It's been a long time since I last published a blog post - almost 11 weeks, to be exact. Today I am finally back and ready to explain my nearly 3-month absence from the blogosphere. Are you all ready for a boatload of lame excuses and the awards that come along with those lame excuses?
I am pregnant. Adam and I are going to be first-time parents this summer.
When I've shared the news with folks in person, here are the first questions I've usually been asked (along with my responses):
How far along are you?
As of yesterday, I was 16 weeks. The time has gone by both quickly and slowly for me, depending how I think about it.
When is your due date?
August 6, 2017. Hurray for summer babies! (Incidentally, I have the exact same due date as Amanda - how cool is that!?!?!?! We've already been sharing and comparing notes. =) )
Do you know the baby's gender and/or are you going to find out?
Adam and I just found out a few weeks ago that the baby has a Y-chromosome. Translation: There will be a lot of blue in the near future because...
The pregnancy came as a TOTALLY unexpected surprise. I found out in early December and was in complete shock for several days. The reality didn't truly hit me until Adam and I went to our first ob-gyn prenatal check-up and saw the live, moving image on the ultrasound.
The body's ability to create life is amazing. My entire perspective on life has now changed.
I wanted to follow suit with the common practice of keeping quiet until reaching the second trimester. Needless to say, it was difficult. There was and is so much to think about how drastically the baby is going to change our lives. It will impact family, friends, health, career, finances, where we're living, etc., etc., etc. I couldn't bring myself to blog without talking about any of these things - it felt so disingenuous. Therefore, I opted to step away for awhile.
I once heard a friend say that anytime someone is unusually quiet on social media, it's always because they are trying to hide something. Yes, this was true for me.
On that note - in the past several of you have previously undergone and blogged about your pregnancy journeys, and at the time I always skimmed through those posts. NOW I have been going back and rereading all of your pregnancy posts in enraptured delight! =) Funny how life changes, eh?
Much more to come!!!
Thanks Natalie!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to catch up with you again soon and hear more of your stories about Quinn!!!Delete
WOW! What a huge surprise! Congrats to you and Adam!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Bethany!!! It was a huge surprise for Adam and me, too!!!!!!!Delete
Woo hoo! Congrats. Glad that you are back blogging again and looking forward to "baby updates"! :)ReplyDelete
Poor Pete is going to get a double dose of baby updates! lolDelete
Ha, ha! It will be exciting to see if you guys both deliver on the same day!Delete
Thank you so much, Pete!!! Indeed, brace yourself because Amanda and I will both be coming at you with all the baby information!!! It will be super interesting to see how the delivery timing works out for both of us, indeed. For all we know, one of us could be two weeks early, the other could be two weeks late, right? Life can be funny that way!Delete
Yay! So happy to finally have you share the news! And everything you are feeling - excited and terrified, that it's going so quickly and slowly, etc...all the same way I'm feeling. Totally understand the thoughts. I hope things are still going well for you! And so happy we can be due date twins! Hm...wonder who will be first.... Congrats again!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Amanda!!! Congratulations again to you, too, on your future triathlete!!! I am so thankful to be sharing this journey with you every step of the way. Talk about partners in crime, right? It will be very interesting to see which of us goes first. Wouldn't it be nuts if we both ended up delivering on the same day??? We could call each other in the hospital and swap stories on a real-time basis, LOL!Delete
Haha! Yes! That would be awesome! I doubt we will want to chat on the phone with anyone from the hospital! lol. Although I will be sure to give you my cell number to either chat or text or something!Delete
OMG!!! That was so not the "excuse" I was expecting to read! WOW! Congratulations!!!ReplyDelete
LOL - thank you, Anne!!! It was an enormous surprise for Adam and me, too! =)Delete
So excited for you! If you ever want to talk those feelings through... I'm all ears! As you know, I am an over-prepared one and I went through all of the emotions!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Katie! You better believe I am going back now and rereading all of your pregnancy posts when you were going through the journey yourself! Much appreciate your willingness to help me talk through the emotions, I would love to take you up on that sometime. BTW - I was thinking about how our book club has so many who have gotten married, engaged, or pregnant, and now you can add me to the list. There really is something in the water! ;)Delete
Or maybe there is something in the wine ;)Delete
OMG OMG OMG!!! Dying over here! So excited for you!!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Wendy!!!!!!!!!! =DDelete
Congrats! I have a pleasant surprise baby due in May and look forward to sharing the experience with you!ReplyDelete
OMG - huge congratulations to you, too, Stephanie!!! I am super excited to hear how everything goes for you - you are either close to or in your third trimester already!!! WOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!Delete
Whoop! Whoop! So happy to hear this wonderful news and excited for you and Adam! Wishing you all the best on this wild, crazy and wonderful journey. Yay for a Leo baby!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Marcia!!! I really appreciate it!!! And yes, yay for a Leo baby - summertime babies are the bestest (and here's hoping our summer will be comfortable as I'm hoping to avoid dealing with 110-degree heat during my third trimester!!! =P )Delete
I have 3 Leos at my house--2 boys and a husband. And yes, summertime babies are the best!Delete
Congratulations!! That is so super exciting! I'm very excited for you and Adam!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Ana, I really appreciate it!!! BTW - I am paying attention to all your nuggets of wisdom in how you raise your son!!!Delete
Thank you so much, Kelly!!! I'll start having talks with the little baby boy about trying to time an August 2 arrival. Yes, a 4-day early arrival would certainly work well!!! =DReplyDelete
Yay! Congrats! And yay for summer babies! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Kim!!! Indeed, yay for summer babies!!! They are the bestest. =DDelete
Congrats Emily! Very happy for you and Adam! Excited to read more baby updates in the future!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Alyssa!!! Seriously, there's something in the water (or wine) at our book club. =)Delete
I personally enjoy pregnancy and childbirth blog posts. Maybe because my mom was a labor & delivery nurse, so I heard a lot about that whole experience growing up.ReplyDelete
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