Sunday, July 26, 2009

My News

Well. It sure has been a tough year so far - and you all know it too, what with my constant complaining about being tired, stressed out or simply in a bad place. My concentration has been on and off, I can't seem to keep my mind on reading like I used to. And I have a good reason. I'm pregnant.

It feels so amazing to finally be able to write that. I've been waiting until after the infamous 12-week scan and here I am, at 14 weeks now, able to finally announce it to the world. :-)

Why were things so hard? I won't bore you with details, but the gist of it is that we did an IVF cycle pretty much right after moving house. So basically we had all the stress we could possibly have had at once. It was a horribly diffcult time and I don't particularly want to think about it. But we survived and hey, it worked!

I am thrilled and looking forward to what these next months will bring. I don't expect any huge improvements in concentration, but hopefully things will settle down a bit at least.

I do have thoughts on a pregnancy-related book too, I hope they count because as you can imagine with my addiction I bought pretty much every book I could find.

I now finished reading The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine. The subtitle says 'Or everything you doctor won't tell you' and it lives up to the expectation. This book tells you how things will actually feel, not just what will happen to you. It's a funny take on the experience and after reading so many clinical books (which are also important) I totally needed this. I definitely this is one to read when pregnant.

It fits into a couple challenges too! :-)

Challenges: 999 Challenge, Non-Fiction Five challenge, A-Z Challenge


Lezlie said...



Ana S. said...

Congratulations, Joanna :D I'm glad you made it through such a stressful period, and I hope the new few months bring you nothing but good things!

raidergirl3 said...

congratulations! Enjoy the next six months, it's a wonderful time. Oops, that didn't sound right - the rest will be good too:)
Is it just one that you know of?

Melissa said...

Congratulations and best wishes to all! As an IVF veteran myself (2 cycles), I can truly empathize with the stress of that - and cannot possibly imagine moving at the same time. (((shudders))) Many congratulations again!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Woohoo!! I'm so happy to see this post because I've been just a little worried about you the past few months. Congratulations--so so exciting!

Unknown said...

Congratulations! That is such good news!

Thoughts of Joy said...

HOORAY!!! What great news! I am so excited for you. Congratulations, Joanna!

Memory said...


Chrisbookarama said...

Congrats! Sometimes getting pg isn't always easy but it's worth it.

joanna said...

Wow, people still DO read what I post on here! :-) That makes me so happy, I can't tell you!

Lezlie - Thanks! :-)

Nymeth - I hope so too! ;-)

raidergirl - ha ha, I understand that it's good until the last 3 months so I have a couple of months to enjoy at least! :-)

Melissa - yeah... plus I'm terrified of needles, doctors and hospitals so everything about this was my worst nightmare. I think I gave the hospital staff some interesting days at work! ;-) I feel very lucky to have had the first cycle work, can't really imagine going through two like you did...

Trish - thanks, that's nice to hear... I wanted to let you guys know sooner, but was too paranoid about jinxing it!

farmlanebooks - thanks, we think so! ;-)

Joy - it sure IS exciting! And a bit scary... :-)

Memory - thanks!

Chris - oh, it's certainly worth it, you're right there!

serendipity_viv said...

Congratulations. What a wonderful thing to hear such good news. May I wish you an easy pregnancy and birth. Morning sickness sucks! The concentration doesn't ever really improve after birth, well it definitely didn't with me. I find I have just got worse as mine have got older. However, what is the price of concentration in comparison to a bundle of joy!

Lydia said...

Congratulations. After so many years of effort, it must feel like your wish has finally been granted. I hope that the next six months are smooth and worry-free.

Alicia said...

Congratulations! That is great news!

BTW- I've nominated your for an award, so stop on over and pick it up :)

Veronica said...

Congratualtions on the baby! That's such great news. :)

joanna said...

Hi Bounty, nice to meet you! Leave me the url of your blog please, I couldn't access it! No, too early for names, but I'm sure those conversations will come up soon enough!

Scrap girl - yes, I've heard that about the concentration thing, apparently I'll never really get my brain back! :-)

Lydia - thanks!

Alicia - thanks! And for the award too, that's so sweet!!

Veronica - thank you! :-)

Iliana said...

Joanna, congratulations to you guys! I hope your pregnancy goes well and sending you lots of good wishes :)

joanna said...

Thanks Iliana! :-)

Anna said...

Congrats! That's wonderful news. I'm so happy for you.

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