It’s a…

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Some time in late May, M is getting a baby sister! I’m so excited for us. I would have been happy to have a boy, but a sister for M feels just right. And, to be honest, I’m relieved that I won’t have to buy as many new baby clothes! I was looking at the little booties above (Rob’s mum sent them for Maris when she was VERY little) a few weeks ago and thought what a shame it would be not to use them again. If I HAD been having a boy, he might have wound up wearing some cute pink booties, anyway!

I’m feeling pretty good now that I’m in the second trimester, and I’m feeling more confident about the baby’s health, as well. (I was sure something would go wrong early on, as I just feel TOO lucky to be pregnant again.) M doesn’t understand what’s heading her way, of course. Although I recently started telling her her ‘origin story’ (‘Mommy wanted a baby, so she went to the doctor…’), and now she wants to hear it all the time. Laying the groundwork.

I have to admit that I’m more nervous about having a second than I was about having M. I was confident that I could parent one child; obviously I feel like I can manage two, but it’s hard to guess how it’s going to change our lives. And even a partnered mom has worries about adding a second — is she ruining the first child’s perfect life? I think it will be great for our little family, but there was definitely more to consider than the first time around (strangely — you’d think going from childless spinster to parent would be a bigger deal). But like I say, I feel extremely lucky to be pregnant and fortunate that soon I’ll be able to talk about ‘my girls’!

17 thoughts on “It’s a…

  1. oh my gosh!!!!
    What great news!!
    You must be so happy and your Mum and Dad, oh they will be over he moon!!!
    M will be such a lucky girl to be in the middle of so much love!
    Our daughter thought she would not be a mother and here she is a Mum at 37 of a 6 yearold and a surprise A four month old!!
    M will take on a new role, ,, a big sister,, she will never be lonely,,
    I am so very very happy for you all!

  2. Oh my goodness! Congratulations to you and M! I am perhaps a little more excited than can be considered a “normal” amount for someone I’ve never met. The idea of two girls feels really special. Yay!

  3. Hello!

    Congratulations! What happy news! You are a wonderful mother and have created such a warm and happy home for your daughter – and now another daughter to join your family! I am so happy for you and look forward to what you share of this new journey ahead. Your life will change – with more love!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane

  4. Hi Anna,

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. I wish you and your growing family health.

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for years and have commented maybe twice. I wanted to let you know that I celebrate the milestones you share with us, even if I don’t usually leave a comment.

    Cheers!

  5. I think you’re unusually wise to recognize the “more things to consider” aspect of a second child. The longer I’ve had my two and the more singleton parents I meet — the more I realize two really is more complicated. And louder. And messier. An exponential instead of arithmetic increase (maybe? high school math was a few lifetimes ago) of all the voices and needs and personalities in a house. I am not exaggerating when I say I cannot imagine anyone better suited to the challenge than you. You all are going to thrive and shine. Can’t wait to see this next chapter unfold.

    1. Awww, thank you for saying that! I think twins has to be even more complicated than two spaced-out singletons — both of them going through the same tough periods at the same time! This is going to be a huge adjustment for M, though, but I’m hopeful that her ordinarily easy-going nature will make the transition a little gentler than in could otherwise be.

  6. Congrats! I’ve been reading since you were pregnant with M, but have never commented. I’ve been thinking about becoming an SMC for a couple years and will likely begin trying around this time next year. It’s so reassuring to be able to follow the stories of those who have made that choice before me. Thanks for sharing and best wishful for a smooth pregnancy and delivery.

  7. Ahhh!!! Congratulations!!! So happy and excited for you and M!! Doubly happy because I am pregnant too! Due in July…we must be on the same schedules 😉

    1. Eee! Congrats to you! I have to say, I’ve ‘met’ so many great people with kids close to M’s age that it feels strange to be going through it all again without them. So it’ll be fun that we’ll both have new babies right around the same time again!

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