16 April 2019

What's New

Well, first of all, to explain my very uncharacteristically long absence from the blog, is the main reason why I've been gone:

Baby Due in November

We found out on March 12. I had been very hopeful, but Angel was more skeptical. I think it took him a few days to believe it was true. I think I somewhat naively hoped that this time around, my body would be a bit more of an "expert" on how to be pregnant and wouldn't cause any drama. But that has not so far turned out to be the case--during week 7, I was sure I was experiencing a miscarriage again, and I was devastated--only to be utterly shocked at my follow-up appt. to see a baby measuring 8+2 with a strong little heart beating.

I don't think words can describe the shock of that moment. Angel said to the doctor, 2 or 3 times (I think the repetition indicates how shocked he was), "We did NOT expect to hear any good news today." I felt like I was "given back" my baby. Indescribable.

The doctor is still quite cautious, letting us know clearly that there's no guarantees of anything at this point and told me to take leave from work and stay resting as much as possible (which is all well and good, but Cyrus can't read doctor's notes...). We are praying and hoping and counting each day with this new little one. I'm supposed to be avoiding basically everything for the next month, hoping this body can get itself into gear.

Sonlight Ambassador

I was thrilled when, early this year, I was contacted by Sonlight about becoming a Sonlight Ambassador--receiving curriculum in exchange for contributing articles to their website. Homeschool has characterized the entirety of my life and it's a topic I love to write about! My first article has been published on their site: When You Are Disappointed: Homeschool Visions vs. Reality

Spring Break

Angel had his first-ever Spring Break at his new job and we spent it in the most teacherly-Spring Break fashion. We had one doctor's appointment for me, one for Cyrus, and a routine car maintenance appointment (only thing missing are dentist appointments, but no way am I tackling that with first-trimester nausea. Summer break).

We also took Cyrus out to the biggest playground on the island, where we'd never taken him before. I think he was a little bit overwhelmed, he just wandered around looking at all the play equipment, most of which is too big for him to climb on anyways. He very purposefully tried to chase the little birds that were hopping around, but they always hopped out of his reach just in time.

We went to visit the new Ikea that opened up on the mainland--the first time I've left the island since October! I need to get out more. We had nothing too exciting to buy, mainly bedsheets. Bedsheets here are either abhorrently expensive, seemingly made out of plastic, or lose their elastic within a week (I spent our first two years here using binder clips to attach the fitted bedsheet to our mattress after its weekly washing). Ikea is the best option for not-quite-so-expensive, somewhat-better-quality bedsheets, and now that it finally opened, we had our chance to replace sheets! Hurray!

We had lunch at Ikea--I got a croissant for Cyrus and I to split and in hindsight, I should have realized that he is definitely at an age where he needs his OWN croissant because he'll eat the whole thing. Mom might be eating for two but Cyrus has a lot of growing to do...

So that's what's new in our world! How's life going for you?
AnneMarie said...

Oh wow, congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you guys. I will be praying for you and the new little baby.

I really enjoyed that homeschool article. I'm trying not to get too enthusiastic yet about homeschooling, since my oldest is only turning 3 in a couple months, but I'm already looking into a local co-op and talking with my friends about anything related to homeschooling.

StephTheBookworm said...

Aw, congratulations! I was wondering where you had been!

rooth said...

Wahooooo! Big congrats to you and your growing family!

Callie said...

Still so happy for you, and praying for your sweet baby!! Also, so exciting about Sonlight! If I got a free curriculum deal from someone, they’d be in my top choices. I love the idea and look of their curriculum, but it’s too pricey for us. 😬

Laura @ Life Is Beautiful said...

Awww!!! Congratulations!! Is there any way you can get on natural/bioidentical progesterone? I see Napro here in the States and being on progesterone gives me so much peace of mind (I'm a high miscarriage risk without it). Prayers for you and baby!

Charlene Maugeri said...

Ahh! Congratulations!!!

Rachel said...

I've been a bit absent too, so only just seeing this - huge congratulations! Such great news. I hope the nausea calms down asap and everything continues to go well.

Brita Long said...

Bloglovin has not been showing all new posts for some reason since only your latest post has appeared in my feed. Which is my way of apologizing for an overdue FELICITATIONS!!!!!!!! Sending lots of prayers your way for this pregnancy. <3