March 27, 2012

We're Expecting!

I leaked a one-liner tweet yesterday spilling the news because there was not one bone of secrecy in my body.  We just found out yesterday morning that we're having another child!  :)


We have three beautiful daughters (17 months, 4 & 7), one glory baby that we're waiting in anticipation to meet one day, and this precious teeny tiny one currently growing inside me.

Interesting questions I've received --

The most frequently asked question was been: "Are you hoping for a BOY this time??"
To this my response has been: "We have just been 'hoping' for a baby...but yes, we'd love a son and our daughters would love a baby brother (or two), but we are just thrilled that God has blessed us with another precious gift."

Another frequented question: "Wow...Again??"
My response: "Yes!  We're thrilled."  Which is usually followed by a forced smile on their part as they try to wrap their heads around someone wanting more than three children.

This is more of a comment really, but: "Wow, you're gonna have your hands full!"
My response: "Yes!  I happily will and wouldn't have it any other way."  Which again, is usually followed by a forced smile as they wrap their heads around the thought.

And my personal FAVORITE, that has won today's award for receiving my facial expression of "REALLY?!" that I couldn't quite control as well as I would have hoped, is this: "Congratulations...Is this a good thing?"  I promise I was asked that four times just today. 
My response: "Always!"  How else are you supposed to respond to that?  Hmm...

Due Date --

November 17th, 2012.  Which places me right at 6 weeks currently.

How I am feeling --

Emotionally - Couldn't be more thrilled.  :)  Physically - Not that well.  :(  With all my previous pregnancies I have been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum.

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of morning sickness, with "unrelenting, excessive pregnancy-related nausea and/or vomiting that prevents adequate intake of food and fluids." Hyperemesis is considered a rare complication of pregnancy but, because nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can exist on a continuum, there is often not a good diagnosis between common morning sickness and hyperemesis. Estimates of the percentage of pregnant women afflicted range from 0.3% to 2.0%.

In the past, on-set of symptoms for me began around 8 or 9 weeks, so I am feeling this a little earlier than usual for me.

We are praying for healing and declaring the Word over and to this body, and believing by faith, that God will meet my needs.  His grace is sufficient.  His grace is good.

After reading some things that other women have found successful in improving or alleviating symptoms (which may or may not include being prescribed heavy duty meds), and also a great deal of time studying myself; together with my husband, we have implemented two new practical things into my life --
  1. 150 mg of vitamin B6 every single day
  2. No white flour or white sugar (which I have already implemented since the beginning of January, but haven't been as strict with this one as I am going to be while pregnant).
I will write more soon detailing our changes concerning what we've chosen to put in and not put in our bodies and why at a later date.  :)

Thank you all, my dear friends, so much for all the kind words, many congratulations, support, and encouragement.  I am excited to keep you all updated on a weekly basis through this blessed time.  :)

7 comments:

  1. Just popping in from Write It, Girl. Congrats!! This is very exciting news. I hope that everything goes well for you in this pregnancy. I have 3 daughters as well and also hear the endless comments of people who assume that we need a boy next. (Though no one has volunteered yet to carry & deliver any subsequent babies).

    Blessings!

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  2. Congratulations and boy I do relate to your morning sickness I was sick with both of our children all nine months. IT does get better just lay low if you can and rest when you can.

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  3. Congrats!!! pregnancy is always a good thing :) children are God's blessing

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  4. Coming over by way of Write it, Girl. Congratulations!!! Such a precious gift. Hope you begin to feel better soon.

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  5. Congratulations!!! I'm also coming over from Write it, Girl. I'll likely be a frequent visitor here. :) Like you, I have three daughters, ages 7, almost 6 & almost 3. And we have three babies in heaven - all lost in early pregnancy before our oldest daughter. Along the way, we went from wanting two to wanting four kids. However, due to all the complications I've had (two of our daughters were in the NICU - our youngest was a preemie, with me having been on complete hospital bed rest for 3 1/2 weeks), that we had to make a hard decision and we're done. But we're at peace with that now.

    Also, in January, my youngest daughter and I just went entirely gluten-free and about 80-90% dairy free, because of some health challenges. It's been amazing - the difference it has made! (I don't use white sugar much at all, either.) I am having a great time learning about and trying different g-free grains, like quinoa and amaranth. So kudos to you for your diet changes! We can swap recipes! :)

    I'll join you in prayer for your pregnancy and feeling great!

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  6. Congrats and happy womb reading.

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  7. I was just popping in to finish up your new button and saw the news so here's wishing you a big CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!
    ♥Sharon

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