Thursday, October 29, 2009

Here I am...kinda...

I'm still alive...kinda. :)

This pregnancy has been difficult. I'm not gonna lie. I had a very good pregnancy with Aspen. My normal health issues seemed to melt away, and my body seemed to relish the feel-good-preggo hormones. This time I was expecting the same...but it has not been so. I've felt like crap for the most part, to put it mildly. lol

The nausea has been extreme, and the achiness has taken more of a toll than I like to think about. My right hip has decided to send a shooting pain up and down my body most of the day and all of the night. The nausea has been way better lately since the Dr. gave me some meds to help with it. So I've been MIA for a bit. My job has been pregnancy and taking care of my other sweet busy baby. Kelly has been an angel. He has never complained, picked up more than his share, and encouraged and comforted me. He's simply amazing. My parents have helped with more than I ever could have expected them too. A few special friends have continued to support me and pray for me and contact me even though I'm not able to return the favor a whole lot lately. That means so much.

This last year has admittedly been the hardest year Kelly and I have had in our marriage so far...NOT that our marriage was the issue at all, just the external circumstances that we endured this last year have definitely made it the most trying so far. Without too many disaster, cancer, feeling betrayed by someone close, loss of possesions, secondary infertility, severe hardships endured by extended family....just to name a few. We know this last year was God-ordained and God-orchestrated. He has brought us to Him through these trials in ways we didn't anticipate or know we needed. We were forced to recognize what exactly was important, and what wasn't. Once again, faithful friends and family members were brought out of the woodwork, supporting us even when we didn't deserve it and couldn't offer much in return. The most wonderful blessing of all...a baby. A totally longed for but unexpected pregnancy. I have no words to describe it except divinely precious.

Kelly and I were able to get a quick getaway to the coast for our 11th anniversary. Aspen had the time of her life with her Aunts in Salem while were gone. We knew the trip would not consist of a lot, since I am low in energy, but we enjoyed our room on the beach leaving the windows wide open the entire time so we could hear the roar of the ocean and feel the cool sea breeze. It was much needed and neither of us wanted to leave! lol

Just wanted to share a few pics...I am 17 weeks in these photos. I am huge. People are already asking if I am getting close (I'm not even half way!) and one lady questioned if I was having twins. Oh well. I do looooooooooooove that I am pregnant! And we love, love, love this little baby more than we can imagine. It's all worth it :)

Sweet girl asleep in the car on the way over. I love this so much. Kelly said I was sleeping the same way...I have a feeling it wasn't so cute on me.


Anonymous said...

Your poor body is doing an amazing job of growing a new life - an awesome child being knit together by God!

Dad and I love you all very much!

Mom :)

Summer said...

Oh sweetest, most treasured friend of mine... I love you. My heart has ached along side you all year as these trials have come your way. My heart has also been encouraged by the dignity and grace by which you have handled these trials... God is so obviously your anchor, your foundation, your Truth. Hang in there. I understand you and I know that you have not ceased once to thank God for these trials as they also bring blessings (one of which I cannot wait to meet ... very soon!). By the way... you are a BEAUTIFUL preggo! Lots of Love!!!

Jenn B said...

Cute pics! Aunties had so much fun with Aspen that weekend!!!!

Amanda P said...

Love the pics, love love the one of you and both look so so happy. And I love it that you're enjoying this pregnancy in spite of your achiness. I cannot wait to meet this baby and I love that you're doing your best to enjoy. xoxo

runninggal said...

You look radiant darling.

I don't know where you live, but I have bags and bags of clothes for Aspen! Call or email me with your new address or I'll try to send them with the Kuhlmans.

Jamie said...

I love you. I love you. I love you. You are a radiant, amazing, strong woman and I know that you can have all that you want and MORE! Keep shining, sister! And call me when you need a good laugh, or a good cry, or if you want to call me mushroom head. xx