Cat's outta the bag.

This Thompson crew is growing by one more this Winter and I still can't quite believe it!

Honestly, I couldn't have timed the launch of this blog any better - I just eat all the time now. It's glorious. My midwife told me to shoot for "15-25 lbs" of weight gain in this pregnancy and I literally laughed in her face. Hilarious.

Baby number three is due on New Years Day, so it'll be a really exciting holiday around these parts. Our first Winter babe.

I'm really looking forward to warm snuggles by the fire in those early newborn days, when I can wear the same sweatpants for 4 days straight and nap with the little nugget around the clock.

Hadley has been over the moon. She was actually the first person I told, she was standing right there in the bathroom when I came out, a bit shocked! We both giggled and went running through the house looking for Josh. It was a sweet moment I won't forget.

Early on she was very pro-girl but lately her tides have changed and she's been talking about a baby brother. She said, "I've never had one of those, so maybe a brother."

She asks often when I'm going to "pop it out" and I keep telling her, "After Christmas, after Christmas, after Christmas."

Nora knows mommy has a baby in her belly and that's about it. I think her world is going to be rocked - it should be interesting, that's for sure.

Luckily, she loves babies and is so fascinated by them. I think she'll be adorable and super into it at first and then ask us when it's going back to the store?

I can already see the mischief her and this little baby boo are going to get into. I hear if you can handle three kids you can handle any number so this will be the truest test of my patience. nervous laughter... ehhhhh

The first trimester of this pregnancy was harder than my first two. I had some strong food aversion going on, which made working on this food blog pretty challenging. I would make a huge plate of breakfast hash, my usual favorite, and all of it would end up in the trash. I couldn't even look at an egg. It was very sad.

I also had to visit the doctor more often because of some complications that showed up on early ultrasounds. They talked about miscarriage a lot in those days, and that was really hard. hCG levels this, lesions that. It was stressful.

In the beginning, I felt like I couldn't connect with this pregnancy because I was afraid of being attached if I was going to lose the baby. It was a weird limbo to live in, and made me irritable and grumpy a lot of the time.

But our last ultrasound confirmed that the baby is growing well, on schedule and looking healthy. We should know more about what is to come after our next appointment - whether I'll have to have a c-section or whether I can continue to pursue a home birth. This will be my first real attempt at an unmedicated birth so I'm really hoping I will have the opportunity to try it.

In the mean time, it feels great to finally tell our friends and family about this new little love growing inside of me, and to feel good in this pregnancy. The second trimester has brought back my appetite and some relief as baby continues to get stronger. I felt the little one moving for the first time last week and I forgot just how amazing that feels. Incredible!

I can't wait to meet you, little baby. The 5th member of our family. I can't wait to know your face and learn your spirit. Hear your coos and feel your soft skin. I'm excited for the rest of our journey while you're inside, and I really, really can't wait for you meet your family. Your big sisters are wild and crazy and wonderful. I think you'll really like them.

Enjoy your weekend, friends <3