Saturday, April 23, 2016

Baby #2: Sharing our News

We were so excited to share our news, since we found out about baby right before Valentines day we had fun taking some pictures to share with our parents and siblings. 

After we shared our news with immediate family, we slowly shared the news with friends and family. We were also excited to find out we could get an early gender ultrasound if we paid cash (we paid from our HSA), so at the end of 16 weeks we were able to see our baby GIRL! Of course after that we just had to share all the pictures on social media.

I was really shocked when we saw our little girl growing inside of me, after having a boy first I just expected to see another boy. I don't think I knew how much I thought baby was going to be a boy, but I'm so happy I was wrong! I am excited to have a beautiful little girl, because to be honest Jonas was such a beautiful baby so I know all our kids will be just as beautiful. I am also excited to see Jonas become a big brother, he is such a sweet and sensitive boy! 

{16 weeks 6 days}

Baby #2: First Trimester

We are so excited to say that I am pregnant with baby Dewey #2! Due date October 2, 2016.

Deciding to add another child to our family was a big decision. I had a hard time after Jonas was born, adjusting to motherhood and figuring everything out. For awhile we thought it might be a couple years before we could consider the thought of another child. Then Jonas turned one, and we gained a new nephew and niece. Seeing these beautiful babies, and other babies from friends, reminded me of the true miracle that is a newborn baby. Along with prayer my heart softened, and I was able to overcome the difficulties with Jonas. For the months following JT and I discussed, prayed, and fasted about this decision. By November 2015 we were serious about having another baby, then over Thanksgiving we had a pregnancy "scare" right before we were going to start trying. Thinking I was pregnant, and realizing I wasn't was emotional but also enlightening. We were so excited, and because of this we knew we were ready for another baby. We are so blessed that I was able to get pregnant so quickly, the timing is right and we are so excited for this little one!

Four Weeks:

We found out I was pregnant when I was exactly four weeks pregnant. Most people don't find out this early but since I had really gotten comfortable with my body, I didn't really use birth control at all after I had Jonas (I kept a calendar to be safe), so my schedule was pretty set every month (except November). The week leading up to that Sunday night (January 25, 2016) I kept feeling symptoms. These symptoms were confusing, they could be like PMS except I don't usually experience these, the only time I have experienced frequent urination, tender breasts, hot flashes, food aversions, heightened sense of smell, and intense fatigue, was the last time I was pregnant. But when I was pregnant with Jonas it was another few weeks before I felt any kind of symptoms. So, I decided to wait until Sunday as to avoid jumping the gun. 

Right after bedtime I took the pregnancy test and I couldn't even wait the whole two minutes, because after a few seconds I could see both lines growing visible. I hadn't even washed my hands yet. We were shocked and amazed. The next morning after Jonas woke up I told him the exciting news, although he doesn't really understand what it means when I say "Mommy is pregnant with a baby in her belly!" I said it so excitedly that he was excited too. 

Eight Weeks:

At eight weeks we were able to get our first ultrasound. The tech was able to find our little raspberry quickly, with a strong heartbeat! It is always reassuring to see that the little baby developing inside of your womb is doing well and is thriving a few days ahead of schedule. Although I was mostly anxious about all the questions I had for my doctor, since I had to have an emergency c-section with Jonas, I had a lot of questions about VBACs and the chance my uterus would tear. I took a long time asking questions, but I have great doctors and he didn't mind answering them (two doctors at the clinic, and I love both of them). I'm lucky to have found great doctors who listen to my concerns and communicate well with me, and who have also received special training for high-risk pregnancies. I have no doubt they will do their best to keep myself and this baby safe and healthy through my pregnancy and labor. 

I should also note that at this point I continued to feel the same symptoms I started to around three weeks, with the addition of occasional mild nausea, mostly induced by strong smells. But never any morning sickness! I also felt like I was starting to get a baby bump, with Jonas I didn't start getting one at all until seventeen weeks, I know it can start earlier after you've a baby previously. JT thought I was crazy.

Ten Weeks:

At ten weeks my bump looked a little more like a bump, but also like I had just gained a few pounds, which is true. At this point the baby is the size of a date. I know it's cheesy to compare your growing baby to fruit, but I thought it would be fun to involve Jonas in bump pictures with comparing the baby to fruit sizes! At this point I was still feeling great, my only symptoms are exhaustion, headaches, tender breasts, acne, and frequent urination, like seriously this baby must be sitting right on my bladder!

I am so blessed that I had a great first trimester!