This year we've spent time adjusting to the shock and implication of this pregnancy, doctored our dog through another foot injury and surgery, moved into and out of a house, finished a major project for our personal business (Travel the Text), and are leaving for Israel tomorrow (Monday). Whew. January and February went by fast. I've never regretted that February was so short a month as I did this year.
The baby news has kept us plenty busy. We found out I was pregnant when we were in Ecuador, though it took us longer to believe it. There are a few details concerning this revelation that I left out when recounting our time there last November. We look forward to sharing these in the future.
In the meantime, I've been sick. Sick and tired. I had no idea how nauseous, exhausting, and just plain miserable pregnancy could be. I felt the need to call all my friends who had ever been pregnant and experienced even the slightest of symptoms and apologize from the bottom of my heart for not really understanding.
I fell suddenly asleep in a stiff chair, thinking I was just pausing to rest for a moment when we were moving into our house. I don't even take naps. This alarmed me. I have many other examples, but really, women in their first trimester especially should be allowed to just crawl into a cocoon and sleep for 3 months.
Then there's the nausea thing. Supposed to be "morning" sickness, but this name is just a cruel joke. It's the 24/7 stomach flu for months. Well, it was for me. As further insult, the first trimester came and went without taking the nausea away as promised. This was the low point. Thankfully, by around week 18 I was slowly growing able to talk about food again and listen as others discussed various foods without turning completely green. Still, I haven't seen my appetite in a long time. This is hard for me. I remember the joy of eating in my past life, I just have no concept of what that could be like anymore. I'm sure I'll make a full recovery and return to my weak-willed eating self soon enough, but right now, I miss her.
The baby has also made packing an interesting concept as we will be in Israel for the next 5 weeks. I am only showing a little now (thanks to being tall, apparently) and have no idea what will happen to my hijacked body during the next month. Though we leave in less than 24 hours, I'm still processing this dilemma. It would be a shame to wake up one morning unable to put on my pants or button my hiking shirt. Hmmmm.
The cyst that developed between two toes on her front paw mid-January did nothing but get worse. Around $500 in vet bills later (and increasingly horrible experiences with the vets) she endured a sloppy foot surgery and an incredibly long healing time. She is now missing the webbing between those toes on that foot, and we were quite displeased with the entire process. 3 weeks after the surgery it is no longer an open wound and has "mostly" healed.
Our fetch loving dog misses her routine. My parents have graciously agreed to host Reyah in their home while we are gone. She should be able to run again shortly and go for walks with my mom (one of her favorite things) so she may not miss us at all. She's pretty sure we are just mean for not letting her run and play the last month and a half. We agree, but it couldn't be helped. I hate leaving her, but am thankful she has good "grandparents" to look after her.
This book will be used as a learning/study tool by our group members throughout the trip as we travel throughout the land of the Bible. It contains brief information for each site (plus some) we will visit and additional maps, diagrams, illustrations and other reference to enhance the experience.
Geoff's brother, Keith, did the graphic design work for us and we are thrilled with how he brought it all together. I wish I could post all of the work he did for this book here to show it off but it would be too much. You'll just have to travel with us someday to receive a copy of your very own. If you're looking for a good freelance graphic designer, I know the man; but I'll likely keep him busy on our own projects as often as possible!
Next time from Jerusalem - shalom!