First of all, thanks to everyone who left congratulations comments -- it's nice to know so many people are thinking of us. I have LOTS to say about this pregnancy, because I had to keep quiet during the first not-so-fun parts. . . but that will have to wait for another day.
After all of yesterday's excitement Harper and I piled into the car with my mom and sister for a long drive to Wisconsin. Somehow, even with a 3-year-old and a pregnant lady in the car, we made it all the way from Ohio to Wisconsin with only one stop. Harper was an angel in the car and took a nice long nap. We'll spend the week up here, Matt will join us for Thanksgiving, and then we'll head back to Ohio on Saturday. (Um, just in case you were interested in our travel plans.)
Several people have asked what Harper thinks about the arrival of a sibling. . . First of all, she'd like a sister. We'll see. We are planning to find out the gender of the baby and not keep it a secret, so we'll have lots of time to talk up a baby brother, should that be the case. She understands the part about the baby coming, but not so much about the fact that it is growing inside me. I tried to talk to her about it a little as she went to bed last night and was explaining that the baby was small and needed to grow in my tummy for a while before he/she would be ready to come out and meet us. Harper looked at me, thought for a minute, and asked, "Is the baby in pieces?" Gee, I hope not!!! (Early ultrasounds would suggest that the baby is intact.)
We are debating whether to bring her to the next ultrasound, scheduled for late next week, as though that might help her understand that the baby is already inside me. For those who asked, I am about fifteen weeks along. And I knew pretty quickly I was pregnant, which means it's been a l-o-n-g three months of secret-keeping.