Monday, June 22, 2009

Not an Alaska baby

There will be no child named Juneau in our family. This is NOT an Alaska baby. I'm over nine weeks pregnant and came back from Alaska four weeks ago. So, yeah. Though, it does sound like a fun story to tell.

Nine weeks pregnant. How did I know? The tell tale sign for my pregnancies--my morning (or in all reality ALLFREAKINGDAYWHENWILLTHISEND) sickness. The Wednesday we got back from Alaska, I knew. The next morning, I made Andrew rush to the store before work to buy me a pregnancy test. It was negative. However, I was on some medication for an infection that I think affected it. Andrew convinced me it was just the antibiotic messing with my system. I went off the medication that Saturday because I couldn't stand how it was making me feel. By Tuesday morning, June 2nd, I was still sick. I told Andrew I must be pregnant. He shrugged me off and told me I was paranoid--remember, I just took the test and it was negative. So, naturally, I waited until he left to take the other pregnancy test I still had leftover from his drugstore run the week before.

Within seconds, I was staring at two pink lines.

First thing I did was call Andrew. Next? Of course I emailed the girls. I haven't kept it much of a secret. Mainly because if you're around me too long, you might see me excuse myself (as I did while mid sentence running a staff meeting about a week ago or during a first time meeting with a new volunteer in Houston) to head to the bathroom. If you're among my staff, you've seen me not so gracefully RUN out of the office to the bathroom across the hall.

We waited until my sonogram to make sure everything was ok to tell Maggie. That was two weeks of not telling her. Except, well, she told us. Each and every day. She would wake up, inspect my belly and say, "well, it's still small, but there's a baby in your tummy!" Or she would say, "in two weeks there will be a baby in your belly."

I went to visit Dennis Eisenberg, my beloved OB and family friend (yes, Sam's dad--they are doing great. They don't blog anymore but the boys are awesome. Going into third grade!) on Tuesday June 16th. I had a board meeting that night, so we didn't get to tell Maggie until the next morning. She was actually in our bed, as she likes to crawl in there in sneaky stealth mode in the middle of the night. Andrew and I got on either side of her with the sonogram picture. He said, "Do you know what this is? It's a picture of the baby in Mama's belly." Sleepily, she looked and asked, "Is that me?" No. "Is that Allie." No. She squealed, jumped up and YELLED, "It's BABY DREW!!!!"

Maggie has now taken to referring to herself as Big Sister. Big Sister is hungry. Big Sister wants to go swimming. Yeah. It's fun. Seven months of this and Andrew and I are going to lose our minds. She is so excited. My belly popped over the weekend. Third pregnancy and my body just knows what to do. She inspected my belly this morning (as she does every morning) and exclaimed, "whoa, Mama, you're belly is GROWING!" We talk a lot about babies. She loves to hear about when she and Allie were in my belly or what they did and didn't like as little infants. She thinks it so funny that Allie hated the swing but loved the bouncy while she loved the swing but hated the bouncy. She recounts to me (as if I forgot!) how she cried every single time we put her in the infant carseat until we took her out and she happily cooed. She thinks that's hilarious and wonders how the next baby will react.

Of course, there is one thing she is steadfast on. This is a boy. Baby Drew. If we mention that it could be a girl, she yells at us "NO!! It's BABY DREW!!" We're definitely going to find out the sex of the baby. If it's a girl, I'll need the duration of the pregnancy to convince her that's a good thing. In the car the other day she told me, "It's perfect Mama. I have a baby brother in your belly and a baby sister in Heaben!" Makes total sense to Maggie.

So, that's the scoop. I'm due January 25th. Maggie will be the only one without a January birthday (Andrew's is the 12th and mine is the 24th). This sickness is not treating me the best, but I'm getting a bit better. I'm learning what I can and can't eat and I'm dealing with the all day queasiness. I'm really hoping it doesn't last as long as it did with Maggie--which would be the day she was born. That child had me vomiting in her delivery room and my first day without morning sickness was the day after she was born. SO hopeful that is not the case with this little baby. Allie had me sick until about 23 weeks, so I'm prepping myself that it isn't ending in the next few weeks.

Thanks for all the well wishes. This is a fun and exciting new chapter in our lives. We're so much calmer this pregnancy then we were with Maggie. There isn't quite the fear and anxiety we felt at this point with her pregnancy. There is much more excitement and anticipation.

Work is still going great. We're celebrating FIVE years this fall!! Can you believe it? I don't do this too much, hopefully, but I am going to ask for donations. In honor of Allie's new sibling, five years of hardwork and dedication, and our sweet Maggie, I'm signed up to be a fundraiser for our High Five Club. We're asking for something really simple this time--a $5 donation in honor of five great years. Will you help me celebrate? www.active.com/donate/HighFiveClub/jennyscott

11 comments:

Rachel said...

Congrats! Sometimes kids just 'know'. This last baby (a girl) we didn't find out, and the entire pregnancy, Brynn kept TELLING me it was definitely a girl. When I called from the hospital and told her I was looking at her new little sister, she wasn't too shocked and just said, "I TOLD you, Mom!"

:)

Mary said...

Congrats! With our youngest I thought I was pregnant, but the test was negative. Still kept feeling pregnant 3 hours later, so I retrieved the test to tell myself it was negative. It had 2 pink lines, of course this could happen with a false positive. Ran out and tested 2 more times and they both came up positive immediately.
Ironically, we also have 3 birthday's in January as well as our anniversay. Our youngest decided to slip in between my birthday on the 11th and our anniversary on the 13th.

Adrianne said...

Once again CONGRATULATIONS! I too think this little on is a 'Drew'. I can't wait to see if Maggie is correct. I am so happy for all of you!! :)

HPTeach said...

Congratulations again! How exciting for all three of you and your family! We are due with our second on January 22nd!!!!! (With my birthday on the 30th and our anniversary on the 18th it will be a busy time of the year for sure.)

Brittany and Charlie said...

Such fun exciting news. Congrats again and again!!!

mydogteaser said...

Good luck with the all day sickness. My first pregnancy was a dream with just a little nausea, but my second was the exact opposite. I had Hyperemesis, was on anti-nausea drugs (which just took the edge off), and threw up multiple times a day until the day I delivered. I remember waking up the day after my daughter was born and thinking to myself, "I'm not nauseous!". It was a surreal feeling.

Christie said...

you never know!! i'm 26 wks and my 4.5 year old insisted from the day we told her that it was a boy and his name was going to be kevin. she has no kevin in her preschool class or any other classes she takes and we've got no family with that name either. well, she was right!! its a boy and we loved that she got to name him (good thing she chose a name we actually like!). =) best of luck to you for your pregnancy!!

Tammy said...

I'm so happy for you and yours! I hope the nausea subsides and soon! Hugs from Fort Worth! I'm off to donate, I can't believe its been 5 yrs..........

Myshel said...

When we got pregnant with our second child, our dd knew before we did. She was rubbing my tummy one day and said "Take care of my baby boy in there." We had been trying for months and I ran into the bathroom and took the test. It was positive, and 9 mths later I gave birth to a baby boy.
Sometimes, kids just know.

Sarah said...

Oops!! Hopefully I didn't offend you when I asked if this was an Alaska Baby!!

Crys said...

YEAH!!!!! I was JUST wondering about this and since I hadn't been on reader in a while, I cruised on over and found this. I am SO happy for you!! Hope you get another little fat baby like Allie girl. Yeah!