I have an annoucement to make…

and for once what you are thinking is probably exactly right. Baby 2.0 is on the way! We already spilled the beans on Facebook, but in case you missed it or would like more details here goes (this is also for my own sake, since I’m so affected by pregnancy brain I’m afraid I’ll forget everything if I don’t write it down).

I’m currently 13 weeks and 6 days, almost to the second trimester mark. My due date is April 22nd, two days before C’s third birthday. Guess we are consistent! ๐Ÿ˜‰

At first I felt overwhelmed by the thought of planning two birthday parties within days of each other, but then I decided to look on the bright side. At least it will all be over all at once, and I might even be able to re-use decorations, or even (gasp!) plan some double parties. I’ve also thought about taking the same approach as a friend, who alternates parties with a special event. So one year the oldest child gets a “friend party” while the younger gets to do something special, like a spa day or trip to Fast Lane. Then the next year they switch. It’s an idea anyway…I think it’s also God’s sense of humor, and maybe a nudge that I need to scale back a bit on my over-the-top party planning habits. ๐Ÿ™‚

C is already studying up on how to be a big sister. She is excited, and has a pretty good understanding I think of what is happening. She knows that mommy has a baby in her tummy, and that the baby has to stay in there to get bigger before we can meet him. She also knows that she was a baby in mommy’s tummy, so that confuses her sometimes. Of course several of her friends have already become big sisters, so she knows all about “littles.” Thankfully she’s a bit young for any of those awkward, “how’d the baby get there?” questions (fingers crossed). She changes her mind often about whether she thinks she is having a brother or a sister, so hopefully she doesn’t really care. Either way we are definitely planning on finding out, so we’ll have several months to prepare her in case she’s disappointed. I remember being so mad that I got a little brother instead of a sister I refused to talk to my mom on the phone at the hospital (those were back in the days when siblings weren’t allowed to visit the hospital I guess).
This pregnancy has been very different from my first. I did have some mild nausea the first time around, but this time it is 24/7, and so intense I’m taking medicine so I could get some relief. It does help some, though I only take it at night (it makes me so sleepy) so it wears offย  by late afternoon/evening. Still, it’s better than nothing and at least it helps me function instead of being a horrible, cranky, tired mommy. I’m hoping the morning sickness is starting to taper off (I’ve felt better the past two days), but I don’t want to get my hopes up yet. I don’t have any aversions this time either (last time it was coffee…thank goodness I can still have my one cup to get me going in the morning) but I have been soooo hungry, when I’m not overpoweringly nauseous anyway. I’ve also had other tummy troubles, cramping, exhaustion…you name it. All the differences have convinced me it’s a boy, but we shall see…(Chris thinks girl).
I’ve also been much more anxious this time around. I guess ignorance truly is bliss, because I don’t remember really worrying much at all with my first pregnancy. I guess now I know too much. I was so worried that something was wrong the nurse scheduled an early ultrasound for me. Seeing the little bean bouncing around in there definitely helped, but I still find myself contemplating all the things that could go wrong. I’m working at turning these fears over the the Lord, remembering that He is the one in control anyway…(will that lesson ever stick?)

I did manage to gather enough energy to make this shirt for C to wear to announce our news. We tried to tell everyone that we could in person (although ended up having to tell both sets of grandparents over the phone, thank goodness for FaceTime) before announcing on social media. I’m hoping to make a matching “li’l” shirt when we find out, wouldn’t that be a cute sibling photo op? ๐Ÿ™‚
So there you have it, our big news and an explanation for why my blog posting has been rather spotty of late. I’m hoping the normal second trimester energy kicks in and I get some motivation and inspiration back. It’s been very hard to keep the secret too, so I’m relieved that the cat’s out of the bag. ๐Ÿ™‚

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