I get a weekly pregnancy update in my inbox, telling me how Liam will be growing until the next week. At 32 weeks, my update informed me that my immune system was very suppressed in order to protect my baby from being fought against by my body. Apparently our immune systems would otherwise be under the impression that babies are “foreign objects” against which we must be defended.
I’m so glad my immune system is not attacking Liam. However, as soon as I read that email, I had a feeling I wouldn’t make it through this entire pregnancy without getting sick at least once. I could almost sense it coming, especially since it’s that time of year when colds are starting to make their way around my office. And unfortunately, I was right. Almost immediately, my body started trying to catch something. I even went home early one day last week, because I felt so poorly. I was happy when I woke up feeling better the next day, but that was only temporary.
Wednesday morning, I woke up to a scratch in my throat. At that point, I was sure the sickness had won. I made it through the day not feeling great, but not feeling bad enough to go home either. Then, Thursday morning I felt horrible, and I could tell I had the full blown common cold, complete with a case of tonsillitis. Friday, I felt even worse. Thankfully I started feeling a little better yesterday, but not by much. All day my voice was about 10 notches lower, both in pitch and volume, than usual. Today my voice has mostly returned, and I’m still struggling with head congestion, but am very glad to report my throat is feeling much better, and I’m hoping by tomorrow I will be ready to face the day. Although, being that this is a cold, I’m sure those annoying symptoms will linger for a few weeks to come.
And thus concludes the saga of my bout with the common cold.
Besides battling sicknesses, this has also been a week of maternity photos! On Tuesday, a friend who I met while in the hospital with Madelyn took some outdoor maternity shots of me. She and her partner have recently started a photography business, and I was so happy I could give them some extra maternity photography experience while getting some amazing photos to add to my scrapbook of this pregnancy! To anyone who lives in or near the St. Louis area looking for a photographer, do check out their new photography business, The Sweet Life Images! They offer great photos and their prices are amazing.
Here are just a few of my favorites from our session on Tuesday.
Yesterday, we had an indoor maternity shoot with Robin Frisella Photography, and Nathan was involved in that one. I expect to have those photos within 2 weeks, and will definitely share them when I do! I’m so glad we’ll have so many maternity photos to remember this pregnancy. I wish we were able to do them with Madelyn, but by the time my stomach was big enough, I was already in the hospital for monitoring, and so there simply wasn’t an opportunity to do them.
Last week, I didn’t find much time to blog, and so I didn’t get a chance to mention something wonderful that happened related to this pregnancy!
Last Thursday, when I got to work I was informed that another of our departments needed to meet with me at 2:30 p.m. regarding our international offices, and the head of our department, my supervisor, and I needed to prepare a few minutes beforehand. We spent 10 minutes doing so, and then went to the meeting room. When we arrived to the “meeting”, the other department was nowhere to be found. Instead, my department was sitting in the conference room with the lights out, waiting to throw me a surprise baby shower! I had absolutely no idea!! I was overwhelmed by the amazing gifts I received. Thanks to this generous surprise, I now have pretty much everything I need for Liam and so much more!
I feel so grateful to have so many thoughtful and giving people in my life: people who have been there for me since my mid-pregnancy ultrasound with Madelyn, supporting me through the remainder of my pregnancy with her, through our grief after we lost her, as we struggled with how to conceive again, as we went through the FET process, through the emotional ups and downs of this pregnancy, and now, as we are so close to bringing our next baby home. As long as I’m alive on this earth, I’m sure I’ll never understand why some things, losing our daughter being the most life-shattering, were in my path. But I do feel blessed that I wasn’t asked to walk this path alone. So to my friends, family, and coworkers who have been there for us in such a big way since May 19, 2009, I thank you, and your kindness will always mean the world to me.
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