Surprise! A few days ago, on Mother’s Day 2018, we shared our big news on our socials and became public. We are expecting Baby #2. As you may know, we got married in a small ceremony at the Santa Ana Courthouse on December 21, 2017. It was a perfect day for us, that involved no stress, just love. While we planned on trying for another baby, we got pregnant quicker than we expected. No complaints here!
Now, for the first trimester details! The beginning of this pregnancy is very similar to Declan’s – no morning sickness, but my cravings are strong, and my aversions are even stronger. Please, do not come near me with a meatball for the next fifteen years. Okay? Thanks. I’ve showed even more quickly this time around, because apparently when you were just pregnant fifteen months ago, your body remembers exactly what to do. I’m also very tired, which is also something I dealt with during my pregnancy with Declan.
We also already know the sex of our baby! I started seeing my OB right off the bat this time, which is something new for this pregnancy. When I went in for my chromosomal abnormalities blood draw, they also took extra blood so they could determine the sex of the baby, since our DNA mixes in my blood. We got a call from my doctor’s office less than a week later sharing the news with us! At this point we do plan to share at some point, but aren’t sure when yet. Stay tuned!
The baby was also measuring ahead at my dating ultrasound, so they moved my due date up from the 21st of November (based on my last period), to November 15th. We’re more of “due month” type people anyway, so this is okay with us! Although I would love to be at home for Thanksgiving, I have no power of when baby is ready to arrive earthside.
Baby M #2, coming atcha November 2018!
Holidays are always chaotic in our household. The day is carefully planned ahead of time and our time is limited at each place we go. Ah, such is life. Declan liked every food he tried, and had a ton of fun visiting with our visiting family members. Josh’s mom and step-dad had recently turned part of the garage into a rec room type situation, and it became Remi’s favorite place to hang out during our visit. We love visiting with family, and watching Declan form bonds with people he doesn’t see everyday.
Our crazy Remi girl is now 8.5 months old and making our life a little more chaotic. But we love her just the same and she makes our lives just a little more bright. She loved hanging out in the garage and fetching stray ping pong balls while people played. Remi LOVES Josh’s little sister Megan, an d they’re both thoroughly worn out by the day’s end every time we visit.
How was your Thanksgiving?
We’ve found that holidays are so much more fun now that we have a child, watching him discover and realize that it’s a special day and getting to play with family he doesn’t always get to see is so fun for us!
For Declan’s first birthday party, I didn’t want anything too cheesy or cartoon-y. Our favorite book to read together for much of his first year was “The Little Blue Truck”, and so that was his theme. We kept it simple and pulled colors from the book – royal blue, orange, and yellow. We kept food easy and served roll-ups from Costco, as well as fruit and veggie platters.
The party was held at our local community center, and with children invited, I knew they would need something to do. I decided to set up a play corner, and bring some of our more open ended toys from home. I made Declan’s smash cake as well as the cupcakes that were served to guests. I completely dropped the ball with photos, and didn’t take as many as I would’ve liked, buuuut such is life!
This sweet boy knew the drill and went to town on anything that was put on the tray in front of him. Including his cake! It was his first time having anything that sweet and sugary, but he loved it and it made for some great entertainment.
Happy Birthday, Declan Joshua!
We love you so.