In case anybody missed yesterday’s little, ah, announcement. . . We’re gonna have another baby!!!
How am I doing? Thank you for asking. I’m doing OK. “Only 220 days to go!” Yikes!
So far it’s been a typical (for me) pregnancy. . . morning, noon, and night sickness (nausea only, thankfully!); extra trips to the bathroom; sleeping lighter and waking more often; needing naps; finding it hard to do anything that requires much brain power or energy (such as, ah, blogging. . . wow, it’s hard to post these days!)
And yet. . . it’s different, too. This is my first summer-starting pregnancy; it’s warm and bright. (I’ve always started the pregnancy in the winter when it is cold and dreary and dark and it takes a toll on my mood and energy level.) I’m finding that I don’t need to nap every day. Plus, the kids are older this time and more helpful with the housework.
Probably the hardest thing to deal with right now is food. It’s become a love-hate obsession. I am hungry, literally, every two hours! But nothing sounds good to me. But I have to eat, or I’ll be sick. But I don’t want ANYTHING in the fridge or cupboard. (Our food budget is shot!) Sometimes I can find something that sounds good. . . and buy three boxes . . . and then I can’t stand it any more! And I can’t count the times I’ve made dinner, then wanted none of it. I don’t like food any more. It’s gonna be a long seven more months!
And did I mention that I don’t even want to eat chocolate?!?!?!?!?! Yeah, it’s that serious!
I absolutely loved the kids’ reactions:
- Calf #3 stared at us. (She’s too young to understand what’s going on.)
- Calf #2 jumped up and down, clapping his hands!
- Calf #1 stared at us a few moments,then asked, “Does this mean you have a baby in your tummy?” We said “Yes” (later we explained more of the anatomical specifics) and he grinned really widely!
And whenever we find ourselves out in public, whether at the grocery store or at the dentist’s office, the boys are quick to say, “We’re gonna have another baby!” They are so excited, it is so sweet!
Emotionally, I’m very excited too. Another baby! What a joyful time! But at the same time–I’m also pretty nervous about this. Pregnancy isn’t fun, ya know? And life with a newborn is difficult, especially with other children who need mama’s attention.
But we are thankful, ever so thankful, for this opportunity! I know so many who cannot conceive, or for other reasons cannot have a baby, and it is heart breaking for them. And yet here I am, growing another little one! Yes, it’s exhausting work and no, I don’t feel well. But this will pass soon. (At least, that’s what I keep telling myself!) And to have children who are excited to welcome another baby into our family. . . wow, words just fail me. I know this is a sweet, special thing. Wow, are we ever blessed! Thank You, LORD!
This month we’re linking our Thankful Thursday posts over at Iris’ blog. See ya there!