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June 22, 2015

My Three Pregnancies

Throughout this third pregnancy, I have done a little comparing of my pregnancies. It has been fun to look back and see the similarities...and the differences. 

My Three Pregnancies

Hubby's Reaction to Two Lines on the Stick
(I've always made him look first!)
Baby #1 - "We're having a baby! We've got to get this house cleaned."
(...and he jumped up and start vacuuming...Things really weren't even that messy...)
Baby #2 - "Yep, we're havin' another baby...See? I told you!"
Baby #3 - I'm too tired to remember this clearly...but it was something like, "Yes, I'm excited, but what are we thinking?" or "I'm excited, but what are we going to do with a third baby?" or "I'm definitely excited, but I'm tired of diapers."....something like that...and then he proceeded to add up the number of years we will have spent in the diaper stage.

Others' Reaction to Our News:
Baby #1 - Squeals, Tears, Hugs, "Congratulations!"
Baby #2 - "Was this planned?"
Baby #3 - "Uh...So how many are you planning to have, Mr. and Mrs. Duggar?"

How We Told Our Parents the News:
Baby #1 - Drove to both of their houses in one weekend to tell them in person!
(They do not even live in the same state.)
Baby #2 - Gave them a Christmas present (in person) that communicated the news.
Baby #3 - Skype

First Trimester:
Baby #1 - A little queasy and a whole lot tired.
Baby #2 - A little queasy and a whole lot tired.
Baby #3 - Miserable.

Emotions:
Baby #1 - Hallmark commercials made me cry.
Baby #2 - Everything made me angry.
Baby #3 - I'm too tired to cry or be angry.

First-Trimester Cravings:
Baby #1 - Carbs (I would take them any way I could get them!) & Oreo Milkshakes (+Strawberries)
Baby #2 - Carbs
Baby #3 - Sweetarts, Life Cereal, Clementines, and Salad

Food Aversions: 
Baby #1 - Garlic/Raw Meat
Baby #2 - Garlic/Raw Meat
Baby #3 - Garlic/Raw Meat

Heartburn/Indigestion?
Baby #1 - No.
Baby #2 - Yes.
Baby #3 - YES! (Tums always within reach!)

Timing of Pregnancy:
Baby #1 - Very pregnant in the summer! (Never again)
Baby #2 - Very pregnant in the summer! (How did this happen again?)
Baby #3 - Very pregnant in the summer! (Okay, maybe I am just really fertile around the holidays. Yes, I said it.)

Things I Did to Prepare:
Baby #1 - Stockpiled diapers of all sizes; Read lots of books and articles...just to make sure I had everything covered.
Baby #2 - Stockpiled diapers of all sizes; Ditched the Books and Articles; Made as many freezer meals as humanly possible.
Baby #3 - Stockpiling Diapers; Freezer Meal prep to start in a few weeks.

Total Weight Gain:
Baby #1 - 60 lbs.
Baby #2 - 65 lbs.
Baby #3 - TBD

Labor/Delivery:
Baby #1 - Water broke one afternoon (in a swimming pool...long story); Didn't deliver til the next afternoon (long story); Pushed for three hours - in every kind of position you can think of...It was the most intense Yoga session I've ever done. Actually, I think it is quite possibly the only Yoga session I've ever done. A pair of forceps, a little vacuum-assistance, and a whole lot of drama all resulted in my 9 lb. 6 oz. 21 inch long baby boy.
Baby #2 - Spent an entire month contracting and dilated to about 4cm (TMI?); Intense contractions started at home; Put my oldest down for a nap; Drove over to the hospital (in tears because I was leaving my oldest behind) and had our 10 lb. 4 oz. 22 inch long baby boy before big brother even woke up from his nap. 
Baby #3 - TBD

Post Partum:
Baby #1 - The baby was normal. My healing took forever. I was crazy.
Baby #2 - The baby was normal. I remained fairly stable.
Baby #3 - TBD

Breastfeeding:
Baby #1 - Breastfed for one year...though the first weeks were something I would prefer to forget.
Baby #2 - Breastfed for one year...less trouble this time.
Baby #3 - TBD
Memo: Breastfeeding is not for the faint of heart. 
Be prepared to feel like your bosoms are being sliced by razor blades. 
Be prepared to feel like a human refrigerator...because that's what you will be.

For more details on how we have done life with babies: