Yes, that's right, BABY NUMBER 3!!!
I still can't really believe it. It's still sinking in, for sure. By the way, I'm writing this Monday, May 9th, two days after I found out. This will be published at a later date, and I'm sure there will be updates at the end. But I wanted to document this before I forget any details, because pregnancy brain is REAL!
So I'll start off by saying my cycles have changed a lot since I had AJ. For the past 6 months, my cycles have only been 26-27 days. And I hadn't had a ton of success pin pointing ovulation. I had actually been starting to think I was probably ovulating too late in my cycle to get pregnant on my own. But we were so busy, we basically had been sort of trying/not preventing. I figured once the house was ready we would start focusing more on it.
So I wasn't really focused on my period, but I knew it was probably due around the end of the week before Mother's Day. By the end of the week, a thought had entered the back of my head, but I still really didn't think much of it. I had looked at my tracking app earlier in the week and it had predicted I would start Saturday, but it's usually more optimistic than I am, and usually I beat it to the punch.
Saturday morning, I woke up at 5:30 and couldn't sleep. My brain started whirring and so I got up and went to the bathroom, because I knew there was only one way to stop thinking about it. The trouble was, I'm not in the habit of keeping pregnancy tests around and the only ones I had were from an auction Adam bought, and they'd expired in June 2015. I figured it would be negative anyway, so why not use it up?
Except it wasn't. I never look at my tests while they are processing--the whole "a watched pot never boils" thing....so I fiddled around in the semi-darkness, eventually counting to 120 so I knew three minutes has passed. I flipped on the light and there were two solid lines staring back at me. I think I whispered oh my god a bunch of times, but I was also reminding myself that the test was EXPIRED and therefore unreliable. I snapped a picture with my phone and hid the evidence, then when back to bed. I used my phone to post a picture on my facebook group with my old Infertility buddies. Their consensus was it was probably positive, but to get some more tests ASAP!
Now, I have had a BFP (big fat positive) three times before this. With the boys, of course, and with my miscarriage in 2011. And each time, we had been really trying to get pregnant and Adam always knew when it would be time to test. This time, I had a slight edge. This time, it would be a surprise. So I didn't say anything and acted casual. He needed to finish mowing the grass, so I was going to run errands with the boys by myself, then he was going to meet us for lunch and we would go to the hardware store to pick up somethings. So I had the perfect opportunity to buy pregnancy tests in secret. I bought an 88 cent test to take that afternoon and a package of First Response.
After all of our running, I got the boys settled and Adam went upstairs to work on installing our closet doors. I slipped back out to the van and grabbed the bag with the tests. I put the First Responses and the box for the cheap test in my purse and took the test downstairs to the bathroom. The test showed up positive right away! I had a little moment by myself there. It was really true. And we weren't even trying hard. Somehow, on the day before Mother's Day, when there was only ONE possible day it could have happened, here I was, pregnant.
|No doubt about it!|
So now I had news to tell. I planned on telling everyone together on Sunday, revealing it to mom through her present. I had bought a kit of little foam owl crafts for Tyler to make her for Mother's Day/her birthday (her birthday fell on Mother's Day this year). So after AJ was napping, I took Tyler upstairs and told him the news! We've talked about it before, and his friend Luke's mom is expecting, so he knew what it was about and was excited! He won't stop talking about how he hopes it's a girl because we don't have any girls!
So Tyler made an owl for Gaga and I make two more. On the backs, we put the boys' names and on the third, I wrote "Baby #3, January 2017". Later we were hanging around downstairs and Adam said, "Aren't you supposed to get your period pretty soon?" I tried to play it cool, casually checking my phone, looking at my app. "Yeah, probably today or tomorrow." I said. So he said we should play around that night, because he thinks that makes my period come. Uh oh. I decided I had better tell him. So I said I wanted to go up and see the new closet doors he'd hung. I snuck the test out of my purse and into my pocket and went upstairs. He came up after and so did my mom. We looked at the doors and then mom when back downstairs. I closed the door and pulled out the test. I don't even remember if I said anything. He just started laughing and we hugged and laughed about how it only took once this time around! I think he said are you kidding or are you serious or something. LOL Then he admitted that he'd gone to get a receipt out of my purse and seen the box of tests. He thought I was going to test though, he had no idea I already knew!
So I still planned on telling my mom Sunday, but Adam started saying we should go ahead and tell her. I didn't need much convincing! So I went upstairs and wrapped up the owls and gave Tyler the package. We took it to her and said, "Tyler made this and he didn't want to wait to give it to you." She opened in and oohed and ahhed over the owls. Then I told her he'd put his name on the back. The first one she turned over was the one that said baby. She looked at me and then back at it and back at me. "Are you pregnant?" I nodded. "Are you really?!" Then she screamed and jumped up and hugged me. Michelle came in too and everybody was talking and laughing and I was telling them about the whole day. It was great!
|Our family of owls|
|With the new addition!|
On Sunday Angie came over and we showed her the owls too. She BURST into tears!! I was surprised, she'd never gotten so teary before, but she said it was because she wasn't expecting it. It was really sweet!
So that's it for now! I'm 4 weeks and 2 days according to my last period, but my guess is that I might be a couple of days further along than that. I don't know exactly when I ovulated. My OPK was close to positive on day 12, and less so on day 13, and I pretty sure it wasn't positive on day 11 (which is the day we conceived), so I don't know, somewhere around there. I don't even have a doctor's appointment yet. I called my OBs office but they haven't called back yet. I have a call into my rheumatologist too, just to be sure there isn't anything I should be aware of, given my lupus. I know my medication is safe to take.
So as of now, I'm due around January 14th. Given my history and previous C-Section, I will just schedule this one, which is kind of a relief.
What a ride this will be! Goals before baby number 3 arrives: Finish the house, sell it, move, and potty train AJ! God help me! :-)
WOW, I wrote this over a month ago! A lot has been happening! Tomorrow is my first Doctor's appointment. I will also have an ultrasound. It's not my first ultrasound, however. This post will get very very long if I tell the whole story, so it will get it's own post that I will publish in a day or so. Last Monday night (June 6th), I suddenly started bleeding. I went to the ER and long story short, blessedly baby is okay! The ultrasound showed the baby with a strong heartbeat (185) and actually measuring ahead at 9 weeks (by my last period I would have been 8 weeks, 3 days then). I was diagnosed with a subchorionic hemorrhage (SCH). It was SUPER scary, but they aren't uncommon. I was instructed to take it easy, NO lifting more than 10 lbs (no more picking up AJ), and put on pelvic rest. We were SO relieved!
Symptoms: Morning sickness started about a week after we found out (BOO!). Also major gas (sorry), sore breasts, serious fatigue and many many food aversions. I'm just hoping and praying these subside at some point, since with Tyler they really never did. No throwing up yet, so that's a plus, I guess. I've been taking the Vitamin B-6 and a half a unisom at night, per my doctor's advice, but it's not completely alleviating it. We'll see how it goes.
FIRST DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT W/ULTRASOUND
Everything went well today (6/14)! The baby still looks awesome, with a heartbeat of 183. We could see it wiggling it's little arms! When I asked if I was really seeing it move it's arms, the baby bobbed it's head and the ultrasound tech swore it was nodding! SO CUTE! Adorable profile! My SCH is still there and had grown a tiny bit. They'll continue to watch it with weekly ultrasounds until it starts to get smaller and resolves itself. She gave me some samples of dyclegis (which is similar to the B-6/Unisom combo I've been using) to see if it helps my nausea a little more. Everything looks great!
|Already so photogenic!|