14 weeks (the second trimester)

Greetings from the other side of deciding to try for a third little monkey! We decided this fall to give it a go and luck was apparently with us, because our little Firefly is due September 14th, 4 days after Darwin turns 5, much to her delight.

So far this pregnancy has been very similar to my first. Mostly I’m just tired all the time. That has eased a lot entering the second trimester, which is good because I’m pretty sure Leah was about to go on strike from all parenting and household responsibilities! She did a great job holding things together while I was regularly falling asleep before 9 pm.

Currently the kids are absolutely thrilled at the idea of a new baby in the family. Linnea keeps talking about clothes she has outgrown being ‘for the new baby now.’ If this new creature finds even half as amazing a relationship with Darwin and Linnea as they have together I will be thrilled.

Since I’m over 35 and our donor is as well I opted for the early NIPT testing to check for the most common chromosomal abnormalities, and we also opted to find out what the sex chromosomes are. We learned that this little nugget is low risk for all the common chromosomal abnormalities and that we’re having a little boy, until/unless shown otherwise (the ultrasound confirmed only one little bean in there, thank goodness).

I’ll sign off with one of our first photos, head on the bottom left, feet and hands up.