January 25, 2011

And it's a ...

BOY! It's hardly a secret, but I realize that I never made the official announcement, so here it is: Kevin and I are expecting a little boy in late April/early May. We so excited to be adding to our family--and so excited for Colin that he will have a little brother close in age. I think it's important for boys to have brothers, don't you?

Anyway, that more or less explains my absence from blogging all fall. "Morning sickness" is a misnomer--I was sick all day long, often several time a day. I'm so glad that's over now and that my energy has picked up so I can get back to life and start preparing for this new life that is coming. You can expect a lot of crafting on these pages while I'm expecting!

In other news, we've decided to go the midwife route this time instead of with my previous obstetrician. I'm low-risk, and Colin's birth was (relatively) uneventful, so we're hoping that using a midwife will allow us to have a quieter birth with even fewer interventions. I even got my obstetrician's blessing. He said that he thought I was a perfect candidate and that in the UK, where he was born, it's quite common for a second-time mothers to use a midwife instead of a doctor. And did I mention that it's completely covered by the "wacky socialist healthcare system" up here? I'm really excited about this new adventure and will probably blog about it here a little as well.

So thanks to all of you who have been sharing in this happiness with us for the past few months. And to everyone: thoughts and advice on having two little boys two years apart? Invest in sturdy toys, I'm guessing...

87 comments:

Katie Parson said...

My kids are 2 years apart(well 6 days shy of exactly 2 years apart) and I think it is FABULOUS spacing! They play together REALLY WELL!

Tip: We got Lily a baby doll (which I brought home from the hospital when I brought Andy home) so she would have a baby to care for since Mommy had a baby to care for. She LOVED that! She changes her baby's nappy, rocked it, even tried nursing it :-) ! We had no issues with our 23 month old being jealous of the new baby.

Tip: After the initial settling in period, I recommend sibs sharing a bedroom. My kids (yes, even though they are separate sexes) have bonded really tightly due, I do believe, in part to the sharing of a bedroom. We just recently separated (ages 7 and 5) due to some brilliant little girl figuring out the purpose of different "bits". :-)

Tip: Have Colin help! Lily LOVED carrying the dirty diapers to the trash, taking burp cloths to the hamper, etc. Instill big-sibling responsibilities from the beginning and Colin won't fight it later.

We are, needless to say, absolutely thrilled for your family. Such a blessing! I am a big believer is siblings (love both of mine dearly!) and am thrilled for Colin!

Hugs and Kisses!

Andrea Razer said...

Congrats! So sorry about the morning sickness, I hate puking, that is definitely the worst part of pregnancy. My 1st 2 are 18 months apart, which was a little too close. It's all good now, but very hard in the beginning. Jacob was not interested at all in his baby brother until they could play together. Now they are completely inseparable. We put them in the same room after I got pregnant w/Joshua and they love it! I should have done it sooner. Yeah for your growing family! Drea

Gray said...

Congrats on the news that another son is on the way! And that you will be trying the midwife route this time. We are still laughing about the British series William and Mary, the tale of an undertaker dating a midwife. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it, too.
So glad that you are feeling better after a rough first trimester or so. May you have smooth sailing until Number Two pops out this spring.

Vicky said...

Congratulations on having another boy. You do realise you are going to have your hands full, but who am I too talk. lol! Your age spacing is good, Colin will love having a little bro' to play with and I found the younger they are the less sibling rivalry you deal with. Tabatha was 13 months old when Ria was born, no rivalry at all because she was too young, but she acted up when Baylie was born because she was almost 4 then.
Yes, over here in the UK all pregnancies are midwife led, (unless theres something major). It always amazes me when I watch american programmes and they're in the doctors surgery every other week. I only have to see my midwife about 5 or 6 times during this whole pregnancy depending on how long little one decides to stay put. Very hands off, which I love.

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