My Journey through Breast Cancer

On October 11, 2013, I was diagnosed with Stage II Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) ... or as we like to call it, extreme measures for a nap (EMFN). For a while, this blog will be my cancer journal. Enter at your own risk.

16 March 2009

28 weeks

Well, Baby Josephine seems to be putting on the weight rather quickly now. Week 28 marks the official beginning of the third trimester, which is when she's supposed to start really putting on weight anyway. Bye bye cute baby bump, hello "whoa, pregnant woman!" Its good times. So far my clothes still fit me, though even some of my maternity clothes are starting to get snug. What do you do when even the maternity clothes are too small?!

And now I'm finding myself thinking a little more about labor and delivery, and all that's involved with not only bringing this small child in to the world, but then caring for her once she's here. I'm not really worried or looking at it with too much trepidation ... I have more a sense of curiosity as to how its all going to happen, and wondering just what kind of mother I'll make. Fortunately, I'm the type to find humor in most things (when I'm not too tired at least), so hopefully it will be one big jolly ride of a learning curve. I guess we'll see.

As I post this, its Monday evening. Caleb has been gone over a week, and I've had a horrid cold the entire time. I really don't think his being gone would have been a big deal ... IF I hadn't been sick. On top of not sleeping well on account of Josephine, I haven't been sleeping well on account of my sinuses. Add to that having to get up early to walk the dog, and working all day while tired, and then having to fix myself dinner and get my own glass of water every evening ... and its been a somewhat tiring week. Its a bummer to be sick when there's no one around to indulge my need for sympathy and take care of me.

Caleb and the Liberia team return on Saturday night, and I'm finding I really can't wait. (Check out his blog for the latest!) I expected to miss him, but I don't think I expected to miss him this much. Having him gone has reminded me just how much he takes care of around here, not the least of whom is me. Of course, there's also the dog. So instead of Caleb being home to walk her in the early morning, and getting home first at the end of the day to find out what she's chewed up while we've been gone, its me. And I don't handle early mornings or chewed up surprises too well. Did you know Netflix charges $20 for lost or damaged DVDs? I learned that on Friday, after ours was "damaged" my Lucy's teeth.

However, for all its drama, the time at home has actually gone by pretty quickly. I've gotten some cleaning and organizing done around the house (thanks mostly to my mother-in-law, sister and brother-in-law ... they did some of the heavy lifting, organizing, and Amy even vacuumed my stairs!). This week should move quickly, too, as I'm heading to a friend's tomorrow night, Bible study on Wednesday night, and finishing cleaning on Thursday night. Friday afternoon I head to Laguna Beach for our church women's retreat, which I'll be leaving early on Saturday evening to pick up my husband and parents at the airport. I have a feeling this week will fly as quickly as last week ... I only hope this week's activities include getting over this cold.


km said...

You look so great! I really want to meet this little person when she arrives.

Rachel said...

You are a beautiful pregnant woman! I love that purple shirt - so cute and a great color on you!

Gretchen said...

You look so great preggers!! Love the purple maternity top. =0) Oh and the best thing to do about clothes not fitting is to buy a few more in a bigger size and just wear them out until the baby comes.

Anonymous said...

You are looking mighty cute! Thanks for getting another preggy pic up. It's fun to see the changes through pictures. When you get a chance, we'd love to see some of the nursery...No pressure! We've been praying for both you and Caleb as you both are experiencing different journeys. Glad to hear your week has flown, and that Caleb's extreme computer talents are being utilized. Hang in there and my advice on preggy clothes is find the ones that fit in your closet and wear 'em over and over. Then spend your money on clothes after the baby because it's fun to buy non-maternity clothes. Blessings on you, Tammy

Mary Haire said...

Heidi, You look adorable! So glad Caleb is back home now, we'll be thinking and praying for you guys. Also, I LOVE Josie's lamp shade. Precious!