Hello!!! I’m Amy, I’m so excited about having a lodge!! I don’t know how far back to start with my intro, so I’ll try not to bore you. I was the single girl forever, I hated dating in high school, college, after college. My family said I was mean and called me the one date wonder because I wouldn’t go out again if I knew I wasn’t into the guy after the first date. After working for a couple years I decided to build a house and move out on my own. (My parents had been kind enough to let me live with them after college until I got some money and established myself with a job.) Six months after I moved into my house I decided I was ready to date. I was talking to several guys, and dating for fun. That’s when Chris emailed me. He lived 2 hours away, was 7 years older than me, and a complete stranger. His grandparents wintered in Florida and met some people from my church. I guess his grandparents were complaining they couldn’t find a good girl for their grandson and they were getting worried because he was getting old (30 hehehe). My friends from church said they knew a good girl and passed my email along to Chris. They had tried to fix me up with people much older than me before. I take it as a compliment that they thought that much of me, but it was also scary in the previous experiences. Anyway, Chris and I talked on the phone several times and he finally asked me out on a date and emphasized that 2 hours was a long long way to drive to meet a girl he didn’t know. We had our first date that lasted 8 hours on a Saturday afternoon. He went out of state the next weekend, then we started seeing each other every weekend from that point on. I had started training to run a marathon about 2 months before Chris and I met, and when we started dating I was just getting into the 10, 12, 14 etc. mile runs on the weekends. So I would run in the morning, he would come to my house and I would be ready to sleep by 7:30PM. He was a saint because he put up with this from January to May when I ran the marathon. He actually spent the whole day of the marathon with my parents while I ran. I’m proud to say I ran the entire marathon very slowly, but I didn’t have to walk or crawl to get across the finish line. We dated for almost 1 ½ years when he proposed and we planned a wedding in 6 months. I paid for my wedding so it was nothing spectacular, but it was very nice and I was told several times that I was the most relaxed bride anybody had ever seen. After the wedding I sold my house and moved 2 hours away from everything I knew to live in Chris’ house. I got a job working at a nursing home for a therapy company I had worked for in the past. I was ready for the job changed, but I still really miss my friends and church family from home. A couple months before our first anniversary Chris and I decided to start TTC. My sister had been trying for 2 years with no luck and I was afraid I would be in the same boat as her. It turns out my sis has PCOS. We didn’t temp or anything, and I used ovulation predictor kits about every other month. We actually conceived on a month I wasn’t actively consentrating and I had decided if I didn’t get pregnant in November I wasn’t going to worry about it until after the holidays and I’d talk to the OB/GYN at my yearly appointment in January. It took us 7 months, but I found out I was pregnant on December 3rd. I was super lucky with the first trimester. I had to eat, but I never really got sick. The second trimester was trickier. Starting at 15 weeks I had Right sided back pain that limited me a lot at work and in play. I couldn’t tolerate more than 30 minutes of sitting, standing or walking. I would go home from work in tears. I saw a chiropractor and physical therapy, but nothing seemed to change it. There were points when I promised my husband this would be the only child I carried. At 33 weeks something magical happened. The baby dropped a little bit and I was finally pain free. Exhausted, but pain free!! That brings us to now. YEAH 36 weeks tomorrow!! I’m supposed to be working 4 hour days but I’ve never left work in less than 5.5 hrs. Since my back is better, it’s not nearly as big of a deal. I’ll post my belly picture tomorrow if I remember to take it. Sorry this turned out super long, thanks for hanging in there through it!
I thought it would be interesting to do a slideshow of my pregnancy from the first pic at 8 weeks, 14 weeks, 28 weeks and 36 weeks. I thought I had a pooch at 14 weeks but I'm pretty sure I was wrong now.
I'm ashamed of myself that I had to go back to June 2007 to find a picture of Chris and me together. Lots of pictures of us seperately and lots of pictures of our dog. I guess it's something we need to work on. [IMG][/IMG] Yep. . .I'm the photographer in that picture. . .I guess we need to ask people to take our pictures too. Holy COW that's big. Sorry Photobucket !!
I really hope the baby has my personality and DH's looks. Chris is painfully shy, and it's just not fair for him, he gets nervous in sunday school class! I'm really not too afraid to be in front of 100 people so long as I'm not doing improv. So far the LO is demonstrating DH's traits inside. He doesn't like to be touched and will hide from a hand when it touches my belly. He wakes up at 10:30PM, DH is a night owl and I'm ready for bed at 9:30 most of the time. My MIL said that Chris was a cuddle bug when he was little so I hope that I get to enjoy that.
Today I'm hoping to get the rest of the house clean. The nursery is mostly ready besides things DH has to take care of. (The quilt fell off the wall, darn scotch wall hooks don't stick to plaster). My doula and her partner are coming on Tuesday night so I'd like the house to be presentable for them. I really really want to make brownies, but I don't NEED brownies. I'll let you know on that one. I have held off for over a week now. I get the box out and put it back at least once a day.