This past weekend was awesome. The best weekend I have had while pregnant. J and I decided to finally have the get away we had planned for early December, which we canceled because we found out I was pregnant. We stayed in a lovely B&B in Luray, VA. We had reserved one of their cottages, which meant we had an entire mini-house all to ourselves. Our cottage backed to a small farm with lots of cows. It had just been birthing season, so there were all these baby cows that were playing. It was really enjoyable to watch. We found some nice local places to eat, and breakfast was delivered to our door via picnic basket each morning. It was so lovely just to get away from all the busyness and just be with one another.
On Saturday, we decided to go to the Luray caverns. It was off-season, so we had a pretty small tour group, which was nice.
I think one of the funniest parts of the tour was when our guide asked if anyone has any questions. A little boy raises his hand, and you can just tell that the mom is so happy her son has taken an interest, so she's encouraging him to ask his question. His question: "When is the tour going to be over?" haha. J and I got quite a kick out of it. The poor mother was mortified. The rock formations were really cool, and a little creepy. But, it was amazing how big the caverns were.
I loved the drapery rock formations. So neat.
After lunch, we did the garden maze at Luray, which is essentially a corn maze with trees instead of corn. It was actually really fun to do, especially since nothing was crowded.
I was actually pretty tired by the time we got back on Sunday, despite how relaxing the weekend was. I was so happy we did the trip and J and I agreed that it was a lot of fun.
I am feeling... okay. I still have nausea, especially in the evenings. I threw up Sunday evening, but I had gone a whole week without doing that, so that was fine. I am kind of accepting this low level of nausea as a new normal for me. I was reading back through my journal on Sunday night, and I came across one of my prayers, dated 11/3/2013 (excerpt): "I pray that you would guide us in the decision to have a family. And I pray that direction would be made clear." My pregnancy started 8 days later. That just amazed me. As much as I have struggled through the past 19 weeks, we have been extremely blessed. God has given me strength and perseverance that I have never known. And I am finally feeling a few kicks. :) So, no matter what happens, even if I am nauseous the rest of the pregnancy (as some women are), it will be okay. I love the little life inside me. There is a ton to do before August, but I am so excited to meet this new member of our family. Our anatomy scan is Friday. I have been so nervous about it. Not because of the gender thing. But because I want our little baby to be healthy. And I have to keep remembering to just trust God through it. He got us this far. :)