Wow. I am surprised to be here! After five days of spotting on t.p. and now nothing, and some faint lines on tests, seems like this is the place to be! It seems a little premature to post here, as I'm so early (5 weeks tomorrow), but we're keeping the news to ourselves for the next month so I need a place to chat about it! I was here in due date clubs the last few pregnancies and it was fun.
I'm Jenny- I'll turn 38 right before this baby comes. We have five kids- our boys are 2 1/2, almost 6, 9 and 14, and our daughter turns 12 in a week. This will be my sixth pregnancy. We are very surprised, but only as surprised as you can be when you have sex in your early days between your period and your fertile signs, without a condom! We were on the fence about having more kids, but for financial reasons, space reasons and how busy our lives are, I think we were nodding towards a vasectomy this summer. I'll think we'll keep with that plan, but get a bonus baby! Not sure my husband sees it as a bonus, though he loves our babies and said, "I would've closed the door if there wasn't a part of me that wanted to do it again." But still, I know how hard he works as a teacher, how long his days are...I teach preschool in our home, and will have to take the month of January off. I'm not looking forward to announcing that to families but hopefully they'll be understanding. I know a teacher who took off a month to travel, so I figure maternity leave is a fair reason! I taught with my last two babies, starting at 7 weeks so I think I will be able to do 6 weeks okay, especially if I hire someone to come help me a bit. It's only 4 hours three mornings a week, I'm sure I can handle it. Hopefully this baby will be as easy as all the others!
I'm due December 25th, which is so fun because I love the name Noelle. Last time it got scratched off the list because my husband said he liked it, but only for a baby born near Christmas. : ) I have had two other December due dates! It's a cozy, festive time of year to have a baby...sweet at a time of year when many people are celebrating the birth of a baby who grew to be loving and kind. I had all my babies at home, the first three with midwives and the last two unassisted. I studied midwifery and attended births before I had my own kids, and I am friendly with the midwifery community so I have support when I need it. I'm just going to play it by ear.
I get pretty awful nausea, non-specific to time of day, but it randomly comes and goes for the first four months. NOT looking forward to that. But once that's over I LOVE being pregnant!!