I’m already being asked how I’m feeling, how long we’ve kept this a secret, and OMGWHEREWILLYOUPUTALLTHOSEKIDS?!?!
You get the idea. There are always a lot of questions when you announce a pregnancy!
Was this baby planned?
We planned this baby after a lot of thought, prayer, discussion, argument, and tears. The only time we ever planned a baby was last time, with Quentin, and it happened immediately. I guess I’m spoiled, because it took three months and that was absolute turmoil for me. I wondered if I was selfish to ask for one more child. I asked myself if it was worth it to keep going through the exhausting process of knowing the right days and getting negative results. Well, once I saw a positive test, I knew it had all been worth it.
How did you find out?
Speaking of testing, wanna hear how that played out the last cycle? Oh boy. First, I took a test at about 4 weeks that showed a faint positive. The next morning, I didn’t see a line! I texted a pic of the test to my BFF who said she could still see a line. I was so confused and more than a little distraught. I decided to wait until the weekend, when I could buy a digital and give the levels a little more time to increase. In the following days, I stared at the pictures as if they were magic eye pictures and something different would materialize. The first morning after I purchased the digital test, I woke up and ran to the bathroom. When the “PREGNANT” came up, I was overjoyed, overwhelmed, but mostly RELIEVED. We did it!
We were dead set on keeping it a secret until 12 weeks, but that just didn’t happen. We finally compromised on at least getting a heartbeat first, so I was delighted when I was able to get an ultrasound on my first OB visit. Then I sat on the secret for a little longer, not ready for any negative reactions that were sure to fly my way. But last week, my midsection began expanding, I got really sick, and I just wanted everyone to understand what was going on with me. I created this announcement and mailed out to our closest family members. I also showed the children the card and got their reactions (and lack thereof) on video (which I’ll share later). As soon as everyone received their cards, I posted to the blog and Facebook! No going back now!
Symptoms So Far
I’ve had nausea since about Week 6 and it’s not letting up so far. It comes and goes and is the worst at night. I rely on Nauzene, peppermint tea, and mint gum to get me through the day.
I have been utterly exhausted, more so than any other pregnancy. I’m sure that’s because I have many children and a lot of other things going on.
My hunger is out. of. control. I want to eat ALL THE THINGS.
I am really ready for second trimester and relief from the fatigue.
Boy or Girl?
The number one thing I’m being asked? – “Were you trying for a girl?” Look, let’s get real. We all know I want a girl. I’ve never made that a secret. But we went into this knowing that we could very well have another boy, so I had to take gender out of the decision-making matrix. We want a healthy baby, period. If it’s a girl, it will be a fabulous shock. If it’s another boy, we’ll be beyond delighted, as these guys have surpassed everything I thought boys were about.
As we’ve always known, a girl would be Claudia Love. Right now, Oliver Grey is our top boy name, but we’re still on the lookout!
Where will you put the baby?!
We just moved into another 4-bedroom house and this one has more space altogether. Nick has his own room, Quentin and Harper are sharing, and the new baby will get the smallest of the upstairs bedrooms. For the first time ever, I will need a baby monitor!
Let me know other questions you have and I’ll be happy to answer them!
Thanks for the love and support! Here we go again!