Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pregnancy Update- the First Trimester

Baby Galloway Number Four is well on the way and we couldn't be more excited!

It's time for a little back story....


This baby was long awaited. I had been having "baby fever," for well over a year but, having been back in the US for just over a year I knew that the timing was not right. Finally, we were feeling more settled and in routine and it was time! You know, time to throw a crying newborn, unscheduled routines, and a complete lack of sleep at a family who finally felt settled!

I began suspecting I was pregnant on Thursday, February 8th, but wanted to wait until after the weekend to test. I couldn't wait any longer and on Sunday, February 11th, I took a test while getting ready for church. It was the faintest double line that I have gotten out of all four pregnancies but I suspected that it was very early on.

I kept waiting for Ian to come upstairs to get ready for church and would tell him then, but, as it turns out, he had already showered, gathered his clothes, and was ironing downstairs. It felt like an eternity so I finally slipped downstairs and aught him alone and told him! He was excited and surprised, but at least he wasn't confused like he was when he found out about baby #3 (Luke!)

The pregnancy symptoms started early but I was determined to keep it from the kids for as long as possible. I was the sickest I've ever been out of all four pregnancies, but this time I had three kids to take care of and a job to be at! It was definitely an interesting 2-3 months.

We told the kids at 10 weeks along. We were about to go on a trip to visit family and I knew that my extreme food aversions and morning sickness would be evident to the grown ups so we told the kids by wrapping three small baby items (a bib, a pacifier, and a diaper rash cream tube,) and told the kids that these were clues about a surprise that would be coming soon.



Grace got the bib and figured it out right away. She was and still is the most excited to have a new baby in the house! I think she's going to make a great big sister to a baby! She was only 3.5 when Luke was born so though she was a "big sister," she is truly going to be a great helper and little mommy to this baby.

Sophia, who had been for weeks saying she doesn't like babies and thought they are smelly and slobbery, got the diaper rash cream which was still in a box. She didn't recognize it (we have been done with diapers for quite awhile here!) and was confused and then slightly horrified at the thought of a baby.

She came around pretty quickly and is excited.

Luke got the pacifier and was just gleeful to be doing something fun. He didn't really understand until I started showing but then he talks to the baby and holds things up to my belly to "show the baby."

We had planned on doing our 10 year anniversary trip to Budapest, Hungary, but, partly due to how badly sick I was, and partly due to outside circumstances, we pushed the trip back to right at the end of the first trimester so that I would hopefully be over the worst of it.

I really wanted to enjoy vacation food!




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