This time around

next
July Beauty Favorites

David11232

 

photo by Jordan Maunder

Justin and I were very open to the idea of have two kids close together, so we started trying, and I happened to get pregnant very quickly this time around. It took 14 months of trying with David, so it was such a different experience to learn I was pregnant this time around.

When I found out with David, it was a huge rush of joy and I softly uttered the words, “finally. . .” to myself as I stared at the positive test. It had been a long journey for me, and I was overwhelmingly grateful for that life altering test to be positive.

With this new baby, I remember feeling so tired a day or so before my cycle was supposed to start. I was cranky and exhausted. I had plans to get frozen yogurt with my friend and as I was driving home I thought to myself,” MAN. This fatigue reminds me of my first trimester with David. . .”

And then my mind started to race and I began to back track and count the days between my cycles.

I knew I had to take a test the minute I got home.

I said goodnight to Justin, he was watching some basketball game, and hurried upstairs to take the test.

Sure enough, two pink lines showed up.

“Oh. My. Gosh.” I said, smiling in the bathroom mirror.

“I’m freaking pregnant.” I was excited, that sentence was said with a smile πŸ˜‰

I got in bed, decided to take another test in the morning,Β because you are technically supposed to take them in the morning, and texted my friend Kacia.

“You want to hear something crazy?”

“Yes,” she replies.

“I just took a pregnancy test and got two lines. What does that MEAN!?!?”

“OH MY GOSH KATE YOU ARE PREGNANT!”

And we continued to go back and forth as I was still in shock at the reality of the situation, floating around the idea that maybe the test was wrong, or maybe I “over-saturated” it.

Kacia just kept saying,”MMMm yeah okay sure. Yeah you are pregnant. That test is right.”

And I finished with,”I have to go to sleep! This is CRAZY! I’ll take another one tomorrow and text you.”

 

The next morning I was met with another positive test and I then decided that sure enough, I’m pregnant. It was just a few days before Father’s Day so I decided to wait until that Sunday to tell Justin. It was Wednesday, and I only needed to stay strong until Sunday.

Well, I kept my secret for about 48 hours before spilling the beans. I’m a terrible secret keeper when I have exciting news.

David, Justin, and I were in the nursery after just giving David a bath, and suddenly he rolled over. This was thursday evening, and I had seen David roll over the day before but was too distracted to remember to tell Justin.

So, David rolls over and Justin says,”Kate! He rolled over! Did you see that?”

“Oh, yeah. He does that now.” My monotone, unimpressed reply really threw Justin off.

“Wait, WHAT! He rolls over and you didn’t tell me? You’ve been trying to teach him how to roll over for weeks! I figured you’d have a parade when he finally did it! What in the world is going on with you?”

Earlier that day,Β Justin had suspected that something was up because he could tell that I wasn’t my normal self. So at this point, I knew I couldn’t continue playing it off like nothing is wrong, so I got up and walked over to the changing table and said, “Well, I guess it’s pregnancy brain and I just forgot.”

“Hey Kate? You have a 6 month old. You can’t claim ‘pregnancy brain’ anymore.”

“Oh yes I can. Because I’m PREGNANT. You got me pregnant!”

“Wait, are you trying to tell me you are pregnant?”

“YES. YES I AM PREGNANT!”

“Are you pregnant?”

“YES. I AM PREGNANT!”

I was laughing during this entire exchange and I saw Justin go through the roller coaster of shock, excitement, and shock again.

We hugged, and looked atΒ David, and sat in silence at the reality that our simple little life was about to be overhauled again in the best way.

 

The day after I discovered I was pregnant, I looked at David differently. I knew our time as just the two of us during the day together was coming to a close. He is so dang enjoyable these days, and that keeps getting truer and truer as time passes.

I don’t worry about loving the next one the same because I know that I will. I think about how my focus and attention will be different come February, and want to be really sensitive about that for David.

In some ways, having another baby while David is so young will likely temper any jealousy issues, but I do anticipate there will be some adjusting on all ends, including his. And we’ll get through it. People do this all the time.

96% of me is very excited, and the otherΒ 4% is a bit nervous, if I’m being totally honest. Two babies is going to be a lot. I’ll need to be more flexible and patient than I’ve ever been in my life. All while sleep deprived in the beginning.

I do really look forward to the day when David and the baby are, let’s say, 3 & 4 and can go outside and both play with Justin when he gets home from work. They’ll always have each other to play with, and that will be nice. Of course, I do not expect they’ll get along swimmingly on a daily basis, but they’ll likely be interested in the same type of thing around the same time, and I can see how that will be fun!

Like I said on Monday, I’m going to savor this time with just David. I bought a baby book and am recording things that I know I’ll forget next year. I’m putting my phone away, resting while he naps so I can have all the energy I need for him, and am trying to make him laugh as much as possible.

Sidenote: He’s still incredibly stingy with his giggles. He’s got smiles for days, but a giggle is still very rare!

I’ll share a bit about this pregnancy on the blog, like I did with David too. And some Wednesdays may include some stuff about the new one too, once there’s more to say about it.

