It's true. We are expecting baby number two in December! My official due date is December 8th, but I'm trying to not pay to much attention to that as I just expect I'll be late with this baby as well. Baby will come when it's ready!
For a long time after Lucas was born I honestly thought he would be an only child. My delivery was rough, and being a Mom was a huge adjustment for me. On top of that was issues with breastfeeding for almost six months. It was a lot. I was happy with just Lucas. I felt like he was enough.
Until one day I got the itch I thought I wouldn't get back. I felt like Lucas needed a sibling...even though I was terrified to do it all over again! (still am!) You tend to forget certain things, and we started trying again.
Our first month trying I thought I was pregnant. I didn't want to put too much hope into it, or really admit it, because I just knew I would be disappointed. It took us almost a year to get pregnant with Lucas. Still in the back of my head there was that thought. The waiting is the worst part! I counted the days until I could take a pregnancy test. I took one, a few days before my period was supposed to come, early in the morning. I put it on the counter and waited those few dreadful minutes. I couldn't wait any longer.....one line. My experience with pregnancy tests told me another line was not going to show up on that test if I just waited longer. I was disappointed for sure, yet knew it was going to take us some time.
Fast forward a few days, and it was Easter Sunday. No sign of my period....and I just had this gut feeling again. I don't think I told Caleb what I was running to the store for (i could not wait until Monday to get a test!) I went to Walmart, came home, made a b line for the bathroom, and took another test. I set it on the counter, and this time watched as a second faint line appeared!! I was excited, and also hesitant because of our past experience with a miscarriage. I came out of the bathroom, showed Caleb and we hugged and laughed, and then didn't know what to do with ourselves! It seems like such a momentous occasion, but what do you do to celebrate in that moment??
We called our families and announced it to them. They were all thrilled.The weeks passed...I got my first ultrasound and everything looked great! I was finally able to relax. I have been sick, and super tired, which makes working full time not fun. But I think I am finally starting to get better?? Fingers crossed.
Lucas will be 25 months when this baby is born and I have to admit I am anxious about the whole thing. I have no idea what to expect, and I am scared of the whole birthing process due to my last experience. I am not looking forward to the sleepless nights, and on top of that a toddler. At least I have a few more months to prepare. :)
We had our first ultrasound last week. Caleb and Lucas met me there and I came from work. Lucas was super concerned as they were doing the ultrasound and came and stood by me and talked to me for a good chunk of the time. It was sweet. A little baby appeared on the screen, the tech found the heartbeat and then reality hit! We are having a baby!! Everything looks fantastic and we go back in about a month to find out the sex. I can't wait! My gut is telling me it's a boy, but we will see. I will be thrilled with either a boy or a girl.
Here's a couple pictures of baby.
Any advice you have for a second time mom is more than welcome. I will need it!!
Our Easter this year was pretty low key. We like to visit family over the holiday, but this year due to Caleb's work schedule we stayed close to home. I had been researching fun things we could do together, and I found out about an huge Easter Egg hunt held in Airdrie every year by a local church.
We suited up to go Sunday morning, and it really was huge! There were tons of people there, lots of volunteers, music, bouncy houses, free hot chocolate and donughts. It was impressive!
They had two separate egg hunt areas, one for older kids, and one for the little ones which was nice. It wasn't so much of a hunt, as volunteers running around throwing handfuls of eggs on the ground. Then all the kids would swarm, and grab them up. We had to help Lucas a lot but he got the hang of it really quickly! He was a lot slower than most of the older kids, but managed to get quite a few eggs in his basket. He had a super fun time. It was adorable, and so fun to watch him! He was not happy at all when we left.
We came home, and let Lucas open his Easter basket.
He got a bunch of food pouches. (which he still loves!)
And some little wind up toys which were a hit.
I love this picture of him!
Then we all got ready for church and took some pictures.
So the funny thing about his Easter outfit, is I bought it for him last year! Ha. My mother in law bought him an outfit last year too and I didn't know about it so he wore that one instead. He was such a huge baby and growing out of things so fast I got him 12 to 18 month clothes...and they fit him perfectly this year. His weight gain has slowed down a bit. :) I miss my fat baby though!
Love my happy boy!
We had a fantastic quiet Easter together. I couldn't ask for anything more than spending it with my two favorite boys.
Christmas morning was amazing. I think we all slept in until 9, including Lucas. The perks of having an "adult" Christmas. Caleb's two older sister spent their Christmas together so that left the rest of us adults and Lucas. Lucas didn't complain about all the attention he got. He was sure loved.
We opened out stockings, which is my favorite part of Christmas morning. Lucas was mostly entertained by the oranges.
But he also got some other goodies. Which included some little cars, books, a puzzle, pj's, and these cute crayons.
Sharing his new book with Uncle Zach.
Our little family Christmas morning. My T shirt isn't in the shot which is a shame! Caleb and I exchanged PJ's the night before and with mine came a custom made t-shirt. It has a breastfeeding symbol on it and says Eat Local. Perfect gift for a lactavist. :) It was really so sweet, and he said he wanted to give me something to commemorate my hard work and dedication. I have the greatest husband ever.
We lounged the rest of the day, and then got everything ready for dinner. Everything was delicious!
We had a fantastic Christmas spend with those that we love! And Kyle.....hahaha.
Caleb and I swap years for Christmas. One year is with mine, the next with his. But we always try to make it to see both families over the holidays. I don't know how long we'll be able to keep it up. It's getting a little hectic! Since this year was our year in Vernon we headed to Lethbridge before Christmas to see my family. I weirdly only have these two pictures to document it.
Even though we are lacking pictures it was good to be able to see my family even though it wasn't my year.
We usually fly to Vernon since we still have westjet perks, and I absolutely hate the drive in the winter. But getting closer to Christmas we discovered that all the flights were sold out. Our decision was made for us and we geared up to drive. I was really worried how Lucas would do and kept telling Caleb that I thought we should buy a portable DVD player. I packed up a big bag of toys and food, and I was pleasantly surprised. Lucas did amazing. He was awake for a big portion of the trip and didn't fuss very much at all. I felt like crying for a lot of it...have I mentioned that the drive freaks me out!! But we eventually made it to Vernon safe and sound.
We set up a playdate with Megan and Andrew and our little friend Harper. It was good to catch up with friends!
Lucas and his cousin Oliver. I think that when these two get older they will be great friends and get into all kinds of trouble together. :)
Lucas enjoyed Grandma's piano very much. A little Beethoven.
We played a lot of games during our time there! I am usually not much of a games person, but I forced myself to participate this year and I'm glad I did. I had a lot of fun. So did Lucas.
Christmas eve we played games, ate tons and tons of food, and waited for Santa to arrive with a special delivery. Knowing how much Lucas likes Santa, I was a little worried for him.
He was hesitant to say the least. Just stared and stared at Santa.
He was put on Santa's lap and that's when the tears began. He was one unhappy guy!!
Santa's bell couldn't even distract him.
Santa's peace offering of a present still didn't calm him down. Poor guy!
Dad eventually came to the rescue. :)
He was then pleasantly surprised with his new monkey sock PJ's.
It was time for bed, so he read a Christmas story with Dad and was tucked in by Mom. He probably had nightmares of Santa that night! The adults stayed up for some more food and game playing!