Hi! It's been a long time. I just realized I haven't posted anything in almost half a year! How does that happen?! Well, I guess I know how that happens. It happens when you get pregnant and have a horrible first trimester... and second trimester... haha! I finally started to feel a bit more like my "normal, non-pregnant" self around 19 weeks although even now at 20 weeks I can't say I feel fabulous by any means. Weeks 5.5 onwards were spent doing a lot of tear-shedding, couch-lounging, survival-mode-parenting. There was some throwing up in Subway parking lots and some passing out in Mexico. It was NOT fun- fully worth it for the sake of the child I'm carrying, but I was researching vasectomies not long after it started in an effort to NEVER EVER have to do this again (even though we all know I probably will). Pregnancy sickness is NO JOKE and if you're going through it, my heart goes out to you. I won't even call it "morning sickness" anymore because it's so much more than that (or at least was for me, anyway). It was all day, every day, debilitating, exhausting, overwhelming, miserable sickness. Anyway, I think you get the point.
So, baby number 3! My official due date is towards the end of April. So let's say we'll have a baby by mid-May. Three of my very best friends are pregnant and due within the same month as me!!! How fun is that? We don't know the gender- I am absolutely not one of those people who desires to wait for the birth to find out, but my midwife INSISTED I wait until 21-22 weeks to schedule my anatomy ultrasound. I cried for like half an hour after I left my appointment that day because I couldn't believe I had to wait that much longer, but then I realized how incredibly selfish I was being melting down about that when my child was kicking around, safe and healthy within me. So I snapped out of it and carried on, busying myself with Christmas preparations and such! I am hesitant about ultrasounds but I've had 2-3 with each of my children and my husband and I have decided to keep it to the minimum suggested by my midwives and just accept any risk there may be.
I'm currently writing a letter to try to convince the hospital I plan to deliver at (Robert Packer) that they NEED to hire a lactation consultant, because at this moment they don't have one. Unacceptable much!? I think so! I'm also officially a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and I am loving setting up appointments with my friends and family to educate them on car seat safety and how to use their specific car seat! I don't know why but I really love doing that. It's honestly fun for me to get to meet up with old friends (and maybe meet new people) to teach them such a useful and valuable skill. It warms my heart! So be in touch via email, the contact form on my website, or text/call me if you want to set something up. It's a free service and I would truly love to help you!
And in between all of this Joey and I went to Cancun, Mexico for a work trip (aka vacation), I visited my sister and her 31-week preemie in Chicago (he's doing great), and took my CPST course with my friend Theresa (as you already know from above). October was a crazy month!!!
I'll leave it at this for now. My younger son (Bay) is still sleeping even at almost 10am and I know he'll be up soon. I've been up with my older son (Fin) for a few hours now getting some odds and ends done. It's a nice morning routine, for however long it will last! Xoxo