The news here, for those who haven't yet heard it firsthand or by trickle-down, is that we're expecting baby #3 in late November. Having already hit Christmas and Flag Day with our two previous kiddos, we thought we'd aim for Thanksgiving this time. I was rooting for Halloween but I guess this babe had other ideas.
Griff and I have been frequently perusing the Lennart Nilsson / Lars Hamberger classic A Child is Born. This started when trying to explain how tiny the baby is right now and that no, it doesn't have any toys to play with in there. He was fascinated by the first trimester photos and often asks me how big our baby is now, and if we can look at the pictures. This has led to some great discussions of pregnancy and birth, as well as some fun pregnant-mommy drawings, which I hope to scan soon.
Short FAQ for y'all:
How are you feeling?
Awful. But you know, I'd be worried if I didn't feel awful, so hooray for round-the-clock aversions, nausea, enhanced sense of smell, gagging, and exhaustion! Also hooray for family members who have helped me to survive it thus far.
When are you due?
Are you hoping for a girl?
Depends on what you mean by "hoping." Would I like a daughter? Yes. Do I think I stand a snowball's chance in hell of ever having one? No. I'm pretty used to the idea of being the sole XX in a sea of XYs. We're operating under the assumption that this is another Hardy Boy.
Will you find out the baby's sex?
Not sure yet.
What names are on the short list?
We haven't gotten serious about names yet, but like the other two, we don't anticipate sharing ideas until after the kiddo makes his or her debut. But we're very open to ideas. I'm wondering if we should go Welsh again, since by coincidence Griffin and Reese both have names with Welsh origins.
Will you have more kids after this?
Right now, in the middle of the morning sickness, my answer is OH, HELL NO. But give us a couple of years and we'll see.
Are you planning another natural birth?
I've found that each birth has strengthened my belief in not meddling with the natural process, and each birth has educated me in how I can do a better job in avoiding overmedicalization. So yes, I anticipate that this birth will be as low in interventions as the other births, and hopefully even less so.
Ok, more later when there's any actual news. We do need a fetus name, and we welcome any other questions you might have. :)