Hello, reader!! Long time, no see! I apologize for my absence, but I’ve been cooking a very special baking project. I dropped off the face of the blogging world for a hot minute, because I’ve been working on this:
That’s right, people, baby number 3 is on their way! I’m almost 15 weeks along, and it’s been an adventure.
My pregnancies have not been easy. I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to carry babies, but it is a grueling process for me. I get very sick, for one thing. I stopped blogging because I haven’t been able to cook in months. How does a person write a food blog when they can’t even turn on the stove without getting sick? The answer for me is you don’t. You take a break and get through it. Thankfully, the nausea is starting to ease up, but I’m not out of the woods yet. Really, I won’t be until I deliver this baby, but it gets better.
I also have SI joint dysfunction (just during pregnancy, thank goodness), which causes enormous pain and affects my mobility later in pregnancy. It started to rear its ugly head at 10 weeks, but it’s eased up a little bit lately. I’ll take what I can get.
We got the cute ultrasound picture above because I’ve had some new complications this time around, including a sub chorionic hematoma and a Mallory-Weiss tear. A sub chorionic hematoma is bleeding that occurs when the placenta tears away from the uterine wall a little. Mine was not huge, and is healing, but it was scary. A Mallory-Weiss tear is when you get a tear in your esophagus due to excessive vomiting. You then vomit blood. It’s lovely.
I regale you with this information not to complain, but to commiserate. There are people out there for whom pregnancy is just a beautiful, joyous time, and I am truly happy for those people. I am unfortunately not one of them. Like I said, I am grateful that I’ve been able to carry my babies, but every time it has stretched me to my limit. I know there are a lot of us out there who really struggle during pregnancy. It’s normal to not love being sick and in pain. I’m glad I have my therapist this time around, because pregnancy is so, so hard mentally and physically for me.
The good news is that while we were getting the above ultrasound in the ER (we were there for the sub chorionic hematoma), we found out that baby is a girl!! 3 little girls. My oldest is so excited. She used to tell me that she wanted ten babies in our family, but they all had to be girl babies. The rest of us are thrilled as well.
Now that my nausea is improving, I’m hopping back on the blogging train. I can’t promise I will be able to post every week to start. I’m still sick, just not as sick. I will test recipes as I’m able, and I promise to share my findings with you! If you have any ideas you’d like me to test, please leave me a comment! Talk to you soon!