It's been two years since my pregnancy with the twins, and we couldn't be happier to announce that we are expecting a little sister late September! This pregnancy falls almost exactly in line with my twin pregnancy, only off by a day! How that happened, just lucky I guess. But this girl is excited to have all her maternity clothes matched up for the right seasons, that's for sure.
This pregnancy has been so different than the twins' was. For starters, I haven't passed out in a Joanns Fabric store, or anywhere else, so that's a plus! Throughout the twins' pregnancy I would constantly feel bouts of dizziness as my vision would go, followed by ringing in my ears until my hearing would go too. If I didn't lie down soon enough, I could pass out. Luckily i only passed out once and as the pregnancy went on, I knew when the dizzy spells were coming on and could at least prevent passing out. I also found that protein bars, almonds and water were my best defense. You could find those all in my purse at any given time. For real, I was in two weddings and carried all those things to both. I haven't escaped the dizzy spells this pregnancy, either, but I've prevented passing out thus far.
With the twins, I was rarely nauseous in the first trimester. I had bouts here and there, but nothing too bad. With this sweet girl, I was nauseous 24-7 the first 13 weeks. My poor husband would sweetly ask what I wanted for dinner, only to hear me gag in response from the thought of food. He's a good man, putting up with all my antics this pregnancy! The mood swings have been intense, whereas with the twins I was always pretty happy and even keeled.
I know I've talked about our struggle with getting pregnant with the twins, so I have to explain how completely different this experience was. It's different for everyone, but I hope this can give hope to people who may have struggled with their first or could be struggling now. I'd like to think that the pregnancy with the twins reset my body, but for whatever reason, this time was different. Our little girl was not our first pregnancy since the twins. She was our rainbow after our first loss.
Over the summer, we had a surprise pregnancy when the twins were only 9 months. We were not quite prepared for it, but excited none the less. We knew we wanted more, we just hadn't expected to have more so soon. We also never took for granted how hard it was to conceive the twins, so like many others before us, didn't think it could happen just like that. Not getting into too many details, we lost the baby early, at about 6 weeks, and it wasn't easy, but we knew it just wasn't meant to be yet. God had a plan for us, and this was all a part of it. After the loss, we talked about when we wanted to have more, and decided we wanted at least a 2 year gap before the next baby, and it would happen when it was right.
This time I decided to try temping to see if I could figure out my cycles and if I was ovulating. I started a few months early just to learn how it worked. I loved it! It was so fascinating to me. After two months, I had figured it out, and the third month, but first month not avoiding, resulted in baby 3. We feel extremely blessed that it happened this way, and I am no stranger to the pain of the struggle when trying to conceive. I hope nothing more than to provide hope for others. Temping is complicated, and a little confusing at first, but I thought of it as just a learning experience rather than letting it stress me out. So it really helped me.
After any loss, you worry that much more about the next baby. But we are excited and hopeful for this little lady.