A New Addition!

I’ve been holding back some news for a while, but the cat’s officially out of the bag – I am pregnant! We are adding a third little kiddo to the clan and couldn’t be more excited! Our sweet little girl will be joining us in early November!

So let’s talk details.

baby announcement photo with some flowers, sonogram photo, baby outfit and letterboard that says "oh baby! sweet girl due november 2020"

Is this a quarantine baby?

Nope! LOL. I had to go there because I know that’s the big joke right now. But we actually began talking to our doctor about starting the IVF process again back in October. Our embryo transfer was February 21, about month before life changed and shut down. I’m now just over 13 weeks pregnant and due in early November.

Did you do IVF again?

I sort of already gave that away, but yes. We were very intentional about this. If you haven’t read about our IVF journey, check it out on the lifestyle part of the blog. I shared the whole process.

But back when we did our egg retrieval and that whole process, we were fortunate enough to end up with 7 healthy PGS tested frozen embryos after our first and only retrieval cycle. For those who don’t know much about IVF – that’s a pretty amazing number. I felt strongly from the moment we knew about those embryos that if we were to have multiple pregnancies, I’d want to be sure to use those embryos.

So once the boys were born, we intentionally prevented pregnancy (birth control), knowing we still felt the same way.

So anyhow, back in October we met with the doctor. I had another hysteroscopy in November. If you read about my first hysteroscopy back when we started IVF, you may remember that it was surprisingly painful. Crazily enough, I didn’t even feel it this time. I was fully prepared for the pain, but nothing came. And then it was over. Nutty!

Anyhow, I knew I wanted to wait until after the holidays before we started anything. I had hoped to keep this pregnancy a secret from friends and family since it was all so open last time and we thought it’d be fun to surprise people. I knew if I stopped drinking at the holidays, it would be noticed.

ashton and brooks showing their muscles in the tshirts that say "security - little sister protection squad"Ashton and Brooks showing off their muscles!
T-Shirt says “Security – Little Sister Protection Squad”

So things started in January and the transfer was scheduled for February 4, with a pregnancy test on February 14 (hello Valentine’s Day!). I had planned our entire month of February around those dates. I delayed the boys’ birthday party (their birthday is February 2) to February 22 so that I didn’t have to stress about the party at the same time as the transfer and so that family who would be around wouldn’t notice me taking pills and shots. I arranged meetings around those days, etc.

But God had other plans. No joke – every time I make plans and count on them, He reminds me that He’s in control. Every. Single. Time. LOL. I should have known.

So when I went in for my last check up before I would have started the progesterone shots, they saw that I’d ovulated already. This meant that things had to be delayed.

So when I got my next cycle, I called and they rescheduled everything. And what was the new transfer date? THE DAY BEFORE THE BOYS’ PARTY. Ironic? Oh, yea. All the stuff I’d tried to avoid stressing about at the same time was going to happen at the same time. LOL.

So even though we wanted it to be a secret, I finally told my mom. I had to start my shots when I was visiting her on my own and I needed her to help me with the shots. I’m a wimp and to this day I have not ever given myself one of the shots. Sorry, not sorry. I really wanted to be able to give myself the shot and keep things a secret, but I just couldn’t. A big, long shot in the butt wasn’t something I was prepared to do.

Plus, my parents were going to stay with us for the boys’ party and it was going to seem weird that the day before their party I was literally doing nothing (I prepared everything the days before). Not to mention I needed some help with last minute things. So basically, I needed help and I needed to be able to explain why. Secrets are just not something I’m good at keeping, apparently. Oh well.

So obviously the transfer happened and it worked! I was pregnant. They do three blood tests to confirm and all looked good.

The day we went in for our first ultrasound was the Monday after they’d shut everything down here. It was kind of weird. We were the only patients there and it was just strange. But all was well. The baby was measuring perfectly – and there was only one! Yay! Naturally, we were a little nervous for twins again, since last time our single embryo split into twins.

How am I feeling?

This pregnancy has been fairly different than with the twins. You would think that twins would be harder, but as far as the first trimester goes, this one has been a little harder. It might be in part because I have two toddler to take care of and they are high high energy and wear my butt out.

One big thing is just that I’m so tired. All the time. Totally normal, I know. I do think that having two toddlers makes this harder this time around. And there were a few weeks there where I wasn’t just tired, but truly fatigued. Just showering in the morning would take all of my energy. Fortunately I’m back to just tired. Better, but still not easy.

Ashton and Brooks hugging

Also with the boys I had heartburn that was pretty bad, but never had nausea or food aversions or anything like that. This time around, food and I aren’t such good friends. I haven’t had any vomiting, but the thought of food totally turns me off. Foods I normally love smell like vomit. My stomach is upset whenever I eat, making it a slow process. I can’t stand chicken, but still like beef, mostly ground beef. And I just always have this feeling in the back of my throat like I might vomit any minute. It’s not super fun.

Fortunately, about 5-6 days ago a lot of that started calming down. Food and I are slowly becoming friends again, which is nice. I still feel averse to some of the same foods, but I don’t feel so sick when I eat.

None of this is horrible, of course, it’s just so different from my other pregnancy. They say you’re more sick with girls and so far for me that has been the case.

Being pregnant during a pandemic

This could not be a stranger time to be pregnant or have a baby. I have several friends who’ve had babies in the last month and it’s just a crazy experience.

But so far for us, it’s been ok. The hubs can’t come to any appointments, which is a bummer. I have to wear a mask at the doctor’s office, which is fine by me. The hardest thing is not being able to see people, which is hard on everyone – not just pregnant people. We have pretty much quarantined throughout this whole thing so far. Our question is just when will it end? When will we feel like we can see our families again? If there’s no vaccine until next year, or even later, what does that mean for seeing our families? With me being pregnant, I’m inclined to being even more careful, but boy is it brutal. Hard, hard, hard.

I’m the most protected of us at the moment. No grocery shopping or anything. But other than not grocery shopping or seeing friends and family, it’s not horribly different for us. I didn’t have the boys out a ton over the winter because they were still a little tough to take out alone and every time I took them out, they got sick. I was really looking forward to taking them out and doing a bunch of fun stuff this summer, so that is a real downer. But they aren’t really old enough to understand or notice, so in many ways it’s easier for us than those with older kids.

Plus, we started potty training a week and a half ago, so that’s keeping us occupied. They are doing very well.

Yay for baby girls!

So that’s all I can think of! We are having a little girl and can’t wait! The boys don’t quite get it yet, but they will eventually. The baby is coming either way!

We are excited to complete our family and so thankful that God has granted us another little one to love on! We know it doesn’t come easy for everyone (and didn’t for us), so we know just how big of a deal it is. We are forever grateful and look forward to meeting our little girl in November.

ashton and brooks holding a little girl dress

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  1. J.nelly

    So, you have food aversions to chicken and most foods, but what about cake…. ?
    Don’t throw up the cake Lindsay!
    And I called you by your real name so you know I’m serious.

  2. Lori A Bynum

    Congratulations on your new addition!!!🤗
    Girls are such a joy!!! I have 3…. boys are great but girls are fab…. Take care of yourself and can’t wait for the next post.
    Lori – Detroit, Michigan 

  3. Cristina

    Congrats Lindsay! I am a month away from having my second baby, and this time it’s a boy, I already have a four year old girl, so I totally understand what you are going through regarding the lockdown and being pregnant. I live in Spain and we have been quarantined for 2 months now, so when the lockdown happened I was starting my third trimester…. I have had to go to two appointments all by myself and wearing a mask and gloves and it was tough! And this baby came when I had finally given up on having more kids, so yeah God is in control and isn’t that so reassuring especially during these uncertain times?! Oh and I also wanted to keep it a secret but guess who I ran into at the doctor’s office the day I went in for my first ultrasound? Well, my mom, my sister, her husband and their child! Anyway, I am so happy for you and your family, babies are always a blessing! Thanks for sharing and God bless

  4. Laura O

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! I read all of your IVF posts the first time around to help my own experience through IVF, and we are having our baby in September! Thank you so much for sharing. 

  5. Beth Avagliano

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your wonderful news! I am so happy for your family! It couldn’t happen to nicer people.

      1. Mandy Lindsey Wynn

        Can’t say congrats enough! Gods timing always rules doesn’t it !? Lol i am such a planner but God tells me He is THE planner! I too am SO excited for you! I have a boy as my first who is a thanksgiving baby and then God blesses us with a girl who is now 18 months and couldn’t be happier! I think we’re complete until God puts another in my belly is what I tell people! 

        BTW your blog and recipes helps me have some me time now that I’m done with being pregnant for life (sounds weird to say) and my children are more manageable. My 3 year old boy takes after me and loves so much chocolate so I get to make yummy things that he and I can share. It’s so sweet! 

        Do enjoy this pregnancy and Yes it is harder with not one but two toddlers but try to enjoy as much of them as you can until you need to share your heart and love with your little girl. Your heart and love only multiplied when you think you can’t. Be blessed ! 

  6. Beverly

    Happy Happy Joy Joy!!! Bless you all and can’t wait until your November post! (The boys are absolutely adorable, by the way)

  7. Chris

    Congratulations and may God Bless you with a healthy little baby doll.  Your boys are just too cute for words.  Be careful and try and stay in as much as possible.  

  8. Lois Worthmann

    Congratulations Lindsey!!!   I love reading your posts about  your twins and this news about your upcoming daughter is amazing.  So happy for you and your family!    
    I work as an OR nurse and often times bring in special treats from your posts.  Lately, during this pandemic, our staff has enjoyed it even more. I always tell them about you and share your posts.  
    I truly wish the best for you!!! 

  9. Char

    This is the most wonderful news!  Congratulations and wishing you the best health as you move forward with the blessing of a new child to your family.  God Is good🙏😇💖


    OMG Lindsay I am sooooo happy for you!!!! We had twin boys (28 years ago I’m shocked to say) and just shy of 7 years later, we had our little girl!!! Our three are all adults now…all still at home…and I cannot tell you how much fun we have together!! With this “lockdown” here in NY – the five of us have been having a great time together; my daughter and my sons are the best of friends. I don’t have to tell you…you have SO many spectacular and wonderful times ahead of you and I just know your little boys are going to the BEST big brothers EVER!!! So sincerely thrilled for you all!!! Much love!! XO XO XO XO 🙂

  11. Teija

    Congratulations! I enjoyed following along when you were pregnant with the boys and will enjoy hearing about this pregnancy also! So very happy for you guys!!

  12. Donna Moresea

    Congratulations ! So happy to hear you are having a girl. Will pray for you to stay healthy during this quarantine and hopefully by November things will ease up. Your health and the baby’s are what’s most important. Your twins are adorable.
    I enjoy your recipes and have made several. Don’t push yourself to keep us supplied with new recipes. You will definitely have your hands full come November. Keep us updated when you have time.

  13. Wanda J Gonzalez

    I am so happy for you. I have so enjoyed following the twins and watching them as they are growing up. Your recipes are the BOMB! Stay safe and you and your family will remain in my prayers. God Bless

  14. Deborah Behney

    How wonderful! Congratulation and thank you for sharing with all of us!
    the pictures of the boys brought tears to my eyes. They are the sweetest!
    Stay well and best wishes for a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  15. Toby Catalano

    Congratulations!  Thank you for sharing this news!  Blessings to you and your family.  Can’t wait to see pictures in November!  🙂

  16. Sarah

    Congrats, Lindsay! I’m so happy for you and your family, and I pray that you are kept safe during this quarantine and pregnancy ♡ I can’t wait to “meet” your little girl in November 🙂 Best wishes!

    Ps. I love the boy’s T-shirts, so cute 😀

  17. Erin

    Awwwwww, CONGRATULATIONS, Lindsay! This is such wonderful news! I’m so happy for you♡ Praying everything will go well for you as you endure both pregnancy and the quarantine. Also, love those T-shirts the twins are wearing-so cute!

  18. Toni

    Congratulations on your pink bundle of joy! I can only imagine how profound is the depth of your happiness, especially the look on your son’s faces! 

    But I have a question,  because I don’t understand what happens to the remaining embryo’s if they aren’t implanted? 

    Regardless, hugs to you as you get some “pink”  into your house!

    1. Lindsay

      Thank you, Toni!

      That’s kind of a tough question. There are three options available to couples with remaining embryos. Donate the embryos to other people trying to conceive, donate them to science or have them discarded, for lack of a better word.

      1. toni

        Lindsay; thanks for your very honest response. I ask bc when my husband and I were dealing with our infertility issues, this was part of the options given to us if we chose IVF. But we knew that any embryo’s were our children, waiting to be born, and the thought of anyone other than us, raising our children was out of the question. The same with science picking apart my kids for research. And I couldn’t imagine letting them be discarded, as these were our created children. We ended up just letting God decide, and unfortunately that meant being childless. But we trust in His Wisdom, so I have tearfully accepted it. But it never stops being in front of me, and can be painfully difficult especially on Mothers Day. I celebrate this joyous adventure that you are walking, and I am so very happy for you. God bless, as I look forward to updates on your wee one!

  19. Tracey McKie

    What an exciting time for you all!! So happy for your family, nothing better than to have two boys watching out for the little sister! I have two boys and then my girl, and wouldn’t change it for anything. Prayers and blessings to you all.

  20. JoAnn Snader

    Just the kind of news I love to hear during these difficult times!!! So very happy for you and your family. We had a girl after two separate birth boys and you’ll love baking with her although one of my sons is an excellent cook, too. She’ll love having two older handsome brothers, too.

  21. Abigail

    Congrats!! I’m so happy for you! A girl, wow, exciting, I can’t wait to see her! Ashton and Brooks are going to be great big brothers. Prayers and hugs to you and your family! <3

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12