2014 Bucket List: #4

#4. Change office hours.

Date accomplished:  5/12/2014

Sweet Pea, as you know, has some pretty significant health issues.  They’ve pretty much prevented any day care options for her, and so I’ve been blessed to be able to change my office hours.  My boss is allowing me to work from the house, and part-time (at least for now).  I’m hoping that this can be a long-term solution, but am aware that my job – the entire industry, really – isn’t set up that way.

I know this is a fairly boring post, but it’s a significant impact to our lives.  I’m quite excited!

Perspective

Sometimes, I lose perspective.  Ok, so  I lose perspective a lot.  I get so wrapped up in where I’m not yet that I forget where I’m not anymore.  I was updating the Measurements page, and I realized that I have lost 30 lbs. . . and have successfully kept it off for almost two years (pregnancy not-withstanding).

30 pounds!

227 is no longer my “normal.”  195 is my normal.  That is the measurement I now need to challenge – and it’s still a good 20-25 lbs. more than is healthy.

But 25 lbs. is not 55 lbs.

Further up and further in!

2014 Bucket List: #16

#16. Read (not re-read) one “classic.”

Date accomplished:  5/3/2014

Since Sweet Pea has joined our family, I’ve started going to the library again.  I love libraries!  With my work schedule, I was never able to get there during their hours of operation, but that’s no longer the case.

I went there to do some faxing/copying, and hadn’t thought to review the List beforehand. . .and the only book that I could remember at the time was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  I read it over a few days, when I had some unexpected travel time to kill.  I liked the story, but got bored with all the “classifying” that the protagonist did.  I freely admit skimming those portions!  Still, I’m glad I read it – it definitely captures the imagination.

Next up:  A Tale of Two Cities.

Life As We Know It (Now)

It’s been a long, long, long time since I’ve written here.  A really LONG time.  At least it feels that way!

Our family has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride these past couple of months.  Our sweet daughter made a surprise early appearance, and brought quite a few changes along with her.  Unbeknownst to us, she was truckin’ along inside my womb with some pretty serious health issues.

One day after work (about a month before my due date), I went to a routine appointment with my OB/GYN and discovered that we were going to meet our sweet girl that night.  THAT NIGHT, people!  Up to this point, we’d thought everything was progressing normally.  But a decreased amount of movement, elevated blood pressure and low amniotic fluid level had my Dr. concerned, so off to the first of many specialists I went.  They were so kind, as I was slightly overwhelmed and was learning all of this by myself, since Hubs couldn’t make it to the appointment.  They were able to explain what was going on to him over the phone, and he called our parents and church while I checked myself in to Labor & Delivery.

I cannot even begin to describe how well we were supported.  So many family and friends came to the hospital that night!  People drove over an hour, and brought gifts with them – at absolutely no notice.  And it didn’t stop there!  We were in the hospital for 45 days. . .over 6 weeks.  There were maybe three days where we didn’t have at least one visitor during that time.  Friends traveled several hours to see us and our girl, texted and called us daily, showered us with gifts, and constantly lifted us up in prayer.

It was astounding.  Overwhelming.  Amazing.  Humbling.  And it hasn’t stopped, even after we were able to take her home.

I am so thankful.  So incredibly grateful to these people.  They have quite literally held us up at a time when it was impossible to manage alone.

Now, we’re adjusting to the new normal.  The biggest deal (for me, at least) has been figuring out my work options, since Sweet Pea’s condition pretty much rules out any day care, and our insurance doesn’t cover nursing hours (yet).  We’re trying to navigate the ridiculously complicated (and expensive!) healthcare system, and are learning what it means to be an advocate for our child.  We’re also cherishing her sweet smiles and learning how to comfort her, running on little sleep from mid-night feedings, etc. – all the “normal” first-time parent things, too!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to.  The tone/content around here will likely change a bit. . .but then that makes sense.  I have definitely changed a bit!

Onward and Upward, friends.

2013 Bucket List: #19 – Part 1

#19.  Have my college t-shirt quilt made.

Date accomplished:  TBD

Last Christmas, my Mom gave me a “coupon” to have/make my college t-shirt quilt.  It’s been a busy year, and so we’d not done much more than pick out the shirts to use until about Thanksgiving.  Maybe we can roll it into a quilting session for baby?

Ha.  Something tells me this list of mine is going to change and/or be halted in the near future. . .

What I’ve Been Up To

So.  It’s been a while.  I actually do have a good reason, this time.  Other than avoidance – haha!

Hubs and I are expecting a baby!  I couldn’t very well write about weight loss when I’m not supposed to be losing weight, and all the emotional stuff I could write about has been associated with Baby.  And, I wasn’t really ready to put it on the interwebs that we’re expecting.  So, I’ve been quiet as a church mouse.  🙂

But, YAY!  BABY!  Also. . .oh my goodness, I’m a mother. . .how terrifying.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to.  Now that you know, I may start posting more often, though it’ll be less about a weight loss journey than it will be about life in general.