I hope that explains some of the silence you've been hearing around this blog. My energy level has been WAY down. It's all I can do to go to work and be productive; once that part of my day is over I have very little energy to do anything else. I've been able to continue my normal obligations, but anything optional (ie: exercising, home projects, writing this blog) has moved to the backburner while I grow these little humans.
I'm in the middle of my 14th week, so I'm hopeful that the second trimester will bring with it less sickness and more energy. I've been sick, but it hasn't been completely awful so I'm grateful for that. I think I have gone through an average amount of morning sickness, and I really feel for women who suffer through severe cases where they are physically ill all day long. My favorite fix for the nausea was (and still is) Cheerios and Jolly Ranchers. Diet of champions!
If you're struggling to get pregnant, I don't want you to read this announcement and feel sad. Trust me, I know what that feels like and it's so hard to deal with. We have struggled for a long time to start a family, and many of my friends have had a baby (or babies) before we even got a positive test. I was so happy for them, but sad for us. We have been through a failed surgery, failed IUIs, and a failed IVF cycle before being blessed with our two little miracles. All of this just to say, my heart goes out to anyone reading this who is facing a similar struggle. It's not for a faint of heart. You are warriors!
How are we feeling? Blessed. Thankful. Excited. Maybe a little terrified. I think that's normal, right?
You know me - I already started planning the nursery! We don't have confirmation on the genders just yet, but I have identified some major pieces (cribs, rocker) that I wanted for the nursery that are gender neutral.
First, we bought two of these sweet and affordable cribs from Amazon:
I really like the Jenny Lind style because it's so timeless, but the size and scale was also really nice for the smallish bedroom we'll be using for the nursery. They'll be sharing a room, so we didn't need anything too bulky or any cribs that have one side that has to face a wall. I wanted maximum flexibility with arranging the room, because I knew it would be tough to fit two cribs. These fit the bill and with a great price to boot ($199). The husband put them together while I was out of town this weekend and he said it was a piece of cake.
We also found this swivel chair at Nebraska Furniture Mart that we're going to use as our glider. It's fairly small, so it fits nicely into our room. We wanted something that didn't scream "nursery," so when we found this for what we thought was a good sale price ($275), we went for it. I was amazed by how expensive gliders are in the actual nursery sections of furniture stores. Yikes!
That's all we have so far, but of course I have some plans in mind. Once we know the genders, we'll really get moving on the nursery.
So anyway, that's what is going on in our world. I'll be back with more nursery details soon!