Thanks again, from the bottom of my heart, for your congratulations on Monday. I can’t tell you how deeply I understand what a gift from the Lord this is, and I’m incredibly honored to be able to share the joy with you!

comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Robin Karber says · 08.06.14

Oh, this post just made my heart warm! What a sweet moment! We don’t know each other from beans, but I am just too excited for you and your precious family.

Reply
Deb says · 08.06.14

I said congratulations on IG but I say it again CONGRATS! So happy for you guys!

Reply
Melissa says · 08.06.14

So sweet. My boys are 23 months apart. I remember when my oldest asked for a friend to come over to play, and I told him no. “You don’t need a friend, you have a brother!”. They will love each other no matter boy or girl. Rest while you can!

Reply
Jenn L. says · 08.06.14

While it is nice that your children have each other as siblings, it doesn’t strike you as the least bit odd or unhealthy to discourage outside friendship just because, “you have a brother?”

Reply
Melissa says · 08.08.14

Oh heavens no! My house is always full of friends! My boys know that they can bring any friend home to eat or visit. They are always welcome! My boys are the best of friends and have great other best friends. They have found life long friends with each other and with others.

Reply
Stella says · 08.06.14

How exciting! I have three kiddos all 3 years apart.. 2 will defiantly change things. But as long as you keep thinking like you are you’ll do great!

Reply
Leesha @ Living Contently says · 08.06.14

What a sweet story! I love that you are taking this time to make special memories with your first wee one – that is so precious! Congratulations on your newest blessing too!

Reply
Kelsey L says · 08.06.14

Congratulations!! I do have a question (not a nasty criticism). Do you wish you had gotten a stroller that could be made into a double now that you’ll have two so young and close in age? I wish I had put more research into that option when I was having my first!

Reply
Nicole says · 08.06.14

What a blessing, 2 babies!! Congrats! Your post made me cry as I’m trying to get pregnant for the 2nd time, and already have a 7 year old. Enjoy your time with David, and best wishes to you on your new journey as a mama of 2!! πŸ™‚

Reply
Amanda Whitley says · 08.06.14

Congrats!!! My boys are 21 months apart and I would not change how close they are in age for anything. They are such good friends and they look out for each other. So excited for you guys!

Reply
Jill says · 08.06.14

Congratulations! I was surprised to read your news on Monday but was never able to leave a comment πŸ™‚

Reply
Debbie M says · 08.06.14

So Exciting….Mine are 10 1/2 months apart, I was pregnant at my checkup……they will love and fight like no others! They will be the best of friends and learn from each other…..congrats!

Reply
Meagan says · 08.06.14

Hi kate! My two children are 14 months apart and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s so amazing watching them grow together everyday. It’s definitely challenging at times but I have faith you will do just fine. Good luck enjoy your naps with David now while you still can!

Reply
Denise says · 08.06.14

Yay! I am just so excited and happy for your new adventure!

Reply
Tiffany says · 08.06.14

For real- I didn’t plan for mine to be 15 months apart, but it is THE BEST. My girls are inseparable. Yes, they fight some, but mostly they are THE VERY BEST FRIENDS EVER. They are 3&4 now and it is SO much easier and SO much fun. I’m so happy you get to experience the same thing!

Reply
Lisa says · 08.06.14

Congratulations! We don’t know each other from two stones on the ground, but I feel as if we’re friends. My sister and I have been following your blog for a few years now. So excited to hear of your second blessing on it’s way! My husband and I just had our first child in April and I enjoy relating to your experiences as a first time mom. (Perhaps you’ll need another day dedicated to pregnancy and keep Wednesdays for David… Lol as much as I enjoy your hair and makeup posts I also love your baby ones!)

Reply
Laura Hyde says · 08.06.14

This post made me smile, like a great big dorky smile and we don’t even know one another! The exchange between you and Justin is priceless. I wish you, Justin, David and your fur-babies all the happiness and all the luck in dealing with two babies and growing your family! I really enjoy your posts about David and can’t wait to read more about him as he grows, as well as his little brother or sister! xx

Reply
Nikki says · 08.06.14

So happy for you and your family! I had a feeling this announcement would be coming sooner rather than later πŸ™‚ It’s funny how your body just knows what to do. I have been a fan of your blog for a while and completely empathized with your struggle to conceive David. So happy this time around was much easier! Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy!!

Reply
Debra V says · 08.06.14

Congratulations, Kate! My first two are close in age, and it was a very busy time (I learned the hard way that I needed to be flexible and stop putting pressure on myself to have everything just so… I wasn’t enjoying those days) BUT, today they are 5 & 4 and the best of buds. Their personalities are so opposite of each other (the younger one is very timid and depends on his sister in new situations), that the busy-ness of it has been worth it so very much! David won’t remember sharing the attention at 14 months, but he will be getting a life long best friend. What an exciting time for your family!

Reply
Cynthia Dickerson says · 08.06.14

I was so excited on Monday for you (and feel like I really know you) that I dreamed Monday night that you and David met me at DIA and decided to come home with me for a visit. Perhaps I’m too invested – but, congratulations again to you, Justin, and David!

