I drew this yesterday and painted it on the computer today
I just finished listening to this wonderful and inspiring podcast- especially for artists. Marisa of Creative Thursday did and interview with artist Matte Stephens. I feel so refreshed after listening. Listen here.
I know it's way past Christmas but this year on Christmas day I received news of the best present ever.
Yup, I'm pregnant!! On Christmas eve I decided to try this test (the little teal and white strip below the big pregnancy test) I had been feeling a little different and wondered if I could be pregnant. I knew if I was it would be pretty early to tell- maybe two weeks pregnant, but I had these test strips that I had gotten free and was like what the heck I'll try one. Can you see the results? the line to the left of the dark purple control line are my results. It is barely visible! When I saw that I re-read the instructions. It said even if the line is really faint you should still believe you are pregnant. Actually this test is from the next morning when the line was slightly darker. So I was left with the faintest line on Christmas Eve, wondering - am I pregnant? I showed my husband and he wasn't sure either. I decided I would get another pregnancy test the next day, Christmas. So there I was on Christmas eve - excited and finding it hard to get to sleep, just like a kid awaiting all the gifts on Christmas day. It was great! Then the next day around 8:30 or 9, after our morning walk, we went and got two tests from Walgreen's. I could hardly wait for the results! I took the one test and it said pregnant!! Yay! I was so happy, I showed my husband and he couldn't believe it. Actually I could hardly believe it myself. For the first several weeks I kept wondering if it would last and if it was real.
So now I am just about 12 weeks pregnant. Today or tomorrow is exactly 12 weeks. Now it seems much more real. We got the ultrasound and I have been feeling SO crappy for the past 6 weeks! Argh! I can hardly bear the nausea anymore. I've tried Morning Sickness Magic and I think that helps a little. I also am wearing those Sea bands, not sure if that works. I eat often and try not to have an empty stomach. Nothing really makes it go away. I know it could be worse.. it's not that bad- I haven't vomited or anything. It's just that it has been so persistent for 6 weeks. I also have been really tired. I know that is normal. I had low iron though, at only 7 weeks, so maybe that is making me feel more tired. In fact, since I have tried getting more iron and taking pills I do feel slightly less tired. But it has been so hard getting things done. I usually work almost every day all day, including many weekends (because I enjoy it)..But now my productivity has been cut WAY down. I am so thankful every day that I am working from home on my own time. I think if I were working full time, at an office, I'd be really miserable. I would definitely have to take medicine for the nausea, something I am still trying not to do. I hope the nausea ends really soon!!
Despite all that we are really excited! Here is the ultrasound from 9 1/2 weeks. It's the cutest picture, you can see the little head and bottom. We also head the heartbeat!
Check out Lost and Found a show about love opening Feb 9th at Genuine Imitation Gallery. Located at 8926 N. Lombard St. in Portland. My prints, and other fun stuff will be on sale there! I am so happy to be part of a show with so many other artists I admire! Here is the flyer with the list of artists along with other details: