Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Latest

I've been hesitant to post anything lately about what life has been like since we moved back, and it could be for one of the following reasons, but I'm going to go with the idea that it's probably a combination of all of them

-I'm 29 weeks pregnant and that seems to consume most of my brain power on most days. Funny how using one's body to grow another person and then the prospect of bringing that person into this world, to then be responsible (thankfully, in conjunction with my husband) for said person, can really sap one's energy.

-Add a sinus infection that's been going strong for a week to the mix and subtract all the medications non-pregnant people can take, you've got one miserable week.

-Then there's the chaos of moving back from living in Scotland, finding a place to live, a job for my husband, health insurance, transportation, and re-connecting with people we've been away from for two years, all while living with my parents and some with my sister and brother-in-law (thank the Lord for their hospitality and generosity because without them our lives would be even more ridiculously chaotic).

-Throw in some traveling around the East Coast and Mid-West. To be exact, 31 days of traveling spread over the space of 63 days.

-Figuring out how to transition back to living in America, after being in the UK for two years, when our future seems so unclear.

Yeah, I'm gonna go with the idea that all of these things together cause me to not even know where to start when it comes to processing and writing out how I'm feeling about all this stuff.

Don't get me wrong, this is not a list of complaints, (ok, well maybe the one about the sinus infection is a complaint, but can you blame me?) these are all wonderful (and when it comes to the baby, miraculous) experiences, exciting adventures, and fabulous times with people we love. But, I'm realizing, especially now after writing it out, that it's a lot to handle all at once, and that realization is helping me do something that my husband has been pleading with me to do for months: cut myself some slack, stop trying to do so much stuff, and ask for/accept help from people.

So as we figure out how to navigate this new form of our lives, I'm hoping to keep everyone updated, but can't make any guarantees to the updates having any sort of consistency.

For now, I'm going to relax and enjoy feeling our little guy start his nightly kick-boxing routine in my belly. He's a feisty fella, and I love it!

Mark the Calendar

I received my first, "you look like you're ready to pop" comment from a total stranger today. I knew the tactless, random comments from strangers were inevitable, I just didn't expect it quite yet.

Maybe it was the surprised look on my face, or the fact that I obviously had no idea how to reply, that made the lady follow up with, "oh it's just that you're so petite, that's why you look like you're ready to pop."

Goodness, I've still got 11 weeks left, and this baby has lots more to grow; what will they be saying when I'm really and truly ready to pop?

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Funny Signs

I laughed all the way through reading Stacy and Kyle's report on the Funny Signs Exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.