It's a beautiful sun-shiney Saturday morning here in Tokyo! I love sun-shiney mornings! Tokyo has fantastic weather 80% of the time. A lot to get done today, so I need to get a move on.
Guess who's visiting again! My good ole' friend morning sickness and his sidekicks super-duper smelling ability and nausea. Yep, their back, only not as cruel as before. But their back. I had no idea they would return! What a surprise :)
I've intentionally not blogged about my morning sickness in the first trimester in great detail because reliving the experience was simply too much for me. (Yes, I know it sounds so dramatic but ummmm...... that was such a serious moment in my life people!) Ever since I first met "all day sickness" (for me, it wasn't morning sickness, it was all freakin' day!) back in April I've been a changed woman. I hate the following smells:
- olive oil
- burning wood
- just plain wood (any wood)
- overripe strawberies
- overripe bananas
- strong miso
- Chloe perfume!!!!
- coffee (yes, it's on the list twice for emphasis) Sweet smelling coffee is okay-- but the strong coffee used in expresso OMG noooooo!!!
- car exhaust (I hate air pollution in Tokyo!)
Right now, I'm pretty much experiencing a loss of appetite and moderate nausea. Also, I have that paralyzing affect going on where I get that look on my face that I smell something really bad and all I want to do is just lie down and pray it all away, under my pink blanket. Again, it's moderate compared to the 1st trimester, so I am trying my best to get things done.
Here's something for you to ponder.... [Start Rant] I'm really tired of hearing all of the recommended ways, methods, and whathave you to have a 'smooth' labor. It's starting to tick me off. I don't want to hear or read another word of advice! Advice for pregnant women out there is just too much, and everybody has it! If I really took the time out to do every single thing recommened then that's all I would be doing all day long. And I've concluded that the chances of it really helping probably are not that significant. Except the advice of getting plenty of rest :). So, I've adopted a new mantra. "Try my best... Pray for the rest and stop listening to other nonsense!" [End Rant]
For my upcoming labor, I trust in my body and I trust in God. I've tried my best to eat healthy and exercise throughout pregnancy and that's the best I can do. It's all in God's hands now. I have a strong partner by my side to help me through it and when the time comes, it's time. The baby will come on her on time and in the way she is supposed to come, that's it. No need in worrying and trying to do last minute stuff in hopes of it making things smoother.
She can literally come any day now. We're just waiting, sometimes patiently, sometimes not so patiently (that's me) to welcome our little blessing to our cozy home prepared for her. My help is coming from God and I know I will be taken care of. Yep... pretty sure it will be painful, I hear natural births normally are!
Which brings me to an observation... I'm amazed at how much God is left out of the birthing process. Right now, I'm sitting on my couch with a growing miracle moving in my womb and it makes me feel sad that God isn't acknowleged and praised as much as some books, methods, and whatnot. I guess the belief in God is such a controversial topic these days that people think it's best to just leave God out completely, but as for me and my house, we will acknowlege, praise, and trust in the Lord. We will be praying all the way through my labor and I've asked G to keep reminding me when the pain becomes too much.
So, back to that morning sickness... I woke up with Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack" song in my head and started playing it. I was kind of like welcoming my morning sickness back. Strange I know, but it's a sign that it's almost over!
(Check out the white snake skin shoes in the video!!!! Where are you now Mark? We need another song like this!!! This seriously took me back to high school!!!)