I’m out on Facebook and in real life, but not on the blog…until now. Cal’s going to be a big brother! I am pregnant with what will be our fifth babe here on earth, and we are very excited to meet this little one in May. I am almost 14 weeks and feeling a little less like dying every day…looking forward to that honeymoon trimester. Very much. Not quite feeling it yet, but I know it will keep getting better. (Unless it’s another little Ellery. She had me sick for 20 weeks!)
The girls are lobbying for a girl, and Asher is lobbying for a boy. Callan is clueless, but he likes to say baby and feel like part of the crowd. He does enjoy babies when he sees them, so I have hopes that he’ll make a very fine big brother.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease early on in my pregnancy and immediately put on a medication to manage it. My thyroid is now behaving nicely, and we may have a clue as to what has caused miscarriage for me in the past. I am just thankful that this baby is growing well. I will likely be on a thyroid medication for the rest of my life, but prayerfully, that will be the extent of my care. The outlook is very good.
We have not made a final decision regarding birth place yet. As many of you know, we have had one hospital birth, two homebirths, and one freestanding birth center birth. My heart’s desire is to give birth at home, and providing that everything continues to go well and my health is stable, that is likely the direction that we will go. At this point, I am continuing care with my hospital-based midwifery practice until we make further decisions.
Enjoy a couple of snapshots from an ultrasound I had on Monday: