Thursday, September 29, 2011

Coming Down the Home Stretch

I thought it would never happen to me. I just wouldn’t allow it. It would just be too sad to have a neglected blog that never gets updated sitting out there on the internet, a testimony to negligence that all would view. And then it did.

As most of you know, it’s been a rough year and I’ve had what I think may be a somewhat atypical pregnancy experience. People always say, “every pregnancy is different”, but I’m not sure anyone believes that often repeated phrase. Friends have asked about “cravings” and “nesting” and other urges that have been non-existent for me. Few people have heard of the pelvic dysfunction that forced me to stop working earlier than planned (I’m 1 in 300) or can understand that I’ve had hyper-olfactory issues and food aversion this entire time, and not just for the first trimester that many women suffer through before it magically disappears. So, the journey thus far has been somewhat lonely. It’s been made better by my knowledgeable and understanding doctor whose seen it all before. He celebrates every passed test with me, and has let me know that no matter how lousy I’ve felt this entire time, this pregnancy has been relatively uncomplicated. I’m in overall good health and our baby appears to be both healthy and very active, despite my pain and discomfort. Since the only thing I’ve really prayed for this entire time is for the baby to be okay, I’m extremely happy that our little boy is doing so well, even if it’s at mama’s expense.

This experience has also been made better by caring friends and family members, who have been understanding about my limited ability to participate in things these past 8-9 months. Both church and family members have helped out by bringing meals for months now, and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful we are for their help. My favorite activities are sleeping, watching dvd’s on the laptop in bed, and once in a while, going out for a meal. Pretty much in that order!

I had intended to work at the library right up until the very end, but it was not to be. There were days where I was too sick to get out of bed, had difficulty standing on my own, and I was always falling asleep on the job. It was a relief that I could leave early and use the limited energy that I had in more productive ways, like getting to my doctor appointments.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions in e-mail over and over, so I’ll answer them here as well, for anyone else who was wondering these same things...

Did you have a garden this year? No. We knew almost immediately we would not because I was so sick and unable to tend to it.

Did you miss gardening, canning, etc.? No. I’ve been so very sick that the only thing I miss is sleep when I don’t get enough.

Have you been sewing for the baby? I wish, but no. Early on my immune system was compromised by the pregnancy and later, my pelvic dysfunction limited my physical abilities.

When are you due? Mid-October, and we’re having a boy.

What have you been reading? Other than a few baby/pregnancy books, not much. I can barely read 2 or 3 pages of anything before nodding off into dreamland, so reading has been low on the priority list.

Are you going to blog again? I don’t know. I love to write, but feel like it would be tempting to turn this into a mommy-blog, and I’ve always found mommy-blogs to be a bit oblivious and repetitive. They just don’t hold a lot of interest for me. It doesn’t feel like something that would challenge my writing skills. So at this point, we’ll just have to wait and see.

So until next time...we’ll wait and see.


  1. Its good to hear from you and I'll continue to pray for you and your family. I'll also continue to check in on occasion. I imagine your perspective on the "mommy blog" and motherhood in general would be quite entertaining. God Bless.

  2. It's good to see you blogging again. Hope that all goes well from here on in. Just a couple of more weeks and it will all be worth it. I am keeping you in my prayers.

  3. I've been thinking a lot about you lately and had, in fact, planned to send you an email today. I've missed you, but being a nurse, I can understand your limitations. You'll be in my prayers.

  4. I'm glad to hear from you again. I personally love "Mommy Blogs" and raising children is something we all need to hear about over and over. I would be so interested to hear your take on that, but we know you'll be busy with your little man. Praying for a safe delivery and looking forward to at least a peek at him after he's born :)

  5. Monica! I'm so glad I popped in to see you :-) I haven't updated my own blog ... just too busy and frustrated with "work stuff." I am so looking forward to hearing from you again, in just a few weeks!!!! I'll be patient. Praying, too.

  6. Just think! Next time you blog, you'll be announcing the arrival of that sweet baby boy! Only a few more days!!

  7. I am so happy to hear you are expecting a new son to enter your world in short order. Best to all.

  8. Monica, I've missed you so much! I thought I'd drop in, and I'm so glad I did...

    I hope and pray that your son has been delivered safely into your arms. We all look forward to hearing from you when you write again...

    Many, many blessings to you and your family.

    In Friendship,

  9. Monica -
    I have thought several time in the past few weeks that I have not heard from you - or checked up on you for months and really needed to see what you were up to!
    I had no idea you were working at growing a baby! Congratulations! Now I need to come back real soon to hear the news!

    And I think if you would blog about motherhood it would be very different than the typical "mommy blog". But that is just my impression!

  10. I'm so excited for you, but - wow! - so sorry that it's been such a rough time. Number three (also a boy) put me in bed for 2-1/2 months, although I basically felt fine. He was just determined to show up early and join the party, so even though mama felt good, she had to lie down and incubate. For 10-1/2 weeks.

    So very worth it now, let me assure you. You'll look at those little fingers and toes, kiss that little head, and it will be full-and-then-some repayment for it all.

    Blessings galore and running over to you, mama-to-be.

  11. I can't imagine any thing you would blog about your life with the "little pea" being boring. ;-) Is my blog boring?! (You can tell me privately! LOL!)

  12. Congratulations are in order for Monica and the Mister! Welcome baby Matthew, 11/2/11, and we'll all be patient for the update and pictures!

  13. regretfully, it's been too long. I am sorry for that. I was just gettingready to share the apple pie filling recipe you shared some time back now on homesteadblogger, remember those days *smile*, and wanted to let you know I was linking back to you. I hope your transition to motherhood has been a joy for you as well as your mister. *smile* As for if you shall blog again, I wish you wisdom in this choice. There are mommy blogs and for a while you're right, you may very well do that, but the time will come that something from before becoming a mommy will strike you and you'll want to share it, then you may blog about what you once bloged about often, home making (part of that can be mommy stuff soo *smile*), reading, and your delicious recipies. Have a blessed day and enjoy your time with your family. sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!

  14. Praying for your family and the little one!

  15. I keep checking back hoping there will be a little news about your new baby. Trust all is going well and that you and your family will have a blessed Christmas.


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