Reply
Ashley Whisenant says · 08.06.14

This is so exciting! I had a baby boy on December 27th via emergency C-section. I was wondering if you have had any complications because of your C-section scar? My OB told me that we could not even think about trying again until it had been a year post op to give my body time to heal. I had a friend who got pregnant less than a year after her C-section and they told her she had a lot of scar tissue. Just curious if your doctors have mentioned any concern. Our baby has been such an easy baby, and it also took us a long time to get pregnant, so I am anxious to start trying again!

Reply
Susan says · 08.06.14

Look.at.those.TEETH!!!! SO precious! He’s ONLY 6 months?? Why does he seem so much bigger/older and like he’s been around forever?! Congrats to you guys!! πŸ™‚

Reply
Ashley W says · 08.06.14

You are right; it gets SO fun!! My first 2 are 12 months apart, now they’re 3 &4 (plus we have a 1 year old) and it’s so fun! They fight and bicker of course, but they have each other as playmates and I’ve loved them getting to grow up together. That first year is a doozy, and then it’s over πŸ™‚ You’ll do great!

Reply
Kelly Broadwell says · 08.06.14

Congratulations! You will have your hands full, but like we always talked about, the routine just continues. I tend to believe there’s less “shock” having them close together versus getting out of the diaper routine, etc and having to learn to jump back in years later! I hope it’s a girl! πŸ˜‰

Reply
Melissa says · 08.06.14

I’m excited for you and your husband! I have 3 babies, all 16 months apart. In 3 weeks, I’ll have a 1, 2, and 3 year old! It’s so fun to watch them grow up together and play together! Honestly, it keeps getting easier because once the routine is set for the first, the others just fall into place. Congratulations and may God continue to bless you abundantly!

Reply
Karlie Allen says · 08.06.14

Congratulations Kate! I’ve been following you for a long time now and I am so excited to be able to see you over another pregnancy! You are so beautiful (all the time) but also pregnant! You definitely have a beautiful pregnancy glow! I am so happy for you! God is amazing and he knew what a good mommy you would be! He definitely has a plan and it seems perfect for you! I will keep you in my prayers for a happy and healthy pregnancy and baby! Congrats again! I am so excited for you and your new gift from God!

Karlie

Reply
Nicki says · 08.06.14

Sincere congratulations on your wonderful news! Children certainly are the most precious gift from God. We have 3 little girls and I am so incredibly thankful to be their mommy every day! Our 1st 2 are 17 months apart, and we planned it that way. As many others have said, they have their moments, but are also the best of friends which warms my heart. It is such a blessing to witness. I always vowed not to wish away a single moment, or stage in their lives no matter how challenging because I know that they will all pass too quickly and one day I will miss those moments. With that said, I am not yet at a point where I miss the 6 years of diapers, but perhaps one day when they are 30. πŸ™‚ Judging by your posts it sounds as if you will cherish every moment with David as well as the next precious baby. CONGRATULATIONS and prayers for a healthy, happy pregnancy and child!

Reply
Lisa says · 08.06.14

My kids are 15 months apart. It was hard at the time’ especially the first year but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now 25 years later, they are incredibly close. God Bless you and your growing family.

Reply
Ashlee says · 08.06.14

Is it weird that I am totally routing for a boy so that new baby and David can be the B brothers the whole way through school/life? Of course I always thought it would be so fun to have an older brother with cute friends!

Oh either way I’m so excited for you!

Reply
Ashlee says · 08.07.14

I’m even rooting for it…gosh

Reply
Laura Dodd says · 08.06.14

That is wonderful!! Congratulations! Love your story!

Reply
MrsB says · 08.06.14

Congrats and how exciting! I’ve been a reader for about a year now and found your earlier posts about TTC comforting through my own attempts. Fun thing is that I am due in February, too! What a great month for babies. πŸ™‚

Reply
Stephanie says · 08.06.14

As I mentioned on IG, congrats ! After trying for 3yrs we had our Son and at about 5 months old we found out we were expecting again. Our Son & Daughter are 14 months 2 days apart. I won’t lie, there were days I just would cry from the exhaustion of it all. They are the best of friends and the worst of enemies. They see things completely differently. One is clingy, and one independent. Thank God our Daughter was an easier baby then our Son or I would have really been wondering how God ever thought I could handle it ! They are 5 and 4 now. Our Son is starting Kindergarten on the 18th and our Daughter will start preschool soon after. I remember when we were in the thick of diapers, colic and baby juggling I honestly wished they would just grow up a bit faster so that things would be easier. I now look back and see how fast time truly flew and now I am saddened about wishing the days away. Cherish every moment, even the pull your hair out stressful ones because they will come, and often !

Reply
Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs says · 08.06.14

Eeeeeeeeeeeee so excited for your sweet family! πŸ™‚

Reply
Cheryl says · 08.06.14

Congratulations!! My oldest two (both boys) are 15 months apart, and we had four kids just after the oldest turned 5. It is the BEST. My boys spent their littlest years as each other’s best friends, and now they are developing separate interests, but they are still buddies. They just aren’t in each other’s shadows as they are both in high school now.

Two observations: first, it isn’t weird to encourage your kids to be each other’s friends FIRST. I always tell mine (2 boys and 2 girls) that they must, MUST, have each other’s backs no matter what. Because that is what family does. (So far it works great–they all actually like each other and it is fun to see them pair up in different ways depending on what is going on.) And second, I never ever had a double stroller. I used a Baby Bjorn for the baby, the next oldest got the stroller, and then the oldest one or two would walk and hold my hand (or each other’s). It really worked and I had one stroller for all of them. It can be done!

