Today was a rough day. So far its been a rough week.
We have been so busy at work. Let me first say that I am grateful we are busy. With the job market as of late, I am grateful to have the job security. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind if things calmed down a little bit. Just a little. That would be nice. My boss has been running around like a headless chicken as all of our deadlines come to a head at once. Its been real fun.
My Toyota Highlander has been acting up as well. I have only had this car for 5 months. I've already had to replace part of the computer, and now there's a chance it may need a new engine. I won't go into the boring details, but I am hoping it will be an easier fix. And if its not, I am really hoping the dealership will work something out with us. I am hoping the fact that we have purchased our last 2 vehicles from them and that Joe is one of their vendors will work in our favor. I am crossing my fingers. And my toes.
I am also a little down about my mom. She has been so bummed about being layed off from her job and worried about what she is going to do. Luckily, she is getting a pretty good severence package and will still be receiving her salary for the next 9 months or so. But she has worked there for about 20 years and just doesn't know where to go from here. She's worried that because of her age and lack of a college education she is going to have a hard time. I told her that if it came down to it, and things got really bad, that me and Joe would love a live-in nanny and a handy man. That made her laugh a little. I was actually being serious though. I have been trying to convince her that it can't possibly get too bad to handle. But I hate to see her so upset. I just wish I could fix it.
So as the work day was coming to an end, and I was leaving to take my car from a little local car shop to the dealership, I started to feel this really strange feeling in my lower belly area. I wasn't sure what it was at first. It didn't feel like gas (yes the rumors are true, pregnant woman get lots of gas), and it didn't feel like hunger pains or cramps or anything like that. I started to wonder if it was the baby moving, but it wasn't anything like what I had expected. I am not sure what I had been expecting, having never been this far along in a pregnancy before, but I guess I was expecting something more obvious. It kept happening, and even becoming a little stronger. I started to get really excited, as what was going on began to really sink in. It was definitely the baby moving! I can't feel anything on the outside yet, so Joe is just having to take my word for it, but he got really excited too. It was cute.
This little baby is already making me smile and forget about all my worries, even when I am having one of the worst days ever. Awe.
In honor of feeling the baby for the first time, here is a new picture of my belly. I am 17 weeks and 4 days.