A LOT has happened since I last posted here. The biggest news is this: After about 8 months of trying to conceive, I finally became pregnant around mid-July!
I'm about 5.5 months along at the moment, and everything is going great! My first trimester was extremely difficult for me, as I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in September and being pregnant seemed to increase my painful Fibro symptoms by about 1,000 percent. I was so nauseous, so constipated, and suffering from so much all-over body pain & soreness, that I was basically an invalid and couldn't get off the couch for 3 months.
It sucked. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, and I prayed constantly that the Lord would just let me get through it. And He did! Now I'm at the end of my 2nd trimester, and I'm very pleased to report that I feel SO much better. My Fibro pain has returned to what it was before getting pregnant, and the intense all-day nausea is completely gone. I'm occasionally still constipated and my back hurts sometimes, but it's actually been a fairly enjoyable experience.
I didn't start to show until last week or so, and everyone I met took one look at me and said, "You don't look pregnant!" And that always made me chuckle. For some reason, (maybe because I'm "big boned" and fairly tall for a woman), my belly did not grow very much and I did not look pregnant until very recently. Which I'm very much okay with, because this has prevented up until now a lot of common, uncomfortable pregnancy side effects, like stretch marks, weight gain, swollen ankles, and back pain. I don't have any stretch marks so far, and I've actually LOST several pounds of weight, but that's because I couldn't eat much during my first trimester.
So over the next few months, we'll see how many of these common pregnancy ailments hit me. But for now, I'm just enjoying the ride, savoring this weird and miraculous experience, and constantly trusting the Lord that He knows what He's doing with me and my baby.