Hi friends! Happy Tuesday.
Drew, Maxwell, and I are OVER THE MOON to announce that we are expecting in November! We spilled the beans on social media last night if you follow me on Instagram or we’re friends on Facebook.
Drew and I dreamed of having our babies close in age and feel SO VERY fortunate to have another blessing growing inside me.
Finding out we were pregnant
I had told Drew that morning, “Maybe we’re pregnant?!” And he said, “You thought that last month Amy!” My cycles were long and irregular after Maxwell, so we weren’t able to keep track of ovulation. I told him I wouldn’t take a test and just wait a few more days, but after he left for work I realized I couldn’t wait. It was day 38 and my cycle had never been THAT long. I put Maxwell down for a nap, peed on a stick, and continued cleaning the house. I almost forgot to go back and look and when I did I had two beautiful blue lines and the news that our family was expanding waiting for me. I had to call my sister and a friend because I was FREAKING out (in a good way). I made Drew a sign that said, “Since you’re such a good daddy to Maxwell, I’m excited to see how you do with two.” I also put the pregnancy test stick out so he couldn’t miss the message. The hardest part was waiting until he got home from work to tell him that we were pregnant with #2.
Loving another little:
One of the things I hear/read from other second time mamas is, “I feel so worried I won’t be able to love the next baby as much as I love the first.” I understand the sentiment because our love for Maxwell is overwhelming. BUT, I have to say…I don’t feel that way at all. Why? I’m in the middle of 6 children and I feel every bit as loved as my siblings (seriously no middle child syndrome here, although I don’t have to tease my mom that I have it sometimes). Don’t tell her 😉 My parents did an incredible job of building a special relationship with each one of their children. When we were younger my sisters and I would all say that we were the favorite child…that is how special and loved our parents made us feel. 🙂 So yes, I feel like this mama has plenty of love to go around and we already feel SO in love with our little bean.
Pregnancy the second time around:
I feel really, really well. When I was pregnant with Maxwell, I wasn’t able to blog very well during the first trimester because I took a nap every single day. I have way more energy this time around. That being said, I think a large part of it has to do with being off of nightshift. Don’t get me wrong, I have needed a nap or two and a few early bedtimes this first 10 weeks. Oh, and the hunger. Sometimes I’m SO darn hungry it is unbelievable. I’ll actively be eating and somehow still be starving. More so than I remember with Max. My only other pregnancy symptom is that my nipples are really sensitive and so when Maxwell latches I do have pain for a few seconds (hahaha for sharing that personal detail, but I also told ya’ll I birthed Max above a toilet…so whatevs).
With my OB’s blessing, Max and I are still on our breastfeeding journey. My OB made two recommendations: to make sure I get 500 extra calories for breastfeeding and 500 extra for being pregnant. I don’t track calories, so I just try to eat more than normal. I will have some trail mix, cereal, or yogurt and fruit AFTER dinner to get a bit more nourishment. She also emphasized how important getting enough fluid is for all 3 of us (me, Max, and the new babe). My supply has been decreasing slightly but steadily as Max gets bigger and eats more solids, but I didn’t notice a huge dip after becoming pregnant and Max doesn’t seem to notice any difference at all.
We love, love, loved not knowing the gender of Max until birth. So again, we’re going to wait it out! We’re super excited and either gender would be very warmly received 🙂 I had my first baby dream for this little one the other night, and actually dreamed a nurse accidentally spilled the beans and told us it was a girl. If I had to make a guess, I would guess boy…only because I just have this feeling we’re going to be a little boy factory over here.
Does anyone else watch Shark Tank? Drew and I LOVE that show and I fell in love with Sandi Lake Clothing and the awesome mama marker when she was on it! I actually purchased the shirts BEFORE we were pregnant, just putting it into the universe. I didn’t tell Drew that I had them until AFTER we found out. 😉 My friend Cate and her mama were sweet enough to come over and snap pictures for us. It worked really well to have two of them, Cate’s mom Beth would run up to Max to put his hat on and then sprint out of the picture! I’m going to share the outtakes on Instagram because they are HILARIOUS. Basically, the picture we shared is one of two we had to choose from because as soon as the hat was on Max he would pull it RIGHT off.
My sister had to tease me because we also announced we were pregnant with Max on a T shirt:
We are announcing a little earlier this time around for a few reasons. Drew and I decided as a couple that WE feel comfortable sharing our big news now, and I think everyone has to make that choice with their significant other 🙂 We know our little bean is in God’s hands and that comforts us immensely.
Working out during pregnancy:
I cannot wait to share more with you guys on the EXACT details of the workouts I’ve been doing! Stay tuned or sign up to be on our email list if you are interested.
Thank YOU ALL SO MUCH for your love and support as we grow our family! All of the comments and warm wishes we get mean a lot! Pregnancy, breastfeeding, mommin’ is and will continue to be a big part of my blog (I did change my tune on this because for a while I was trying to resist becoming a mama blog)…BUT, I do try to be VERY MINDFUL of keeping a BALANCE 😉 Thank you for your continued readership!