Friday, February 26, 2010

Pregnancy Hormones....

Something I have become all too familiar with during the course of the last 34.5 weeks are (dun dun dun) "P-R-E-G-N-A-N-C-Y HOROMOOONES"!!! Who knew that my body was a closet bartender capable of mixing such a potent cocktail of biological chemicals that could be responsible for any and all oddities I have experienced for the last 242 days?!?! Well, cat's out of the bag. From the incessant and overwhelming desire to spend exorbitant amounts of time snoozing in bed, to the ever-present lake of fire that erupts into my esophagus every night, to the fact that my breath has taken on a new persona (as I have been informed by my husband) thanks to an increase in mouth acids, I don't really remember what life was like before the PHs became my closest of companions. BUT, a little perk is that anything and everything different about myself can be blamed on the pesky little boogers!!! Which, I have to admit, is nice sometimes...having a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for 280 out of 365 days in the last year is not always a bad thing :)

My latest discovery involving my PH boarders is that it is definitely NOT a smart idea for me to watch any movie or read any book with anything:
  • Too violent
  • Too suspenseful, spooky, scary, or psychologically "thrilling"
  • Potentially vomit-inducing
  • Disturbing, terrifying, or just too weird
..........and lastly..........
  • Anything that will keep my mind reeling for hours on end in the dark, wee hours of the night.
Unfortunately, I did not fully realize this until last night after I watched the movie Conspiracy Theory (which is a fabulous movie with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, that I've seen countless times before mind you) before bed. Now, under normal, non-pregnancy hormone affected circumstances, watching said movie with my husband and father-in-law would have been very enjoyable and I would have easily fallen right into a blissful slumber with no more thought given to the movie. However, now that the PHs have turned me into a psycho paranoid freak of nature, I spent the first half of the night with eyes wide open, darting across the room and back at every little sound, my brain an overactive mess of over-imaginative spaghetti. THEN, when I finally decided to get up to pee and then read for awhile (to hopefully quiet my brain), I choose, inevitably, a book entitled Why I Jumped, authored by Tina Zahn, which details her gruesome childhood of sexual abuse and her subsequent battle with severe post-partum depression. NOT the best book to quiet and soothe my already troubled mommy mind.

The point of all this rambling is - I'm really tired today because I didn't sleep good THANKS to my wonderful friends, The Pregnancy Hormones. So now it's naptime :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day 39 in Due Date Countdown...

With each passing day I am amazed at how I am becoming more and more content to spend as much time in bed as possible....which can be fun because I am provided with the endless entertainment of watching the "alien" in my tummy compete in the Amniotic Olympics! Birth supplies are ordered and on their way, all of our belongings are being packed and loaded into a trailer to move into the new place this weekend, and we are one day closer to meeting our little one. Here are some fun photos of our anniversary trip:

World's largest ice cream cones....I got the baby cone!!!

About to pop!!!

Our child is going to be oh so very attractive!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Beginning...

Hey everyone! As this week wraps up my eighth month of pregnancy, I decided to start this blog so you all can share with us in our journey of new beginnings.

As many of you know, we have been staying with Andrew's family in Golden, Missouri for the past few months while getting ready for the baby's arrival.
We have been fervently seeking after God as to His will for us in regards to work, where to live, etc, and have been enjoying time together, just the two of us, while we still can! Last week, on February 17th, Andrew and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary by taking a quick little trip to Rogers, Arkansas for some rest and relaxation. In addition to returning home refreshed and rejuvenated, we also returned with keys to a new apartment! Andrew plans to seek part-time work in Rogers while also continuing to build his own handyman/landscaping business. With less than six weeks to go until my due date, we are in a scramble to get ourselves situated for the baby's arrival!

We are so appreciative to all of you, our wonderful friends and family, for your prayer and support during this exciting new chapter in our lives! We have been tremendously blessed with a wonderful first year of marriage and know we will continue to be blessed when our little bundle of joy arrives!

Check back in for updates and photos as we continue on this exciting journey together :)