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Achieving My Pregnancy Goal

So, I did it! Baby and I made it to 37 weeks (full term)! I’m actually at 38 weeks and change as I type this. I’m so excited that birthing at my birthing center is a real possibility now. 

But now I have a “problem.” I’m in the “waiting game” phase of pregnancy. It’s so weird to be just kind of moving about life waiting to see when God will spring labor on me! It’s a new experience for this pregnancy! 

It’s also new being in this stage of pregnancy. I had only JUST started feeling uncomfortable in my last pregnancy when Little Man was born (though I blame that discomfort on trying to move into a house and prep for a baby so late in pregnancy). This time around I’m getting to experience the “joys” of the last few weeks.

It’s really not that bad, just fatigue and achiness. I could have it so much worse! I have simply learned that I can be really impatient about some things! 🤣 Also, I’m ready for the swelling to stop because my pregnancy induced carpal tunnel is getting old fast! 

So now that all that whining is done, here’s to setting goals and achieving them!

Yay!

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Pregnant with Baby #2!

Baby Hanks #2 is on it’s way!!

We always said we wanted at least two kids, so when Little Man turned one, the discussions began. Hubby wanted to start trying immediately, but I was more hesitant to have two under two for some reason. I just wanted a bit more space between the two. Just like with our first pregnancy, I worked out the “perfect timeframe” for when to conceive and therefore when to deliver. 😜 I’m crazy like that.

Ultimately we started trying a month or so before I had originally planned. Hubby was concerned that it might take a while like it did the first time. It only took three months the first time for us and that was because he was traveling so much. We have been very blessed in the fertility department. For that we are both truly grateful! I warned him that we could get pregnant on the first go, but we moved forward with the plan.

I got pregnant on the first go.

What happened next is kind of funny to me. I had what I perceived to be implantation cramping, so I had a strong suspicion VERY early. I tried to wait to test, but only made it about a week. I got a faint positive on my favorite test…the 88 cent ones. I knew it was positive, but I wanted a big fat positive. I waited until the day of my missed period and finally got one.

Next I had to figure out how to tell Hubby. He had mentioned he was more interested in how I would announce it to him than to family. I waivered back and forth on ideas. I didn’t want to really spend much on it. Eventually I chose a “big brother” shirt for Little Man. I had to wait to receive it. Then it arrived the day before we left to visit family. Hubby had mentioned his desire to not tell people until I was 12 weeks, so I knew I had to wait until we got back home. He was about to spend a few days with his buddies and I knew he wouldn’t be able to keep it in!

I kept silent all week. I tried my best to not let anything slip. My family kept trying to get me to drink and get in the hot tub. 😜 I was starting to think this whole waiting thing was going to be super rough! (We had spilled the beans at 4 weeks for the first pregnancy.)

Finally we arrived home that following weekend. Little Man had been a tyrant on the 8 hour drive, so as we were getting dressed for bedtime, I told Hubby that Little Man deserved a special shirt for his crazy day. I somehow got it on him while he was sitting on Hubby’s lap without him seeing it until it was fully on! He figured it out immediately of course and was excited and in disbelief as well! A new adventure was beginning!

Fast forward about 7 weeks of 24/7 nausea, and we had our first prenatal appointment. We heard the strong heartbeat and got to see a glimpse of the little peanut moving around on the tiny handheld sonogram machine the midwife has. It was awesome.

With Halloween the next week, I knew we should “announce” with pumpkins! I also knew my sister would “require” me to formally announce on Facebook. She’s very firm about that, 😜 so the pumpkin carving announcement made it’s debut!

Here’s to a healthy, happy pregnancy, and hopefully making it to at least 37 weeks this time! Try not to get annoyed by my pregnancy update posts!