Pregnancy update: 30 weeks

Only about 10 more weeks until we meet our little girl!! Wow.

“Welcome to your third trimester.” When my doctor excitedly said those words at my appointment last week I just froze. I sat there with a huge smile on my face and I had to let the words sink in before they finally registered. THIRD TRIMESTER ALREADY! Unbelievable. When you’re so busy with work and school or other daily activities it’s easy to let time slip right past you. I can’t believe I’m already 30 weeks pregnant. I thought women who were seven months pregnant were supposed to feel unbearably uncomfortable, exhausted, not able to hold their bladder for more than 30 minutes, brace their backs as they waddle with every step, and have swollen ankles/feet the size of a watermelon (okay, slight exaggeration). Instead, I feel GREAT. Yes, I know I have another couple of months to go and those symptoms will most likely hit me very soon, but for now I’m feeling wonderful. I’ve been going on walks, hiking, fishing with Gus, spending time with friends, and working 20+ hours a week.

Here’s a little update:
– We moved into a 2 bedroom duplex! We love it. It’s much nicer than our tiny one-bedroom apartment and it’s the perfect home to start our family in. Oh, and our next door neighbors are awesome. It’s really cool to see the little ways God provides for us.
– Cravings lately: just fruit, really. Watermelon, strawberries, blueberries – you name it. But if you know me well you know that I love fruit a lot already, so that’s nothing too new. Oh and chick-fil-a. (Their grilled chicken sandwich is amazing). Nothing too weird or crazy. The funniest craving I’ve had throughout the entire pregnancy was when for about a month straight I craved blue (and ONLY blue) powerade/gatorade. We would even make special trips out to stock up on it!
– I’ve gained 9 pounds so far. The new goal is 20. Someone come over and eat donuts with me.
– We are going to Florida at the end of June! We cannot wait to see our families!!
– The #1 comment I hear from people is “Wow, you hardly even look pregnant.” or “You don’t look that far along!” Well gee, thanks. I really am. I’m sure soon I’ll hear comments regarding the exact opposite like, “You look like you’re ready to pop!” It’s funny how when you’re pregnant, EVERYONE (including complete strangers) has an opinion on just about everything.
– Our little girl’s crib, dresser, and changing table are here thanks to my amazing mom! Grandma is doing a great job of spoiling her little granddaughter already! We are so excited to put everything together and continue working on her nursery!
– Baby kicks me ALL the time. I love it. She’s especially active at night and early in the morning. It has gotten to the point where I can just look down and watch my belly as it moves.

Pregnancy is an incredible thing. There’s something I want to make 100% clear. There is a HUGE difference in not necessarily planning on having a baby and not wanting to have a baby. Those are two COMPLETELY different things. Some people I’ve talked to don’t seem to understand that. Like I said, when you’re pregnant a lot of people offer their opinions, even when they are completely irrelevant and you may not want to hear them. To be completely and totally honest with you – there are a lot of those opinions and harsh comments which have really hurt me and I’ve had to learn to start letting those types of comments go in one ear and out the other. That being said, I want it to be perfectly clear that although Gus and I did not necessarily plan on having a baby so soon, we are beyond excited and grateful that we are going to be parents and we would not change a single thing! God obviously had a greater plan for our lives than we had for ourselves and now we could not ever imagine our lives any other way. This baby is the most precious gift and I am so excited to be her mommy!

Baby bump at 29 weeks

Baby bump at 29 weeks

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Not just “another semester”

Another semester of nursing school is about to come to a close. However, it doesn’t seem fitting to call this semester just “another semester.” This has been, by far, the most difficult and yet somehow the most enjoyable semester of my college career. I’m sure many of my classmates would agree that this semester is one we will never forget. This semester has been filled with multiple challenges, countless blessings, extremely difficult days, and some of the best days yet.

I honestly did not even expect to finish this semester. Thanks to a lovely little thing called morning sickness, I spent about the entire month of January and into the first week of February feeling awful. I remember just sitting in class every day hoping I wouldn’t get sick. At some point, I decided that if I was still sick in another week, I’d probably have to sit out for the rest of the semester because there was no way I could do well in school feeling as terrible as I did. As if right on cue, a couple of days later I began feeling so much better. I am extremely thankful God gave me the strength I needed to get through those days.

Academically, I thoroughly enjoyed this semester. Don’t get me wrong, it was very difficult, but it was also extremely interesting and I learned a lot! We were in both pediatrics and obstetrics, which makes for a fun semester. I enjoyed pediatrics, but I discovered a love for OB nursing I never knew I had. Being pregnant while going through the OB semester was interesting. I definitely feel well-informed (probably a little more than any expectant mother should be). Overall, it truly was an amazing and unique experience. I absolutely loved my labor and delivery clinical rotation and it’s something I could possibly see myself doing in the future.

Emotionally, this semester was exhausting. On Monday, March 17th, our nursing class lost a very loving instructor and friend. Mrs. Peggy Irons passed away unexpectedly that evening after lecturing for us earlier that day. I loved Mrs. Irons, we all did. I can’t even describe to you the pain and heartache we all felt and continue to feel because of her loss. That day and the days immediately following were the hardest days of the entire semester. Despite the unbelievably devastating circumstances, somehow our nursing class came together and lifted each other up. I truly feel like the things we’ve been through as a class this semester have somehow caused us to become even closer. We’re not simply a nursing class – we’re like a family.

Again, this semester has had several ups and downs. In the end: my nursing class is seriously the best. On April 26th, I went to one of my teacher’s homes for what I thought was a small group of us getting together for lunch. My teacher invited the two married students to bring their spouses if they wanted to join us, so Gus came with me. When we pulled up to the house, my friend Blair and two of my teachers were sitting on the front porch enjoying the weather and I assumed the other 4 students were inside the house waiting to eat lunch. As my teacher opened the door and led us into the house, voices erupted in a loud “Surprise!!” At first I had no idea what was even going on. I screamed and as I looked at my nursing class and my instructors I noticed pink streamers and decorations behind them & I realized it was a surprise baby shower for us. I was so excited. Apparently, they had been planning this surprise baby shower for over a month and Gus was even in on it! I had absolutely no idea! I was shocked (and still am) that no one in my class accidentally mentioned it to me throughout the semester. We had so much fun enjoying each other’s company, playing some hilarious games, eating delicious cupcakes, opening gifts, and spending time with everyone. After I finished opening what I thought was all of the gifts, I was told to close my eyes because they had one more gift for us. When I opened my eyes, I saw a gift from my whole nursing class to our little girl – a beautiful bassinet/pack and play. The shower was an absolute blast and I am so grateful for everyone’s generosity and kindness.

It’s been one crazy semester. It’s hard to believe I only have one more year left of nursing school! It’s even crazier to know that when I start school back up in September, I’ll be a SENIOR and a MOMMY! (Yes, I’m going back to school).  I’m so excited for what God has in store.

One more semester down – only two more to go!!! This girl is beyond excited about being a nurse in the near future! 🙂

 

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