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Week 26
~ Oh so Lonely

Men: "can't live with them, can't live without them." This past week I've felt kind of down because I am really missing my husband. It's great being home in the U.S. but it also takes some adjustment after living abroad for quite some time. I really got into a routine over there and felt very satisfied with the things I was doing throughout the day. I think the hardest part for me now is the fact that I am really kind of bored. I thrive on getting out and about, seeing friends, talking to people and since I've been back I've pretty much just been spending a lot of time by my lonesome (granted I have my loyal Golden Retriever by my side which makes life much more bearable!). I love alone time and think it's completely vital for our health to get a good dose from time to time. However for me, going days without speaking to people drives me insane! I have seen a couple of my friends which has been amazing but for the most part most people are working, taking classes, and in general, really busy and I'm completely not! Down time is an absolutely fabulous thing but I've had nine months of no job and it's driving me crazy!

I have to remember, however, that in a few short months all of these feelings will drastically change. I'm positive I'll be aching for boredom, alone time, and absolute freedom. I need to remind myself to soak up these quiet times while they last. I need to take a "chill pill." Anyone know where to locate these precious commodities?

The good news is that I got out of the house (yay!) and met my new doctor. She seems very laid back and non-rushed which I definitely liked. All appears well at this point. She checked the height of my uterus and the baby's heartbeat both appearing to be in good measure. I had the pleasure of chugging a syrupy orange flavored drink in order to test for gestational diabetes. I have to say I sure had a ball waiting around the clinic for an hour without food or water in order to have 5 vials of blood drawn! I had exercised that morning so I was definitely feeling woozy afterwards. I made sure I drank a lot of water and sat for a little while before I got up to drive home. The nurse agreed I was sure looking quite pale there for a little bit.

I am really looking forward to next week. I am traveling down to Arizona to see my parents whom I haven't seen since the holidays. I am also really excited about seeing my friends. My aunt and little cousin are throwing me a baby shower in Phoenix which is a great chance to see a lot of my friends from physical therapy school that I haven't seen since graduation. I was surprised when they asked if they could and also felt very special!

I plan to melt my loneliness blues away in the Arizona sun . . .
~ Amanda

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