What’s really been going on

Thank you everyone for all of the congratulatory comments, emails and Facebook posts. We’re excited.

So let’s talk about what’s really been going on lately. There has been a lot of nausea, uncontrollable mood swings, crying over the tiniest things, and a little bit of running. This time around the nausea has been a lot worse, but luckily has not involved any vomiting. I’m also exhausted, what else is new? I never realized how much those after work naps helped me when I was pregnant with Ella. Poor Josh has been a bit neglected. It’s rare that I’m not passed out on our couch by 9:05.

Speaking of Ella, she has no idea what is coming her way. She loves babies right now and when we ask her if she wants a baby brother or sister, she enthusiastically says yes. We bought her a few big sister books and talk to her about the baby in mommy’s tummy but she doesn’t understand. I have to say that it is her adjustment to having a sibling that I’m most worried about. It has kept me awake at night. I know that eventually she’ll get used to it but it hurts my heart to think about what a big adjustment it will be. Another big factor in our decision not to move.

I’m due August 16th (according to my dates), the 19th according to the midwives. Yep, 16 weeks already. We have less than a month to go until our anatomy scan where we’ll hopefully see a very healthy baby and find out if it is a boy or girl. I was much better at keeping the secret this time around.  I think this is primarily because I was kind of shocked and though excited, terrified at the same time. Not that this wasn’t planned, but it just happened faster than I was mentally prepared for. I honestly thought that it would take longer for me to get pregnant this time since I was/am still nursing Ella. So when I took a test and it was positive, I was shocked and slightly terrified. Don’t get me wrong, this baby is very much wanted and we are incredibly blessed to not deal with fertility struggles, it is just a little earlier than expected.

Much to my delight I am still running! I did 9 miles yesterday for a total of 21 miles last week. Today my body is a bit on the sore side. It was the longest run I’ve done since New Year’s Day. It felt really good, though slow. I’ve slowed down by about a minute to 1.5 minutes/mile, when I run on a treadmill. I’m about 30 seconds per mile slower outside. No more intervals for me, at least for now. I’m really hoping that this time I’ll be able to run throughout my pregnancy. I’m really yearning to do a race. There is a half on April 7th that I’m thinking about. We’ll see how my running is going a few weeks from now.

So there’s the update. Come the middle of August, the Van Kirk’s will become a family of four.

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