Best wishes. I just love babies and hearing about happy, growing families.

Reply
shannon says · 08.06.14

Congratulations!! I know this is such an exciting time for you! By the way, David is precious!!! I hope you have a smooth pregnancy, and enjoy these moments with David. Before you know it, he’ll be crawling. My 9 month old is all over the place!! πŸ™‚

Shannon

Reply
savanna says · 08.07.14

Congratulations! My first 2 are 16 months apart and I absolutely love the age difference. It was such an easy transition. #3 is 2 1/2 years younger and 4 years younger than her brother and sister and it was definitely a much different adjustment. But my big two have an amazingly close relationship. They are each others security blanket.

Reply
Imperfectly Wonderful says · 08.07.14

What wonderful news Kate! My girls are 14 months apart and we love it…so much that we had a third 18 months after number 2. So we had 3 under 3 for a short time. For me, having babies close together has been a wonderful experience. Yes, there are some trying days, but overall it is the BEST! Congratulations!

Reply
Jaime Weaver says · 08.07.14

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! I have 3 kids that are less than 3 years apart (yes, 2 are twins) and I like that they are so close together. There are some challenges, but I think the benefits outweigh them. What I like best is that they are all interested in the same kinds of things at the same time. They are now 9, 7 and 7. Enjoy every step of the journey!

Reply
Megan says · 08.07.14

Kate, as I posted before on Facebook I am in COMPLETE SHOCK at how identical we are right now. We are both about the same age I think and my son was born in January and we are due with #2 in March. For us it was NOT planned AT ALL. I did not enjoy being pregnant and while I certainly intended to have more relatively soon-ish I felt like 18 months was the closest I wanted to try doing. But God had a different plan! So our baby is most definitely a surprise. I’m not going to lie I actually cried the day after I found out because I know how hard the first time felt to me and I can’t imagine doing it again so soon with a baby on top of it. And I keep saying to big brother, “what is Momma gonna do with TWO babies??” It’s kind of crazy to think about!! But here we go, ready or not. So happy for you guys and that it was so easy the second time around since the first was so difficult for you!! Looking forward to sharing this journey together again. Maybe girls this time? πŸ™‚

Reply
Natalie says · 08.07.14

I’m expecting my fourth child this December, and my oldest is 4 years old. I never thought I would, but I love having my kids all so close together! Some days I want to pull my hair out – but on a whole I really do love it! Like you said, sometimes they fight, but mostly they’re just little buddies and have so much fun together.
Congratulations on your newest addition!

Reply
Anke says · 08.07.14

Hello, I found your blog one and a half years ago und I read regularly since then. My english improved a lot! Love your tutorials. Wishing you a healthy second pregnancy. Greetings from Anke

Reply
Erin says · 08.07.14

This is so sweet! I love all of your description of what it is to have one little one and one on the way. I got married last October and I’m so looking forward to when we start our own family. Best of luck to you in this new pregnancy and with having two little ones now. I can only imagine how tough it will be, but oh so rewarding at the same time!

Reply
Kate says · 08.07.14

Oh this post made me cry! I’m so happy for your growing family! I have a four month old daughter, my first baby, so I’m able to know the love you’re talking about. You truly don’t know the greatest joy a child can bring until you have one of your own. And thank you for sharing that David doesn’t giggle much, my 4 month old doesn’t either so I’m glad to hear someone in the same boat. Smiles galore but only a very few giggles have I heard. Hearing you find out your were pregnant brought back memories. I miss being pregnant, enjoy it! Best wishes Kate!

Reply
Stacy says · 08.07.14

I love hearing about your “mom-life”. What an amazing experience for all of you!

Reply
Kerri @ HollyMuffin says · 08.07.14

This post just melted my heart. I’m about to hit third trimester with my second so I’m all emotional. I know this feeling so well! πŸ™‚ Congrats again Kate!

Reply
Misty says · 08.07.14

I feel like you kind of just get a feeling that something is off. That’s how it happened for me at least. I just wrote about how we found out too! I think you are only like two weeks ahead of me! So exciting!

Reply
valerie dagostini says · 08.07.14

Congratulations! We are currently (not while I’m typing this response) going to for a second child. One of the first thoughts that goes through my mind is that is won’t be my daughter and I. Then I think of how hard it might be at first. I feel like a lot of people around me just say it’s no big deal. Heck, maybe for some it isn’t but my mind gets a little anxious thinking about it all. Best wishes to you!

Reply
Kells says · 08.07.14

so i was watching your “ask kate” post and you got a complete and TOTAL giveaway smile when you answer “do you want more kids” it’s like I wouldn’t have picked up on it before but now that I know you’re pregnant it’s obvious you were trying to keep in the excitement..congrats!

Reply
Cassie says · 08.07.14

Congratulations! I don’t have children yet, but I hope to have two close together. My sister and I were born in the same calendar year and I love how close we are–BFF’s!

Reply
Beth says · 08.07.14

I can’t wait to follow your journey!

