15 weeks

Hey hey hey there!

It’s been a bit of a slow morning and I had some time to pick up my computer. But I’ve had some technical difficulties with logging into my blog lately, and whenever I actually decide to write a post, it takes me about 20 minutes just to log in. Perhaps it’s a sign?

I wanted to share a bit about this pregnancy so far as I’m now 15 weeks and starting to feel like myself again.

Todd and I had talked about having a third baby, but we wanted to wait until we were settled into our home and we wanted to wait for Hayes to turn three. Not because it’s a magic age (far from it!), but I just wanted to move a little farther past the baby stage.

Toward the end of June, I realized that I was late. Another week went by and I was close to two weeks late. At a regular grocery store trip, I picked up a pregnancy test, but just put it under the sink in the bathroom. In my heart, I knew that I was pregnant, but I guess I was just scared to confirm it. Even though it was what we wanted, something about a third baby just had me wondering if we could handle it.

On a Saturday afternoon when Todd was home, I decided to take the test, and it only took about 30 seconds for the plus sign to show up confirming our suspicions. We were going to have another baby! I cried and told Todd, and he just laughed and hugged me. We were so excited… and nervous.

I waited a few days to share the news with my parents and told our closest friends as we saw them. I set up an appointment with my doctor, and went in at 8 weeks.

Around six weeks, I had been feeling pretty lucky that I’d managed to avoid any symptoms or sickness. We were having this fun, carefree summer. I had horrible all day sickness until 24 weeks with both boys, so I was so relieved. But then it hit me with full force around six weeks this time. All day, every day. I’d find myself dozing off on the couch while watching cartoons with the boys. And it took me an hour to get out of bed every morning. And the evenings were actually the worst! I couldn’t eat at night and going to sleep was the only way to feel better.

But the sickness was so reassuring because I knew that my body was doing what it needed to do to support our little baby. And the 8 week appointment went perfectly.

I had to back out of going on a mission trip with our church this summer. It was a trip I had really looked forward to, but with the way I’d been feeling, I knew I couldn’t go without really disrupting the trip. It ended up being the best decision.

We had our last appointment at the end of August and the baby was wiggling all over the place with a really high heart rate of 173. And then, miraculously, I started feeling better. I still have little moments where it hits me, but I feel like I can go and do what I need to do and not worry about getting stuck somewhere and getting sick. I am so thankful to have turned a corner!

I’m 15 weeks now, and definitely starting to show. I’ve been wearing maternity pants for a couple of weeks now, and have been able to wear my normal long tunics and tops to cover up that super awesome belly panel!

We talked about not finding out the sex of this baby. We know it’s our last baby, and I would really love to have that big surprise moment in the delivery room. But, to my complete surprise, Todd really wants to find out.

He told me he’d be fine to find out and not tell me, but I know that would drive me crazy and I’d have to know if he knew.

I’m not a big lover of surprises normally, but for the third baby we have everything we need. We have gowns and onesies and sleepers and a crib and sheets and a room. I think it would be so much fun!

We went ahead and scheduled an appointment to find out the sex in two weeks. I’ll be around 17 weeks then. We can always cancel it if Todd changes his mind. But it looks like we’ll be finding out then!

We’ve talked about names some, but I’m thinking that Todd is like every other man in the world and the baby name conversation isn’t his favorite one to have. I, on the other hand, have been naming babies in my head my whole life.

We really, really are just praying for a super healthy baby. I was lying on the couch late last night watching Shark Tank Week (yes! Shark Tank Week!) and I got really still. My stomach started feeling really full and bubbly and I just had a feeling that if I laid there long enough I’d feel something. And there were some tiny flutters, and all of a sudden I felt one very distinct kick on my hand. And that was just the reassurance I needed.

I get so nervous between appointments in the beginning and I just want to know that everything is okay. I know that all I can do is pray. And the most comforting thing in the world is that God knows this baby. He created this baby. He knew this baby before he was even formed. But those first tiny kicks are so so sweet.

I hope you’re all having a great week so far, and hopefully enjoying slightly cooler temps that give you the promise of fall!

