December 19, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

 

So I really am still alive.  It's been a weird couple of months.  I feel so disconnected and I miss you guys.  I'm 15 weeks along, but the morning sickness just hasn't gone away.  I just haven't felt like me for a long time.  Anyhow, blah-blah-blah-wah.  On with Wake Up Wednesday.

Our good deed advent experiences this week that were most memorable were leaving notes for daddy around the house and then a man we visited.  Rex was really excited to write notes to daddy all by  himself.  He still needs help spelling, but he didn't want ideas on what to write.  It's fun to hear what is in his head.  "Thanks for taking me places."  "Thanks for being my Dad."  Rex just completely adores his daddy.  He has this fierce loyalty to him that's really endearing.  He couldn't wait for his dad to get home so he could help him find all the notes around the house.

Yesterday we visited a man who lives a couple of blocks away.  He's a member of our church, but I've never met him since he's quite old and can't leave the house.  We picked up a few other kids in the neighborhood and went over to decorate a Christmas tree for him.  We sung some Christmas songs, too.  He told us we made his Christmas.  I think the kids were touched by it too.  One of the boys on my car asked me if we could do that every year.  Oh yes.  We can.

I think Christmas is made beautiful by the little connections we make with each other.  We touch each other's lives in small ways and it makes everything brighter.  It gives up hope and makes up want to keep going.  "Christmas is love in action."

Thanks for reading and staying with me here.

20 comments:

Unknown said...

That's so touching, Cherie. And I pray you feel better soon. Merry Christmas!

jessica said...

Thank you for sharing! My mother would take me to our local nursing home and we would help decorate their rooms and spend time with the individuals. It is still my fondest memory many years later. Also, I hate to say it, but hang in there! I'm thirteen weeks with our first, and boy, no one told me it would be like this! I can't even keep water down half the time, and I have tried every "remedy" from ginger, sparkling water, sprite and 7Up, and so on. Ironically, I had a girlfriend tell me the only thing that worked for her was a cup of decaf coffee with tons of sugar and creamer so, at my wit's end, I had the hubby go to the grocer and purchase some decaf. I don't know why, but it worked for me, and I at least have functional mornings again! Merry Christmas, best wishes and hope you have a turning point soon! :)

Jennifer said...

Cherie, I am so impressed that you are reaching out to help others when you are still feeling so yucky yourself. I know during morning sickness, I could barely get the energy to take care of myself. How wonderful that you are still working to teach your children to be giving at a time when you probably really need to be the recipient rather than the do-er of good deeds.

Sheila said...

Have you tried the wristbands you can find in the motion sickness department at the drugstore? They are great for morning sickness but lots of moms have found they work for morning sickness as well.

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

Cheri, you are amazing for still doing things, feeling yucky still. Life continues on and it's hard to keep up right now. I'm with you--still not feeling any better. It has been hard and I am very ready to enjoy this pregnancy we have wanted for so long! I told Dillon yesterday, well, at least I know by June I'll feel better ;). Here's hoping we both will as soon as possible! When is your ultrasound to find out the gender?

Stephaniee said...

I'm sorry you are still sick. I was that sick for the first 4 months, but it did go away :-) vit b and unisom helped a bit... And I'm.having a girl :-) i wasn't sick with my boy so,maybe the same is happening for you and you have a little girl too

Stephaniee said...

I'm sorry you are still sick. I was that sick for the first 4 months, but it did go away :-) vit b and unisom helped a bit... And I'm.having a girl :-) i wasn't sick with my boy so,maybe the same is happening for you and you have a little girl too

Unknown said...

Hugs! Morning sickness is the pits. Hope you get to feeling better and the second tri is nicer to you. I´m both glad and sad that I won´t be doing that again.

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sb said...

I'm impressed that you're still doing good when you're not feeling well. My morning sickness never went away until around 20 weeks, but it was better after about 14. If you're not opposed to it, maybe you could ask your doctor about taking a Unisom/B6 combination to help with the sickness. It made a big difference for me. Either way, I hope you're feeling better soon and that you have a Merry Christmas!

Shannon said...

What a sweet post!

btw - try ginger. Candied ginger or ginger beer. Ginger beer is just a soda like ginger ale, but with the ginger content much higher. Or steep some ginger root in hot water, (about 2-3 inches, peeled and sliced into thin coins) for about 10 minutes and sweeten with brown sugar.

The Miller Five said...

So sorry about the morning sickness. I had that with my son and it was miserable. Very little got done around our house. I'll cross my fingers that things start looking up!

What a wonderful guesture! It's so neat that the kids want to go back. Service really is a win win for everyone involved.

Lindsay said...

Feel better! Glad your kids are learning about serving others. :)

Unknown said...

So glad that you are past the 12 week mark!!! Sucky that you're still feeling sick :( We had some great RAK experiences too ~ even if we didn't get to each one, every day ~ we're loving it. I love "Christmas is love in action"!!! Merry, merry Christmas Cheri! Hugs to all :)
xo
Heather

Joe and Mary said...

I know you've had enough advice but here's my two cents. I was sick with Hyperemesis with all five of my pregnancies and in and out of the hospital many many times. On my last pregnancy (twins) I finally tried acupuncture. It wasn't a cure all but it kept me out of the hospital and I had enough energy to take care of my other children at home. I'd clear it with your doc first but do try it! Thanks for your blog and your all around coolness.

Siobhan said...

What a beautiful Christmas story! It warms my heart to hear of kids learning to love and care for older members of our community who are often forgotten or left behind in the Christmas rat-race. I'm sure you made all his Christmases that day!

Take care of yourself! I'm sure life will get crazy until you find your new groove. No hurry. xx

Maggie and Sheepie said...

A totally unrelated question....You have some great tips on working with photos and printables andmy question is...How do you put a watermark on a photo so people know where it came from?
Thanks!

Maggie and Sheepie said...

About the nausea...I had hyperemesis gravidarum and even ended up hospitalized for it and if one more person told me to eat a saltine, I thought I might slug 'em if I had the energy! So, take my advice or leave it. The pharmacist, when I was picking up yet another prescription of gold-plated Zofran (which didn't work for me) suggested some lollipops called B-Natal. They were from the pharmacist at our CVS, but didn't require a prescription. While it wasn't a cure, it did seem to help a little.

Jody said...

Thanks for sharing that is the best christmas story!

Becky said...

I also had hyperemesis gravidarum (with tubes to feed me). However, I think the worst part of it all, was the unsolicited advice. So for a laugh, I'll tell you some of the advice I was given: 1-Chili. Chili will cure you. 2-Anything orange. Orange juice, orange soda, orange gumdrops. 3-(my personal favorite) If you just think you're not sick, you won't be sick. So, not advice, but I'll tell you what worked for me. The first pregnancy zofran did the trick, but the second one, it was over the counter zantac that worked best. And none of it cured me, only time did that, but they did take the edge off. (And my youngest is 11, so I'm sure there's way more cool stuff out there now. Like those lollipops the lady above recommended. They didn't have those when I was expecting.) And I know you don't know me, but I totally understand what you're going through and here's a virtual {hug}. Anyway, I love your blog and I love your style. You're amazing.

Anne LK said...

What a nice thing to do for your neighbour. Now my mom would say "as long as they go back and help him take it all down again afterwards" - that was always her least favourite part.
Merry Christmas!

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