Reply
Jenny Murff says · 08.07.14

My kids are 11 months apart and are 9 and 10 years old. It’s awesome having them so close in age. It’s only hard for a little while then you’re smooth sailing after that. They do fight but are super close, too. Congrats!!!

Reply
Evelyn says · 08.07.14

You must be very excited!! I’m actually considering getting pregnant with the second when the first is between 6-12 months old (as long as I am up for another pregnancy, I will respect my desire when the time comes) and I’ll love to hear about that from you!

The second time around seems like your body really knows what to do right?! Even your belly is showing a lot earlier than before, for what I remember.

I came across this post on pinterest and really loved it:
http://www.pregnantchicken.com/pregnant-chicken-blog/dos-and-donts-of-bringing-home-baby-20

best

Reply
Judith says · 08.07.14

Congrats! Mine are 18months apart and it is great! They are 6 and 7 now. I will tell you that after Will was born (and Meredith was 18months old), I thought that I had ruined everything. Meredith was such a perfect textbook baby, and Will was not. I really thought I had ruined our life. It was SO HARD. But I promise it gets better!! Looking back, I don’t know how I did it, but you get through it. Now they are so funny together, and they are best friends. Congrats again!

Reply
Candice says · 08.07.14

Man, I wish this had happened for us the second time around! We are still trying for number 2! But I know God is faithful and has His own plan πŸ™‚
So thrilled for you guys! Congratulations!!!

Reply
Emily says · 08.07.14

First of all, congratulations!

Our children are 53 weeks apart and I went through a period of time where I mourned the loss of my first born’s exclusivity to me as a mom. I grieved for what I thought was a travesty against her in that she would have to ‘share’ me with the new one. Let’s face it: I was slightly crazy.

What I learned is that she had NO SUCH feelings. I was projecting my own feelings of in-adequateness onto her and that was not fair to either her or myself.

So my wisdom to you is this: don’t put feelings and emotions that have been filtered through the lens of adulthood onto a child who has no such filter. It’s safe to assume that he will have not any recollection of this time in his life at all.

I know you will enjoy your new little one and your expanding family.

Reply
Julie J says · 08.07.14

SO happy Kate for you and Justin. You’re going to be the best mama to two lucky little ones! I look forward to reading all of your updates.

Reply
janie says · 08.07.14

KATE!!!!! OMG WHAT FANTASTIC NEWS!!! I remember your struggle the first time and, well…I guess God’s timing was a little more swift this time around πŸ™‚

The BEST advice my mama gave me when it came to having two babies close apart us to remember: baby #1 is still just that…a baby. You’re going to have this teeny tiny little newborn, and it’s really far too easy to suddenly expect more from the first child, even though in reality he is just a wee thing himself.

Lots of love πŸ™‚ congratulations!!!!

Reply
Katie says · 08.07.14

Hi Kate! Congratulations again on baby angel #2! My sister had her boys about 14 months apart and was nervous/excited about it, for probably many of the same reasons you listed. They are now 5 months and 19 months old and SO SWEET! They are definitely a handful, but it is also the sweetest thing in the world to see how my older nephew loves his baby brother and hugs & kisses him (and then also steals his toys). I was close in age with my siblings as well and I am so thankful for it, and I’m sure David and new baby will be also! I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I love reading your blog everyday!

-Katie

Reply
Shaunta says · 08.07.14

First off, Congratulations!! I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now and am so excited to hear this for you and your families! You seem like such a loving and caring mother. I am not a mother myself yet, but enjoy the posts where you are honest and admit that you are a bit nervous or scared. Your honesty, grace and sense of humor keep me reading your blog daily! Congrats again!

Reply
Laura says · 08.07.14

Lovely post- super congrats to you! I saw your post Monday and it was such a nice surprise. I had just the night before found out I’m pregnant with #3, and my #2 is two days younger than David. It is a little scary but exciting, and I’m glad to be able to follow along with you in your pregnancy again. Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy!

Reply
Kyla says · 08.07.14

Yay, So excited for you! My sister and I are 2 years and 3 days apart. I wouldn’t change it for the world. We’ve always had someone to play with no matter where we are, and even though we get into arguments half the time, she’ll always be my best friend. I also know my mom has enjoyed the closeness of our age, and she recommends trying to go for 1-2 years to anyone trying for a 2nd child.

Reply
April says · 08.07.14

It took me a year and a half to get pregnant with my first and wound up accidentally pregnant a few months after having my first. My two boys are 11 months apart and it was hard but fast forward a few years they’re now 6 and 7 and BEST friends. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Reply
Caitlyn says · 08.07.14

How exciting for you!! Our due dates must be pretty close because I also took a positive pregnancy test that day and also tried so hard to wait until Father’s Day but didn’t even make it 12 hours haha. Our first one is due February 15th πŸ™‚ Love reading your blog especially since David came along and can’t wait to hear more about your second time around!

Reply
Karen says · 08.07.14

Congratulations. You will do just fine. Trust me… My children are 1 year and 3 days apart. If my daughter had not been overdue by 12 days, well you do the math. I thought it would be hard to manage. If I needed to shop I waited until my husband was home or else we went together. Same thing for all other outings. Today our children are 27 and 28. Even though they live 2000 miles apart they are still best of friends and always looking out for each other. It warms our heart.

