6 Month Pregnancy Update

Before I know it, baby #4 will be close to his arrival. For some reason, I was thinking I had 4.5 months left and as of a week ago I realized I had just over 3 months. {which I guess makes sense since I’ve been feeling LARGE and IN CHARGE lately}

Now, I am literally 3 months away [well as of yesterday actually]!!!!! I can’t believe it.

Let me give a little recap here…..We are in our 1st year of residency [by we I mean my hubby, I always just say we because we are in this together] and were not expecting or planning on another baby. We weren’t not planning because of lack of desire, but because of some congenital kidney problems I have {to be safe since problems often arise in pregnancy}…anyway, lo and behold B and I went on a hot date and we were driving there and I felt N-A-U-S-E-O-U-S!!!! I told B I just hadn’t eaten for a long time and thought maybe I just was car sick sort of a thing. We got to the top of the town at this restaurant overlooking the city and I told him on the elevator- “I have to eat, like NOW!

Long story short, we came home and B suggested I run and pick up a pregnancy test for “peace of mind” even though we were sure I wasn’t since we were on birth control. Long story short, IT WAS POSITIVE!!! We were shocked. My momma self instantly got a little giddy yet still surreal and definitely crazy, and B in the thick of his first year of residency was dumbfounded to say the least.  He sat silent on the couch for at least 30 minutes. I’m sure baby #4 in heaven was entertained watching our totally genuinely surprised reactions. 🙂

I was still nursing P and hadn’t had a period yet {sorry TMI-just giving the whole story here} so I had to go to the doctor and get an ultrasound so they could figure out how far along I was. It was quite the rush going in and not having ANY idea how far along I was. I was 6 weeks 3 days {just what I was guessing because I always get sick around 6 weeks}

But, now here we are excited to greet our last and final addition and we feel so blessed and crazy and blessed again. I just think P and baby 4 must’ve just been besties in heaven and had to have each other. 19 months apart…I’m voting besties.

I still am having a hard time swallowing the fact that my BABY {P} is soon to be a big brother!!! That’s INSANE to me!!!! My closest gap is 26 months…so a few days of 19 months seems so young to me to be an older sibling. Don’t get me wrong, I see people rock it all the time and I love it for them…I guess I just have always been scared to have them that close and we’ve enjoyed the gaps we’ve had and savoring baby time for a while longer. But, I am sure I’ll love this gap too and I can do my best to baby BOTH babies simultaneously. I think it is going to be SO fun for THEM to be little besties–2 boys a year apart in school and hopefully the best of buds. Let’s just hope they aren’t too competitive with each other when it comes to sports. 😉

Here are some things about this pregnancy right now I don’t want to forget::

CRAVINGS:: PICKLES. I want them on every sandwich and hide them from the kids when I am almost out. It’s bad. They are kind of an unnecessary luxury item around here I don’t always get, so my kids and I all want to devour them when they are around.

Sandwich stuffer dill pickles-I can’t get enough of you!

Besides that, I just have NON cravings. As in, NO RED SAUCE–no pizza, no spaghetti….none of that! I make homemade pizza for the fam every Friday for pizza/movie night, but I REFUSE to eat it and have a bowl or two of cereal instead. Typical pregnant move for me–cereal all the time. I just do not want red sauce, period.

SLEEP:: I am sleeping great now. I had a week I wasn’t because I have had a KILLER cold and possibly allergies on top of it {not quite sure}, but the past 5 days I could lay down flat and sleep instantly without choking or coughing up a storm. Thank heavens!!


WEIGHT GAINED:: 
No idea!! I am one of those people who uses the scale to lose the weight after the baby and stay motivated, but DURING pregnancy I don’t weigh myself except for at appointments so I don’t obsess over it. It’s been like a month since an appointment between sick kids, etc…so who knows? I’m not really keeping track. I just know I am getting BIG these days and my clothes aren’t fitting.  I have 1 pair of maternity jeans out of my 3 pregnancies and always lived without and made it through {cheapskate and maxi skirts/dresses have gotten me through}….buuut, this time I don’t know if I can make it the whole thing. I just know is I am BIGGER than my previous pregnancies, THAT is for certain. I was looking at my belly yesterday thinking, holy smokes-this is going to grow for 3 MORE MONTHS? I’m going to have one B-I-G baby bump this time around. But hey, bring it on. I’m doing my best to enjoy this last pregnancy in all its glory.

THOUGHTS ON LAST BABY:: Honestly, after P I didn’t have that COMPLETE feeling for our family. Don’t get me wrong, I felt more complete than we had before and P bursted my heart daily with my squishy sweetness…but, I just didn’t feel like he was the last one. I cried thinking he may be the last one because I didn’t feel he really was. However, the mister and I had decided not to have any more just to not risk my health. That being said, I was totally open to adoption and even had mentioned fostering a couple times just because I didn’t feel “complete”. This time around, it is the most gratifying feeling–the whole surprise process really. It was a SHOCK, but such a blessing and I feel total peace and calm that this baby is meant to be in our family and just knowing he is growing and coming into our family. I can feel happy and full of gratitude saying he is our last one.  Anyway, I’m excited for my bonus baby and for this fulfilling feeling he is already giving his momma. There really IS a feeling folks with last babies, at least there is for me.

ACHES AND PAINS:: I will say, I am having more aches and pains early this time. It makes me feel old. Granted, I am older than I have been with the last 3 {obviously}, but I know I still am not really. I mean most all movie stars start in their 40’s seems like, and I’m having my 4th at 29…so this should be a cakewalk, right? lol. I also am bigger this go-around as I already mentioned which I am sure adds to my pregnancy aches and pains. My sacroiliac joint on my left side goes out almost every day towards evening just from lifting up Porter and bending over for laundry, etc. so it makes things challenging like stairs or just picking toys up….. Also, my more typical later- in-pregnancy-pain I’ve been feeling lately is back pain. I get that too, ya know–nature of the beast I suppose when your belly is extended with a ball of baby. 🙂 I feel a little bit like a 60 year old by the end of most days, but it’s oh so worth it. 😉

I also have melasma, also known as “pregnancy mask”, pretty obviously this time around. It’s that pigmentation on your face around your eyes/cheeks…kind of looks like freckles. With P mine was more scattered and cute freckle-y looking, and this time they are more clustered and it kind of looks like I have a straight line under one of my eyes all the time. lol. I guess my body knows how to grow faster 4th pregnancy and my pigmentation knows how to pigment faster too. 😉 It’s all good.

ACID REFLUX:: Yup. I actually had this before I found out I was pregnant and thought it was STRANGE since I never get acid reflux unless I am pregnant. Sure enough, that statement still rings true.

MOVEMENT:: Baby 4 is more active now than he’s been, but still not super jittery. He is pretty calm. I was nervous for a long time because he hardly ever moved. Now, I am feeling him more often as he gets bigger. I just love feeling him move inside me, such an incredible and amazing blessing to grow a baby inside you. I just love it.

I can’t wait to meet this boy….though I am happy to wait a full 3 months so baby P can get a little bigger first. 🙂 I’m not going to lie, P is my…..hmmmm….how should I say it…most “verbally opinionated child” at a young age. That’s the best way I can describe P. 😉 And for that reason, I am very interested and a bit terrified at how he’ll respond to baby brother.

Time will tell.

But, the good news is, I know he’s meant to be in our family….so he will adjust eventually. 😉

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