The news has been trickling out for a short while, but I spilled it via twitter/facebook today so even though I've been pretty lax here lately, I figured for those who were interested, I'd go ahead and start posting about this pregnancy a little bit. Since this is number four, I'm not sure what new things I'll have to say - but I know there are always curiosity questions and I'll just start by answering some of them for you.
HOW FAR ALONG ARE YOU? / WHEN ARE YOU DUE? I'm at 11 weeks tomorrow and the baby is due in the beginning of November.
WERE YOU GUYS TRYING FOR A BOY? no. We weren't trying at all. And, neither do we care if it is a girl or a boy, we would be equally excited.
WILL YOU FIND OUT IF IT IS A GIRL OR BOY? Yes, baby willing. We have found out with all of our kids. I like to name each child and pray for them by name before they are born. I love to welcome them into the lives of our family with a name prior to birth and enjoy the way this personally connects our other children in particular with their sibling even before they meet. We are of the mindset that finding out is always a surprise - whether on the day of the birth or on the day of the ultrasound, surprise! But, especially with this one, I am anxious to know as it will largely affect some of the arrangements in our house.
DID YOU ALWAYS PLAN TO HAVE A BIGGER FAMILY? I'm not sure. We always wanted more than one. They have come one at a time and we have eagerly wanted and welcomed each of them. We never set out with a number in mind particularly but are gratefully blessed!
WILL YOU HAVE ANY MORE KIDS? no. I have had to have c-sections to deliver each of my children - this will be my fourth and beyond that we aren't comfortable with the growing risks, therefore this will be my last pregnancy. We are also feeling content with the completion of our family at four birth children.
THE OTHER KIDS? Hope 6, Maddie 4, and Ami 1 - are all excited (well, Ami doesn't really know). Hope and Maddie will turn 7 and 5 the month following the baby's birth and there will be 20 months between Ami and the baby.
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN FEELING? oh you know, not great. I didn't even know I was pregnant until I was about 6 wks along I think. I apparently got pregnant shortly before Ami was weaned. I had a cold early on and at the tail end of it spent a week with a yucky stomach - but I assumed it was the post-nasal drip or that the congestion was throwing off my equilibrium. After 7 days of tummy ick I realized I knew that feeling. (phew - no "I didn't know I was pregnant" tv show for me, dodged that bullet! :) That was the beginning of never-relenting nausea - though I haven't thrown up with any of my pregnancies. Then I caught a TERRIBLE cold which compounded to make me feel miserable. Luckily, the cold symptoms are almost all gone now and the nausea comes and goes instead of just staying. I'm counting down the days until the end of the first trimester since I usually feel great in the 2nd. Last time I couldn't eat Chipotle at all, this time thankfully I can but I cannot stand the smell of marinara sauce or bbq sauce. Smells are bothering me a LOT more this time.
Well, there you go - that's all I can think of for now - but if you want to ask anything, feel free to leave me a comment!