Reply
EB says · 08.07.14

Congratulations on your exciting life changes! My husband and I are in the beginning (?) stages of our first go-round for kids. Every month has been quite stressful as we wait and see what will happen. Learning that it took you so long to conceive the first time but then so quickly the second time around will give me hope that we’ll be ok, too, when I’m feeling frustrated and low! Looking forward to more stories and hopefully I’ll be in the same boat as you soon!

Reply
Paula says · 08.07.14

I am very excited for you, Justin, and David! The Lord provides in the most amazing ways! I look forward to your updates!
– Paula from Canada

Reply
Tarah says · 08.07.14

Congrats! I missed Monday’s post – my internet has been down! My boys are 18 months apart. It was so crazy in the beginning. You have one who is walking – if not running – and getting into EVERYTHING. Then the baby needs to be held 24.7 and you have to make sure the oldest isn’t hurting the youngest. It’s a total handful but so worth it.

They’re now 3 1/2″ and 2. They’ve started to play together, to laugh together, to tell each other stories. It’s been amazing to watch them start to grow into friends as well as brothers. It’s not always sunshine & rainbows, they both push each others buttons and put on theatrical water works when one touches the other. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Reply
Jessica says · 08.07.14

First, David is beyond adorable!!! I swear he gets more cute every Wednesday (and I am sure other days too).

Second, I am glad to finally hear someone say they are nervous! I feel like everyone just expects you to be so thrilled that you are having a baby they don’t take into account that “HELLO, I AM HAVING A BABY FOR THE FIRST TIME!! ITS A LITTLE SCARY” I feel just like you that I am totally excited but there are nerves too!! I am always glad to get your honest opinions and some of the first few months posts about David and the reality of being a mom was so honest and real. It helps me feel more comfortable to admit now that it is thrilling and scary at the same time!!

Reply
Amy says · 08.07.14

CONGRATULATIONS! Yay! πŸ™‚

Reply
Melissa says · 08.07.14

How sweet!! So happy for you & your family. πŸ™‚

Reply
Kim @LucyJaneTotes says · 08.07.14

Congrats, Kate! How exciting for you and your growing family.

Reply
Teresa says · 08.07.14

I Love it! I’m so happy for you. Same thing happened to me years ago…took 18 months to get pregnant with the first one and only a few the second time. πŸ™‚ David is going to be a big brother. πŸ™‚

Reply
Caroline says · 08.07.14

Girl you are more calm than I ever would be. I have a 14 month old and I can’t even imagine having a newborn. My 14 month old isn’t walking yet so it’s still the lug her around stage. You will do AWESOME and I can’t wait to follow along!!

Reply
Jacqui says · 08.07.14

Dear Kate,

Reply
Jacqui says · 08.07.14

Dear Kate, From a 55 year old mother of five, a girl who is now 31, married, with a baby of her own, and four boys, ages 24,22,21, and 18 ( the baby being 6’2″ and 220 lbs), I heartily congratulate you. If you ignore the world’s advice and concentrate on loving the plan that God has laid before you, you will look back at this time (which will scream by, sorry) and be so happy that you took the time to enjoy it. Malachi 2:15 holds the key. I’ve done many things in my life, but raising my kids-incomparable!!!!! May God guide you in this ‘GREAT ADVENTURE’! I appreciate your blog because I am at the age where it takes more effort to look “like I care”. You are a natural teacher and very good at it! With every good wish.

Reply
Kelly says · 08.07.14

Kate, My son and daughter are 14 months apart. Grew up as best of buds. Still like each other and always got along great. It was fun when they were little… having them on the same soccer, baseball, basketball teams, same parties because they had the same friends, etc…..so that is an added bonus!! They even had some high school classes together and with all the driving, etc….that is a huge help. One got the license, then the other. They had to work it all out with one car-Oh, my 2 have also worked at the same place for the past 4 years. There will be some cool bonuses with kids close together.

Reply
Sara J says · 08.07.14

What a sweet, sweet blessing! My brother and I are just 11 months apart. He has been my best bud since the day I was born!! It was so fantastic to always have a friend especially through school ages, I was never alone. As you said, everyday wasn’t picture perfect and we certainly had our moments but I truly think close in age is the best for siblings. Congratulations to you and your husband πŸ™‚

Reply
Jackie says · 08.07.14

Congrats!!! Kids are the best blessing.

Reply
Corey says · 08.07.14

So happy to hear your news. I had three babies in three years and twelve days, all by c-section. They are loads of fun. Don’t be afraid to ask for help after the newest little one arrives. And start working with David a month of so before hand on being easy with Mama. We did that so the bigger kid/s were prepared for my “boo boo” area to be off limits. Wishing many blessings through this pregnancy.

Reply
Theresa @ A Mom in the Making says · 08.07.14

Kate,

I am incredibly excited for you! This will be so wonderful having them so close together… now you’re going to need to do some double stroller reviews πŸ™‚
maybe you can keep the stroller that converts πŸ™‚

Reply
Jennifer says · 08.07.14

Congrats!
Personally, I wouldn’t want to fall pregnant so quickly after my c-section, I’d be worried the scar would give way with having to stretch again so soon after!

