Hi gals! I have a little secret I have been keeping for the last few months… baby Lipkin number three is coming at the end of this Summer!
This is one of those posts that took so much to publish. I’m not sure why, because it is happy, exciting news, but once I tell people it makes it all so much more real. I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday which made me feel more confident in sharing this news with you all, since I can be a little superstitious.
Having this blog is a great way to connect with so many people who have so much great advice and document everything from a pregnancy, for which I am so grateful. If you aren’t into this at all, feel free to skip it!
How We Found Out
Do you remember the line from Christmas Vacation when Clark reacts to Eddie showing up at his house by saying “I couldn’t be more surprised if I woke up with my head stapled to the carpet,” well that is how I felt about this news at first. It took a solid four weeks for it to all really set in, despite the intense symptoms I felt from the beginning.
Right before the holidays I started to feel pretty terrible. I was eating a ton of crappy food, indulging in wine and cocktails, missing out on sleep and stressed. I figured that this was due to the time of the year and everything would go away in the New Year. Cue New Year’s Day and a drive home from Virginia with uncontrollable nausea that seemed to only be soothed with gallons of ginger ale and a McDonald’s Fish Filet (#noshame.) I took a pregnancy test the second we walked in the door and was completely shocked when it immediately turned into the brightest positive plus sign.
I am so glad Josh was home this day, because it was the first time we were together finding out. I can say with 100% assurance that we were both in complete and utter shock. We weren’t trying, and we weren’t not trying, but we certainly not expecting this (happy) news!
How I Am Feeling
Ok, so this is a big old vent for me. People always ask “how are you feeling?” when you are pregnant, because that is just the natural thing to ask. I am probably overly honest when I answer, but that is because I don’t like reaching out to people to complain without being asked. If you ask me, then sure, I will go right ahead and complain ????
It has been almost three months now of feeling pretty awful. My first pregnancy with Avery was pretty easy and Greyson’s caused a lot of nausea and getting sick for the first couple of months, but this one is a whole other story. I have had nausea since before the holidays. It comes at all different times of day and every day has been different if and when it will happen. Luckily, it seems to have finally started to subside. Most food has been a total turn off for me, too. Things I used to love to eat (vegetables, meats, rice, bread, basically anything) has made me want to gag. I think this may be starting to go away as well, but it totally depends on the day.
Most days I feel like total crap. I don’t even know how to describe it other than I can barely keep my eyes open and feel like I got run over by a truck. I am hoping this will be coming to an end soon as I’m getting into my second trimester!
I am trying to approach this was as much positivity and gratefulness as possible, especially knowing that this is the last time I will be pregnant. Every bout of nausea and rough day is a reminder that things are actually going ok!
We waited until the middle of February to tell Avery and Greyson. They were starting to get suspicious about my growing belly and never feeling well. Avery was over the moon, considering she asked Santa for a baby sibling this year. Greyson didn’t register what we were telling him at first and definitely was not thrilled. He is getting there bit by bit and warming up to the idea of being a brother. I’m really happy the baby will be born when he is in kindergarten full day so it won’t feel as much like I’m able to spend every second with him. He’s very sensitive and I worry about him and how this will affect him. I’m so lucky that Avery will be pushing nine when the baby comes and is so excited to help out!
Since I am considered “old” in terms of maternity age (I am not THAT old!) I had to go through a lot of extra genetic testing and was able to find out the gender through a blood test at the end of my first trimester. We are having a.. GIRL! I’m a little nervous because my first girl is a handful, but I am also happy that Greyson gets to maintain his place as the only boy, which I hope will help with the middle child transition for him.
I am getting bigger by the day and my stomach definitely popped by ten weeks, so there is no hiding it at this point. I tend to gain a LOT of weight when I am pregnant, no matter what I do, so the fashion side of this blog may involve some questionable choices in the not too distant future. ????
If you made it to the end of this, thank you so much for reading and letting me share this with you!