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We are excited to finally announce #3, due April 1 2018!
I remember announcing our first.
The unknown that waited for us. The excitement. The only thing we had to focus on was the little squish that would soon be ours. It was all that consumed my thoughts, contemplating what our life would be like and how a child would fit into our story.
Everyone tells you how life changing kids are. Well, they tell you about the sugar-coated parts, they leave out the difficult, sweaty, leaky, stressed out parts. Kids are life changing for the best and some of the hardest reasons. I look back on my first with such amazing and fond memories of going through all the first milestones with her, but in the moment I remember it NOT being easy or glamorous.
Then there was announcing Henry, our second.
I knew what was coming this time. I knew the sleepless nights and newborn snuggles that were in my near future. Our excitement centered on Lottie being a big sister and she was getting the best gift in the world, a little brother or sister to grow up with.
The fear was gone, and a lot of questions were answered. I knew how birth works, despite the fact that no two births are ever the same. I knew my second would be nothing like my first, but I also had the confidence that I could figure it out. I had a very realistic view of my next 6 months that consisted a lot of nursing, not sleeping and learning to dance in the chaos of having two.
Now we’re sharing our news, #3!
Seems surreal. We have routines as a family of four, and I can’t wait to see how one more will complete our puzzle. Henry, my aggressive baby hugger, loves babies, and just as excited as I was to watch Lottie become a big sister I have no doubt Henry will step up as a great big brother. Lottie this time around gets it more than ever, and has been so fun to talk to about our future new baby.
For my first two I wrote down detailed notes on my pregnancy. Partly because I wanted to share with everyone reading, to help prepare you for when you’re going through it (I loved reading other bloggers who shared their pregnancy experiences). And partly because I wanted to remember what each week was like. Time goes by so quickly even more so with number 3. I can’t believe I’m typing this in my 17th week of pregnancy! I’m almost half way done and I haven’t had time to think for a minute about being pregnant or our new family member who is coming.
Writing is my way of sitting down and processing. I have a hard time slowing down and when I blog it makes me document the good and the bad so I can look back and remember. So here I am 17 weeks in finally writing my first post on what we’ve been up to for the past few months. You will still be seeing more baby blogs for #3, they might not be as detailed or as well thought through because mom brain is real, but they will still be here!
So… How am I feeling?
Good! I am one of those obnoxious women who somehow make it through the first trimester without nausea. So similar to my first two pregnancies, my first trimeter flew by without a day of sick. I do get headaches. The hormones changing send me into mini migraines some days and that isn’t fun especially when you have to mom to two little humans. But overall I can’t complain (yet!).
Eating is the worst.
Similar to my first two, but more so, I hate eating. I know people talk about pregnancy cravings, I have aversions to pretty much everything. I literally am forcing myself to eat protein and I’m tracking the food I eat to make sure I am getting enough nutrients everyday.
Did I mention I stopped eating meat and dairy?
A few months before getting pregnant while we were traveling in Europe Josh and I stopped eating meat and dairy. So now I am learning how to do the vegan thing and still get all the calories and nutrients for a healthy pregnancy. Some days getting all my calcium, protein and iron is more difficult than others not because of eating vegan but simply because I don’t feel like eating. I’ve done a lot of research and was surprised by the lack of complete information out there on healthy vegan pregnancies. —> Expect more on this. If you aren’t vegan and don’t care, skip that blog post when I write it, but hopefully it will help a mama or two out there answer the questions that I had a hard time finding.
What about exercise?
My first pregnancy was all running, my second was some strength with a lot or rowing and a little less running. This time I am trying to keep a better balanced workout schedule. I am still walking or running at least three miles a day, but I am working in at least one yoga class each week in addition to 1-2 strength training sessions each week. After every pregnancy I have felt that I kept my cardio up but I lose so much muscle. so this time around I am hoping to maintain my strength better through the next 5 months.
So stick with me and I will be sharing all the fun and not so fun parts about being pregnant the third time around.