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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

a new baby!

I'm pregnant! Yippee!!

But don't worry. This isn't going to turn into a Pregnancy Blog where I detail my experiences with morning sickness, insomnia, lower back discomfort, or Braxton Hicks contractions. I will, I'm sure, at some point after the birth of the baby, post in excruciating detail the Birth Story, but only because that's the best part of pregnancy--Having The Baby. And I promise to give a warning header in case you're squeamish about words like: dilation, effacement, or mucous plug. Oops. Sorry. Still with me?

Actually, speaking of which.....a woman at the fourth of July parade told me, completely unaware that I'm pregnant, that she saw "The Most Disgusting Thing" at the gym....a woman...."get this"....nine months pregnant, swimming, IN A BIKINI. I just sort of looked at her, thinking back to my own trip to the beach, 7 months pregnant with Max, sunning my big, old, bare pregnant belly. And THEN, she said, "I mean, you're not supposed to be SWIMMING, with all the bacteria in a pool all up in your cervical area. You're not even supposed to take a bath when you're pregnant." I suppose I missed that memo from my OB. It was strange parade-small-talk with a complete stranger, to say the least.

ANYWAY....
So we're having another baby! And that baby is scheduled to arrive in February....which means that I just may have to start correctly pronouncing the name of this month....I'm a Feb-U-ary girl, I find Feb-RU-ary to be a bit cumbersome. For what it's worth, Feb-U-ary is a commonly accepted pronunciation in most dictionaries, so we'll see.

Evan is so excited....he's already kissing my belly and putting on his fake pout while saying, "I just wish the baby was here so I could be a big brother again." Not that things aren't cool with Max....but now that Max is Big, he has his own ideas and opinions and styles of play....and isn't always a willing participant in Evan's scenarios. But babies? They just lie there and smile and coo, right? Ooooohhhh, selective memories.

Max is excited, too, but more in the Everyone Else is Excited, So I'll Be Excited, Too sense. But he'll occasionally lift up his shirt and say in the sweetest little sing-song voice, "Baaaay-Beeeee!" So I think he's getting it. Maybe?

And now for the answers to some frequently asked questions:
Yup, I feel sick.

Yes, we're finding out if it's a boy or a girl. If you have to ask, you really don't know me.

And as for out-of-the-starting-gate gender predictions: Evan says Girl, Sam says Boy, Max says Baby, and I say, "Man, this pregnancy is SO DIFFERENT from my pregnancies with the boys, soooooooo....." But that's EXACTLY what I said when I was pregnant with Max, so I'm no help.

Yes, we'll share names once we have selected them.

Yes, I'm already "showing." Although that may be, in part, due to the fact that I am embracing and indulging my cravings, which seem to be sweets, carbs, and huge, heaping helpings of The Good Kind of Macaroni and Cheese. I've craved this during each of my pregnancies. Or maybe I just always crave it, but during pregnancy I can justify going out specifically to purchase some frozen Stouffers or the homemade kind from a local grocery store. I actually just whipped up my own homemade three-cheese version and may have found a winner...

And finally, no, we aren't "hoping for a girl"after two boys. We're hoping for a happy, healthy baby. And even if our baby is cranky or has some health concerns, we're just excited to meet him or her. And we're looking forward to  expanding our family and watching the dynamics in our family change for the better with this new addition.


Lesson Learned:
I love love love love being pregnant. I'm going to soak up these next 33 weeks and try to commit each little moment, craving, twinge, flutter, all of it to long term memory. Just like I did with my first two....because there's nothing in the world that can compare to pregnancy. Nothing. I'm grateful that I am able to experience this again, for the third time. And I don't want to take a bit of it for granted.

4 comments :

  1. You are also a gorgeous pregnant woman! (I know you couldn't say that about yourself, so I'll say it for you. :)

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  2. Haha! Thanks, but seriously, WHO SAYS THAT to a STRANGER at a PARADE?! :)

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  3. Oh boy I could tell you some strange stranger comments...one being, "Twins can only be a boy and a girl." Another friend had a co-worker tell her she looked "ripe." Yep, true story. Anyway, SO THRILLED for your family...time for 'zone' defense, as Joe puts it, which is why we're not allowed to talk about another baby for another year:) And for the record, Feb-ruuuu-uary is a great birthday month...that's when my boys arrived! I've already been brainstorming a list of indoor bday party options for the years to come...

    CONGRATS!

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  4. HAHAHA! That's great, Krissy! :) And THANKS! I'm looking forward to a winter baby. I'll take all of your Feb. Birthday decorations as hand-me-downs!! :)

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