A week before Christmas, I (we-Thomas and myself) found out I was pregnant. Not going to lie I really believed I would have fertility issues. Clearly not the case. So my father's new "gift" the following week was mind blowing. Thomas was supposed to be standing with me when I told him, however, my family members kept occupying him and I had to strike while the iron was hot. I only wanted my dad to know not the entire clan.. yet. As terrified as I was I soon realized that was silly. My dad was understanding and told me he loved me. Actually told Thomas he loved him too! He didn't get angry and start yelling. He did make me tell my sisters though. My older sister, C, was also pregnant. She was due in May. Both sisters were shocked to say the least but hugged me all the same.
In January, we had our first OB appointment. The doctor's confirmed I was pregnant..which led me to bust out in tears. I still had a feeling they would tell me I had something wrong with my uterus, not pregnancy. Nope, not the case. January was a big month.... turns out Thomas asked my dad for permission to marry me (back in November...lucky him). He proposed this month! Our romance always buds the best when there is snow on the ground. We made our relationship "official" on a snowy day in February and he propsed on a snowy day in January. I came home for lunch that day. He decided to take me for a walk..in the snow.. without a coat. As we are walking around the apartment complex he starts telling me how excited he is to start this new chapter in his life with me and lots of other lovey things I was excited to hear. Then told me to look down. In the snow he wrote, "Will you marry me?" I will never understand how I missed that walked around but whatever. Obviously, I said "YES" and for a brief moment I was not nauseated. :)
In February, we had our second OB appointment and first ultrasound. Thomas so far was being more supportive than I could have imagined. I am one lucky lady. I was one of the unlucky ones that has "morning sickness" ALL DAY. If I walked too far, I was nauseous. If I ate anything other than noodles, I was VERY nauseous. The latter I figured out the hard way. I couldn't cook or think about cooking without getting sick to my stomach. Thomas ate out A LOT during my first and most of my second trimesters.
In March, we tied the knot. Let me tell you that planning a quick wedding (before the baby bump begins to really show) while being too nauseous to pick out a menu, hashing out every single detail, dealing with changes to your body that you don't understand, etc. is something I do not wish on anyone. However, it was really important to me to be married before our little one arrived. Thomas and I knew we were going to get married by the end of the year so we just moved the date from Fall to Spring.
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April and May were full of stress trying to figure out if we were staying in Greensboro or moving closer to Thomas' family. His sister offered us her mother-in-law's home if he found a teaching position out this way. Which would be nice with cheaper rent and help for me as I figure out this new mommy business. Unfortunately, there are not many open positions out that way because well everyone likes living out there. The school administration is much better in smaller counties from my understanding. The lease of our current apartment was ending mid-July. Being my pregnant self, I could NOT leave it to chance. So we kept an eye open for positions but planned on staying in Greensboro. The search for a place began....
Enter into July....We found a place. We are two weeks from signing the new lease to move in when Thomas gets an email from a former teacher that is now a principal in the area we were looking into. He said he heard of a position opening up in the math department at the high school that Thomas graduated from. He emailed the principal, an interview was set up the following Monday (1 week before signing the lease). As taboo as it is Thomas let them know we were on a time limit of signing a lease to keep us in Greensboro. WELL, Tuesday (next day) the principal called and offered him the job. Literally within a week, we went from staying in Greensboro to moving to Boonville. The remainder of July was a whirlwind of traveling back and forth from one place to the next for Thomas to finish teaching summer school and setting up the house as best we could before fully moving in. No one was letting me do much (I am 8 months pregnant at this point) and I do not like that.
Hello, August. The house is still not 100%, however, there has been great improvements. The nursery is the only room that is completely done. The spare bedroom, master, living and bathroom are nearly done with only minor updates needed. The kitchen needs the most work, mainly because of the old vinyl flooring that needs replacing. Other than that it is completely useable.
Next step is to HAVE THIS BABY. If he ever decides to make an appearance and get used to living in the middle of no where, NC. Stay tuned as I attempt to be better at keeping this online journal :).