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expecting baby #2

My 1st pregnancy post! It already feels like I’ve been pregnant for forever… I found out I was expecting way back in August, so it’s been incredibly difficult to keep the news under wraps.

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Jeff and I started talking about baby #2 around the time Eleanor turned 1 in June. We knew we wanted our children to be close in age, and if at all possible, I’d like to be finished having children by the time I’m 30. I stopped breastfeeding in July and enjoyed having my body 100% to myself (for a few weeks). We decided to try for baby #2 in August thinking that it would probably take a few months.

On August 22 I was running some last minute errands for a girl’s weekend to Kansas City and decided to stop by CVS for a pregnancy test. I had stopped drinking alcohol 100%, but I decided to take a test just to see if a glass of wine with dinner would be possible. I got home, took the test, and MUCH to my surprise, it came back positive. I couldn’t breathe or think straight. I just gave Eleanor a huge hug and squealed out of excitement.

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Jeff was working from home at the time and I’m a terrible secret keeper, so I didn’t even try to hold in the news. I wrapped up the test and headed into his office. He was totally clueless as he unwrapped the test and was absolutely shocked to see the positive! I just kept repeating “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it.” as he gave me a huge hug.

Keeping the pregnancy a secret over the girl’s weekend was tough, and Erin flat out asked me if I was pregnant. I lied. By my calculations I was only 4 weeks along, and everything just felt way too early. I had hardly had time to process the news myself, I hadn’t seen my doctor yet, and the most important family members (ahem, grandmas and grandpas) would surely need to be told first. So yeah, that complimentary champagne? I didn’t have a drop…

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I called my OB first thing on Monday morning. I had my annual exam scheduled for September 25 anyways, so they just changed that to a prenatal visit! Waiting was the hardest part. Jeff and I found for both of the pregnancies that it just “didn’t seem real” until everything was confirmed by the doctor.

In the meantime, my symptoms set in. First fatigue, then nausea, and then (new to me) puking almost daily. Perhaps the snuggles of an infant blurred my pregnancy memories from last time, but this pregnancy seems much, MUCH more difficult than my last.

My mom spent a few extended visits at our home over this time. She asked me a few probing questions about a possible pregnancy, but never actually flat out asked me. It’s really tough to keep a secret from the woman who knows you better than anybody else in the world! I really did appreciate that she respected my wishes enough to let me tell her when I was ready.

September 25th finally rolled around and Jeff and I were giddy with excitement! Everything was very basic – a million questions, a billion vials of blood, and a routine pelvic exam. My OB ordered a dating ultrasound to confirm viability and due date.

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We went in for the ultrasound the following Monday and it was then that I finally let out the breath I’d been holding for the past 5 weeks and was truly in awe of the fact that I was pregnant. There was my little baby measuring just perfectly at 9 weeks 3 days with a heartbeat of 167 bpm.

So there you have it – Baby #2 has busted into our lives and we are SO in love! May 1, 2015 can’t come soon enough! :)

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