Yes that is right: We are "Prego"!
5 WEEKS (Can't wear this shirt anymore)
9 WEEKS pregnant! (Can't wear this shirt anymore)
12 WEEKS pregnant! (Already in maternity clothes....sigh of relief!)
Pregnancy Symptoms Part I: LACTOSE INTOLERANT
During the first few weeks of my pregnancy my stomach hurt all the time--in the morning, at bedtime, when I woke up. Because it hurt I would eat, which seemed to temporarily ease the pain, but it would just come back. Since I do not vomit when I am pregnant I thought I was just having "morning sickness." I had some other unpleasant symptoms and experiences. After a late-night, desperate google search I came across a Baby Center article that gave a name to all of the symptoms I was experiencing: Lactose Intolerance. So I did a very simple experiment. The next day I did not drink milk or have any dairy at all. My stomach pain was gone! I also read that I needed to eat some dairy or my lactose intolerance could become worse. So I found a list that described which foods or liquids contained the most lactose down to the least. My body is fine with hard cheese (cheddar, parmesan, mozzarella, colby jack, but not american or velvet or processed), butter, yogurt, and foods that contain little amounts of dairy. Before I discovered this I was having a large glass of milk with my breakfast every morning and maybe one at lunch. I would sometimes have macaroni and cheese with my kids for lunch. And occasionally I would get a blizzard from Dairy Queen.
Now I take a calcium supplement. Instead of milk I drink water or juices fortified with calcium. I do not like almond or coconut milk. They do not taste like milk at all. If I need a treat I get a cherry icee.
Pregnancy Symptoms Part II: HUNGRY
The other symptom which is finally subsiding is hunger. In the beginning weeks I felt like I needed to eat every 2 hours. That might sound fun but it can be inconvenient when we are about to run errands and I find myself suddenly starving before it is time to go. One Sunday I remember clearly. Maybe because the ironic thing is that it was Fast Sunday, and my poor husband was fasting but I do not fast when I am pregnant. So on that Sunday I had "Breakfast 1" at 6:30 am (another very weird thing for me to eat so early), "Breakfast 2" at 8:30 am, lunch at 11, 2 packages of fruit snacks on the way to church at 12:45, and by the way, when I got to church I told my poor, hungry husband that I have been eating all day and "I feel like I could eat 2 sandwiches right now."
I can finally wait to eat breakfast until I have gotten ready, which was my old routine, and I can go about 3-4 hours in between meals.
Symptoms Part III: TIRED
The tiredness started Week 4 while we were on vacation in Utah. I am not one to sleep in the car but I would fall asleep for 10 minutes while Cameron was driving. I would fall asleep on the couch at night in the middle of a conversation. These are not things that I normally do. During our first week back home after our Utah trip I had a very tired day. Even though I had had enough sleep the night before I felt the need for a nap by 1030 am. I was completely exhausted. I think the baby must have been growing a limb that day! I was ready for another nap around 3. Now as long as I get 1 nap a day I am fine. If I don't get a nap in I am pretty much a wreck by 10....just ask my poor husband.
Symptoms Part VI: CRAVINGS
My first official craving was toast with butter and strawberry jam. I always had this with milk, and because I associate the 2 then I no longer have this kind of toast. I discovered, however, that my cravings were not limited to toast with jam. I have craved a lot of breakfast foods in this pregnancy: Eggo Waffles, Cinnamon Pop Tarts, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese on Toast, Biscuits, Peanut Butter Toast, Cinnamon Toast. Honestly I can't remember the last time that I even purchased these breakfast foods. But the breakfast cravings continue to to be in full swing. I have also craved ground beef. We have had Italian Meatloaf, Penne Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce & Sausage & Ground Beef, Mini Italian Meatloaf, and this week we had yummy beef stroganoff from my friend and past roommate Amber at Dessert Now Dinner Later. I hope this means that when they test my iron I will not be iron deficient...the last thing I want is to take another pill every day!!
Owen was delivered naturally, Elliot was an emergency C-section. For this delivery my awesome doctor has told me that I can deliver VBAC or have another C-section (I already knew this about him. He told me last year at my checkup). I have a lot of questions for my doctor at my next appointment coming up in a few weeks, and he is always so good to really listen and to not make me feel rushed in those appointments. I am weighing out the pros and cons of both. I also know that just because I plan for a VBAC does not mean it will be successful.
Feelings on this Pregnancy
Overall we are so excited about #3. When I was pregnant with Owen I was excited because he was my first (however I had no idea how to take care of an infant). With my second pregnancy I was worried about how in the world I would take care of 2 kids at the same time. Now I know that I can do it and survive. I know that 3 will be different than 2, but what makes this pregnancy different than the last is that I actually know I can do this. Sleep will be bad for the first who knows how many months? But I know I will be OK.
It is so fun to have a 4 year old and be pregnant. It is fun to have Elliot, too, but Owen totally gets what is going on and he is so excited. He talks about the baby daily. We talk about how big the baby is right now, or what clothes we will pass on to the baby, or what we would name the baby if it is a boy or girl. He proudly announced to his preschool class, swim teacher, and babysitter the exciting news. When we see a newborn baby (there is one at church right now) I tell him that that is how little the baby will be when it is born.
The timing of this pregnancy and due date seems to be pretty great for us right now. Cameron is working on a new assignment and his hours are a lot better. Cameron also gets a good chunk of time off at Christmas and New Years (that doesn't come out of his vacation days) which will be helpful with the newborn. Unfortunately that means we will not be travelling for Christmas but we haven't been home for Christmas since 08 when Owen was born so I think it will be fine. Elliot and the next baby will be 2 1/2 years a part, which is what Owen and Elliot are. I know it will be hard for the first 6 months at least because Elliot will be potty training and transitioning to bed at some point but eventually things will even out and we will have ease...maybe in a year from now! Hah!