Pregnancy Update: 27 Weeks Pregnant & Gender Reveal!
27 Weeks! I cannot believe it. In 13 weeks, I will give birth to my sweet baby and I am getting very excited about meeting baby! Lately, it’s been on my mind all of the time. I can’t wait to hold my baby and smell that sweet new baby scent. I can’t wait to see my husband’s face when he holds our baby for the first time. And I can’t wait to see my four children’s reaction when they meet their younger sibling for the first time.
Pregnancy After Miscarriage…
Three months prior to getting pregnant with Baby, I suffered a miscarriage. It is because of my miscarriage I feel even more blessed to be pregnant again. When I had my miscarriage in August 2016, it hurt my heart deeply. I felt like I lost a piece of me. Well, I did lose a piece of me; I lost my baby.
It took me months to finally come to a place of peace. I wouldn’t say I am over it because I will never be over it. In fact, I still cry from time to time when I think about my loss. But I am at a place of peace now, and being pregnant again means more to me than I can put into words. God truly is an amazing God of love because Travis (hubby) and I are truly blessed!
Crazy to Have Five Children?
I’ve had a few people say to me, “You’re crazy for having five children.” Unfortunately, what these people don’t realize is this pregnancy is a great blessing for my husband and I because of the great loss we experienced last summer. The saying is true, you never know what someone is going through so be mindful of what you say to him/her. I understand sometimes people are more so amazed at our growing family, but words can be a little hurtful. So no, I don’t feel like we are crazy for having a fifth baby and for wanting more children. I feel we are incredibly blessed and I am overcome with joy with our great blessing.
When you experience such a great loss as losing a pregnancy, it makes you realize just how precious life is and how great of a blessing it is to have a child. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first baby or your tenth baby. Life is a gift. Some people are not able to have children and I don’t take my being able to have children for granted.
After losing my baby last August, I see now why it is very important to be thankful for the blessings God has blessed me with. My rainbow baby is among the greatest gifts I have been given– those great gifts being ALL of my children, including the baby we lost last summer. Just typing this is making me cry tears of joy and thankfulness.
How I’m Feeling…
Once the second trimester hit, I got my energy back and I felt like I could take on the world. I didn’t feel nauseous anymore and I felt very energized. But the last two weeks I’ve been feeling really sluggish and the fatigue feeling has come back. I know this is a sign that I am entering the third trimester. For all of my pregnancies, I always felt very tired and low on energy in my third trimester.
I also have mood swings. Sorry, hubby! I’m doing my best to work through the mood swings and take time to myself. That’s another common feeling I experience in my third trimester with my other pregnancies: I was always really moody, especially as I neared my due date. My mom always says she knows when I’m nearing labor because I get very irritable and moody.
I LOVE Panera Bread’s Turkey Avocado BLT sandwich and their Chicken Caesar Salad! I can’t get enough of it! Now that they deliver, I may be in trouble because I love this combo THAT much! I also crave 7-11’s Cherry-coke Slurpee, Simply Lemonade, and Taco Taquitos. Healthy foods I love are avocados, cantaloupe, cottage cheese, and peanut butter.
I generally feel hungry ALL OF THE TIME. It has become very frustrating because I don’t like feeling this way. I love to eat, don’t get me wrong, but all of the time? I’m trying to eat smaller meals more often. Sometimes I feel like I don’t know what to eat. I mean, what else can I possibly eat? I just ate an hour and a half ago and I’m hungry again?! 🙂
How I’m Sleeping…
Just okay. I get about 5 hours of sleep, which is actually pretty normal for me. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a full 8 hours of sleep. I stay busy with my children and I think I have just adjusted to sleeping 5-6 hours at a time.
I have been starting to feel uncomfortable while sleeping. Sometimes I have to shift my right side because the left side is starting to feel very uncomfortable. I also can’t really sleep on my back anymore. If I do sleep on my back, I wake up feeling very uncomfortable.
Preparing for Baby…
A couple of months ago, I hired a doula team. I have already selected the natural birth center I would like to have my baby. It’s a very nice birth center which does not offer pain medication. This is part of my natural birth plan: no pain medication and no interventions (if it’s not needed). Travis and I are going to tour the birth center next month. And I have finally settled on a doctor I really like and who supports my birth plan.
I haven’t started baby shopping yet. I guess when you have your fifth baby you are more laid back and you’re not really in a big hurry to do baby shopping. 🙂 I also still have a lot of baby clothing, blankets, and baby gear from when Zechariah was a baby. He turns two next month so all of his baby clothing and gear is still fairly new and in really good condition. We won’t even need a new car seat for baby because we still have Zechariah’s baby car seat!
I still get really nervous sometimes because of my previous miscarriage. My anxiety was really high during the first and second trimesters because of it. I am starting to feel more calm now that I am nearing the third trimester. Another concern I have is if baby will latch on when I begin breastfeeding. With Zhen and Zechariah I had trouble with both of them latching on so I primarily pumped. I’m hoping this go ’round there will not be any latching issues, but if there is, I will just exclusively pump again.
I taught Zhen (age 4) what the word “pregnancy” means so she will better understand what I mean when I say I am pregnant. She kind of gets it, but not completely. Sometimes when she talks to me or others she’ll begin her story with, “When I was pregnant, I did…” and fill in the thing she did. It’s the funniest thing! I keep telling her she’s never been pregnant before and then I try to explain to her again what it means to be pregnant, but she doesn’t understand.
She does understand that I’m going to have another baby. She likes to put her hand on my belly and feel the baby move. Sometimes she hugs me and puts her head on my stomach and starts talking to the baby. Then she’ll say she can hear the baby talking: “I can hear the baby talking in there, Mommy!” LOL! 🙂
And now for our big announcement…
We are having a BOY!!! I was for sure I was having a girl. For my other children, I guessed the correct genders right. I don’t know, maybe my mom-spidey senses is off or something. When the ultrasound tech told us we’re having a boy, I was so shocked. And then I felt very overcome with joy. It felt as if it was my first baby all over again.
I am absolutely ecstatic that we’re having a boy! Every time I think about it, it makes me smile. I am so in love with Baby already and I can’t wait to hold him in my arms and tell him just how much I love him.
“Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! The Lord Most High is awesome…” Psalm 47:1-2
Thank you for reading and letting us share our happy news with you!