be admitted to the hospital for days at a time because of dehydration and malnutrition. Weeks 6-12 are usually the worst, then as the first trimester is leaving so does the illness. I’m actually pretty lucky. Most women who have the disease throw up constantly for all 9 months. The first trimester for me is pretty much HELL, but then I usually get to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy without any extra problems. This pregnancy I was out of work for 6 weeks due to the illness. Not such great timing with the new job, but I am thankful that my bosses are understanding.
Then at the end of September, our newest addition joined the family making us a party of 5! The past 8 weeks have been spent adjusting and just spending all our time with the new baby. I think I have finally adapted to the smaller chunks of sleep throughout the night. I have also deciphered what the different cries mean and it is easier to somewhat be on a schedule. Let’s just say our daily outings are a little bit smoother than they were 7 weeks ago.
I am already dreading going back to work in January. Until then you can find me soaking up all the baby lovings that I can get. Laying in bed with a newborn sleeping on my chest, while reading on the kindle app on my phone is how I seem to be enjoying most of my days. And I don’t mind one bit.