Isn't this little baby so perfect already?! Ahh, I could stare at this picture all day :)
Thank you all for the kind words regarding Baby #2, we are on cloud 9!! That being said...
In my experience, with sharing any "big news" there comes some hesitation and caution. I know how I'M feeling (thrilled!), but you never know how others will react. I've learned to *try* to have no expectations going into sharing big news with family, friends, co-workers, social media, etc. Maybe I'm just sensitive, emotional, or paranoid, but I always seem to get my feelings hurt by a snide remark or facial expression that I interpret to be something other than positive.
It amazes me some of the questions that are asked immediately following my news…
“Are you happy?”
“Were you trying?”
“Did you know you were pregnant?” (I don’t even know what this means…)
And my all-time favorite…
“Are you going to keep working after the baby is born?”
If you are reading this and thinking that you may be one of the people who asked me these questions- don’t worry, you were not alone and I’m not angry. I know for myself, if I hear fantastic news like this I feel like I have to follow up with something immediately and perhaps, it comes out as a nervous question like the ones mentioned above. It’s just not what I expect to hear after announcing we are adding a new member to our family. And seriously, if I didn’t have to work Monday through Friday from 9-5 pm, then I wouldn’t- plain and simple. Adding another being to our household is just going to add more expense- I envy any parent able to stay home with their children either part-time or full-time.
To put this into perspective, I've come up with a list of "normal" and "expected" questions when announcing news like this:
"Are you going to find out the gender?"
"How have you been feeling?"
"Have you had any strange craving or food aversions?"
"How far along are you?"
"When are you due?"
Although I think my hormones are getting the best of me in this post, the response we have been getting is wonderful. It feels like a different type of excitement then when we shared the news we were pregnant with our first- it's hard to explain, but maybe a post for another day.
Thank you All! We find out next week if baby #2 is a boy or a girl- what do you think?
*9/2/2018* In Addition to this Post...
As I creep further and further along in this pregnancy, I keep coming across more "what-not-to-says". These aren't necessarily things you will here when you announce your pregnancy news, but I still feel they are appropriate for this post. 2 more things...
1. Don't ever comment on how "big" mama is or compare her to other pregnancies. You wouldn't say this to someone who is not pregnancy, so why say this to someone who is in an emotional/vulnerable state? Rude!
2. People are going to ask you when you are due...that's a given. When you answer with January, don't comment on "how far away" that is. This is not what a pregnant Mom-to-be wants to here, seriously!
Ok, that's it for now! Thanks for reading :)
I'm pregnant! Baby #2 will be arriving January 2019 and I am still trying to wrap my head around this news! I've got ALL the feels…
Happy…my first initial emotion when I think about having another baby is happy. Bringing another life into this world that is half me and half Ryan (and now part Savannah, too) is the greatest gift! Savannah brings so much joy into our lives; I can only imagine how another child will magnify this.
Scared…can I handle 2 kids physically, emotionally, mentally, financially? Wait, I have to go through labor and delivery again?! They say my baby is “perfect” and “healthy” but what if they discover something after he/she is born?
Anxious…after Savannah was born, my life was turned upside down. For several weeks I thought I was never going to go to the grocery store ever again- every day-to-day activity seemed impossible. Will it be like this the second time around or will I have more courage to face the monotonous elements?
Excited…of course we’re excited! Why do people feel the need to ask you if you’re excited after you tell them you are pregnant? Really?! Little baby clothes, snuggles, and coos- bring it on!
Sad… for Savannah who will no longer be an only child. Savannah is my best friend and my little buddy, we do everything together. Now my time and attention will be divided and I can’t stand the thought of her feeling jealous or left out.
Grateful…I hear too many stories of infertility struggles, unhealthy little ones, and baby tragedies. You better believe I thank my lucky stars every day for being able to experience this journey!
Giddy…ahhh, I’m having a baby!!!
Exhausted…I’m already tired from being a full-time mom and a full-time employee. How will I continue to do this with limited sleep? How will I “sleep when the baby sleeps” with a toddler running around?
Overwhelmed…more diapers, more clothes, more space, more time, more money, more worry, more love, more mouths, less sleep…How does one get out of the house on time with 2 children anyway?
Ecstatic…bottom line, we are ecstatic!
I am 15 weeks along already and feeling great! With Savannah, I was very nauseous for about 16 weeks and had minimal energy. With this pregnancy I was slightly nauseous and tired weeks 5-8, but that quickly disappeared and it has been smooth sailing ever since (I hope I didn't just jinx myself). All of the ultrasounds and bloodwork have been "perfect" so far and I am grateful for that. We will be finding out the gender next month...what do you think it is?!
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