Tuesday, April 3, 2012

First Trimester Craziness

So after the "Oh my GOSH, we're having a BABY!!" excitement died down a bit...15 minutes later...we realized, "Oh my gosh...we're having a baby." And this isn't just any baby. It's baby number three, which means we are now leaving comfy "made for America" family land and entering into the world of slightly annoying inconveniences. So now....

We have to move. And we have to buy a new vehicle. We will now be outnumbered by our children wherever we go. And have you ever tried researching a triple stroller? The options suck, big time.

All of these things can be worked around of course, but holy moly it can all seem a bit overwhelming at first! The whole moving part, especially. We love where we live, and we're going to try to stretch it here as long as we can. The main thing we're trying to avoid is moving while I'm pregnant. We moved when I was pregnant with Evie. We moved when I was pregnant with Grace. And I'll be darned if I'm going to move again this time. :)

Yesterday's picture fails, haha.

So yes. It was an interesting evening when we discovered our little Robert 3.0 and realized all of the changes this baby would mean for our family. And then to not even be able to tell anyone about it made everything that much more difficult. Now that all of our friends and family know we feel FREE, and we can get help and advice where we need it. And of course there is the other side of first trimester anxiety....

I have felt like CRAAAAP for a long time now. Haha. The blog has definitely suffered...I'm sorry March, I was not good to you. I haven't been on the computer nearly as much as usual, simply because looking at a computer screen for too long makes me nauseous. And boy do I have weird triggers for nausea this time - everything from computer screens to water (?) to certain cartoon shows. Don't ask me, being pregnant is a wonderful but strange mystery.

I have had three totally different pregnancies, so I am a walking testimony that not only is every woman different, but every pregnancy is as well. If I had to rank pregnancies from best to hardest so far, this one would be in the middle.

Evelyn's was the worst, by far. Horrible, sometimes debilitating morning sickness. Twenty-four hours a day. I still don't know how I survived. I was tired, and I was miserable, and somehow I held a job through it all. With Gracie, I didn't have any morning sickness at all. I got a BOOST of energy - I swear, I nested for nine months. Never had back pain. No sleepless nights. I would honestly forget I was pregnant.

This pregnancy has been bizarre so far. Nothing has been consistent. I started out with moderate morning sickness that was really annoying, but I was able to live with it. But I was so TIRED. I mean, couldn't get off of the couch, needed two naps a day, exhausted. Then the morning sickness built and built until I was tossing my cookies several times a day. Blech. Then for two glorious days it went away. And then I got the FLU. I couldn't keep food down at all for 48 hours, which of course scared the living daylights out of me for the sake of the baby. Luckily my doctor said that as long as I was staying hydrated everything would be okay. I made it through, and now...I get queazy every other day or so, usually more in the evening, and I would say it's only minimal. I'm still super tired, and some days are worse than others.

That has been my past month - a roller coaster ride of nausea, exhaustion, planning to totally rearrange life, and I can't forget - weight gain. I'm not even gonna tell you how much I've gained. Okay, yes I will. Seven pounds. And my kid weighs like, a grape. So I can't blame the bean. I gain SO MUCH WEIGHT every time I'm pregnant, so this isn't new territory for me. But it still stinks.

As for the rest of the family, Eric has been awesome as usual. A real champ, if you ask me. He really steps it up when I'm pregnant, and I'm so thankful for him. Gracie is clueless, of course. And Evelyn is slightly confused but very excited. :) She knows there is a baby in my stomach, and she thinks there is a puppy in hers. Her favorite thing right now is to watch videos of growing babies in the womb. "I wanna watch the baby movie, mama!" The word "nauseous" is now in her vocabulary. She gets sympathy symptoms with me sometimes. :)

Right now I am literally ticking off the days until I reach the heavenly second trimester. I want my energy and my life back! I can see the light...it's not that far off.

Tomorrow I'm going to try to answer some questions we have been asked about the pregnancy and our family plans. It's easier just to knock em all out at once. So if you have any random questions you would like to ask, go ahead and throw them into the fray! Thank you for all of the well wishes and congratulations given to us yesterday. I can't even express how much every word means to me. It was a great pick-me-up after a very long month. :)

Here's a little bonus video of our first ultrasound, complete with Evie commentary. 

Have a great day!


Heather said...

Awwww...I am just so happy for you! Enjoy it! Sickness and all!!

Sara Phegley said...

The video is so cute with the comments from your daughter!!

Melissa W. said...

Congrats again!! I am so excited for you guys . You are awfully brave chartering out into the world of being out numbered by your children.

Do you have a feeling if its a boy or a girl?

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I am due in August with our 5th, so I have lots of good advice about large family logistics. When this next one comes, I will have 5 kids under 8. Ack! Enjoy this time! Caroline


The Pettijohn's said...

Love the commentary! She is so cute. How exciting about everything.

sblind2 said...

I'm voting for a boy! are you guys going to find out!?!? Aw....I miss ultrasounds! =(

Sarah said...

Seriously..I cried while reading this post. I'm right there with you Mama <3

And then I laughed hysterically & cried some more when I watched the ultrasound <3<3

Anonymous said...

Wow beautiful film


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