Reply
Pamela Logue says · 08.07.14

I only found your blog less than a week ago while looking for hair styles for another wedding! My 2nd born son, now 29 years old, will be married in a few weeks. His older brother (by only 18 months to the day) will of course be a groom’s man as well as his 2 younger brothers. His sister just married in June! (5 children in less than 7 years) *So thank you for all of the hair tutorials and CONGRATULATIONS!! *And may God bless you as you are in the midst of the most wonderful and memorable moments in life. Although you’ll be busy and tired, God will sustain you and bless you with contentment. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Reply
Amanda A. says · 08.08.14

I love the this! I love that you can’t keep a secret and how you told Justin about being pregnant. My nephew are 15 months apart. Some days it is great and some days not so great. They are 16 and 15 and I love how they are friends and have some common friends but are also able to go their seperate ways if they want to. I would love to read how this pregnancy is different then David’s was.

Reply
Jenn says · 08.08.14

Congrats! I know those feelings well, my first two are 15 months apart, they are now 4 and 5 and yes, best mates. I, however, spent the entire first year of my second’s on the floor playing with #1 and protecting #2 πŸ™‚ It is a blur, but it is the best!

Reply
Kelly says · 08.08.14

I love this post. I laughed out loud at the story of you telling your husband- that’s exactly how it would happen in my family too ha ha. My son was born in January and I ofen say the same thing that i cant wait until he is 3 and can play outside with dad haha!

Reply
Penelope says · 08.08.14

Congratulations! This post almost made me cry haha! I’m jealous, nothing is better than playing outside with your kids

Reply
Stacy says · 08.08.14

Kate, I’m so excited for your family and your precious baby on the way. I just started following your blog a few weeks ago and I just love it! I feel like I can relate to you in many ways! I will be praying for a wonderful pregnancy for you and a smooth transition for you all when baby arrives!

Reply
Amy Curran says · 08.08.14

Congratulations!! I have two boys that are 16 months apart. Same story 2 years to get pregnant two in less than a year and a half. The first year was rough but fun. And since then every year gets better. The are 7 1/2 and 9 now and best friends. I found strength that I had no idea I had! Best of luck to you and your family.

Reply
Kaileigh says · 08.08.14

Congratulations! I’m due in February as well and it took us a year to get pregnant. We have already said that we won’t prevent pregnancy again and that we will probably get pregnant right away next time because of that! Wishing you a fantastic pregnancy!

Reply
Jessica says · 08.08.14

I’m very excited for you — congrats! And I can’t believe you kept it a secret EVEN for 48 hours! I am about 3 weeks away from having baby #2… and I have a 16 month old son. We also wanted them close in age, and I’m 36 so we wanted to be done well before we turn 40! So I got pregnant when my little guy was 9 months old… and I have been through all the emotions. relief that it was easy, happiness, excitement, fear, anxiety, sadness that J won’t be my only little one, etc… But overall, I just can’t wait to see them together. These last few months have been hard because I’m big and uncomfortable and exhausted… make sure you have lots of support, emotionally and otherwise, throughout this pregnancy!

It’s a girl this time. πŸ™‚

Reply
Kristin S says · 08.08.14

I don’t know how you waited those 48 hours!??!?!

I love how God plans families.

I babysat for a family and their first two were 14 months apart (after five years of infertility). It was a blast to babysit two babies! Now the oldest is 28 and has a two year old. It sure is fun to watch them grow up.

Reply
Lesly Iglesias says · 08.08.14

Congratulations Kate!! I’m so happy for you and your family πŸ™‚

Reply
Ceridwen says · 08.08.14

Don’t worry about the lack of giggles. It will come. My third daughter didn’t giggle EVER until she was over a year old. She would smile and coo, but never giggle. She’s six years old now and while she is still a serious little individual, she’s full of laughter and giggles and makes me smile constantly.

And I’ll pray for you to have a lot of stamina once this new little one gets here. Like you said, you’ll figure it out, but I’m telling you from experience (I had four girls in five and a half years) that it’s nicer if you can figure it out with a bit more pluck and get-up-and-go. And I’ll pray that you can remember these next few years. I was so sleep deprived the first three years of my “mama life” that I don’t really remember much except SURVIVAL. It always makes me a little sad that I don’t have more memories of enjoying the girls and just being with them. I really enjoy your blog, the hair/makeup and baby posts, and I’m excited to see who this new individual will be. πŸ™‚

Reply
Kaelyn says · 08.09.14

Congratulations Kate! I will be so excited to hear about your pregnancy experience as I started following your blog after you had David. Congrats again and I look forward to more posts soon

Reply
Doria says · 08.09.14

My guys are 31 and 30 now. They are 4 days shy of a year apart. I have never had regrets about having them that close together. You’ll be one busy Mama, but it’s grand. Best Wishes!

Reply
Cassie says · 08.09.14

Oh my gosh I have been on my honeymoon and missed your announcement. CONGRATS!!

Reply
Jaime says · 08.09.14

Love hearing about your journey, Kate! I’m two days away from our due date (first baby) and now can’t wait to hear about your 2nd pregnancy. πŸ™‚

Reply
Juliane says · 08.10.14

Congratulations, Kate! πŸ™‚

Reply
Jenna says · 08.10.14

Congratulations!!! This is SUCH exciting news and I am so very happy for you and your growing family!

