Friday, January 18, 2013

Life in the Fast Lane

Sorry, I know I've been a pathetic blogger. I have about 11 more weeks until this baby will be born, until then, don't expect frequent posts, but after that, expect lots of baby pictures! I should say 11 more weeks if she is born on time. James was 3 weeks early, and I can't hope that she will bake a little bit faster in the oven as well so that I only have to suffer for 2 more months instead of 3. If you know me, then you know I hate being pregnant. I love kids, and really want this baby, but I hate being pregnant. And yes I did say "she." If you aren't family,or don't go on facebook often then the news is... IT'S A GIRL. I was going to post some pictures but my camera is dead, so I'll do it later. It's funny, but I felt so unsurprised when we found out. Stephen was convinced we were having a girl. He knew James was a boy, and he knew this one was a girl. I didn't know either way, but because he felt so sure, it started to convince me as well. At first I felt indifferent as to what I wanted. If it was a girl, then great, I don't have one of those yet; or if it was a boy, great, because James would have a brother. Every boy needs a brother, and every girl needs a sister in my opinion. As a kid I loved having sisters, and now as an adult they are my best friends. I know Stephen loved, and still does having brothers, so either way would have been great. Then the morning sickness hit. I thought if this time goes a lot better, then maybe my dreams will come true of having a big family. There are 7 kids in my family, and I have always wanted 4-6 kids. Though I haven't thrown up quite as much this time around as with James(don't get me wrong it was still plenty too much for me), the rest of the symptoms have not been a great improvement, if any at all. Some are worse, like the heartburn this time around is way worse. Still feeling sick at 29 weeks is ridiculous. In fact with James my first trimester was more intense than this one, but my 2nd trimester was not as bad as this one. This time around it's still lingering. Which means that this will be my last pregnancy. It does make me sad, like I said I always wanted a big family. But I'm doing my best to stay optimistic. I've always considered Foster Care, and now I feel more strongly about, so I'm sure something will work out. The big news in our lives now, the reason why our life is in the fast lane is because in 3 weeks from today...drum roll please... Stephen will graduate!! We are so excited!!! So excited to be done, so excited to live together under one roof like a family again, and have our own place again. He was assigned to Los Angeles, the ritzy area. Basically he will be dealing with people like Lindsey Lohan on a regular basis. hehehe. We have 3 weeks to find an overpriced apartment, a new doctor and hospital to have the baby, and a new school for James, not to mention moving all our stuff...again. Hurray! Actually I'm not excited about having 3 weeks to do those things. In fact, I feel overwhelmed and somewhat depressed about it. Which makes me want to not think about, hence the reason we are moving in 3 weeks and still don't have a place. Actually I have been looking, but everything that is good that comes up gets taken fast, and I feel slightly unsteady about signing a contract to an apartment without having seen it or the area, especially since it is in L.A. But, if that's where Heavenly Father wants us to be, then I guess we will have to do a leap of faith. Besides living in L.A. will be an adventure, not to mention we will be minutes from the beach! Lots of window shopping considering that I doubt they have good clearance racks on Rodeo Drive. Here's our new home.

Overwhelming isn't it? Well at least it has one of these. :)


Megan said...

I'm so excited!!, and a little jealous--my family has only been to LA while on vacation with ritzy friends, so for me it seems like a magical place. Perhaps it's good that I'm not living there, is as to preserve that "we're on vacation!" feel.

I do know what you mean by harder pregnancies--I was consistently nauseated with Camryn, and while I technically felt "better" with Tamsin and even more so with Eliza, each subsequent pregnancy was much, much harder on my body and FAR more exhausting than the first. Add kids to the mix, with no family nearby, and you have a recipe for the desire to never be pregnant again! And I had heartburn so very, very badly I was practically living in Tums--there was no laying down at night. Ugh! But you should expect a baby with a decent head of hair--the same hormones that cause thick hair growth also cause heartburn.

Don't worry TOO much about renting an apartment site unseen--I've rented three places like that so far and all have turned out well. I say just call in every connection you have and use the church grapevine to get leads and recommendations.

And my final recommendation, because I know everyone craves my advice: don't mention to too many people (yourself included) that you will NEVER have more kids. That's how Eliza got here! The fates always like to listen to declarations like this. God definitely has a sense of humor.

Summer Lewis said...

While stressful, all of these changes will be for the best! What an exciting adventure you guys are embarking on.
Your baby girl will be worth all the misery!
Congratulations again!
BTW-I need your address!

Becca Bell said...

We are so happy and excited for your family! We miss you and hope L.A. is great. We're especially excited for you to have another little one. And thanks for the card and letter. You guys look great!!

linda said...

Just remember that things always have a way of working out, even when we can't see ahead of time how that is going to happen!

jimandkaren said...

I echo Megan's comments - He does have a sense of humor -that's why I got Megan and Katie at the same time. I am so happy for you three and all the good changes that are afoot. My best friend (or ritzy friend, as Megan called her) lives in Thousand Oaks - is that anywhere near where you will be? We will be visiting her in March and then going to Indio to see Jim's dad. PS: we mailed our Christmas letter today! So you aren't late!

Sarah B Heath said...

I was thinking the same thing, Stephen will have the privilege of pulling over spoiled, self-entitled celebrities. What fun! But seriously, we are so proud of him. What an accomplishment in less than a year's time, just think of where you were a year ago, in limbo land. You're one ahead of me in the baby dept, I'm actually a bit jealous you're getting this over with before me. If another one happens for us, then you can pull me through the misery of it all with your bravery and accomplishment of having endured hell a second time!
Very very few people can truly relate. At least you're not on bed rest, not being able to set up your child's nursery is truly depressing. Someday I'll be less bitter!
I can't wait to visit you in sunny LA, there are spectacular beaches to enjoy my love!