We are SO EXCITED to announce that we will have a new bundle of joy joining us this Spring! Even though we had planned for this baby, it still came as a surprise since it happened so fast! I took a pregnancy test at 4 weeks thinking I wasn’t pregnant and that my period was just a couple days late, but to my surprise-it was positive! Since then, this pregnancy has flown by. That’s to be expected when you have a toddler to take care of and you don’t have all the time in the world to daydream about the little miracle growing in your uterus. Each ultrasound and quiet time when Oakley is asleep is my moment to spend and bond with this baby. God is so good guys!
I wasn’t very nauseous most of my first trimester. My energy levels were normal and I only puked maybe 4 times. At around 11 weeks I started to feel nauseous most of the day and felt my energy decreasing. I was throwing up 2-3 times a day and I wasn’t able to eat hardly anything but liquids. My appetite just wasn’t there and I couldn’t think about food or it would make me sick. Finally, at 14 weeks I went to the ER because not only was I not able to keep nutrients inside, my anemia got so much worse and I could hardly walk up the stairs, let alone take care of Oakley. I thought I would need a blood transfusion, but strangely, my hemoglobin count was almost normal (still a little low) and not enough for me to need a transfusion! Such a relief, but also frustrating because I still felt the same. I was prescribed nausea medicine which I really didn’t want to take, but I was desperate. I stopped taking it after 2 days though because it made me feel so drowsy the next day and I hated how it made me feel. Luckily, my iron supplement was kicking in and working and my nausea was subsiding by then, so I didn’t suffer too long.
With this baby, I’m doing things a lot different when it comes to delivery. I didn’t have a terrible experience the first time or anything, but I feel like I am a lot more educated and confident this time to do things a little different. This time I plan on having a natural birth at a birthing center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho where we will be living. I have a midwife there that I have been doing virtual appointments with and I also see my OB here in Dallas up until I move. My care with a midwife is night and day different than it is with an OB in my opinion. I feel like we are on the same page with our values and I don’t ever feel pressured to do something I’m not comfortable with. Not to mention, I am learning sooo much more about birth than I ever did with my OB. I am a little nervous to deliver a baby unmedicated, but I know my ‘why’ and that’s enough to get me through it. Tanner is going to have to be more hands on this time haha. I’m actually really looking forward to delivering my baby this way and I feel calm about the whole process. I feel like I didn’t get a lot of say at the hospital, like cord clamping for instance. I wanted to delay that as long as possible but I felt rushed or that everyone was waiting on me to tell them time is up and I really didn’t like that. I have no idea how long it was delayed but it didn’t feel like long. There are other things I disagree with when it comes to how things are done with a hospital birth, but I’ll save that rant for later haha.
will we find out the gender?
Yes! I’m too impatient to wait. We actually already know, but we are giving our parents a gender reveal while we are home for Thanksgiving, so I will announce after that!
when am I due?
I am due May 7th! I was 2 weeks early with Oakley, so I could have an April baby if I’m early again.
what have you been craving?
I have wanted cold, refreshing drinks like smoothies, sparkling apple juice and even soda. I NEVER drink soda and it has been over a year since I had it, but I’ve been wanting Sprite here and there and it’s so strange. I have forced myself to drink Zevia instead because I feel gross drinking Sprite all the time haha. I haven’t been craving a certain food or anything, but I have just wanted all the carbs haha. I wanted a new food almost everyday though, because nothing I ate previously sounded good.
what’s the hardest part of pregnancy?
Overall, the hardest part of pregnancy for me is the all day nausea. Every woman is different and some don’t get sick at all! Along with nausea is the exhaustion in the first and last trimester and when you have more than one child, that part is a lot harder. Having a support system is crucial so you can get the help and rest your body needs. Being pregnant is seriously so amazing despite all the negative things that can happen and it really does go by so fast. I highly recommend getting chiropractic care to help with body pain as you start to get bigger too. That has helped me so much with both pregnancies.