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Robin's Pregnancy Journal

Week 18 ~ November 6
~ Welcome Home Charlie Company!

Lots of soldiers are coming home from Iraq tonight. All of Charlie Company will be here as well as a few soldiers from Kevin's company, Bravo. I thought I would be so excited to see all of our friends but now that the day is here, I don't want to have anything to do with their homecoming. I had planned on going to see everyone but the thought of watching all the other wives reunite with their soldiers and not have mine there doesn't sound very fun. Kevin's last mission in Iraq is scheduled for December 1 and then he should be on his way home too. Right now I'm expecting him around the 4th so we are within a month now.

I've spent the past week cleaning the house. Some people have told me I'm nesting but I didn't think that happened until much later in the pregnancy. I think I'm just cleaning because I'm bored out of my mind! Plus, we ordered some new furniture a couple of weeks ago. It hasn't been delivered yet but we'll have some major rearranging to do when Kevin comes home. At least now that the house is clean and clutter free, it will be easier to move everything around.

We have a three bedroom house so the two spare bedrooms were just like his and her walk-in closets. With the baby on the way though, we have planned to convert Kevin's room into the nursery and my room into the guest bedroom. When we don't have guests staying with us, that extra bedroom will be a den. It's right next to the nursery so it will be a perfect place for me to take care of the baby at night without having to go up and down the stairs.

I read somewhere online that I'm at a time in my pregnancy where I should start to think of a birthing plan. My plan is to get this baby out any way possible. I have not fallen in love with being pregnant and ever since that nausea set in a few months ago, I've been ready for this to be over with! If that means I have to push it out then give me and epidural and let's have at it. I'm not opposed to pain killers. I'm not trying to be a hero or to prove anything to anybody. Even if I have to have a c-section, so be it. I really don't have a preference either way.

There is still no belly or baby movement to report. If it wasn't for the morning sickness this pregnancy thing would be pretty boring so far! That still comes and goes too. It seems that on the days when I plan on going out to run some errands, those are the days I feel like I'm going to die. My sinuses have their days too. Most of the time I feel pretty good but those bad days just really suck the energy right out of me.

Sleeping is probably the hardest thing I've had to deal with lately. I'm a night owl anyway and have never needed much sleep, but lately I've been an insomniac. I know that's not helping me feel any better so it's been rather frustrating. I liked it better when I was so tired I could just close my eyes for a minute but be out for hours! Kevin is the type of person that can lie down and be asleep in minutes. I have to actually be tired to even want to lie down and even then I have to toss and turn for hours. However, just like a baby, if you put me in a car and drive me around, I'll be out like a light! Looks like we'll be racking up some miles on our car next year!

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