A Change of Plans, and Some News

I made lots of reading goals for 2014, and gave one update on how they were going. Now I’m going to admit that I’m changing those goals because there is no way I’ll be reaching them all as they were originally set.

In December and January‘s monthly recaps, what I didn’t share is my really big news: I’m having baby #3 in August. (And if you suspected something from my comment in January’s recap about feeling lousy all month, well, thanks for letting me be vague about things).

thirteen weeksHappily, I haven’t had the debilitating nausea and vomiting with this pregnancy like I did with the first two. I’m still sick and have had plenty of days where I can’t keep food down, but it is NOTHING like the other pregnancies. Unfortunately, this pregnancy still has the same fatigue and utter exhaustion as the others. The kids are getting an embarrassing amount of screen time some days. Between the bitterly cold temps keeping them inside, and a mom crashed on the couch, they are ready for warmer weather and the ability to at least run around by themselves in the back yard.

I’m not sure if I’m going to reset all of my reading goals, or if I’ll just go along with them all from before and see how close I can get to reaching them. It’s not just that I’m sick and need more sleep so I have less time to read – I also am more brain-dead so I can’t focus on reading like normal. I’ve watched more TV the last two months than in the last year. My DVR thanks me at least for finally clearing off some shows that had been lingering on there for a year or more. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ve had two ultrasounds so far and everything looks good. I’m into the second trimester now so I’m hoping for a boost of energy levels so I can begin to help the house recover from the neglect it’s suffered. Cleaning floors and anything more than touch-ups elsewhere has not been happening, and it shows.

If you pray, I’d love your prayers. I’m considered somewhat higher risk because of my age, and because of some ongoing health issues I have that (among other things) increases the chances of preterm labor. I’ve also had some less-than-stellar test results so far related to that as well as glucose levels and my blood pressure readings have been somewhat high the last two times. Nothing is red-alert-level alarming, but it’s “concerning,” and makes for extra doctors visits and more monitoring.


  1. First of all, congratulations!! Very happy for you. Will definitely pray everything goes well. Last year was rough for me being pregnant, so I have extra empathy. I couldn’t really think well at all. Praying none of the concerns become too serious. I’ve had my share of bedrest, etc in pregnancies and it’s no fun.

    P.S. DON’T feel a bit guilty about extra screen time. This too shall pass.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congratulations! Pregnancy is definitely grounds for re-evaluating goals and giving yourself lots of grace. I’ll be praying that all of the complications and issues resolve and that it’s a safe and healthy pregnancy. Rest! Ignore the floors!

  3. Congrats (again)!!! I’m praying for you, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Praying for good health for you both. Thanks for letting us know how we can pray.

  5. Congratulations!!! Babies are always wonderful news…and so is not being sick every day (I was with both my boys…So, that makes me over-the-moon happy for you). Hang in there with all of the tests too….

  6. Wow! Congratulations!! That is simply fantastic! I wish you and baby the best of health and hope to hear some good updates on the blog!

  7. Congratulations! Wonderful news! I will be praying for an uneventful pregnancy, a healthy labor and delivery, and the unbounded blessings that go along with the journey of expecting a new life and an additional family member!

  8. Congratulations!
    Praying that all will go well.

  9. Congratulations to you! Prayers to you for a non-eventful pregnancy and a healthy baby!

  10. Congratulations! I admire you for trying to reach your goals despite the change in circumstances. It sounds like your first trimester was a lot like mine with my son- my brain kind of shut down, and all I was good for after work was watching TV. Not even good TV, either- teen soaps and stuff like that! I felt back to my energized, reading-writing self in my second trimester, so I hope you start to feel the same.
    Wishing you the best for a healthy pregnancy and baby!

  11. Congratulations! I will definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. BABY!!! Oh my goodness, how exciting and wonderful. I will certainly be praying for you.

  13. Congratulations! I pray that things will go well with your pregnancy, that you’ll start to feel better soon, and that your baby will be born healthy and strong.

  14. Congrats! This is a good reason to give yourself a break on your goals, you may do better than you think!.

  15. Congratulations!! You all will be in my prayers.

  16. Congratulations! I’ll be praying.

  17. Congratulations! and I’m sorry about the rough pregnancy —I dealt with the vomiting, nausea and fatigue with mine. I’ll be praying for you and your little one and the rest of your family. Take care

  18. Thank you all so much for your prayers and support! I’ve been taking my blood pressure at home after those high readings in the doctor’s offices and so far the readings have all been much better. Since I’m in the second trimester now, I can also switch medications back to one that typically works better for me with my chronic condition. That should help get those levels stabilized. And that should also help get my blood pressure and glucose levels back where they should be, so there’s even more reason to think that the rest of the pregnancy may be much smoother and less eventful. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I do have the three-hour fasting blood sugar test to do tomorrow morning, which is always a pleasure, and I am praying that that test result comes back with good news.

  19. Congratulations! How exciting! I’ll be praying for your health!

  20. Hi Sheila, I was in your (in)courage group in the fall session and I like to keep up with your blog. Obviously, I missed this post, and just realized your pregnant. Congratulations! Praying for you and hoping you’ve already found this pregnancy to be going smoother than your first two. Also, I really appreciate all the work you put into this blog. I love reading your reviews. My favorite fiction is young adult (though I read most genres), and I noticed your review of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy. I just finished re-reading her book Goose Girl, which I highly recommend! And I loved the Palace of Stone. Also, several years ago I read The Thief, which I really enjoyed, but have yet to read the Queen and King of Attolia books. You’ve definitely piqued my interest! Anyway, blessings.

    • Thank you so much! Things are improving, and my last round of tests showed some better results than preliminary ones (such as my three-hour glucose test was completely normal, when the one-hour one was high).

      Yes, read the Queen and King of Attolia books – it’s so much fun continuing his story!

      And I just got the sequel to Princess Academy from the library, although I haven’t started reading it yet. I’m hoping it’s as good as the first one. I’ll look for Goose Girl too, thanks for the tip.


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