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I Have An Announcement To Make – I’m Pregnant!

I’m in Turks and Caicos at Beaches and taking lots and lots of pictures with the kids. It was my intention to NOT mention this little pregnancy until I hit about 20 weeks. But I physically cannot hide it anymore. By the third kid, your uterus knows exactly how to stretch and when.

So… yeah. Pregnant.

On Friday, I will be 14 weeks pregnant. I can’t believe this is actually happening! My husband has been begging me for 5 years to have another kid and I just flat out refused because I don’t have easy runs. But something happened in the beginning of the year that changed my mind. I am a true believer of fate – and I believe a press trip down to Florida was in the cards for me.

Without going into too much detail, I’ve been afraid to have another child. Like I said, I don’t have easy runs and I actually have a really CLOSE friend who suffered a tremendous loss. A still birth at full term. It cracked me in half. I decided then that there was NO WAY I would go again.

But she went again and now has a beautiful baby girl. What a lesson for me – we are stronger than we think.

That press trip put me in a room with a dozen women – all from different walks of motherhood. One woman was a surrogate, one just adopted a baby from Africa, one had 9 children, my best friend Audrey with four boys trying for another child herself, etc. etc. You name it and she was there. It moved me. Anything is possible. Everything is possible. And when I got home from that trip, I told my husband I was ready.

Let’s get down to the details —

What about all my migraine medication???

I had to get off ALL OF IT.  It took me a few months to ween off of my daily meds and let me tell you – it wasn’t easy. I’ve suffered three migraines since becoming pregnant (which isn’t that bad) and I can’t take anything for it. I just rest, drink lots of water and take a ton of Tylenol. After 3 or 4 days, the headache usually goes away. It’s not fun.

I’m minimizing ALL stress in my life to try to reduce the amount of migraines I get. Here’s to hoping it works. Oddly enough, I think that the hormones in my body are preventing the typical 8 or 9 that I usually get each month.

Are you going to find out the gender?

Hell yeah! I’m a “need to know” kinda girl.

How long did you try?

One. Month.  Getting pregnant isn’t the problem I have… staying pregnant is. 🙂

But you said you had complications with your pregnancies?

I do. I’ve switched doctors and am now in a high risk practice. They are all over it. I have appointments every few weeks and we’ve already discussed different scenarios. I’m scared. I know I will be placed on bedrest… but like my doctor said… I’ve had two FULL TERM babies. So even though there is some hospitalization in my future, it’s worth a lifetime with a new child.

What kind of pregnancy problems do you normally have?

According to doctors, I am irritable and incompetent. LOL – no seriously. I have an irritable uterus and an incompetent cervix. At around 16 weeks, my body starts to go into pre-term labor. But with rest and some medication – it’s been manageable.

With Liam it was a little harder than with Natalie. I was in and out of the hospital for 2 months because the doctors wanted me RIGHT NEXT TO THEM just in case they had to intervene. I had him at 38 weeks though. So, even though this isn’t easy… it’s going to be ok. I have to keep saying that to myself.

Are you going to totally annoy us with limitless updates on your pregnancy?

…yes. I’m apologizing in advance.

So, that’s it for now. I am SUPER excited. My daughter kisses my belly 100 times a day. She is insisting that she prayed for this baby to come and that’s why it’s here. She actually has placed full claim on the little prune… or plum (or whatever fruit size I am up to).

I’m due the beginning of March – but with my track record… I’m guessing mid-February.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

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  1. Congratulations!!!! So excited for you and your family! You look fantastic!

  2. Congratulations on your happy news! Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy! You look great, Vera! xo

  3. Congrats!! I have an irritable uterus too, but it’s been much more manageable this pregnancy with reduced stress. I’m so happy for you!

  4. Athena @RedQueen729 : August 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Congratulations!!! Praying you have a smooth pregnancy & healthy baby! I had a hysterectomy in 09′ & can’t have any more. My body hated being pregnant, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have 3 children. 1 bring a teenager now, eeek anyways, just wanted to say CONGRATS!!!!

  5. Congratulations! Have a great and healthy pregnancy, Vera! You look great! xo

  6. Congratulations! To all of you!

  7. I am so THRILLED for you, my friend. A million congratulations – I will follow along every step of the way! Big love to you and your family!

  8. I know I don’t know you, but CONGRATULATIONS! How wonderful and exciting! I wish you a strong and healthy pregnancy.

  9. congratulations vera! i remember following your blog back when you were pregnant with liam, can’t believe it’s that many years ago already! very exciting news, wishing you all the best 🙂

  10. CONGRATULATIONS!! i am due the exact same time as you!! it’s my first baby, we have told NO ONE as we’ve had problems before, and i am so pleased that i will have you as my guide. no pressure. honestly. hope you have a wonderful holiday. rest and relax.

  11. Wow! I’ve been following you since you were in bed rest with Liam and am so excited for you and your family! What a blessing! My prayers are with you that all goes well, Vera!

