ahhh what a day. i stayed up all night throwing up from 1-6am, blah. i tried to go into work this morning, but when i threw up at work my boss told me to go home and rest. after a big bottle of ginger ale and some saltine crackers, i am finally feeling a little better. the helplessness of throwing up everything, even water, reminded me of the last 3 days of ecuador. i have never been more miserable in my life. so much for morning sickness ending after the first 12 weeks.
last night was also the first night of our marriage that james slept on the couch :(. after 3 hours of me running to the bathroom every 15 minutes, he sweetly asked if he could go in the other room. as much as i selfishly wanted to say no, i wanted him to get a little sleep before work so i let him go. sad day.
tomorrow is our big ultrasound, though! i can feel the baby kicking more and more, so i know he is still alive. i say "he," but we're not finding out the sex. since the whole pregnancy has been a surprise, i decided to go all out and not plan anything. my mom already bought the baby over 200 outfits from garage sales that will work out whether its a boy or girl. i have no shame in dressing our kids in garage sale clothes. in a world full of debt and financial strain, james and i are trying to be as frugal as possible to eliminate unneeded stress. our goal is to have our house paid off in 10 years or less and have no more debt for the rest of our lives. that freedom is worth so much more to us than clothing our newborn in a designer wardrobe.
several casual coworkers asked me if my baby was with a boyfriend or husband or who. what an offensive question! i don't really care because i can always answer that yes, i am married. however, what if i wasn't? it would be stressful enough to be a single, unmarried mom without rude questions and judgement.
i am 25 years old, though! that is not an unusual age to have a first child. i just looked on http://www.census.gov/, and the average age of women when they give birth for the first time is 25.2 yrs (in 2006). i will be older than that when i have our child! pshhh.
time for some pictures. my belly ballooned out these last two weeks!!! as a comparison, here are photos from weeks 18 and 19 respectively: