Today's Think It question is: what has completely surprised me this year? I know this seems to be a running theme with me, but since it's a major part of my life now I would say motherhood. Truthfully, not being around infants prior to my pregnancy, I didn't know what to expect or what type of mother I would be. The sleepless nights in the beginning were extremely hard. I've always had anxiety but parent anxiety is a new level of anxiety that surprised me. I am responsible to keep a tiny human being alive! Yes, I was surprised at how much harder the beginning seemed than I expected, and there are still trying days, but I can't describe the love you feel as a parent unless you are one. It really is a rewarding experience to watch your child grow and hit milestones! I also love the baby snuggles;)
Another surprising thing that happened this year was having to have my gallbladder removed. Late May, I started having a lot of digestive issues and upper right pain in my rib. My tests were coming back normal so doctors didn't suspect my gallbladder being the issue. I felt so horrible that I had a short hospital stay in June and a few ER visits for the pain. Still, ultrasounds were showing no gallstones in my gallbladder so they automatically thought it was ok.
Finally in September, I met a gallbladder surgeon and explained all my symptoms to him. He said sometimes patients can have a diseased gallbladder with normal tests. He agreed to go in and look at my gallbladder and take it out if there seemed to be any disease. I was so desperate for the pain to go away that I agreed to have surgery 2 days later. Sure enough, I had a very bad gallbladder without gallstones. It was scarred over from how bad it had gotten. I was glad to finally have an answer after suffering all summer, but recovery was painful for me and it was frustrating not being able to pick up my baby for a week! I'm glad that thing is out, though. Who knows how I'd feel today if I hadn't had it taken out!