  12. Congratulations!!! Sorry but it was sooooo obvious in ur pic at the cottage layinf in bed with ur friend that u were preggers 😉 ur a skinny girl n that belly was showing!! Even ur choice of clothes for getting gorgeous w the flowy top gave it away!! So happy for u and ur family, may ur pregnancy this time around be a breeze! I too am prego first time and im scared to death but if He gets you to it, He will get you through it and Im a firm believer in that. As for the pregnancy updates, CANT WAIT!! Looking forward to sharing this journey with u by reading ur posts 🙂 congrats again!! Too exciting!!!

  13. Oh my gosh, V!!! Congratulations to you and the rest of the Sweeney crew!

    Whatever you need, we’re here for you! And feel free to share every single minute of it with us. 🙂

  14. Congratulations Vera!!!! Love the pic. Good and easy pregnancy vibes to you. 🙂

  15. congratulations vera! i remember reading your blog when you were pregnant with liam, can’t believe how time has flown! very exciting news, wishing you all the best 🙂

  16. You look beautiful! Hugs and Prayers to you during this pregnancy. I had a hard one too….that’s pretty much why we stopped at 1 child. I admit I’m scared. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m so ridiculously happy for you and your hubby! You’ll be in my prayers for a very happy & healthy pregnancy! {{{HUGS}}}

  18. Congratulations Vera, so happy for you! I’ve been reading your blogs since before you had Liam and I’m just behind you at 9 weeks so I’m excited I get to follow along with you!!! Can’t wait for all your updates and wish you a wonderful pregnancy!

  19. congratulations! I am sure that this pregnancy will be great!

  20. Oh WoW, Congrats to you and your family. It’s awesome news. SO excited for you. I’ve been reading your blog for so long. You have a great family and good morals. So happy you will be brining another human into the world. All the best and don’t worry about all the pregnancy updates. It’s informative for those who do not have any children as yet and those going through their first pregnancy. Wishing you all the best.

  21. Congrats Vera! I remember well when you were in the hospital with Liam..that’s when I “met” you…You were rocking my cute TummyTs even in the hospital! My kids are the exact same age as yours and I couldn’t imagine having another one…or being pregnant again! So fun and exciting though! I wish you a happy, healthy pregnancy! 🙂

  22. I’m so thrilled for you! Congratulations!!

  23. Oh Vera! I am so thrilled for you and I am so in awe of your strength and determination to get off your migraine meds. I suffer too…. and I just don’t think I could do it. Much love and prayer to you… and great admiration. xoxo

  24. Vera, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    You are a wonder woman, you do it all! I’m so happy for you and your family. I’m praying you’re able to carry to full term and enjoy the experience you’re having. Best wishes!!
    Chaucee

  25. Yay, Vera! So excited for you. And, love your last answer – “yes, I’m apologizing in advance!”

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

  26. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family! Looking forward to the updates!!

  27. OMG! CONGRATULATIONS!! So, so happy for you and Bill! What wonderful news! xoxoxoxo

  28. wauw Congratulations. I’m so happy for you guys. Can’ t wait for the updates.

  29. What amazing news!!! 🙂 I wish you a smooth easy pregnancy! can’t wait for updates!

  30. This is so exciting! Can’t wait to follow your progress and see your little bundle next year.

    Congrats!!!

  31. Congrats! Wishing you a great pregnancy and birth experience.

  32. Congratulations! I’m just about a week or two ahead of you with my first, so I’m super excited to read your updates. You seem like a fantastic mom and I need all the knowledgable and experienced advice I can get! 🙂 Hugs!

  33. Congratulations to you and your family! May this baby be the easy one- you are gorgeous!

  34. Congrats!! I have an incompetent cervix, too. I actually needed a cerclage with my first child, but with my second they opted for bedrest. Even though the cerclage was not a fun proecudre, I felt so much more secure having that then without it the second time around. Best wishes. I will be following along through your pregnancy journey!

  35. Congrats! Yay!

    I have migraines, too, and get nerve blocks for them every 5-6 months. I got a nerve block at the beginning of my pregnancy and again when I was almost 9 months. My neurologist could only give me the Lidocane without the steroid he usually gives in addition. It didn’t work as well, but I definitely didn’t have as severe of migraines as usual. Unfortunately my migraines came back immediately after delivery–I just had a baby girl 5 weeks ago today :), but he said that was normal. Gee, great.
    I know the same things don’t work for everyone, but maybe that would be an option so you’re not miserable the whole time? 🙂

  36. Dear Vera,
    Congratulations. You are in my prayers. I am looking forward to your updates.
    ~Susan

  37. Congrats!! I’m so happy for you!

  38. Thank you everyone!! We are thrilled. Appreciate you taking the time out to comment. 🙂

  39. I am so excited for you guys! This is so surreal! I can not wait to see your belly!!!! I’ll FINALLY BE SKINNIER!!!!!!!!!! Just kidding. 🙂
    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!!
    xoxoxo

  40. So happy for you!

  41. Vera,
    I’m so happy for you! You have such a great family, it’s such a blessing to add more to the fun! I’m due Feb 3rd and as you know, this is our first! I feel like we’re going through the pregnancy journey together!
    Praying for a smooth pregnancy !
    Xoxo
    Jenn

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