I'm Back! Sortof, lol
I missed you all and hearing about your lives! But I can say that you have really outdone yourself on the prayers. I literally was carried by them through the whole process. Everything really alighned better than I could have imagined, seriously. I mean I worked day and evening, and normally I would have been so aching to spend time with Craig and Charlie. But Charlie did great with the extra daycare besides the transition going there being a little rougher. I spent all the quality time I could when he got home through bedtime, a short window, and then back to work. All my prep time really paid off and I was actually seeing the fruits of my labor for the first time. It was exhilerating. I was happy at how it came together and passionate about my topic. Normally I would ache to be with my husband and do what he is doing. He chose this time to get on fire with some house projects like I have never seen him. It made working so much easier! He was also very helpful with Charlie and around the house. The night before it was due I had to stay up all night and work. It was hard for me to know the whole time how much longer I needed! I really am an 11-7 sleeper and need those eight hours to function. But at 10pm, I wasn't tired. I realized that I had had half a soda with dinner, and it had caffeine in it. It wasn't intention to stay up, it was just an odd thing I did. Caffeine is something I rarely drink even when not pregnant, but I have often told people it has zero affect on me. But it seemed to when I needed it. So at 10pm, I realized and drank the other half of the can. At four pm I went to bed, but I didn't even feel tired. And I had gotten a lot done! I won't lie, the 7am wakeup was rough! I seriously don't think I have ever stayed up working that late, even in college. So this was a big deal and one I didn't know if I could do. I just felt so good all week working on this paper. And yesterday, after three hours sleep, I was fine. I wasn't exhausted. I had my paper turned in by time I got Charlie up from his nap. Did I mention my methodologist replied to my emails quickly and comprehensively and was really encouraging? Such a great feeling! It's in my advisor's hands now, and I need to him to make the edits quickly (and hopefully not to many) because I have to incorporate them and get it out to my committee no later than Wednesday. Then we meet on the 23rd for me to defend it. This is the proposal, not the whole enchilada, but its half of the final product. In my opinion it is the hardest half, to start from scratch and justify it all. If my committee disagrees with my idea, they will stop it earlier as opposed to later. Since my data is already collected from a grant I work on, this is really the hardest part I think. So I have a little breather, and then its back to work again. :) Again, thanks for the prayers! And in all the craziness, I got to hear the baby's heartbeat and he/she started moving like crazy and I can feel lit. Love it!