Boy oh boy, has this last week been an interesting one! The "morning sickness"/NVP/hyperemesis roller coaster has had me clutching on for dear life as it seems. While it's been a general downturn for the worse (as in, MUCH worse), with me being mostly out of commission and incredibly miserable, there have been a few windows of feeling functional. I read on another blog where a mom recommended eating at least 11 g of complex protein every two hours. While I knew protein helped me, I now have an exact figure I can shoot for. Will someone please leave a comment telling me that ice-cream is a nutrient-dense, high protein snack? Thank you. I also like the "minimal activity" part... at the beginning of this pregnancy, I was still running with my husband, but have since had to stop because of the nausea and was feeling bad about that. When all else fails, lying down on the sofa always makes me feel a little better (the same cannot be said of my chores and other obligations).
Okay, so being sick is majorly horrific, and I could sit here and go on and on (and on and on) about that. In fact, I can still, in horror and great detail, recall every single past experience with hyperemesis. When I start to think about it, I get a feeling like I am being suffocated. Then I think about the hours, days, weeks and months that I am likely still going to be sick for, and it only goes downhill from there. Living moment by moment is the only way to go right now. It seems that whenever I get to feeling the worst, one of the kids is extra specially sweet and loving, reminding me of why it truly is so worth it. Annie now gives kisses when asked to, and is a sweet little cuddlebug in general, so she always lifts my spirits just by being around. Please know that your prayers are always greatly appreciated, and much needed.
Here are just some recent pictures of stuff we have been doing, that I never got around to posting.
Becky and Miriam, my sweet daughters
German doughnuts - we traditionally make these on 11/11. They are filled with jelly, except for one that is filled with mustard and hid among the good ones. Nothing like greedily biting into a fresh hot doughnut and finding it filled with spicy mustard... :) Can you tell the kids are on a sugar high??
Our Thanksgiving meal - it seems impossible now that I ever used to enjoy eating
Anna loving on her dolly
Look at those chompers!
She didn't waste much time looking guilty...
Making a gingerbread house
Up north cutting our Christmas tree. Don't let the snow on the ground fool you, the temps were in the 50s - cold enough for us!
Up next: Christmas photos!! :)