We have had a few whirlwind weeks around here what with the holidays, vacations, and remodeling. Today is the first day in awhile that I feel like I can just be free to putter around the house, trying to get caught up with everything. A couple days before Christmas we found out some exciting, although shocking and completely unexpected, news: we're expecting Baby Number Three! Although we've known for a couple weeks now, I feel like I'm still trying to wrap my brain around having another baby so quickly after Noah. We did not want to have another baby until he was three, but in the end I think it will be fine and we will be thrilled to add another member to our family.
I have two concerns about this, although both are luckily pretty short term. When I was pregnant with Noah, my milk dried up almost immediately. It didn't matter much then because Emma was already two years old, but Noah is only nine months and I don't want to cheat him out of breastmilk that he deserves. I was so sad thinking that I would probably have to bottle-feed him formula, but my wise and wonderful friends had some better ideas. My milk seems to be fine for now, but if I notice my supply start to decrease, I'm going to order a Lact-Aid and supplement him with that. I also had some selfless mamas email me and offer to pump milk to give him if necessary, and another mama loaned me her pump so I could start building up a stash of my own while I still have milk. In the end, I may still have to supplement with formula, but at least with the Lact-Aid he will continue to nurse throughout the pregnancy and I won't have to worry about him weaning prematurely. If it all works like I hope it will, Noah will just continue nursing when the new baby comes and he won't even miss a beat.
My other concern is dealing with hyperemesis again. It has not been long enough since the first trimester of my last pregnancy that I have forgotten it at all, and I feel like I am not ready to go through it again. Saturday I threw up everything I ate until about 8:00 at night, but other than that I've been doing well so far. I lost 14 pounds the first trimester with Emma, and over 20 during those first awful months with Noah, and I really don't have that weight to lose right now, especially since Noah is still almost exclusively nursing. So anyway, please send me some good don't-get-sick thoughts!
Tomorrow I will hopefully have some pictures to make up for how boring this blog has been lately!