August 10, 2011

First and foremost, THANK YOU.  Each and every one of you.  Thank you to family who kept our secret for a few exhilarating days.  Thank you to friends who called and shrieked in my ear.  Thank you to every person who commented, wrote an e-mail, or posted a Facebook message.  Donald and I heard and read every word and the outpouring of love and excitement for our little family has been extraordinary.  To say that we have been blown away is a bit of an understatement.

Thank you.  My husband and I are both over the moon.  I found out two days before my birthday.  It was the best happy birthday to me I could have asked for.  Now we’re just sitting pretty with our fingers crossed.  Given my history of miscarriage, we originally intended to wait until the end of the first trimester to tell people.  I have a good feeling about this pregnancy, though, so I broke the rule.  Even so, our fingers are crossed and our breath is held.  I have never wanted five weeks to fly by more desperately than I do right now.

As for Charlotte?  Well.  Charlotte loves to tell people her news (BIG SISTER) and she loves to kiss my belly (SCHATZI’S BABY), but generally has no idea what all the fuss is about, and hey, WHO LET HER RUN OUT OF CARROT STICKS?  WHAT SORT OF CRUEL WORLD IS THIS ANYWAY?

A carrot-powered cutie-pie.

Secondly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank two other bloggers who recently published guest posts I wrote for them: Lauren from With Two Cats and Danelle from Peaceful Parenting (Dr. Momma).  Those links will lead directly to each post.  Thanks to both of you!

And thirdly, several people have sent e-mails over the past two days to request specific pregnancy-related posts.  These have really run the gamut.  What will I be eating during pregnancy?  Do I plan to continue babywearing, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding through pregnancy – and if so, how?  What are my birth plans?  How do I feel about natural birth?  How does pregnancy affect my marriage and my sex life?  When am I due?  Do we have names picked out?  Are we hoping for a boy or a girl?  How am I feeling?  Will we be finding out the sex of the baby this time?  Because FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, we drove you crazy last time being old-fashioned coots!

Of course there are longer posts to be shared, but for those who are eager to know, here are the short version of my answers: food, yes, by sheer will, ideally we would love to pursue a midwife-assisted (and doctor-coordinated) birth at a birth center but right now we’re still learning what we can about our insurance coverage, very positive, in too many ways to count, the last week of March, yes but if I told you what they were I’d have to kill you (true story), mostly just interested in a human, very queasy, and sadly not.  We old-fashioned coots are stuck in our stubborn ways.

This is a bit of a boring post, isn’t it?  I’ll write more later, I promise.  But right now it is 4am and I feel like pumpkin seeds and a glass of ice water.  Pregnant women are so weird.

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  1. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on August 10, 2011

    I’m sooooo excited for you guys!  Once again, congratulations - can’t wait to hear more!

  2. By Taryn on August 10, 2011

    wooo-hooo! I’ve been waiting for this announcement ever since I started reading your blog, and especially since your post awhile back about the frustrations of trying to conceive. Makes me feel better about my own frustrations! Cant wait to read more!

  3. By Bethany on August 10, 2011! happy! happy!

  4. By momiss on August 10, 2011

    I am SO very glad you are not finding out the sex of the baby.  I think a very important part of the process is the time you spend with your “baby” in your body, when it does not matter what sex it is, only that it is.
    I am so excited and happy for you all.

  5. By on August 10, 2011

    I had to change the name I usually comment here with because of what I’m going to say… I started reading you at the very beginning, when you were pregnant with Charlotte.

    I loved how you wrote about pregnancy, parenthood and your life in general. You made me wish for kids soon, you made me want to walk that path, and you were one of the influences that lead me&hubs;to decide to start trying a full 2 years earlier than planned. When I read about you struggling to get pregnant for the second time, -and this is what I think is amazing about the net- I wished with all my heart you’d get pregnant soon.
    Last month husband and I decided to get off birth control and after 2-3 months to get my cycles to where they should be, start actively trying. Since then, I’ve read every single one of your posts thinking how great it would be to read about a “parallel” pregnancy to mine, etc.

    I still have to wait 2 more months until we try, but I’m so excited thinking that I’ll have twice as many of your posts about pregnancy by the time I get there!!

    You and your family are a real inspiration to many readers, I hope you know that. All the best for this new adventure, I’m sure it’ll be wonderful. :)

  6. By Heather on August 10, 2011

    Oh my goodness, congratulations!! I can’t wait to read all about it!

  7. By Courtney on August 10, 2011

    Congratulations!  March 29th is a great day to have a baby, by the way :)  Worked out well for us!  Can’t wait to follow you along during another pregnancy!

  8. By Jill on August 10, 2011

    I’m glad you decided to share your good news, even though it’s gut-wrenching to do after an experience with miscarriage.  I shared both my pregnancies on my blog, one that ended at 13 weeks, and one that is currently at 35 weeks (yay! but still nervously crossing my fingers), and don’t regret either experience.

    I hope the best for you and for your family - the dynamics of which are probably going to be impacted a little more by a new baby than by a praying mantis… just sayin’...

  9. By on August 10, 2011

    congrats!  I must be an old coot too, we didn’t find out with our 3. It was the most fun experience!

  10. By on August 10, 2011

    I’m really excited to see how co-sleeping goes through pregnancy and newborn for you! I want another baby soon, like now, but I worry about how that will work with co-sleeping toddler who likes to kick my head the middle of the night :) I really loved co-sleeping with my son when he was an infant and want to repeat that. I just hope that my toddler doesn’t kick it out of bed.

  11. By Kj on August 10, 2011

    Congratulations! You’re not too far behind me, I’m 14 weeks, due in February. This is our first pregancy after a miscarriage and the first few weeks were very stressful. We definitely held our breath and our breathing a huge sigh of relief after an amazing 12 week ultrasound. Take it easy on yourself, and I recommend Accupuncture to help with stress. Congrats again!

  12. By KimberlyO' on August 10, 2011

    Mmm, pumpkin seeds ;) We didn’t find out what we were having nor did we tell anyone what the name choices were. It drove everyone bonkers!!!

  13. By on August 10, 2011

    I’m so happy for you! I am also due with my second in late March so I can’t wait to hear the pregnancy stories. The nausea is the worst….

  14. By Catherine on August 10, 2011

    Yay, again, so happy for you!  I’m due with #3 around March 21 (or earlier).  Looking forward to reading about your adventures with number 2 and know how much you wanted this.  :)

  15. By on August 10, 2011

    Just found your blog thru Dr. Momma and CONGRATS!!  I am 13 weeks along in a new pregnancy after 2 back to back miscarriages myself.  I wish you the best of luck.  Take care!

  16. By on August 10, 2011

    Futuremama - What a sweet message, thank you =)  I’m sending you baby-making wishes!!

    Jill - AWWWW.  Poor Melvin’s feelings are hurt!  Lol.

  17. By Jess @ Bringing Up Baby on August 10, 2011

    So, thanks to facebook which I had all but sworn off, I discovered your blog today.  I know.  How behind the curve am I?  Anyway, I’ve been reading through all your old posts and I just wanted to let you know that I’m so happy I’ve finally discovered you and I’m looking forward to hearing all about your growing family.  Congrats!!

  18. By on August 10, 2011

    Wishing to have a human baby is probably a good bet to get what you want. ; )

    No offense to all those who love to know the genders of their fetuses by week 2 (I’m sure you all have legit reasons), but I think its the mark of a very well-adjusted and realistic person who just wants a human baby of either gender.  I know I’ll be an old-fashioned coot too, or maybe I’ll be even worse and find out and yet not tell anyone, cause I’m simply better at keeping the pink and blue at bay in my mind than the rest of the population.

    (This is all tongue-in-cheek, exaggerated for fun) ;)

  19. By on August 10, 2011

    Happy Baby to You, Happy Baby to you, Happy Baby Dear Sarah, Happy Baby to you…

    ...and by proxy all of us.

    Thank you.

  20. By on August 11, 2011

    Jill, and KJ. Just wanted to tell you that I had a lot of bleeding early on with my second child. The dr did an ultrasound at about 8 weeks and told me that if we got a heart beat that day, he would give me a 95 percent chance of no miscarriage. We got a heartbeat.
      Then for a number of reasons my doctor wanted to induce labor at 37 weeks. I freaked and called a friend from college who became a pediatrician.  She said very nonchalantly, if we can get you to 34 weeks, it’s a cakewalk.  She was working in the inner city with undernourished teen-aged mothers and felt that as a mature reasonably healthy woman we would be fine. And we were.
      So many people tell you pregnancy horror stories, I like to let you know that there can be concerns and yet you can have a good outcome.  Go Mammas!

  21. By Adventures In Babywearing on August 11, 2011

    Big congrats on your news! And wow, Charlotte couldn’t be any cuter!


  22. By tara pollard pakosta on August 11, 2011

    I didn’t find out what my babies were before I had either of them, gave birth at home with a midwife and a Dr. great experience, though I have nothing to compare it to since I only have the two girls!
    I am still hoping and praying for you from your very latest post. xoxo





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