Well if you haven’t heard the news by now, I’m expecting my 3rd child! I’m due in early May and very very excited to meet this little baby!
Since I spent the entire first trimester in secret because I couldn’t spill the beans, I thought it would be nice to have a conversational type post with you today. I’m 16 weeks now, feeling very good overall, and already starting to feel the baby move and kick a little bit (which is my favorite part of pregnancy)!
I already had a strong suspicion by the time I discovered that I was pregnant. Justin and I had been trying so I knew it was a possibility, and I started feeling off about a week before my missed cycle. When I was within the window for taking pregnancy tests, I took one and immediately saw 2 pink lines show up on the test.
I took the test in the middle of the afternoon one day while Justin was gone on a shoot for his business, Luke was napping, and David and I were hanging out downstairs. I actually took the test, laid it on the floor, and forgot about it for about 30 minutes. When I walked past the bathroom, I saw the test and quickly thought to pick it up before Justin got home. As I picked it up, I saw the news and my heart started pounding. I went and sat in a chair in our front room and prayed + rejoiced about this news. I LOVED finding out alone so I had time to really soak it in and prepare to tell Justin!
That night, we were having friends over for dinner so I decided to tell him the following day. The next day was a Sunday and we had some fun family time that evening at a park. Justin was chasing the boys around a baseball diamond and I was sitting nearby bursting at the seams with my news and imagining another little boy or girl out there with them in a few years. After the kids were in bed that evening, I set a little gift box on the kitchen counter and told Justin I picked something up for him today at Target. I had bought little baby booties and put them inside the box. He happened to get a phone call, so he sat on the phone for about 45 minutes in the same room as the HUGE NEWS waiting for him in the box while I cleaned up in the kitchen. I was dying. That phone call seemed to last forever.
When he finally said goodbye, he walked over and looked at the box. He quickly looked up at me and said, “Are you pregnant?” before he had even opened the box!! I started to cry and said yes, and he opened it up to see the little baby booties inside. It was a sweet evening together and I’m so glad I got to surprise him with the news!
I felt pretty great until about week 6 when the nausea hit BIG TIME. And then the fatigue arrived shortly afterward. Holy moly the fatigue was the worst! I could barely get off the couch. I was physically ill and suffered all-day nausea until I got on some medication from my doctor. That helped big time but the only unfortunate side effect was that the medication caused MORE FATIGUE. It was a rough few weeks, but Justin took good care of me and basically ran our household and managed the boys for about a month. I remember taking a nap on the couch from 1:00-1:20 every day that the kids were in preschool before I had to go pick them up. It was all I could do to make it through the day until dinnertime.
Thankfully sleeping at night has been consistent, I’m just finding myself feeling deeply tired upon waking up. I think that has to do with the medication that I’m hoping to ween off of soon.
We told the boys about the news when I was about 11 weeks along. We recorded telling them and it’s the sweetest video in the whole world. I watch it roughly once a week!
All my doctor’s appointments have been normal, which is a blessing, and we have the anatomy ultrasound in a few weeks. We are NOT finding out if it’s a boy or a girl! 🙂 We found out with David, and didn’t find out with Luke. It was so much fun to be surprised in the operating room with the sex of the baby (I have c-sections, so Justin got to tell me that Luke was a boy!) and I knew I had to have that experience again. There are so few surprises like that in life, and I loved doing it that way. Justin would be open to finding out but is totally fine with waiting too!
I’ll be having another c-section with this baby since I have had 2 already. I recover quickly and pretty painlessly from c-sections in my experience, and can only hope that this third one is the same.
As far as the boys’ ages, David is turning 4 in just a few short weeks, and Luke will be 3 in February. I love that they are 14 months apart, and am equally excited to have only one little baby to care for while my boys are little bit more self-sufficient at their respective ages.
I’ll share more as time goes on, but I wanted to tell you a little bit about that first trimester and finding out the wonderful news! I’ve received a few requests for maternity outfits via Instagram DM’s so I’ll be sharing a post about my favorites soon!
p.s. To see my original pregnancy announcement, check out this post!