I am happy to report that I am currently 14 weeks pregnant everything has been smooth sailing so far. This may be our last baby so I am really trying to relax and enjoy this pregnancy and all that comes with it. I am the type that LOVES being pregnant despite all the aches and pains that accompany my burgeoning belly. My first two pregnancies were so different from each other and I am anxious to see what this one brings.
With Hank I had absolutely no nausea BUT I was in SO MUCH PAIN! He had positioned himself in an odd spot right on one of my arteries. It was so uncomfortable and scary. When I would stand, my blood pressure would skyrocket because of the pressure on the artery so I was relegated to bed rest lying only on my left side (to take the pressure off of the artery). I spent a few painstaking boring weeks playing Candy Crush in bed. The heartburn was insane and the carpal tunnel made my cry in pain every night. But, it was fine. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I was high risk with Hank so we had lots of ultrasounds and were able to find out that he was a boy very early. We named him Harrison 1) because we liked the name and 2) my Dad’s name is Harry and we thought it was a nice homage.
With Reid I was sick every single day. EVERY…DAY. The carpal tunnel was fierce. I had pubic symphysis later in the pregnancy that was killer. Reid was born 4 days after Christmas and I’ll never forget walking through the mall trying to Christmas shop and I was putting all of my weight onto Hank’s stroller. I was crying in pain with every step but I look back now and laugh at myself. What was so important that I had to buy?! I was literally wiping tears from my eyes trying to get through every step. So ridiculous! We found out Reid was a boy early because we opted for an elective 3d ultrasound. Kevin wasn’t going to be able to make my 20 week anatomy scan so we figured this way he could hear the gender and we would find out a few weeks early.
I want to preface this next part by admitting that I generally have NO CHILL when it comes to getting pregnant. If I read about it on the internet, I’m going to try it. When we decided to start trying for a pregnancy with Hank I immediately hopped on Amazon to order the ovulation test strips, was drinking pomegranate juice, and downloaded every app I could find. The thing about having never had a baby before is that you don’t know when/if any issues will be brought to the table. I wanted to put all my ducks in a row so that in case there were complications, I’d have already looked into options that increased my odds.
With this pregnancy I had vowed NOT to get crazy and stressed out about the process. I took a couple tests (three actually) but they came back negative. I assumed that I was out for the month and anxiously awaited to start the process over again. But…a new month didn’t start. It wasn’t until 3 weeks later that I tested again and it came back positive. So I tested again, and again…and again. All positive. And here we are. Who knows what that was all about but I am so thankful that we are here.
The 1st trimester symptoms are already subsiding. While I haven’t switched to maternity clothes yet, my clothes are getting pretty tight. Hank is nonstop kissing my belly and Reid is walking around with his babydoll under his arm all day. When we first explained the baby to the boys we told them that God had planted a baby seed in my belly to grow. So now the child, as well as the babydoll, have been known as Babyseed. Funny enough, the only thing that has caught me off guard so far is my TERRIBLE attitude. I don’t know what’s gotten into me but I have zero patience for nonsense. At work I’m telling it like it is and won’t sugarcoat a single thing. I guess the fatigue has made me lose some (all) of my patience, lol.
Thank you all for your kind words and congratulations.
I’m accepting any and all tips on how to handle 3+ kids. Bonus points if you tell me what car I should be driving and how to handle everyday errands .