We are all very excited to finally let the secret out! I’ll be 14 weeks this week with our second child who will be joining our family come July :) Though I can’t believe I’m almost in the second trimester (!), the first trimester seemed so loooong. I think mostly because this pregnancy has been very similar to my pregnancy with Eleanor so far: lots of nausea, smells, exhaustion, etc. Good times. Which is partly why it has been kind of quiet over here on the blog. Nausea + exhaustion = sapped motivation. Thankfully, I learned a thing or two the first time around and have been able to manage the sickness a bit better this time (blog post soon to come).
Eleanor has been the sweetest about everything. She keeps asking questions like, “Is it summer yet so the baby can come out?” and “Mama, you having belly squeezes?” (referring to contractions). I think someone is excited to be a big sister :)
We told her about a week and a half ago after we were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat (yay!) We gave her a special cupcake and book about being a big sister. Her response, “Really?! You have a baby in your tummy? Can I see it?” She seems excited, which I’m hoping sticks ;)
It’s hard to believe we’re going to have a tiny baby all over again and though we’re plenty anxious and nervous about having 2 kiddos, we are so excited. I think waiting a little longer before jumping in for round two was necessary for us to wrap our minds around the idea and feel really ready and excited about adding to our family (we aren’t “rip the bandaid off” kind of people if you know what I mean, haha). I am looking forward to seeing Eleanor as a big sister, witnessing how having a sibling will shape and change her, and am so happy she will have a built-in, life-long playmate and companion.
Another thing I’m excited about and thankful for is being able to have the lead midwife I had with Eleanor on my team again this time and, if all goes well, having another home birth. Hopefully a bit shorter of a labor this time though! *fingers crossed*
Below is a recording of the heartbeat if you care to take a listen. This was the second time we heard it and Eleanor’s first time hearing it!
Personally, I can’t think of a better sound in the whole world.