I am going to be honest here I actually never thought we would be having a third baby. When Ben and I were dating I was upfront from the beginning that I always wanted three and he was very clear that two was all he wanted. SO after Ophelia I kind of figured we were done… I didn’t feel like we were complete BUT I didn’t push the issue too much. Apparently though my instincts were right and we were always meant to have three and we could not be more excited about it! AND to answer the question up front I don’t care if we are having a boy or a girl… this wasn’t an attempt to have a boy we will be totally happy and excited either way and I actually have zero boy names picked out so if it is a third girl I will be a little relieved honestly. Also I have been so sick this time around and both girls have had every illness under the sun since December so basically the entire first trimester was all of us laying around being sick… so not glamorous in the least.
How I found out I was pregnant - So we hadn’t been actively trying to get pregnant and I wasn't obsessively testing or anything BUT I just had a feeling so I tested and it was negative…. that feeling didn’t go away so I kept testing and kept getting negatives all week. Finally I took three tests at once ( don’t ask why I don’t have a good reason for why I would think that would give me a different result) AND one of the three came back positive. SO then I just felt completely insane and was out of tests. The girls and I ran to the dollar store and bought a few more and they came back positive, negative, positive which left me feeling completely confused ha. With both girls I had an immediate positive result so that was totally different.
How I Told Ben - This is so anticlimactic sorry I just texted him. He had already left for work for the week and would be gone for a few days so I just texted him and told him… i’ve actually never done a fun “hey we are pregnant” reveal it actually has always been over the phone but it works!
How I told the girls - With the girls we didn’t do anything exciting either…… Jessamyn found out because of how sick I was and in the beginning I was craving Hippeas which are basically puffed chickpeas and so good… I was buying them in bulk online because I couldn’t find them local and Jessamyn started to refer to them as the snack for the baby… soooo yeah she might not fully understand whats going on but knows the baby is making me sick and eat snacks lol.
What I have been craving - Okay so I don’t know if this happens to anyone else but the things I crave in the first trimester I usually can’t eat in the second, they become aversions for me so all of these foods are things I now can’t stand. I was obsessed with Hippeas, ginger ale, fresh fruit especially berries, and chips with salsa. My cravings with all three pregnancies have always been toward salty and I usually end up really averse to sweets especially chocolate.
How I got through morning sickness - Morning sickness was something that is really “all day sickness” for me with all three babies and my usual method for dealing with it was eating small frequent meals, pregnancy pops which seriously I don’t know what makes them work like it might be magic but they are amazing and so helpful for me. I had to do the two hour drive to Denver once a week or more and these pops helped keep the nausea away or at least manageable for so much of the first trimester.
How the doctor visits have gone so far - Our health insurance is very “one size fits all” so with all three pregnancies every visit has been so cookie cutter and i’ve known exactly what to expect. SO far there haven’t been any red flags or issues one thing that is interesting about us is that my blood type is negative but Ben’s is too so I have never had to have RHogam. We tested his blood type the first pregnancy to make sure and it has been kind of nice to avoid those shots every pregnancy.
My Gender Prediction - With Jessamyn we didn’t find out what we were having until she was born, with Ophelia we found out at 20 weeks and this time around we are going to find out too! When I was pregnant with Jessamyn a doctor guessed girl because her heart rate was always in the 160’s and she said girls tend to have faster heart rates early on, Ophelia also was in the 160’s so I guessed girl last pregnancy too. This time though this babies heart rate has always been in the 140’s so for that reason alone I am guessing boy but we will find out for sure next week!
A Few First Trimester Essentials - I am pretty minimal when it comes to buying pregnancy related products but there are a few things I have not been able to live without….
Good leggings, THESE are my favorite and I have like four pairs, they are so soft and comfortable and for me the waist falls just perfect that I have been able to wear them into my second trimester. I also tried THESE and love them as well but not quite as much.
A belly band - I have one a you can find it HERE and use it all the time, I didn't pop right away but found on bad bloating days and days where I had no idea what was going on with my hormones and belly and the baby this band just was a life saver for staying in my pre pregnancy clothes and now in the second trimester is my best friend and I wear it with everything.
A bra a size up - I accidentally stumbled onto these ones at target and am obsessed with the coverage and quality for the price. You can find them HERE but I found sizing up a bra size in the first trimester really helps as far as discomfort and band tightness later on and having a little extra coverage was just nice as literally I feel like physically everything changes day to day.
Over all this first trimester has been very similar to the last two pregnancies and I am excited to find out what we are having next week and can’t believe I am already basically half way done with this pregnancy! One question I do have is what gender predictors did you use and were they accurate? I tried a couple of the online ones that supposedly can guess and I did that with all three pregnancies and so far it has all said girl! I haven’t tried any of the like old wives tale ones but I kind of want to and would love to hear your experience with that!