Some big news for our family
I have been a bit quiet on the blog lately, trying to figure out how to announce our third pregnancy. We are expecting a baby in October! I have been so exhausted this time around that I haven’t been able to do my usual Zürich walks, coffees, and brunches. My foggy baby brain has already been active for months. I feel as if I have been laying on our sofa since January. Hoping this fog and tiredness would fade in the second trimester, here I am, writing on my sofa, 23 weeks pregnant, unable to get the energy to go on my walks.
How We Found Out I Was Pregnant
When we were at the Kinderhotel in February for a ski holiday, I discovered we were pregnant. We were sitting in the restaurant and the smell of the oil the chef was using was really bothering me. So much so that I was becoming quite irrational smelling the oil cooking. That night I went back to our room and Googled a pregnancy calculator and figured we were 5 weeks pregnant. A doctor’s visit 2 weeks later confirmed we were 7 weeks pregnant.
A Pregnant Pause
I feel so out of the pregnancy loop with my girls now 7 and 5 years old. We are all quite excited, with the girls always talking about and planning for the baby. We just said goodbye to friends who stayed with us for a week with their newborn baby boy and the girls loved feeding him, playing with him, and even taking a bath together! I was especially surprised that my youngest really wanted to take care of the baby, she being the current baby herself.
But I am a very reserved and cautious pregnant person. I don’t naturally enjoy talking about anything related to the baby while I am pregnant. Is this crazy? I feel like this only passes when the baby is born, then I can relax a bit. Am I missing the whole blissful pregnancy part?
Am I Too Old To Be Pregnant?
I’m a lot older this time around. I was 30 and 32 with the girls and now I’m 38. And with my age and perhaps added weight I am having a much different pregnancy than with my first two. I have veins where I never thought veins could be (does anyone want to hear about this, because I kind of feel a duty to tell what is happening?!). Support hose are my new best friend. And the sofa has seen a lot of me for the past few months with my exhaustion at an all time high. I am usually full of enough energy to go on a long walk through Zürich, have a coffee and brunch. But not anymore. Coffee. My grandmother used to say that she knew she was pregnant the day she didn’t want her morning coffee. I feel the exact same way. I have no desire for coffee anymore. Isn’t it sad when a ritual like my morning coffee goes away?
Having A Baby Abroad
Our girls were born in Seattle and this baby will be born in Zürich. I wonder what it will be like to deliver in Switzerland and how it will be different.
Thanks for letting me share all my worries and insecurities about my pregnancy. I feel a bit old, a bit rusty, and a bit nervous this time around. I would love to hear your advice. What apps do I need? What baby products do we need? We gave all our baby stuff away years ago when we moved to London. I feel like this time around I don’t need all the things. Probably just a crib and diapers, no fancy nursery this time around in our little flat.
Here’s my post about wondering about having a third child…