Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Week 26: Happy Vale-Matchiversary Day!

Hey Humble Readers...

How are things in your neck of the woods?  Hereabouts, things have been mellow.  We had a fairly busy weekend, with my Dad visiting on Saturday, and then heading down south to my MIL's on Sunday after church.  Oh, and we had a very important meeting at church this weekend... our congregation voted to extend a call to a new pastor!  Yay!  We've been without a regular pastor for more than two years.  If he accepts, then he'll be in place by the summer. 

Have you had a nice Valentine's Day?  Do you do anything special with your loved ones, or is it just another day?  My special V-day dinner turned out amazingly well... I think it was the best meal I've ever cooked.  But you'll get to hear and see all that tomorrow.

V-day is an important day for my Beloved and I.  Six years ago today we were matched on eHar.mony.  It was actually the day I signed up for their service.  He had been a member for a few months already.  We had a bit of a bumpy start to our match... for technical reasons, my account was delayed in being 100% activated, and when my Beloved tried to initiate contact I wasn't able to respond yet.  It took a couple of weeks to get things sorted out, so in that time he gave up on me and closed the match. 

Once I was finally able to send him a message, it was a pathetic little "can we give this another shot" type of message.  We started on their guided conversation path, but before long he closed our match again, because he had decided to start dating another match.  I have to tell you, I was pretty bummed.  I tried to move on to other matches, but I kept thinking about him.  A couple of weeks later I noticed on my eHar.mony home page that our match had been reopened.  I debated long and hard about it, but I tentatively sent him a message.  We met face to face in June of that year, and in October my Beloved proposed on a pizza.  And the rest, as they say, is history. 

But enough of the mushy remembrances.  On to the update!

How far along? 26w0d (only 12 weeks left!)

Maternity clothes? Yup.

Body Oddities? VERY dry skin, alternating constipation and IBS flares, acne, bruises from insulin injections, back ache, cracking joints, super sore & slightly leaky boobs, dry/itchy eyes, leg cramps, round ligament pain, tingly fingertips, very tired, NEW THIS WEEK: very gassy (a possible side effect of my new heartburn meds?) and Braxton-Hicks have started.

Sleep? Super tired again this week.  But my sleep hasn't been as good as it was.  Nightmares and a lot of tossing and turning have disrupted things lately.

Intense Dreams?  I had a horrible nightmare the other day that I haven't been able to shake.  In the dream, I had an inkling that something wasn't right, but I couldn't put my finger on it.  I called Dr. B and he refused (and I mean refused!) to see me until the following day.  I went to the hospital (alone), and when the nurse checked me out, the baby's heartrate was 24 bpm.  She told me that the baby was dying and there was nothing they could do.  I have a very vivid image of me staring at my belly, praying that the baby would move.  The rest of the dream was about delivering my now still born son (yes, in this dream the Halfling was a boy).  I woke up in tears.  I got up and chugged a water bottle full of ice water, just in hopes that it would wake up the baby, and get him/her moving.  And I was wishing with all my heart that I had a doppler.

Best moment this week? When I finally felt the Halfling move after that dream.  It was about 5:30 in the morning and I just sat on the couch and bawled my eyes out in relief.

Worst moment? Once again, shopping on Saturday was physically taxing.  I got home with a very sore back.

Movement? Not as frequent as it had been, but a much more consistent pattern now.  First thing in the morning, about 10 minutes after I eat, and in the evening while the Braxton-Hicks kick in, so does the Halfling. 

Food cravings/aversions? Ham & Swiss sandwiches from Tim Hortons.  Mmmmm... I want one right now!

Rings? Still on, but getting snug.

Gender? Still leaning toward a girl, altho that nightmare had me thinking boy for a little while.  Please take a moment and answer my poll question (in the column to the right), and let me know what you think!

Medical Concerns? Gestational Diabetes (insulin 5 times a day), High blood pressure (on 50mg of lobetalol 3x daily), continued heartburn (on 60mg of Pan.taloc daily), kidney stones (they're back!), low lying placenta.

What I miss? my sex drive, being able to get down on the floor to play with Ginny easily

What I look forward to? my next ultrasound (March 7), not having to inject myself 5 times a day

Emtional State?  Mostly good, but that dream really stressed me out


  1. Oh dear, I remember having those kinds of dreams while I was pregnant. I'm so sorry!!! I hope you're feeling better.

  2. Oh wow, that was a scary dream. ((HUGS)).

    And I love that story of how you and Beloved met. :)

  3. Ugh. I never had bad dreams until I got pregnant. I'm sorry about that!

  4. I am so glad that you and Beloved finally connected. McRuger and I have a similar story in that our first meeting was very rocky (as in the WORST hour of my life). But, we overcame it and I'm so happy we did.

    V-Day is pretty casual around here. We write a letter to each other, and that's about it.

    I can't wait to hear what you cooked!

  5. I'm having a hard time imagining what exactly you mean by "my Beloved proposed on a pizza" - does that mean he spelled out "Marry me" in anchovies? Or did he climb up on the table? Can you describe the scene in more detail?

    Oh, and I want to hear Rain's first meeting story now!!

  6. I love this post and I love love stories! :)

  7. What a horrible dream!!! *hugs*


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