I’ll backtrack a little at the end of this post, but otherwise, we’ll start here and continue weekly on Thursdays!!!
(Note: We’re calling our bundle “Tuk Tuk”, which is a type of rickshaw and the main method of transportation in Vietnam and Cambodia – where we traveled to in April – and where we decided we were ready to expand our family)
Before This: From basically week 5 on the dot until 13-14 weeks, I was sick. Sick as a dog, to be exact. And I don’t mean the term “morning sickness” because anyone who has had it, let’s be honest here, knows that it’s ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT LONG. There is no lovely shining break in the afternoon, or even evening. Or at least there wasn’t for me. Nope. It was a constant and debilitating nausea plus exhaustion. That basically left me to be a hermit and not move much more than from the bed, to my desk, and back, each day, the majority of the time (not to mention I was hiding out from friends who would notice the absence of my wine glass at any meal – especially brunch). I have never been so thankful to work from home as I can’t even fathom having to get up and get ready for work and then take the subway – blugh. To all you women who did it, I bow to you. Of course, we also had weddings and a bar mitzvah during those weeks, so I would gather all of my strength for the few hours of the event (and eat wheat thins from my purse) and then pass out afterwards. It worked and for the most part, no one was the wiser. Or they lied, which I’m ok with, too. Because now that I’m on the other side, I already have an amnesia of it all. All the sickness and near-death like whining was worth it… right, Arion? Poor guy was an incredible nurse and took such good care of me, I’m thankful every day. Anyway, on to the good stuff – I’m past it!! It tapered off sometime between weeks 13 and 14 and I feel like an actual human being again! Not completely, of course, since I am growing one inside my belly, but the nausea has LEFT THE BUILDING. And I can deal with the necessary daily nap(s) – I mean who doesn’t love naps?! And since I love my readers (after all, it’s my mom), here are the photos from the big reveal (the night I told Arion – more on that later) on July 10, 2012 and each subsequent weekly photo thereafter . Enjoy!!!