Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Big News!!

Hello All!

Yes, I realize that it has been a terribly long time since I last posted anything. The Summer has been very busy for my little family, and the moments I've had where I could have taken time to write something, were usually spent either resting or reading a book. I have a blog post brewing in the back of my mind which will probably be entitled "The Frog Prince or Prince Charming?" So stay tuned in the next week or two, and hopefully I'll have time to write what should be an edifying article for single girls.

Now...for my big news... *drum roll* Danielle is going to be a big sister!!! That's right! I'm expecting again, due sometime around April 2!!

It is kind of strange how I found out. I had suspected that I was pregnant for about the last week and a half before taking the test, due to spells of exhaustion and nausea that kept sweeping over me at random times. But I decided to wait until my birthday on July 30th to take the test, as I thought that would be a really neat birthday present. Well, I woke up at 6 that morning needing to use the restroom, so decided to take it then, as first thing in the morning is generally the best time to do it. So I took it, but being a little groggy, I didn't wait the full 3 minutes it requires to fully register the results, and only waited a few seconds. Thus all I saw was a bold negative sign. Disappointed, I put it back under the sink (I don't know why I didn't throw it away), and went back to bed.

I then spent the rest of the day wondering why I was feeling nauseous if I wasn't pregnant... Then, that night (Saturday), I dreamed that I went back and looked at the test again, to find that it was positive after all. The dream was so vivid that it haunted me all Sunday morning, until I finally went and looked at it again right before going to church. To my surprise, I saw that there was a very faint blue line forming the positive symbol of a "+" sign. I couldn't believe my eyes, therefore took it to church with me to show to my mom and ask her opinion (as technically, you aren't supposed to trust any readings on the test that may or may not appear after the first ten minutes of taking it). She said it was very likely that I was pregnant, and that I should wait a few more days and take another one.

I decided to wait until the next weekend...but Donald couldn't stand the suspense, and requested that I take it the following Wednesday morning. So I did (carefully following all the instructions, this time), and there was no doubting the positive sign this time!! :-D

I am sooooo excited!!!! In fact, I think I'm more excited than I was with Danielle, simply because I know now how amazing the whole process is. God is soooo good! And I'm convinced that He sent me that dream Saturday night to tell me that I needed to take a second look, and not be in such a rush this time. :-P

It was so much fun telling my family and the church the following Sunday. I pinned a sign to the back of Danielle that said, "Big Sister," and carried her around to let people see her. I loved the reactions we got. My favorites were when people read the sign, and started to walk off, then did a double-take and quickly turned back and said something along the lines of "Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!" followed by lots of hugs. :-) Those double-takes are fun.

I've been pretty tired and nauseous with this pregnancy...maybe more so than with Danielle, which may be because I'm still nursing her. I have continued to exercise, trying to keep my muscles toned so that maybe my next birthing experience will be a lot easier than my last one. And, this pregnancy has been strange thus far, in that even though I feel like I do nothing but eat all day long, I've actually lost 2 pounds (which puts me at a pound lower than I was when I got pregnant with Danielle)! That definitely didn't happen with Danielle. But I'm thinking it's because the nausea has been so bad that I can't eat much in one sitting, and have to eat small portions at a time in order to avoid repercussions.

Anyway...there's a little update for you. I'll try to be a bit better about writing in the future...hopefully. Now I'd better get some cleaning done while I still have the energy, and while Danielle is taking her morning nap.

Oh, and just so you all know, Danielle now finally has her first tooth, with a second one coming in! She got the first one 3 days after her first birthday...I guess she was slow on that to make up for the fact that she learned to do everything else early. :-P And she is still the most adorable little girl in the entire world, and is so sweet, loving, and obedient (for her age), that I'm continually in awe that God gave me such a Blessing. :-) God is good, is He not?