Because I know you all are curious....
How far along are you?
9 weeks. Our due date is June 17, yes, a week and a half after the boys birthday.
Why are you telling people so early?
We told people about the twins at 9 weeks and this is about the same time. This time around, we know we are going to need the support, no matter what happens. We also know that even if we make it past the first trimester, it still doesn't guarantee we are "safe", we know there isn't a 100% guarantee we will bring a baby home even if we do make it to full term. We can use all of the prayers and thoughts we can get for an uneventful pregnancy and for our sanity. Also, when you are throwing up in parking lots of small towns, you run out of explanations quickly.
Are you sure there's only one baby?
YES. Believe me, I made them check several times.
How are you feeling?
Physically - Starting the day I hit 6 weeks, I have been completely nauseated for about 80% of the day. It's miserable and hard but I keep trying to convince myself that it's okay because it's reassuring that I have symptoms. I have a small list of things that I can eat...hard candy, Sun Chips, Sprite, apples, vegetables, potatoes, salad, bread and cheese and crackers. I am very sensitive to smells and anything that involves cooking, or even looking at food on pinterest, generally makes me feel quite sick. Thankfully, I spend most of my time just feeling sick and not acting on it.
Mentally - Scared and hopeful. Cautiously optimistic. I have days where I feel really hopeful and days where I find myself thinking "what have we done...I can't do this again". I think it's all to be expected and I'm just trying to take it one day at a time. I actually think I will be less anxious in the beginning part of the pregnancy and more worried when we get to the point where we really started having problems with the boys, around 18 weeks. I will probably be holding my breath until we get past the 25 week mark. I'm sure there is much more coming on this topic.
Was this an accident?
No, it was planned. We have talked with our local OBs as well as our perinatologist down in Seattle before we even thought about getting pregnant to see what another pregnancy would look like for us. Our drs have all been wonderful so far in supporting us.
Are you crazy?
Probably. It does sound a little bit like that to think that this is our THIRD baby in 2 years :)
Are you going to find out if it's a boy or a girl?
Yes. I've always thought it would be fun to not find out until delivery, but now I'm not so sure, I don't think I can handle surprises. I already have my suspicions about what it is, I'll let you know if I'm right!
Are you at high risk for having another preemie?
Our doctors are optimistic that we have a good chance at having a "normal" pregnancy. Most of the complications we had were related to the fact that we had a twin pregnancy, although I did have preterm labor. We will be watched closely (mostly for my sanity) and will be seeing our local OB as well as our doctor in Seattle. We are hoping for a boring, routine, contraction-free, bedrest free, hospital free (before delivery) pregnancy.
We would love and appreciate any prayers as this is going to be a long road. We've walked long roads before though, and we know we can do it thanks to the support of our family and friends. We also trust that God has a plan for this baby, just like he did with the boys. We would love prayers for:
- Our peace of mind
- A healthy baby
- No contractions/preterm labor
- That I am able to enjoy this pregnancy without too much worrying and that it will be boringly normal
- That we can trust in God's plan for our family
We appreciate all of your love and support so much!