Two Week Wait… and a Birthday Party!

It’s been two weeks since I wrote anything and I’m feeling a strong pull to get back in the game. I can’t say it’s been an enjoyable two week vacation, not exactly. It’s been a whirlwind of back to school, family visiting from out of town, temporary dog-sitting for my sister, who broke her kneecap, and of course… a lot of morning {all-day} sickness.

It’s the kind of all-day sickness that vacillates between a low-level blah feeling of “I’m okay, I can handle this” and a spinning stomach and feeling that everything smells gross, sounds hurt my aching head, and I just want to sleep. I can’t just stop going — there are kids to drop off and pick up, dinners to cook, laundry to fold, and groceries to buy — so I’ve been doing the bare necessities and forgoing the rest, which includes checking email more than once a day, writing anything, and {ahem} vacuuming.

I am going to try to get back in the swing of writing. This pregnancy brings with it a whole rainbow of various emotions: some beautiful, some very painful, and I know that writing and sharing those emotions will help me to get through them. Thank you all for your support on this new journey. I appreciate every ounce of love, every comment, every page view, even if I don’t feel well enough to respond to them all right away.

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On a slightly different note, part of my amazing two week whirlwind was my niece Cori’s 4th birthday party. It’s always a treat to see Cori’s smiling face, since she lives so far away in Louisiana, so we are excited that she and her brother are in town all this week.

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Cori loves anything princess themed… although, to be honest, anything purple or pink will work for her. My sister and I decorated for her party in a combination of Disney princesses and “Sofia the First”. We combined miles of streamers, yards of tape, buckets of glitter, and enough balloons to cause a helium shortage, and the effect was fit for a princess.

Cori's Princess Birthday Party

Cori's Princess Birthday Party

David provided face painting services for the kids, and most of the adults consented to wear party hats, at least for a little while. Cori chose a princess crown for her cheek, Avery wanted his favorite – Mickey Mouse, and Addah chose a penguin for her face painting.

Cori's Princess Birthday Party

Cori's Princess Birthday Party

Cori's Princess Birthday Party

It’s hard to believe Cori is 4 years old! It seems like just yesterday that she was born, making me an auntie for the first time!

Cori's Princess Birthday Party

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet rainbow baby girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Your niece is adorable and the same age as my Emma, who also adores Sophia the First. I have been told this is what she will be for Halloween, too!! And I hope you are feeling better. I had all day nausea with both girls from about 6 weeks to about 21-22 weeks. No fun and just remember wanting to sleep all day, too, because that was the only time I wasn’t nauseous was when I was sleeping.

    • Thank you, Janine! You had nausea until 21-22 weeks?! Say it ain’t so! I really hope mine doesn’t last that long — I am trying to be graceful and grateful for the nausea, because it brings with it the hope of a new baby, but I am seriously just so sick of being sick. You are a strong mama to go through that kind of nausea twice!

      • Siri

        No matter how delighted you are to be pregnant, I defy anyone not to feel resentful of persistent nausea… it alters your worldview so profoundly while it lasts. Luckily once it’s gone, normality is restored immediately! Here’s hoping yours is about to make itself scarce…

  • Siri

    You’ll need those diapers and bits and bobs now! Any chance of being allowed to contribute via a donation button??

    • Thank you Siri! I thought the same thing — if we have a girl, we have a lot of girl clothes, but if we have a boy, we have very little that isn’t pink or purple. And either way, all of our diapers and hand-knit wool soakers and pants are sold! I guess I should have held out a few more months on selling everything, eh?

      As far as a donation button… I’m afraid if I put one up, I would be seen as greedy or begging. I don’t know what the etiquette is on things like virtual baby showers and the like. That said, I would be happy to send you our address privately for a baby gift or a card. 🙂

      • Siri

        I only mentioned it because I knew you wouldn’t! :-). And no one would ever dream of thinking you were greedy; quite the contrary..and yes, that would be absolutely lovely!