I would post pictures of my little belly or my glowing pregnant state...
But my belly is rather difficult to make out just yet (I can feel it and see it, but it's not noticeable to the general public...) and I definitely don't feel glamorous and gorgeous as of late.
As you know, I've been sick, sick, sick for a LONG time now.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I get extremely severe morning sickness...and this time was even worse than the last. I will spare you the details. Suffice it to say, I experience nausea, dizziness, vomiting, loss of weight, loss of appetite, you-name-it...all day and all night...with no "windows" of relief. At one point in the "thick" of the sickness, my husband actually took a photo of me and showed it to me and said, "you look like a prisoner of war." He said it in the nicest way possible, but I have to admit to the veracity of that statement. Bony shoulders, sallow cheekbones, the whole bit. "Morning" sickness really does a number on me.
In the midst of it all, I feel blessed. Grateful to be carrying this little life that will greet the world this spring and enter our family and our hearts.
I've received so many wonderful, heartfelt e-mails from you all and I'm amazed at how real and palpable "blog friendships" can be (not to mention, my "real life" friendships!). Many of you have asked questions about due date, delivery, etc. so I decided to do a quick "Q & A" with myself to help answer some of those inquiries...
Q. When are you due?
A. Middle/end of March.
Q. How far along are you?
A. Just check that handy dandy widget on my left sidebar at any time to find out...
Q. Where will you deliver?
A. The plan is to deliver at a local birth center (about 45 minutes from our house) with a midwife in attendance.
Q. Why a birth center? Didn't you deliver at a hospital with an O.B. last time?
A. Yes, I did the hospital/O.B. "thing" last time with mixed to positive reviews. But I'm ready for the "relaxed" way that the birth center views birth. I like the freedom of no IV, no drugs, more movement, more options, less restrictions. I've been to two appointments with the midwives at the center and feel peaceful about it already. More info? Here are links to two past articles I wrote about birth centers and midwives.
Q. You're going to have a no-epidural birth? Are you crazy?
A. I had my daughter with no drugs and it was a very positive experience. Painful, yes! But also strangely empowering and wonderful. I'm not opposed to drugs and I certainly understand that emergencies do come up, but the plan is to go sans drugs again.
Q. Are you some kind of hippie?
A. No. But I do have "leanings" toward more natural, less medicinal living.
Q. AND the biggest question of all...are you feeling better?
A. Better? Yes. Recovered? No. Hopeful that the sickness will end soon? Very.
I'll share many more details in the future.
For now, please know that I will be back just as soon as I possibly can with giveaways, reviews, and all the best happenings on the web and throughout the blogosphere. Stay tuned!
Speaking of glamour, I think I'll leave that title to my daughter for now...