Wednesday, January 28, 2009

One More Makes Four!

We have a little news to share... We are expecting baby number four - due in July (which makes me about 15 weeks along).  We are very excited and heard the heartbeat for the second time Monday.  To date, gender remains unknown but we will know more March 6th - D-day.  The day of the big ultrasound (D is for "determine" not "delivery."  I am way too much of a planner to wait until July!)

Doug professes some intuition as to whether it is a boy or girl, but I remain dubiously unimpressionable.  Maybe "open" is  a nicer way of putting it.  Truthfully, we are thrilled at the prospect of any little person joining our family - boy or girl!  

So far the pregnancy is going well.  I feel great and the heart beat is strong.  I am seeing a high-risk OB recommended to us.  He has been astute, professional and caring and will keep a wary eye on my blood pressure as we approach the last trimester.  Thus far, BP has been low and unremarkable.

Hard to imagine we will add a fourth to this little trio of girls. Sometimes I wonder how we will do it, but as we contemplated IVF before leaving VA, I had strong feelings that it was the right course to follow.  We felt we should use our doctors there in DC.  So - although it was crazy to pack up for a cross-country move while attending doctor appointments every other day and trying to fit in a few days of bed rest - the outcome proved worthwhile.  It was worth every bit of anxiety, every injection, every blood draw, every unpredictable ride on the hormonal roller coaster.  

I love my girls.  I love being their Mother.  Today it meant wiping two noses hourly and yesterday it meant nursing Eliza's scraped knee, burned fingers, mouth injury (seatbelt retracted into her face) and head contusion due to a tumble down the stairs (this is ALL true - no exaggeration)  - and let's not forget the plastic hanger Ali had in her mouth that accidently got jammed into her throat when I turned around and bumped into her (the trauma of which triggered her gag reflux and caused her to promptly vomit!)  What kind of mother am I!? 

Despite the mayhem, lack of self-attention, and struggle for patience, I wouldn't trade a day of this (OK - maybe a day here and there - or even a week!).   But I would do it all again for the joy of having my girls.  


  1. YAY! I was wondering when you were going to announce. We are so thrilled for you and are so happy that you have wonderful Drs. there to take care of you. Please take care of yourself and I can't wait to hear what you guys are having! Give the girls a snuggle for me.

  2. Congrats on #4! Wish we were around to meet the new little one. Hope you get a nap once in a while. Sorry, but your terrible day of accidents made me smile until you said Ali vomited...then I laughed out loud. Mommy days can sure be hard and happy all at the same time.

  3. Oh my goodness! This is GREAT news!! I'm so happy for the five of you! (six of you) what a blessing to be a part of your family, and now yet another sweet spirit gets a chance! what a blessed time in all of your lives! we have any pictures yet or you have to wait until the text Dr. visit? How are the girls taking it? Do they know yet?

    Best wishes and much, much love from us here in forest green VA! ;)
    We LOVE you!

  4. This is sooo exciting! I am glad everything has gone so well so far.

    Sounds like you had a crazy day yesterday, if you need a bit of a break let me know, I'm happy to have the girls come here to play, or we can come there and kick you out for a bit if you'd like :)

  5. One more makes Four??
    Ironic and wonderful!
    I love ya!

  6. I am so glad to hear that all is well for you... I have been thinking of you and was wondering how you were feeling... Your entry about one accident after another made me laugh as well... I can just see it!
    You are amazing and I sure look up to the way you raise your cute girls...



  7. Hooray!! #4, I am so excited for you. Okay, I was laughing so hard about your crazy day with the girls. I was laughing so hard I was crying!! Miss you so much!!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so glad it worked out so "easily." It must have really been time for this new one to come to your family to be timed with your move. We'll pray for continued health and are excited to follow this good news with you!


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