Having gone through it all twice before, you would think I'd be able to spot the earliest of signs - bloating, tiredness, loose teeth, salt cravings, vivid dreams etc. Exactly what happened twice before, but nope didn't notice. Then I took a test which was negative, so assumed it was a no go this month. Still no period a week later, a second test, and yippee!! Bub is due 6th December, although with Lara 5 days early and Sophia 2 weeks late, we treat that date rather flexibly!
To answer some interesting questions and comments we have had in the past week:
Oh dear, was it planned?! (Nice initial reaction, thanks for that!). Yes, it was 'planned', it was always our intention to go for four or five children, not the regulation one/two.
You haven't got any room as it is, where are you going to put it? (See above!). We have plenty of room for baby, eight foot of family bed will accommodate at least two more of us, and we have space for all the baby paraphernalia too. We will be fine.
Why have you told people so early? Yes, things go wrong, but we have never really got the not telling anyone till 12 weeks thing. If anything did happen, although we assume it won't, I'm sure we would want to talk to people about it anyway, not keep it a secret.
Are you hoping for a boy this time? Not really, no. We would be more than happy with half a dozen girls, neither of us has any specific desire for a son. We won't be finding out in advance, so will wait and see what we're given.
So you'll be stopping breastfeeding now then? Um no, why? I fed Lara throughout my pregnancy with Sophia, so why wouldn't I carry on feeding them both through this pregnancy? My body is more than capable of caring for three or more of my children, that's what it's designed for! Yes, it will be tiring, but breastfeeding is a great excuse for a sit, or a lie, down! We'll be fine.
Are you going to have it in hospital this time? Hopefully not, but we'll make that decision further down the line. We're not even sure when we'll see the midwife yet, might leave it a few months. Can do without all the unnecessary interference! We will see.
So there we go! My plan is to post a weekly update, as it will be a lovely record to have. Hope you enjoy keeping up with it all too, a slightly different pregnancy journey.
Although I think my father-in-law wins the best question award from when we first told them we were pregnant with Lara - "Are you going to start eating meat now? You'll need it to grow a baby." After over 25 years of not eating it, no probably not, and uh that's inaccurate on so many levels I don't even know where to begin!!
Stand by your beds for more corkers folks! Have a lovely weekend, L x