I start today's post with a huge confession: I have been lying to you since the start of 2009. Every time I have reported not much was going on here, every time I talked about the dearth of excitement... I was lying. Because the whole time I have been bursting with a wonderful secret.
I am pregnant.
Of course, I have not felt like doing to much except gestating for the last three months, either, so in reality, not a whole heck of a lot HAS gone on here. When Mommy's down for the count, it's all about survival.
Here are the answers to all the burning questions people have asked since we started telling people.
1. My due date is September 23. Ironically, this was also Michaela's due date but she decided to hang out in my uterus for another two weeks until we kicked her out on October 8th.
Turns out Dan and I enjoy New Year's more than we realized.
2. We are definitely going to find out if it is a boy or a girl. Two incorrect guesses are enough for me. Plus we have some logistical issues as we have two bedrooms for three children and Jenna's going to have to bunk with either her big sister or little sister.
3. Yes, of course we'd love to have a boy but honestly I would be beyond thrilled to have another girl. I LOVE having daughters. But having a boy would bring a nice balance to the family and would do a lot to prevent Dan from bringing home a Great Dane and naming him Duke or Rocco.
4. How do I feel? Do you really want to know? How much time do you have?? The short answer is that I am never, ever doing this again. The longer short answer is that I started out ok and and got worse and worse until this weekend when I was totally miserable and useless. I am hoping and praying and hoping and wishing that I am over the worst of it now as I am in my 12th week. But it was ugly. Trust me.
5. Yes, we have a grasp on human biology and the concept of birth control. The baby was planned, intended, discussed to the Nth degree, and agreed upon by both parties. Well, pretty much.
6. This pregnancy has been more similar to Michaela's than Jenna's. I was very sick and tired with Michaela the first trimester and then sailed through the rest. Jenna's pregnancy was completely different-feeling from start to finish (I wasn't sick with her, just hungry; I also was an emotional basketcase and bought a lot of STUFF. Hormone spending, I called it.) I gained half the weight with Jenna that I did with Michaela. I carried differently and had easy labor with Jenna and back labor with Michaela. Both were healthy, just different. The only difference I see with this one so far is that I am craving lots of carbs: pasta, bread, and bagels. And everything I eat I must slather in butter or ketchup or honey. I could eat McDonald's fries, dipped in McDonald's BBQ sauce, every day.
I had my first ultrasound today and everything checks out so far. We are thrilled, elated, overwhelmed, excited, anxious, and can't wait to lay eyes on the newest member of our family!!!
The Straight-on View of Baby #3