I have been holding this back for what seems like a long, long, long time, but now I can finally share our exciting news with you:
My husband and I are expecting our first child - our first little darling, who is supposed to enter this world and be in our arms sometime around mid-January!
I'm currently in my 15-th week, which means that the first trimester is behind me. I'm thankful to report that I'm feeling much, much better now than I did in the first two months, when nausea and fatigue got the better of me. I have been able to eat enough, mostly, but for a few weeks I had to make some drastic adjustments in my meal patterns. Also, this is a time when I'm especially thankful for the opportunity to be home and lift my feet up and rest whenever I need it, as well as take a nap after lunch.
Frankly, I don't know how I would have done this if it weren't for my wonderful husband, who rolled up his sleeves and cleaned, cooked and washed the dishes without any complaint, accepting the fact that his wife may run to the bathroom with her hand over her mouth simply because she saw a couple of dirty dishes in the sink... my husband has been so tremendously supportive during this period, and I truly feel what a blessed woman I am!
This time taught me a lot of humility. I had to accept that my energy levels are low, and I'm simply unable to be as efficient, and accomplish as much as I'm used to. I had to learn to accept my present limitations with a grateful heart.
Right now I'm feeling remarkably well, except for a fainting episode that unexpectedly happened last week. I'm still careful not to overstress myself, but I feel I'm back in the swing of things, and ready to prepare for moving - which we'll do in the next couple of months. I gained very little weight so far, but those who know me and pay attention have already noticed the changes in my shape.
As you can imagine, this is a very exciting time for us. Still practically newlyweds, we are already preparing for the arrival of a new baby, and moving to a new cozy home which we'll have to adjust to the needs of our growing family. I hope that in the future, we'll look upon this period with joyful memories.
I can't wait to feel and see this little one grow, first inside me, and then out in this great big world, drinking in the beauty and love of God. I pray as I move forward on the journey to motherhood, cherishing this most precious gift from the Lord.
"And the fruit of the womb is His reward" - Psalm 127
Now, I have a question for all you more experienced ladies: I know I have a tendency towards stretch marks, because I still have quite a lot of them since adolescence. I think I might have a lot more in a few months! I would like to prevent this, and will appreciate any suggestions, preferably using natural methods. If you know how to treat stretch marks once they already appear, you are more than welcome to add your two cents as well.