If you’ve read up to this point, thank you! xo

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Comments

  1. says

    Congratulations!

    I understand all about the scary time at the beginning. You just want to know everything is going alright. I’m at 14 weeks after two miscarriages. My doctor has been wonderful and told me to come in whenever I need to for the doppler to hear the heartbeat.

    I’ll keep you in my prayers and look forward to updates!

  2. says

    One thing I don’t miss – morning sickness! But one thing I miss terribly – having a tiny baby to love on!! 🙂 I’m so happy for your family and I’m thankful you’re feeling better. I’ll be praying for you and your sweet, growing baby! <3

  3. says

    One thing I don’t miss – morning sickness! But one thing I miss terribly – having a tiny baby to love on!! 🙂 I’m so happy for your family and I’m thankful you’re feeling better. I’ll be praying for you and your sweet, growing baby! <3

  4. says

    Thanks for sharing and letting us be part of yet another journey of yours. We didn’t find out with our 3rd and it was such fun… but either way it’s a surprise! 🙂

  5. says

    Aww!! The first kicks are just the best! So glad you have been feeling better. I was pregnant with my third last fall and can’t even think of fall without the memory of sickness returning! It is so hard when you have other kids to care for. My husband must be the opposite of most guys because he talks baby names all the time (even now – which if we have a 4th it will be a few years from now). Cant wait to hear what you are having!

  6. Mary says

    So excited for you, Erin! I’m not sure I could wait either…especially if my husband knew and I didn’t! Ahh! Praying for you over these next few months!

  7. says

    Yay!! Thanks for the update! I’m so excited to hear you’re doing well. =) I was the same way between those early appointments with all 3 of my boys, but especially with my last one. Praying for you and your family and your sweet new baby!

  8. says

    I love reading your blog. So excited for your family! You will handle 3 just fine. Someone told us with our 3rd child, “if you have 3 children, you can have 100…because you go from man-to-man (with 2 kids)….to zone.” Truer words never spoken! Even tho I was really sick with all 4 of ours until about 16 weeks, I still kind of miss being pregnant. Or maybe I just miss having little ones. Or maybe, since our youngest child is now 18 years old, which makes me as old as Moses…my brain has gone to mush and I’ve forgotten how horrible I felt. Congratulations to you all. 🙂

  9. Elizabeth says

    Congratulations! So excited for you & I can’t wait to hear what you’re having. I recently heard that there is another Royal baby on the way – I always loved following along celebrities when they were pregnant at the same time I was, and I heard Kate has a lot of morning sickness, too!

  10. says

    Yeah! So excited for you and I know I couldn’t wait! You know I have a preference for the name Walker, you know, after your brother! I totally wouldn’t mind if you used it too! 😉

  11. says

    So excited for you all! You are a great Mom and being sick is the worst! I was so sick with Connor drinking ginger ale like it was going out of style and wearing sea bands to work. UGH. I remember one time we passed the fish section in Whole Foods and I just LOST it! Horrible!
    Glad you are feeling well and prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy! xo Becky

  12. Olivia says

    I’m so excited for you!! We had our baby #3 a little over a year ago. I found myself wishing in the past few weeks that we had waited to find out her sex — it’s such an enormous surprise and all the waiting would just make it sweeter.

    Babyhood this time is so much sweeter since I know it’s my last baby. I hope you enjoy it too!

  13. rox says

    I’m 14 weeks on Monday….right behind you! I thought I felt a flutter a few days ago, but I’m not sure. This is our first, so everything is all new and exciting for us. So happy for y’all! Can’t wait to find out what you’re having! We’re having a BOY! (I took a genetics test around 12 weeks which, as a side benefit, told us the gender.) Looking forward to going through this journey with you!

  14. Laura says

    We had our third little boy in May. With the first two children, we did find out the gender. My super planning personality switched with the third pregnancy and I decided I wanted to wait to find out. It took quite a bit of convincing for my husband to agree, but he did. One of the best decisions ever. It was such an exciting morning, not only for us, but for our family, friends, and even the hospital staff! I wish I would have waited on all three boys. Go for it! Congratulations!

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