I feel like I’ve been keeping a little bit of a secret, which isn’t really a secret at all.
If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you might have missed that we’re expecting our fourth baby in November of this year! I’m almost ten weeks now, and my belly is waaaaay out there. Baby number four doesn’t mess around and just makes itself at home, stretching everything out as fast as possible. We’ve never really been ones to wait until the second trimester to announce a pregnancy, but this time especially there was no hiding it. I would have had to stay home and avoid people for three months if I wanted to keep this a total secret, and who wants to live like that?
We knew we wanted to add another person to our family, but it’s definitely hard to consciously make that decision when you know it means nausea/discomfort/LABOR/sleepless nights. I also knew I didn’t want to be pregnant mostly over the winter, so we got in just under the wire there. I was winter pregnant with my second child and there was definitely too much sitting around and “warm me up” eating happening for my own good.
So here we are, almost ten weeks in. I’ve had nausea but no vomiting. Food aversions are through the roof this time around. Nothing sounds good but I can usually make myself eat anything once it’s in front of me. There was a day where I survived on Annie’s Cinnamon Bunny Crackers, and four days in a row where I ate nothing but pizza. I’ve tried drinking milk again because it was one of my favorite things during this time in my other pregnancies, but I didn’t find it that enjoyable/worth it. I’ve also eaten chicken (*gasp*!) a few times to see if it helps my energy levels (it’s hard to tell).
As you know I had the stomach flu a few weeks ago which was THE WORST. I never thought I would get better. Even once the sickness went away, there was still morning sickness. So the best I could hope for was all around nausea. Sad face. I basically went three days without eating much, which was concerning but didn’t prove problematic. After that all I wanted to eat was oatmeal chocolate chip cookies smothered in peanut butter. That’s ok, right? Chocolate chip banana bread with peanut butter has also been a lifesaver, and I’m planning on updating that recipe for the blog soon! I feel bad that the baby hasn’t been getting a lot of fruits and veggies, but I just need to be able to eat and I know there will come a time when I can get back into healthy habits. At least I’ve been able to get my vitamins down.
I’ve been pretty low on energy all around but still try to get out and walk, even do a tiny bit of running, a few days a week. My body finally had a chance to recover between pregnancies this time, which I can’t necessarily see but can feel. My back is better able to support the weight in the front and I have some ab strength to hold the belly up instead of just dropping down.
I’ve been in a really awkward place for clothes. I discovered an unfortunately placed hole in my favorite pair of jeans, so I’ve been getting by with a few less than perfect pairs of pants. If it would just warm up a little I’d be able to wear skirts or something, but we’ve dipped back into a cold front here. I got my first maternity Stitch Fix (<– referral link) yesterday, which I was super excited about. They just started doing maternity specific fixes, although I’m not sure the clothes are actually maternity. I haven’t been too impressed with Stitch Fix in the past, but some of my favorite pieces of clothing have come from the service, so I thought it would be fun to give maternity a try. I ended up keeping two out of the five things they sent me. One is a really beautiful shirt that will definitely still work post-baby and the other is a cargo jacket which will be perfect for our trip to San Francisco next month. I also ordered a pair of Gap maternity jeans which I love. They have an inset panel, which I haven’t tried before. That means they have a normal waistband with a couple stretchy areas built in. They seem super comfy and fit great.
I think that’s all for now! Please bear with me as I take blogging a little slower these next few weeks (just looking at certain foods is enough to make me nauseous). I’ve loved following along with some other great blogging ladies who are also expecting their fourth baby around the same time! If you have baby fever, be sure to follow The Busy Budgeting Mama and One Little Momma. I’ve also been peeking in on Diana Wrote, although with pregnancy hormones I’m not sure I can handle it.