After much skepticism (just because I’m superstitious), I’m coming to terms that we’ll actually be welcoming another person to our family in July. At four months and with a bump popping out, it’s time to start sharing the news.
At the moment, I feel anxious and apprehensive about the new baby. It will be a big change for our family of three and will no doubt change my relationship with Nora and Steve. We’ve become such a tight-knit family with Nora’s arrival, and another person will certainly alter the dynamics in our house. Plus, I am focusing on so many of the demanding aspects of welcoming this baby right now: the intense schedule and lifestyle of breastfeeding another little one for a year, the expenses associated with another baby, the sleep and time Steve and I will sacrifice for a newborn/infant.
Despite my current worries, I have to emphasize how thrilled Steve and I are to be welcoming another child. I have been planning our second addition since Nora was just a few weeks old. As someone who loved having a sibling very close in age (my brother Jordan is just 25 months younger than me), expanding our family beyond one child was a huge priority to us. And it’s exciting to have the baby arrive in a month where Steve’s not ridiculously busy at work. He’ll actually be able to take his two-week paternity leave this time!
There are so many positives to having a new baby, and I know I’ll be in a new phase of planning and thinking about it soon. I have a feeling that once we find out the sex of the baby and I begin to plan Nora and baby’s shared room, sew a quilt for baby, and start to feel real kicks that the excitement of welcoming another life into our world will hit me.
I’ll try to use this place as a way to document my pregnancy, since I haven’t recorded much of anything about it yet. Stay tuned!