So happy to finally be sharing and are over the moon to say that baby #2 will be joining us this summer! This has been such a hard secret to keep from our family and friends, especially since it feels like we have known forever!
Ryan and I had always talked about expanding our family after Chase’s 1st birthday. As an only child, it was important for me to have all our babies close in age. Chase and baby #2 will be 22 months apart, which I find for us is the perfect age gap! I never wanted to rush the time I got to spend with Chase as an only child and I really feel ready for this new chapter of our lives. He is going to absolutely adore having a sibling to be best friends with!
Now onto my pregnancy!
This pregnancy has definitely been much harder on me than my pregnancy with Chase. With him, I barely even felt pregnant until I started getting a belly around 23 weeks. I felt amazing, had so much energy, and really was able to go about my normal day-to-day life without many adjustments. This time I’ve practically stayed in bed for the last 14 weeks! I’m not sure if it’s this pregnancy, or running after a 16 month old but I had 0 energy and would literally jump into bed every time Chase went down for a nap. I’ve also dealt with some pretty tough nausea for the last few weeks. Whoever named it “morning sickness” lied and it should really be called all day, spur of the moment sickness. I swear one minute I would be feeling okay, and the next I would be running to the nearest garbage can. This honestly shocked me and I was not at all prepared to feel so sick since I never experienced any nausea with Chase. Every pregnancy is SO different though and this certainly proves that to me!!
I’m also totally shocked about how much quicker your body responds to a second pregnancy. Holy moly I swear I already have a belly that’s getting tough to hide! I didn’t show until I was well past 20 weeks in my last pregnancy, so seeing a little bump as early as 11 weeks was crazy to me! I also have been feeling flutter sensations in my belly already! They say that with a second pregnancy, you can definitely start to feel things earlier since you know what to look for. I absolutely love pregnancy and the entire process is truly amazing to me. Although things are happening much quicker this time, it really just means I get to enjoy this pregnancy for what feels like a little longer.
Now that we touched on the physical, let’s get to the mental.
Being pregnant the second time around feels very different in almost every way, especially mentally. I’m much more nervous and cautious this time around because I think as second time moms, we almost know too much. The second you see those two lines on your pregnancy test it’s like your whole life flashes before your eyes. You think about your family and what that baby is going to be and who they are. “Will it be a boy or a girl? What is their due date? When can we tell our family?” It’s much more real. Someone once told me “the second you see that test your life is forever changed” and I always remember this sentiment. With Chase, I couldn’t relate a pregnancy and a baby. It never felt real until we got home from the hospital with him and then it really hit me. Although I felt very connected to my pregnancy, I didn’t necessarily feel connected to him. This time since I know what those two little lines bring in 9 months, it feels so much more emotional. Those two little lines bring you the best gift and the most amazing love you could ever imagine! However those two little lines also brought me a lot of anxiety this time around. I prayed over and over again that this baby would “stick” and counted down the days until my first doctor’s appointment. Seeing your baby on that screen for the first time is like nothing I can possibly describe except love at first sight. Being a mom, the worrying starts the second you find our your pregnant and truly never ends! Even when my kids are 40 I’ll still be worrying about them =)
Ryan and I are so incredibly excited to finally share this news! We have been over the moon with happiness in our little bubble for the last few weeks and it feels so good to finally share this with all our friends and families. We feel so blessed and cannot wait for this pregnancy journey with baby #2! Thinking about Chase as a big brother just melts my heart into a great big puddle!
Oh and one last detail we left out – the gender! Check back on Valentine’s Day for a very special announcement! What’s your guess? Is Chase is getting a little brother or a little sister?!