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 :)
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