Turning the corner

Whew…second trimester. I never thought I’d see you…

What’s that? You’re just like the first trimester, only with headaches and dizziness?

Great.

That may be a bit of an overstatement. I am feeling better than I have, for the most part. There are still lingering symptoms from the time before, and I still have to use toothpicks (ouch!) to keep my eyes open most of the time, but we’re making progress.

It’s also been a busy time in our world – yesterday, we signed papers for our new house! Tonight we’ll get the keys, and begin a six-week redecorating campaign so we’re ready for the big (last, for awhile) move in February. I can’t wait to see our ideas come to life inside the walls of our house – no longer subject to year-long leases and restrictions on creativity! Most of all, I can’t wait to get into the room that will be little one’s nursery, to make it a haven for him (or her) to learn and grow.

Our last appointment was two weeks ago, along with the first check/nuchal translucency ultrasound. Everything looked wonderful, and it was simply amazing to watch little one dancing around inside me. I’m just about at the point where I think I’m feeling the tiniest flutters of movement, so the next few weeks will be even more exciting as those flutters become more apparent. We also heard the baby’s heartbeat on Doppler for the first time – that little train engine sound nearly broke my heart. Brian didn’t quite pick up on it, but he knows what he’s listening for so next time will be a definite treat.

Since we’re right in the middle of the holiday season, we’ve seen a lot of our families and have made plans to see still more of them. It’s hard to believe that this is our first married Christmas together, and also our last Christmas as just a pair – the next time we put up the lights and place the star on our tree, we will be three.

There will be more to follow, but for now we’re just moving forward.

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