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Week 21 ~ November 27
~ Happy Turkey Day!

I did exactly what I wanted to do for Thanksgiving this year…absolutely nothing! I am definitely not a turkey eater, unless it's in the form of deli slices and in no way resembles a headless bird, so I did not miss out on anything by staying home alone. It really bothers me when people tell me how lonely I must be, especially around the holidays. If I was so terribly lonely, why would I choose to live out here in the middle of nowhere instead of with my family in Michigan? This is not a lifestyle I would necessarily choose simply for no reason but my husband is only gone for a year, not an eternity. It's not like I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I married a Soldier, and honestly I couldn't imagine my life any other way. I wouldn't be a very good Army Wife if I couldn't handle a deployment every now and then!

However, it will get more difficult with a baby on the way. It certainly wasn't the most ideal time to get pregnant but it will work out for the best in the long run. Kevin will be home to catch the end of my pregnancy, the birth and then at least most of the first year of our baby's life. To a civilian I'm sure this sounds like a horrible arrangement because chances are that Kevin will be deployed shortly after our child turns one (if not sooner). But from a military perspective, it seems like we accidentally planned around these deployments. Now I won't have to buy the baby a 'Nice to meet you Daddy' onesie for a homecoming ceremony!

Well, aside from Turkey Day, another highlight of the week was a prenatal appointment. Just as I suspected, it was super boring. The baby's heartbeat was at 146, completely normal. Other than that, I chitchatted with my midwife who says 'Boring is good' and was sent on my way. She's happy that I'm finally starting to look pregnant (although not pregnant enough for her to start measuring the growth of my belly). Everything I read online says that my uterus has grown up my belly button and beyond… um no! The baby is still a good inch or two below my navel and my innie is nowhere near becoming an outtie yet. I don't mind the slow growth right now because the baby is healthy but I do hope it gets evicted promptly on, or better yet, before, April 11. Plus I have yet to gain any unsightly stretch marks so I really don't have much to complain about.

My next prenatal appointment is mid December. I don't have to do my glucose test until 28 weeks, January sometime, so this one should be uneventful as well. I don't expect Kevin to be here for this next one either but it should definitely be the last one I have to purposely attend alone. He should be here for the ultrasound at the end of December. We haven't decided if we are going to find out the sex of the baby. My hunch is that we won't because Kevin knows how much I didn't want to ruin the surprise from the very beginning. Even if we do find out… we're not telling any of you until delivery day!!

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