Warning – this is a uterusy post – so all you dudes out there can just close your laptops and put away the iphones. No man stuff here. Unless you count a really cool old truck. In which case – treat this post like a dirty mag and just look at the photos…not that you have ever read dirty publications or anything 🙂
Okay – so after announcing our biggest news of 2012 (that my uterus is now inhabited), I have been on overload with the best emails from you all. Seriously thousands. I am working my way through them all – so if you haven’t heard from me yet, I’m almost there…but to all my online girlfriends – thank you so much for your patience…and thank you so so much from the deepest part of me for showing me so much support and encouragement. I know it’s toughest for those of you still waiting on your little double line…it’s you who are humbling to me. it’s you who are the sweetest. it’s you who are most full of grace. Please know that there is a team of people praying for you and your journey!
I decided to do a post just to answer the most frequently asked questions so far….here we go:
- How did you find out?
I wasn’t late yet…but I knew that our little Valentines day romp was right on the day I ovulated, so on a Sunday morning I woke up and just decided that I would finally take the test. I had ONE EPT test in my possession – which I had been saving for the past eight months….and thought that I was pretty gutsy to take it without even being late yet. As I sat there, I said over and over in my head, “THIS IS CRAZY. YOU ARE NOT PREGNANT. THE LITTLE SCREEN IS GOING TO SAY ‘WHY ARE YOU TAKING TESTS YOU INSANE PERSON?'” and then it popped up super fast. PREGNANT. I did my little dance while still sitting on the potty and because I was so freaked out about acting normal in front of Jeremy, I hurriedly snuck into my closet and didn’t do my hair or makeup. Instead, I gulped down an old workout bottle of water (yeah, don’t ask why that was in my closet) and ran downstairs to try to pee again on an ovulation stick…(it’s not a full proof method but it’s all I had)…and again – it came back as positive. It was a pretty surreal moment.
- Who did you tell first?
When I was pregnant with Will, I kept it a secret from Jeremy for almost two weeks. I was waiting because I knew that if I told him I was ‘wild with child’ that he wouldn’t let me help finish the basement floor…and I really wanted to lay some engineered hardwood. I think that the glue may have something to do with Will’s disposition. KIDDING! Haha – that’s a punny word.
Anyhoo – when I was pregnant with Will I was DYING to tell someone – and I ended up telling Sherry first…we were talking on the phone while in the supermarket and I spilled the pregnancy beans right there in aisle three. So for this pregnancy I decided that my darling best friend is the awesomest good luck charm I could possible have so on the way to church I sent her Hawaiian-vacationing bootie this text:
- What did Jeremy say?
I think that instead of me telling you – I should just show you. We were expecting some of my family over for lunch after church – and my mom had been requesting that I video tape Will praying for the meal…so I took it as an opportunity to nail three birds with one giant uterus – (telling Jer, telling the fam, and documenting Will) – please excuse the rambling at the end – I am telling Boots & Norn that I am a power shopper –
- Does Will understand that he’s gonna be a big brother?
No. And yes. I think he understands that there is a very very tiny baby in my belly. We make it a point to stop and talk about babies whenever we see one out and about. And he will kiss my belly if I ask him to kiss the little baby. But it’s confusing because he thinks his name is “baby”…yes, if you point to him and say Who’s that? he will answer “baby”…so yes and no. I did immediately buy him a Big Brother shirt…so that’s how we told Jeremy’s family….and of course, took his picture. Get ready – here’s an entire photo montage of Will & his Shirt 🙂
And of course, we also did some outside –
- When are you due?
- Any morning sickness? nausea? symptoms?
Only a little bit of upset stomach – nothing major – and it’s usually at night…so I’m crossing my fingers for a pregnancy like I had with Will – a sickness free one!
- Where is the nursery gonna be?
Most likely the baby will sleep in our room for the first few months and then we will either co-sleep when the baby is old enough to control rolling over and not sufficate (we did this with Will and it takes a bunch of discernment for deciding if it’s right for your family so don’t be a sheep people)…or we will move the baby into their room. Speaking of room, we plan on making the room directly across the hall from us the nursery. It has an extra high ceiling in there – so I anticipate some decorating challenges…and no, I have no ideas yet – we’ll probably base the room design on what whether it’s a boy or girl. Right now the Jack room looks like this…except messier…
- Are you gonna find out the gender?
YES! We are definitely planners and if it’s a girl, we need to start immediate stalk-age of the sales rack at our favorite kiddie clothing stores and learning how to wipe correctly 🙂
- How are you planning to document the pregnancy?
I explained here how I am planning on documenting the pregnancy here…so go read all about it 🙂
- What does this mean for photoshoots?
Well, expecting a little one right after photoshoot season means two things…1. I’ll be decreasing my overall photoshoot monthly availability (so that I can maintain a more decent stress level) and 2. I will not be shooting past September. I figure if I can get out my last edited photos in October, I can go into delivery free and clear….maybe with a few frozen meals in the fridge this time. That means if you are looking to book a shoot – and have not yet confirmed with me that you are on my calendar with a CONFIRMED DATE – then it’s a good idea to do that PRONTO. I am only doing four shoots each month…practically nothing…but its all I can handle while I try to milk these last few months alone with Will and with projects and the blog….so shoot me an email at [email protected] if you were planning on setting something up but have not pulled the trigger yet. These are a first come first serve kinda thing people.
- Do you want a boy or a girl?
I want a boy and Jeremy wants a girl. I think I want a boy mostly because Jeremy is close to his brother and they are closer in age. Oh and Will’s clothing is ADORABLE. I worked hard to give him a cute wardrobe…and gals with boys will understand how hard that is. Jeremy I think wants a girl in hopes that I’ll quit after experiencing the stress of two kids. FAT CHANCE HOTTIE – YOUR BODY IS MINE!
- Are you gonna attempt a VBAC?
Yes. I think that if there are any prayer warriors out there, this is my number one prayer request! If you read my birth story with Will, you know that I went all the way to a ten, got to push, and then closed back up. My fatty baby with the giant head plus my tired uterus plus the hospitals rule about water being broken for so long meant that the doctor and midwife appointed me with a c-section. It was heartbreaking to say the least but I know looking back that we tried everything that we could to get him out naturally and then vaginally and it just wasn’t working in time. So this time, I know it’s imperative that I find the right doctor for me and my birth plan. If it ends up being another section – well, then the most important thing is healthy baby and healthy mommy 🙂
So I think that’s everything! If you have any other questions – I’ll try to answer them in the comment section 🙂 And again – I can not stress this enough – thank you so much to each of you for being my friend 🙂 I love you like Xtina loves her breasts.