It’s June, and we’re nearly halfway through the year… I can’t tell if it’s going fast or slowly at this point in my life. Some things feel like they’re crawling while others feel like they’re zooming past me faster than I can catch up. I know it’s been a little while since I posted some personal life updates, so I figured that a June update is in order, as well as some life and pregnancy updates.
There are no doubts about it, summer is definitely one of my favorite seasons. I love opening my curtains in the morning to glorious sunshine! That being said, I am not sure whether it is just because I am expecting, but I have been so hot recently. Honestly, our air conditioning system has been on the coolest setting every single day.
It is so important that we stay as cool as possible in the summer. The heat here can be so uncomfortable. Plus, does anyone in your household suffer from seasonal allergies? Normally at this time of year, my hayfever is at its peak. However, ever since getting our air conditioning system serviced last month my allergies have been so much better.
Apparently, the vents in your air conditioning system can accumulate a large amount of pollen and other allergens if they are not cleaned regularly. With this in mind, if you have been using your AC a lot this summer and have noticed that your allergies have been troubling you, it might a good idea to reach out to an HVAC contractor to ensure that your system is clean, and working at its best.
A friend of mine who lives in Houston recently got her air conditioning system serviced by the team at Indoor AC and she told me that they did a fantastic job. Her home has never been cooler and her allergies have also improved! This just goes to show how important it is to carry out regular maintenance on your AC unit.
Anyway, air conditioning anecdotes to one side, here is what I have been up to this month!
Currently in June, I’m….
Reading: I’m just about finished with Somebody I Used to Know by David Bell. It’s a bit of a thriller following a guy who lost the love of his life nearly 20 years ago in a tragic fire, and after running into her young look-alike in the grocery store (who flees the minute he tries to talk to her), unwinds a huge conspiracy that takes him back in time to events that may or may not have happened. It’s intriguing enough that it’s only been about two days since I started it and I’ll be finishing it today. Also, in the last month or two I read American Gods by Neil Gaiman, A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley, The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe, and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. All of which were pretty good.
Watching: American Gods on Starz, The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, and currently on a Friends binge on Netflix. Oh oh oh, and Orange is the New Black is back today so I think I’ll be watching that this weekend.
Drinking: Water and Sprite. That’s basically what I’m consisting off of lately… I’ve almost given up Caffeine entirely and man I miss it… But I need the water and Sprite is all that feels good on my stomach.
Feeling: Like crap. Honestly, this pregnancy thing has been really rough on me and I’m basically sick and/or dizzy all of the time. I have anti-nausea meds now, but they only help a little.
Planning: To get some plants in the ground for my garden soon… I’m running really behind on that but I still have a little time for my climate and I definitely need some Tomatoes in the ground ASAP. Also, I want to get my little yard pool set up so I can go out and swim/soak in it a bit when it’s hot. Oh and we’re getting the house clutter under control finally… Everything is just much more difficult since I feel so crappy.
Hoping For: My second trimester to hopefully come along and take away some of this sickness I’ve been feeling 24/7. Otherwise, mostly the pregnancy to go by smoothly and quickly.
June Life Updates
It feels like nothing much has been happening, but things have… I just feel kind of blah about it all because I’ve been so sick. I haven’t been able to get as much done as I like, or devote time to being creative or working on stuff I’d been planning. It kind of blows, but what can you do? All I can do is try and get through the rough parts of pregnancy and hope it gets better soon.
You know those women who just love being pregnant? Yeah, I’m not one of them. It’s been a pretty miserable experience. I feel like I have a permanent case of vertigo, and I’m not taking way more medication than I ever did before I got knocked up. I’m on Thyroid medication, tons of B6 to help fight the nausea, nausea meds, and my blood pressure is really high so I had to buy a blood pressure cuff to track it more regularly and there’s a big chance I’ll end up on blood pressure medication also. It’s not been a fun 13 weeks so far.
However, getting to see my baby on the ultrasound at 10 weeks was pretty rad. It was moving around like crazy, twisting and turning and kicking it’s feet. Last week in my appointment I got to hear the heartbeat for a few seconds… My baby is crazy active and did not want to stay still long enough for the doctor to count it or for us to hear it long, it kept moving all over. I can’t wait until I can actually feel it moving in there so I know everything’s okay.
Baby Annabelle Lee
My best friend from High School, Melanie Grace, gave birth to little miss Annabelle Lee on May 12th. I was supposed to be there for the birth, but she came nearly two weeks early. So I flew into Georgia at the time I had tickets for, and got to spend a week loving on her. Isn’t she perfection?
The trip itself was no real vacation, but it was interesting spending time with the baby. I’ve helped raise a lot of kids in my time, but I haven’t spent significant time with a brand new infant before. At first, as I helped take care of the baby in between feedings and dealt with hungry cries and a poor irritated bum, I thought “I can’t do this!” I was really terrified of when my baby comes and I’m the main provider. But as the week went on I became more confident, and now I can’t wait to hold my own child. December can’t come soon enough!
The Pride Festival
Shawn and I volunteered again this year to work the company booth at the Pride Festival. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of work, and all-together WAY too hot to be out there long. I got a bit of a sun burn, but enjoyed quite a few snow cones. I think snow cones and slushies will probably keep me going this Summer.
Well, work is… work. What can I say? I’ve been so sick even at work that it’s not been a very fun ride, and I’ve used all of my sick time up (and most of my vacation) and we’re not even halfway through the year yet. Boo. It’s going to be a rough 5-6 months… trying not to take much more time off… But I’m just holding out for that sweet sweet maternity leave come December. My company has some pretty good benefits when it comes to maternity and parent time, so I will get about 3 months with my baby before I have to return to work-that will be SO nice!
I did quit my second job in retail. I was trying to hold on and go in once per month to help with floor sets, but headquarters required I work once per every two weeks and I just don’t have it in me right now sadly. I’ll miss the discount, but I’ll probably save more money not working there… I basically spent everything I made on clothes anyway!
How have you been?
Sorry I’ve been away so often, as soon as I feel better I’ll be back in full force here on the blog. But, I do want to know how you are, so leave me a comment and let me know?