Having another baby: things I’m looking forward to

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An Easy Knotted Half Up

My kids will be 4 and 3 years old, respectively, when the baby arrives in May, of course assuming this baby doesn’t come early. While the baby stage feels like an eternity ago in a lot of ways, I can still remember so many moments of that 0-1 year of each boy that were the essence of newborn and infant life.

Spit up, teething, first foods, wearing the baby in a wrap, watching them sleep, first words, adorable outfits, first steps, and so much more.

David was only 6 months old when I shared the news that I was expecting Luke. He was then 14 months old when we brought newborn Luke home from the hospital. The first few weeks were blissful and lovely. Then colic struck and it was a hard few months. In general I would say that entire first year was a blur, but despite the challenge I would do it again in a heartbeat. I love, LOVE having these boys so close together. Love. It.

I’m looking forward to the newborn smell and the little noises the baby makes while he or she eats. I’m looking forward to wearing the baby again and when he or she is big enough, putting him or her in a carrier on my back. Life was still slow when Luke came because David was still napping 2 times a day, but this time it will be significantly different.

I’m truly happy that we have a pool in the backyard (and I can’t always say that because the pool also contributes greatly to my stress level due to the dangers that it can present) because I think we will live in it next summer. We practically lived it in last summer, and it’s the perfect thing to do with two active boys in sweltering 100 degree heat.

I don’t know what life will look like, and I imagine juggling work and motherhood will continue to be an uphill battle, but I can truly say I’m looking forward to nursing again, and having a sweet little baby to care for.

When Justin and I talk about what we guess the baby will be, neither of us can imagine a girl. It’s funny, I thought I would feel hopeful that this baby would be a girl, but I can honestly say I don’t feel a leaning one way or the other. The idea of a girl sounds so foreign yet fun, and another boy would be so fun as well!

We had the anatomy ultrasound earlier this week but choose to NOT find out the sex of the baby. I was really wresting with the decision, and even in the ultrasound room while the tech was checking everything out, I said to her, “OKAY I don’t want to know, but I kind of really want to know, but DO NOT tell me, but I’m so curious. . .” Poor thing did not know what to do, but she kept her lips sealed! Justin and I looked away while she was looking at the bladder just in case anything obvious popped up on the screen.

Beyond learning the sex, we were deeply thankful to learn everything looks healthy and normal with the baby. That is such a gift. I’m feeling the kicks more and more, and now I cannot WAIT until May to meet my son or daughter!

p.s. Check out my other post detailing a few pregnancy notes + thoughts!

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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 12.13.17

Can’t wait till the arrival of the new baby too! Your family is going to be amazing – though it already is! 🙂

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Keri Beer says · 12.13.17

What a sweet time of life for you! We have 5 children and with each one came that same excitement. May God bless your precious family!

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Emily says · 12.13.17

Congratulations!!! I love reading your blog and following your instastories… you are a great mom! Looking forward to “meeting” baby #3 this spring! And you have waayyy more self control than I do- I only had to wait 3 days after my scan for our reveal party and it was killing me! xoxo

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Stefanie says · 12.13.17

Congratulations on baby #3! I have enjoyed reading your blog and watching your videos. I especially enjoy the way your faith is so evident in all you do. I also have two boys, they are 20 months apart, and while it wasn’t exactly our plan, I have loved having them close! They were 3 and 2 when our third baby was born this year. We didn’t find out the gender with any of them, and like you said, with the third I couldn’t even imagine a girl. I thought I would really want a girl, but I found myself picturing 3 boys whenever I thought about it. But to our surprise, it was a girl! It was so fun not knowing and being surprised in the delivery room. It’s been so fun to see the boys be big brothers together. They are so sweet to their little sister, and I’m sure your boys will be to their little brother or sister as well. Anyways, just wanted to say congratulations and encourage you in all there is to come. It can be exhausting and overwhelming at times, but it’s so worth it!

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Anna Frahm says · 12.13.17

third baby is SO different! we just had our third last spring (a girl!) and already had 2 boys, 3 and almost 2 when she was born. my husband & i were in the same place of feeling really excited about having a third boy & no clue about a girl…it’s still shocking how different they are!

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Maggie says · 12.13.17

We welcomed our 3rd baby on September 30th. He was a huge surprise, as our 2 daughters are 13 and 11!!! He has been an absolute dream and blessing to our family. Congratulations to you and your family. Love reading your blog and can’t wait to see your sweet new little bundle!

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Amanda says · 12.13.17

I am by nature an impatient individual, but making a conscious decision in not finding out the sex proved to be one of our best decisions ever. The surprise was THE most beautiful gift, especially as we thought we we were having a boy all the way through. To hear the words “Congratulations, you have a daughter” were the most wonderful words to hear accompanied by newborn crying xxx

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Erinn says · 12.13.17

Love this post! That picture of you and your bump is stunning! Are you noticing different things about this pregnancy compared to the others?

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Melissa says · 12.13.17

I know that shirt you are wearing from the Gap. I wore them in every color throughout my second pregnancy and still wear them (7 months post partum) because they are so soft. Congrats!