Reply
Trisha says · 08.10.14

I took a week off from blog reading, and I come back to find out your pregnant!!! Holy moly!! I’ll never take a week off again! Eek!! You are regnant!!!

Reply
Leah says · 08.11.14

Kate, my boys are 18 months and 4 months now, 14 months apart to the day and while I have to admit that sometimes I am completely tired and overwhelmed….I absolutely love it.
My 2nd one was a HUGE surprise. We weren’t trying but one night I was laying in bed feeling very tired and nauseous. I couldn’t remember when my last cycle had been (I only had 2!) and so I got up and took a test. Sure enough, it was positive! I woke up my husband and told him and he rolled over and went back to sleep. I took another test a couple of days later and sure enough it was positive too. It took a loooong time for me to accept the reality that I was pregnant again!
They will be so different that it’s crazy. My first didn’t (and still doesn’t) sleep well but my second sleeps like a log. My first was very aware of strangers and my second hasn’t met a person he won’t smile for. My first is/was crazy busy all the time and my second is content to relax. My first would eat all day if you let him, my second gets there and gets it done. It’s crazy how different you’ll see that your kiddos are in personality and mannerisms.
The first few weeks after #2 gets here will be insane but once you get them figured out it is so much easier.
Also, when you go out shopping, be prepared for the comments like, “Wow, you sure have your hands full” or “How far apart are they?” I’ve even had people tell me I’m crazy!
Children are a blessing and I am so excited for you!!

Reply
Leah says · 08.11.14

Also, when I go shopping I baby wear. It helps a lot!!

Reply
Allison says · 08.11.14

Hi, Kate!

I too am pregnant with our 2nd baby. Our kiddos will be 14 months apart. This was a “surprise” for us. I had just returned back to work and was getting settled into our new routine. I remember in the evenings, after the workday and supper, I would hold our little boy and think about how much he was changing. I missed that little baby that we brought home for the hospital. He was growing into his own personality. He’s looks were changing….he was starting to get more of that little boy look. I would said to my husband, “I miss having a little baby, don’t you?”. I was 2 months along when I found out I was expecting again. I was shocked! (Really! How? No way!) Secretly I was super excited!!! πŸ™‚ Then I thought of my time with my little guy. I wanted to spend every minute with him. I wanted to give all my attention and love. Of course…..don’t forget about Dad. He needs love and attention too. hehe Our little guy just turned 1! We are 9 weeks away from baby sister arriving. It’s such a special time in our lives right now. I’m so excited for you and your family! David is such a cutie! I can’t wait to keep up with the new addition. I love the blog! Congrats on baby #2!

Reply
Lindsay says · 08.11.14

Congratulations! My *almost* 6 children are all between 12 and 16 months apart and while it can be crazy sometimes I wouldn’t change it for a thing! You will be just fine! I loved the story of your husbands reaction, priceless!

Reply
kim says · 08.11.14

Congrats! I have 6 beautiful children now. It is wonderful. I tried for over a year to get pregnant with my first son and then had my second little boy 14 months later. It is busy those first few months…but it goes quickly! They are now 15 and 14 and good friends. I am so thankful they are close. It will be a wonderful experience and you will enjoy your second in a whole new way…much less stress because you’ve already done it before!! Have fun!!

Reply
Robin Hughes says · 08.12.14

Oh congrats! I have been secretly lurking for months but this too good to not comment. I think I might have even teared up a little. My son is 4 and I want another so badly but stealing them is frowned upon πŸ™‚

Reply
Amy says · 08.16.14

Congratulations!!!

Reply
Jess says · 08.17.14

Longtime lurker of your blog, just wanted to say congratulations! My mom got pregnant with my little brother when I was about 8 months old, and we ended up being thick as thieves! πŸ™‚

Reply
Megan says · 08.18.14

Congratulations!!!

Reply
Katie says · 08.18.14

Congratulations on your newest little gift! So exciting! I’ve been following your blog for a few years, and I’m so happy for you!

If this little one turns out to be a girl, I think it’s only appropriate that she’ get something from Crazy8’s new Little City Kitty collection! Love Crazy8! I instantly thought of you when I saw this little outfit: http://www.crazy8.com/shop/dept_outfit.jsp?pick=NONE&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306262733&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446008416&bmUID=1408392919650&productSizeSelected=0&fit_type=

Best wishes!

Reply
Amanda says · 08.20.14

Congratulations! This is so exciting πŸ™‚

Reply
Angie says · 10.30.14

I did the same thing you did. It took a while for #1, so I tried very soon and it happened the first month. So I was pregnant with a 6 month old. Mine are 16 months apart. I have to say the first 2 years are super hard. I honestly did not enjoy it. But after the 2nd was about 2 1/2 it’s been good ever since. Good Luck!

Reply
Carrie Green says · 12.19.18

Thanks for sharing this amazing article. I have been also referring to https://www.whattoexpect.com/baby-products/ for everything related to pregnancy and babies, and it is quite useful. Hope this helps your readers as well.

Reply