Monday, January 01, 2007

More Than Okay

Here I am! I’m okay! I’m not dead or anything. Just slacking off. But I appreciate everyone who emailed to check for signs of life throughout my silence. I’ve simply been in a creative drought for the last few months, as I’ve mentioned in several of my “recent” posts. It’s just been really difficult lately to think beyond the here and now, much less write about it in a cognitive way. On top of that, I’ve been unusually tired and my brain hasn’t been firing on all cylinders. I forget things I normally remember and am more easily confused. I know with symptoms like that, it doesn’t sound like I’m doing okay. But actually, I’m more than okay. I’m pregnant.

This is my third time around, so I’m no stranger to the “pregnancy fog”, as many women call it. I forget things at the store, forget to order things off my sandwiches, I struggle to write songs, and I don’t cook as well. It’s a very real thing, this fog, and it’s caused by an actual slight decrease in oxygen to the brain. This condition was a bit disheartening to learn about in my first pregnancy, but I know now that it’s only temporary. At least, I think it is. As far as I can tell I seem to go back to normal, but maybe I should retake the SATs after this baby is born, just to make sure.

Anyway, enough excuses for not blogging. All the women reading want to know the stats. Well, I’m 16 weeks, due on June 21st. Our ultrasound is on the 11th, and yes we’re finding out, and yes we will tell people. The name, however, will remain a secret as usual. But it’s already picked out, so while you’re welcome to throw in your suggestions, know that it will not be considered. (especially you Wajonians… I’ve seen your name suggestions beforeJ) We’re very excited about it, and Bethany talks about it all the time. She is very clear that she wants a baby girl, not a baby boy, and she wants to name her Melody, which is the Little Mermaid’s daughter’s name. She also takes her plastic stethoscope and listens to the baby’s heartbeat. It’s all very cute.

So, as Matthew says, we’re preparing to move from man-to-man defense to zone, if one can really prepare for that. I’ve gathered from other moms that the jump from 1 to 2 is somewhat difficult, from 2 to 3 is the hardest, and after that you kind of just lose count. So we’re gearing up for the challenge, feeling incredibly blessed by the wonderful kids we already have and the privilege to be given another. Hopefully I’ll blog a little more consistently, but no promises. If I do disappear for a while, I’ve probably just chosen to spend my free time doing something else, like resting, napping, or eating ice cream from the carton. Now, if I can just remember where I put that spoon…

12 comments:

Stacy!!! said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!! I litterally just screamed when I read the news!!! Mu dog is pretty irritated, but i am thrilled. Praise God! You people make the work a more beautiful place & are incredible parents, so way to procreate!! Lets please do lunch soon, and even if you forget where, I will remind you. ;)

Hoo-ray!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey, there, Kristie! Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you and yours. I started to wonder if the leftovers took over.... Get plenty of rest (ha, ha) and keep us posted. Praying for you in Nebraska!

SueC

Brian said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! WOW - I knew it...I had this hunch in December, how weird! I am very excited for both you and Matthew. And I am sure my mom will babysit a third Braselton child. Congrats again!

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Sue said...

Wow... when you finally get around to blogging, you don't mess around! CONGRATULATIONS, KRISTIE! (oh... and Mathew too... even though we haven't met...)

Really... even if you can't make sense... your blogs are so entertaining, couldn't you just babble incoherently for a few minutes. Cause another drought like this last one is just too stressful for me. Just say something like "I'm alive. I'm eating ice cream. Now go away and don't bother me."

And what do you mean, you won't even consider our Wajonian names?

Angie said...

Oh My Gosh, I'm so HAPPY FOR YOU BOTH. I found out the news tonight at dinner, and then read your blog. That is awesome. I can't wait to read the updates.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

Simon H said...

HUGE CONGRATS!!! Such wonderful news. We'll be praying it all goes well for you. I recognise the 'symptoms' - Sa's pretty much where you are - but glad you're back in blogville - even if it is a short word or two every now and again.

Take care,

Simon.

Bev H said...

Congratulations, Kristie! Unlike some others, I did NOT have a premonition that you were headed for zone defense (which is quite accurate, by the way). However, I must take issue with "beyond three you just lose count." For us, number four stormed in and has never let us forget his presence for a MOMENT. Not that we would want to.

Children are such a blessing. And as they grow up, never forget that EVERY stage is special!

Lisa said...

yay! That's the best excuse for not blogging I've ever heard!

Allie L. said...

Congrats, Kristie! I'm sure we'll have a running list of wonderful names to compete with what you've already chosen.
How about Waj Braselton? or Waja for a girl?

Romi said...

WOW!!! That's such fantastic news, Kristie B.!! What a great way to ring in the new year....I'm thrilled for you, Matthew, and the girls!! Feel free to call on me if you need anything, especially with the memory thing! ; )

Keeping you lifted in prayer for a healthy & happy pregnancy!! : )

Romi

Other JJ said...

Congrats. Even though I see Matthew on a regular basis, he hasn't said anything to me. I was beginning to worry when you didn't blog for a while.