Pretty much since Christmas, right? Yup. We announced the pregnancy to all our family and friends around Christmas. And I am glad we didn’t wait a day longer because I began to feel nauseous on Christmas Eve. I laugh now because I told people that week that I was just a little nauseous and was hoping that I would stay feeling that way and it wouldn’t get any worse. Ha. God was probably laughing too.
Fast forward to a week later (around New Years) and I was a slave to the toilet bowl, eating just to survive, and not enjoying life very much. It was the same with Shiloh’s pregnancy. It was the same with Capri’s. Round 3 has been in full force for over a month now, and let me tell you, its hard. I wish I could just take a leave of absence from life in general when I am sick like this. But I can’t. My girls are champs… most days I can only muster enough energy to take care of their basic needs. I’ll lay on the floor while they play and climb on me and that takes care of play time.
Brandon has been amazing. He has had to take over my job as mommy and then on top of that, help take care of me. I know its not easy for him, but it has made the days somewhat bearable for us all. Thank God for good husbands and daddy’s. Brandon and I were just talking last night that even though I have unusually hard first trimesters, our babies seem to be unusually easy. Its a nice trade-off.
If you are a mom, you are likely thinking of all the cures for morning sickness. Well let me tell ya. I am immune to them. I have done it all and nothing helps. Meds, foods, bands, popsicles, ginger, crackers, pshhh, child’s play and no match for it. I have heard all the advice and yet it still doesn’t keep me from throwing up multiple times a day. Time, endurance, and patience are my cures. Life has paused in a way… I am just trying to get through these weeks and I hold on to the hope that with both my previous pregnancies, I felt remarkably better around week 12/13. Today is the beginning of the 12th week for me… so c’mon baby! I am ready to get my life back!
For those of you who have had hyperemesis gravidarum, you know how hard it is, and I high five you. There is no promise that exists for expecting mothers that it will be easy. But its worth it. Totally worth it.