Sorry for the long silence, I know some of you have been wondering why I suddenly stopped posting. I haven’t been feeling very well recently and this is the reason…
Yep, the Bryant family is expecting a new addition early next spring! It was a bit of a surprise and the thought of going back to the baby stage is a little daunting, but Aaron and Tabitha are thrilled to bits. Tabitha has taken a great interest, asking me almost daily how big the baby is now, and Aaron has been really sweet and considerate looking after me. They both came along to the 12 week scan, which showed a healthy and very wriggly baby.
I find the first trimester and the first few weeks of the second trimester really tough. I don’t think the actual sickness is as bad as it was with Aaron and Tabitha, because I’m rarely sick more than three or four times a day and I do have some days when I’m not sick at all. However, the nausea has been worse this time because it’s pretty much constant from when I wake up to when I fall asleep, and it started ridiculously early at three weeks! So for the last ten or so weeks we have been in survival mode, which involves lots of lying on the sofa, minimal housework, minimal schoolwork and minimal cooking. I had so much planned and prepared for this term but so far not much of it has actually happened!
We’ve also been adjusting to Colin’s new job, working for the National Autistic Society. It’s full-time with a mixture of early and late shifts over a three week rota. The first few weeks he did a lot of overtime, clocking up 60-70 hours per week, but soon realised that he needs to take things easier! Bus travel adds quite a bit of time to his working day and sometimes we hardly see him for a few days, but it’s nice to have him home during the day when he’s on lates and he has four days off in a row at the end of his three week rota.
On Saturday I had my graduation ceremony and was surprised to be awarded a prize for academic achievement. Unfortunately Colin was working so he couldn’t be there, but my parents came with Aaron and Tabitha. It was all rather boring and over-the-top, but it’s something I shall never do again even if I do go on to further study, and I wanted to graduate with the friends I’ve made over the last three years.