We start our childbirthing classes August 12th. This past week I have THOUGHT I’ve experienced mild contractions, but I’m not sure. It sure feels like what are described as contractions; there is a slight tightening of my tummy every now and again. Today, I was reading on the couch, and I SAW THE BABY ROLL!!! It was soooo strange-looking! It felt weird, too, but this kid is pretty active in there. A few weeks ago I became concerned because I felt no kicks for over a day, but then I ate something sweet and began to feel movement again. I was soooo relieved.
We have another appointment this Tuesday, July 15th, and then on July 19th we are scheduled for a 4D ultrasound in Tulsa, and I’m really excited about that. I can’t wait to see all the facial features! I am planning to have one now, at 24 weeks (6 months) and then again at around 35 weeks or so, when the baby has accumulated more fat, but we’ll see how that pans out! We may just be too busy with baby preparations to mess with a second 4D, I don’t know. Like I said, we’ll see!
I have also been dealing with some personal things. I found out some things that have totally changed the way I view my childhood and the way I grew up, but I am finding a way to deal with that and forgive and try and let go and get past it. After all, my sadness or anger at the situation cannot and will not change anything. I know those involved did what they did at the time to protect me. Still, it’s a big huge blow and kind of turned my world upside down, but I am finding a way to deal with it personally. I just wish I knew all of these things sooner in my life and have often wondered why no one made it a point to tell me, but that is beside the point. Everything happens for a reason—at least, that has always been my motto—and I feel the same way about all of this stuff. I sure am thankful to have such a great husband, though. He cares for me like no one else ever has, and I am forever greatful to God that He put Todd in my life. We are really good for each other and honestly, I couldn’t ask for a better husband or father for our baby! He is so genuine and I can truly be myself around him, and he STILL loves me! Hahaha. He makes me laugh just as easily now as he did the night I met him! Through him, I am learning so much even about myself. As I said, I am so greatful.
The past 3 months have been filled with more cheeseburgers than I have ever eaten in my life! I started craving them like crazy a few months back and one week I dragged Todd to Lot-A-Burger 3 times! My dad took me there once that week… So that means I ate cheeseburgers 4 times in one week alone!! My current food cravings consist of fruit. You name it, I am probably lovin’ it right now: Bananas, cantaloupe, cherries, seedless grapes… And over the last 2 weeks I have devoured two or three watermelons!!! There’s actually one sitting on the counter right now, just waiting to be sliced. I think I’ll cut it up tomorrow morning and have some for breakfast. I am also loving this V-8 Splash that my friends Kathy and Morgan told me about. It’s soooo good, and it doesn’t make me swell up like a blowfish like regular V-8 seems to do!
I have also been to water aerobics. It’s really tiring, but I like it and hope to go back soon if it ever stops raining!
I cannot believe it’s already the middle of July. It still blows my mind to think that this time next year, our child will be 8 months old. WOW!
Here are pictures of me, taken at approximately 6 months…