Sunday, February 05, 2012


It has been cold here in Virginia recently. Not cold like in Michigan, but still cold. My husband was sick with a cold before I went home to Michigan last week. My mom had pneumonia before I came home, then she got better for a day, then she had a horrible cough/cold by the time I was there. My dad was froggy when I was home. Plus the weather up there was a lot colder than down here in Virginia- but at least there was pretty snow up there. So...

... I have a cold. Thankfully, it is very mild and I hope to keep it that way. Yesterday and today I took LONG naps. I finished off Matt's orange juice and bought some orange peach mango juice for myself today. I'm not a huge fan of orange flavored juice normally, but baby needs that Vitamin C. Unfortunately, during pregnancy the normal cold meds I take are unacceptable. I'm wary of taking any meds during pregnancy, even the acceptable tylenol. I've been trying to drink lots of fluids between water, orange juice, and hot chocolate. Lots of rest. Taking it easy at work.

It's amazing how obnoxious colds are. My head feels fuzzy, my nose is drippy, exhaustion is peaked... sigh. How much more difficult will having a cold be once baby arrives? Just one more thing to look forward to!

Sometimes the thought of being a mother is intimidating. I am a selfish person at heart. I like time to myself, time to read, and time to sleep when I am tired. Those three things will be the first to go once baby arrives. On the one hand, I spend so much time cradling my belly now. I can sit there for hours (literally) just feeling the thumps, kicks, and rolls. How much more difficult will it be to pry myself away from baby once I can watch his wiggles and adorable facial expressions? The most intimidating thing about motherhood in my mind is raising a human being! Mentally, physically, emotionally, and especially spiritually... this little boy will rely on me for direction. At my shower my eldest sister gave me some words of wisdom as a mother. One thing she said was to be the kind of person you want your child to be. She sees some of her less desirable traits in her children and wishes she could take those back. Kids are always watching their parents and picking up on the littlest things. I have a lot of work on in the next 2 months (and the rest of my life)!

As intimidating as motherhood can be, I am so excited to finally hold my baby. Finally snuggle his little face. Kiss those cheeks and baby feet! Please let the next 59 days go by quickly!

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