Thanks for all the sweet comments about our babe on the way! I have felt so loved & supported... all the warm & fuzzies! We found out way back in early December & have been celebrating ever since! I had a major feeling that I was pregnant when I cried through Liam's entire Christmas program. I just really felt pregnant! But it was a good three plus days later before a positive pregnancy would actually show up. Conor was flying home from a business trip the day I found out, and instead of waiting til that evening when I would see him in person, I texted him while he was in the air (and had wifi). I was just so excited & couldn't wait! We told the boys the following day together, which was just the sweetest thing. Lots of joy in our family right now! There have been plenty of questions from inquiring minds, so I thought I would doing a little FAQ session to give all the details thus far...
How far along are you? I'm 12 weeks! Official due date is August 27th. However, both boys were born exactly three days late, so I'm counting on this baby arriving on August 30th.
How are you feeling? Recently feeling better! Morning sickness set on the latest this pregnancy, holding off until 8 weeks. But 8-10 weeks was rough. Real rough. I wanted to lay in bed all day which just isn't feasible with two young boys around. 10-12 weeks the sickness was tolerable. Now I have some days where I actually feel great nearly all day. Evenings & nights are the worst. I often feel hungover, but I think the end is in sight. So ready to hit that pregnancy sweet spot.
Are you planning for another natural birth? Yes!!! In fact, this birth will be a homebirth. We love our midwife are really looking forward to being home. Liam is particularly excited too, as he was not a fan of me staying in the hospital (even for one night) last time!
Will you find out the gender? Yes!!! In fact, we already know! We did the early blood test at 10 weeks. We're still sharing the news with family friends, and then I will share here probably later this week.
Will this pregnancy be as active as your previous ones? No. A big fat no, unfortunately. My kids hate the gym daycare, and I don't want to make they go somewhere they are unhappy. So I haven't been in the gym since Finn was born. So no running, no swimming. However, I do like to think of myself as an active person with an active lifestyle. We hike, we ski, etc. So I'll be plenty of busy just keeping up with my boys, but I won't be logging 5 mile runs well into the third trimester this time. And if I'm being honest, I'm completely terrified of gaining tons of weight this pregnancy, since I won't be working out on a regular basis.
Will you be in your new house before baby arrives? Hopefully! We are currently on track to be in about a month before my due date. I would much rather move pregnant than with a newborn! I'm not really stressed about this at all currently, we'll see how I feel in a few months. And since we are having a homebirth, I would really love to be in our new home, but I know that may not happen.
Is this pregnancy similar to your other two? For the most part. It's definitely been my most difficult though. I've far sicker than I was with the previous too, but it's looking like it's going to last the shortest amount of time. So yay for that! It's also been harder in other ways.... just more aches & pains already. Not sure if that is a third pregnancy thing or if it is because of my age. While I'm only 31, I am a whole 6 years older than I was the first time around!
Are you still nursing Finn? Yes! However, I really started to encourage some gentle weaning about a month ago when I started feeling horribly sick. We're down to just nursing at nap time, bedtime, and about twice during the night. Those night feedings will be the next to go. My plan is that this will be a slow, gentle process for him and that we will be completely down once my milk dries up. I'm anticipating that will happen within the next month.
Are the boys excited? Yes!!! Finn understands far more than I ever expected, mostly because he learns from Liam. Liam is completely involved, always wanting to know how big the baby is and how it is currently growing. He loves looking at pictures of he & Finn as babies. I showed him a picture of a baby in the womb who was just developing his fingers & toes and he exclaimed "that is the cutest thing I have ever seen!" His excitement & joy are so contagious. He is constantly telling me how much he loves this baby already. I love sharing this experience with him!
Did you need fertility drugs and/or hormones again? No!!! This was our first baby to be conceived without drugs nor hormones. It was amazing for me to have my body do what it should. This was also the quickest we ever conceived. We were blessed with that positive pregnancy test about 4 months after we started trying!
Thanks for sharing in our excitement. I'm not exactly sure how I will track/share this pregnancy, but you can at least count on it being heavily photographed. There may not be weekly bumpdates this go around, but I will figure out something! Now it's way past my new 8pm bedtime, so off to dreamland!