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Ah I am so exciting to announce we are adding to our family!

 

(Photo credit to Kimmy Howard Photography)

Here are a few question I’m sure you’re dying to know 🙂

How far along are you?

I am 13 weeks according to my calculations and 12 according to my doctor.  When I went in for the dating scan around 7 weeks, the baby’s measurement was slightly ahead and lined up with what I was thinking, but it wasn’t off by more than A week so they didn’t change my due date.  I am a-ok with that since I’ve had one very late baby, and I’d rather avoid induction if possible and safe.  Moving forward I’m going to count my weeks as I see them but rely on the due date they gave me.

When are you due?

Speaking of due dates, I’m due May 18, 2016.  And if this date sounds familiar, well, it just so happens to be Bea’s third birthday!!  Ahhhh!!!  Definitely not my first choice, but, May is the perfect month for us to have babies in, due to N’s schedule and the weather.  So I can’t complain about that.  Also, you may remember that May 18 was also Bea’s due date, so here’s to hoping they aren’t birthday twins!  And ironically, MG was also due on the 18th of November, so all of my babies have now become 18th due date babies!  MG was the one who came late, Bea came right on time, so maybe this Mayby will make an early appearance?!

How did you find out so early what you’re having?

Yes, seeing as I’m only 13 weeks, I’ve been getting asked that a lot.  I opted to take the Panorama genetic blood test.  There are several different types of these tests available now starting as early as 9 weeks of pregnancy. It’s a simple blood draw, as around this time, the baby’s DNA begins to mix with mom’s.  The main purpose of the test is to screen for certain common  genetic defects.  And in fact, if you are over 35, most doctor’s offices are pushing this test to help screen for Down Syndrome.  (I’m not over 35 but my insurance covers most of the test and we thought it would be worth it to find out the gender early.  That,  and also if there were any abnormalities present, to give us time to explore them {the test doesn’t tell you if your baby has them, just that there is an increased risk, so you need to do follow up testing} , since we have two little girls to explain everything to now.)

So to determine the baby’s gender (which is optional), you can have them screen your blood for the Y chromosome.  Since mom is a female, you wouldn’t normally have this in your blood stream, therefore if it is present, you are 96% likely to have a boy.  (Girl results come with a 99% accuracy).

Are you excited about another girl?

oh yes, thrilled!!  Two girls in, it is hard to imagine adding something different now.  Of course we would have been thrilled with a boy too….but…adding in another girl we already know what to look forward to☺️

Were you wanting another baby?

We were.  I was guarded this time because I felt very content with our family dynamic as it was.  If we weren’t given a third,  I think I could have made peace with that. But we both felt God putting another baby on our hearts and prayed it would come to be.  And just like Bea’s pregnancy, we have to actually want a baby to make it happen :).  My body didn’t recover well (hormonally) from her birth and I had a luteal phase defect again.  Thankfully I was watching for it and knew the steps we would need to take to give us a chance at another pregnancy .

Do the girls know?  How are they reacting to the news?

Both girls are really into babies right now which is a huge encouragement to my heart.  Bea is very curious about them and likes to observe them.  She also has recently latched on to baby dolls and has her special one, just like MG.

We all know MG is a little mama already and she is very excited about a new baby joining our family.  The concept is still abstract for them but I am so excited to see them blossom in to big  (and bigger) sisters!

How are you feeling?

better? Not great, but getting there.  This was the easiest pregnancy on me sickness wise (and this time I took natural measures to prevent the sickness and I’m convinced they actually made a difference!  I hope to write more in detail about this but if you are thinking of becoming pregnancy within the next year and are concerned about morning sickness, check out the connection between your liver and this dreaded pregnancy symptom.  I’m no doctor, so don’t take my word for it, but I spent some time cleansing my liver and taking liver support before I became pregnant. I wasn’t about to go through another illness like Bea’s!  During my pregnancy I used Unisom and B6 (once again consult your doctor) to help curb the nausea//mine is worse at night.  Eating every 2 hours in the day helped keep my blood sugar in check and also made a huge difference).

This pregnancy was the hardest on me energy-wise.  I really struggled (and still am a bit) through my days but now that the end of the first trimester is upon me, I am hoping for a big dose of adrenaline soon.  Plus, I’ve weaned off the progesterone supplement which is supposed to take all of your pregnancy symptoms and make them worse!  Coming off of that, I could tell a difference almost immediately.

Baby name?

yes I think Mayby has a name! I think.  It still feels a little awkward yet as we are playing Around with saying it aloud.  But, while we won’t announce it until birth, I plan to give you a few teaser clues coming up ☺️

This is an overview of my pregnancy up until this point but for a more detailed look, check out my Instagram page dedicated solely to this pregnancy Instagram.com/051816Mayby   I’ll be updating this blog with pregnancy news but more frequently there.  Also a quick apology as I had to type most of this on my phone so it’s not up to my usual degree or error check?

 

-smk

 

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