I am now 8 weeks pregnant, and yes, nesting has already begun. This past weekend I was able to get my homework finished early, so Aaron and I spent Saturday cleaning out our storage barn. We couldn’t even walk in our mini barn, it was so bad. Aaron put up pegboard and shelving, and now have reclaimed the floor space. It took all day long. I started at 9:30 am and Aaron was still out there by 8:30 pm.
Here is an idea of what it looks like now…
We still have a bit more cleaning and organizing to do in the barn, but that will have to wait until next weekend. In the meantime, my house NEEDS to be cleaned! I will spend the week cleaning and organizing and throwing out stuff to make space for the baby. I’ve already begun washing the curtains (they are so dusty). Next, all of the windows need to be cleaned (inside and outside). I have the entire garage to clean and organize. Many of Faith’s toys and clothes need to be given away. There is just so much to do! I feel the need to start right away because I’m afraid as the weeks go by, I will become more nauseous and fatigued during my pregnancy.
As for my pregnancy… I have been feeling ok. I’m nauseous, usually after I eat, but have not yet puked. When I was pregnant with Faith, I was severely nauseous by the time I was 7 weeks pregnant, whether I ate or not. And the nausea and vomiting did not let up until 4 months later! With this pregnancy, the nausea is mild, and it passes. I’m also very fatigued, but again, not as bad as I was with Faith. I remember when I was a couple months pregnant with Faith I was trying to decorate my Christmas tree, and I had to sit down every few minutes because I was so exhausted I felt faint! I seriously could not function at all when I was pregnant with Faith. Thank goodness I don’t feel that miserable with this pregnancy.
I’ve read before that women are usually very nauseous and sick if they are carrying girls, but it’s not as bad if you’re carrying a boy. Hmmm :) Well I definitely was miserable when I was pregnant with Faith, and now this pregnancy has, so far, been very tolerable. We are hoping for a boy.
My second prenatal appointment is this Thursday. Because I am 38 years old, I am considered to have a “high risk” pregnancy. So I will have a blood test on Thursday that will test for genetic disorders. This is a new blood test that wasn’t out when I was pregnant with Faith. It tests for Down Syndrome, Trisomy 13, Turner’s Syndrome, and something else that I can’t remember. The test is 98% accurate. This test also can count the number of chromosomes in the fetal DNA, so it will tell me if we’re having a boy or girl early. I won’t have to wait until I’m 5 months pregnant to find out the sex. We will find out in just a couple weeks! Please keep us in your prayers. We are praying that the blood test indicates a healthy baby. I do worry because of my age. However, I am fully prepared to accept whatever the Lord has planned for us. If the blood test indicates that our child has a genetic disorder, we will have plenty of time to prepare for our child and his/her needs.
8 weeks pregnant!