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Kelli says · 12.13.17

Congratulations! I’m a mom to four (ages 11, 8, 5, &2) and we didn’t find out the sex with any of them and I never regretted it for a second. Each one was the BEST surprise! I have two girls and two boys and have been forever blessed. Prayers for an uneventful next few months during your pregnancy and delivery.

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Allie says · 12.13.17

Congratulations! Such a blessing! xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

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Jane Lebo says · 12.13.17

I’m due in May with our 3rd baby as well We have a boy and a girl (4 and 3) and I’ve been going back and forth about feeling like we’re having another boy or girl. We have our anatomt scan tomorrow and I’m so excited to see our little one! It’s so fun to read your updates and it’s like someone is expressing exactly what I’ve been feeling! Thanks for your positive perspective!

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Karen Branscum says · 12.13.17

Best wishes as you enjoy this time in your life. May God bless you & yo ur family.

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Alicia says · 12.13.17

I just had my 4th boy 9 weeks ago! It’s been crazy and exhausting, but so much fun! I love having all boys. Can’t wait to “meet” your new baby! 🙂

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Sabrina says · 12.13.17

I have three boys ages 5, 4 and 1. It is super fun mostly but I found the transition from 2 to 3 pretty rough as there is never enough of me to go around. My advice would be to make sure you get some time for self-care from the start. Congratulations:(

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Kate says · 12.13.17

You describe my exact emotions about guessing our 3rd’s gender. We had 2 boys and while I was excited at the thought of experiencing girl things, another boy would fit in so well! We had a boy! And let me tell you, 3 boys is more fun than I ever imagined! So either way, it’s wonderful!!! Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

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Amber says · 12.13.17

It is wonderful to read the scan showed a healthy baby. My first two were 4 and 5 when our 3rd was born and they were really good at helping get things like another burp cloth or the pacifier. I hope the same for your family.

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Shannon says · 12.13.17

How exciting! My husband and his brother are that close in age and they are so close even as adults. My brother and I were 3 years a part which I enjoyed. We’d fight like all siblings do but now we are closer than ever!

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Emily says · 12.13.17

Beautiful picture! I love your watch. Where could I find one?

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Katie says · 12.13.17

We just brought our second son home from the hospital! Our boys are 14 months apart as well. Our second little guy was a bit of a surprise but I am so excited to have them so close together. I can’t wait to see how their little personalities develop!!! Thanks for a great blog to follow!

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Heather says · 12.13.17

I remember when you were pregnant with David! And Luke for that matter! But its so fun to watch your family grow! There’s something special about #3! Blessing for health and happiness along the way!!

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Melissa says · 12.13.17

My gut is saying girl for this baby, but another boy would also be wonderful. Ultimately a healthy baby is what matters. <3

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What Mum Loves says · 12.13.17

Congratulations! I love the photo of your little pregnancy bump 🙂 I think this is going to be very exciting xmas for your family 😉 All the best x

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Melody Collins says · 12.13.17

My boys were 4 and 3 also when I had my 3rd. I loved having them close because they are such great buddies but I’m glad for the bigger gap for my last as I really got to enjoy her first year. My little girl turns one next month and I can honestly say I have loved having 3 and the transition was not as hard as I expected. The boys are so helpful and adore their little sister. They are just softer with her and it is the sweetest. Though they would have been the same with a boy I’m sure.. It’s just a nice age for them to get a new baby sibling, they really love it!
Also we have a pool and I totally understand the love it verse the stress! I am in Australia and our pool fencing laws are very strict which is great but doesn’t help when my 3 year old is a monkey who can scale the fence no worries.

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Michelle says · 12.14.17

I keep thinking you’re having a girl, but who knows! It’s so fun that you wait to find out! Love watching all your stories!

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Sbakes says · 12.14.17

We have three kids and never found out the sex of any of them in advance. The doctor had a big note on my file with my last one that said, “Mom does NOT want to know the sex of the baby!” I think that those of us who don’t find out are in the minority! If I had a dozen kids I wouldn’t find out with any of them. It truly doesn’t matter what they are as long as they are healthy. And it’s one of life’s greatest surprises! Stay strong!

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Ellie says · 12.20.17

I remember when you spoke so honestly and eloquently about the infertility you struggled with, then your announcement of your pregnancy with David and then Luke! So exciting for your family. Thank you for sharing with us, it feels like you are a cool second cousin or something! 🙂 Merry Christmas to your family.

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Kate says · 12.20.17

Thank you!

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Jennifer says · 12.27.17

This is wonderful, just wonderful. A baby is such a gift. I have 4 teenagers and I have loved every stage. They are my greatest accomplishment. Much love and prayers to you during this special time. My advice is don’t sweat the small stuff. And almost everything is the small stuff.

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Lenna S. says · 01.03.18

When I saw your announcement post a while ago, I was so excited! I am so happy for you and your family, and I feel even happier because my birthday is in May as well! I wish you the best of luck and all the happiness in the world. I love your blog and what you are doing with it. Thank you for taking out the time to create a wonderful blog for people like me to read about!

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