I’m so excited to share this good news. We’re expecting another baby this October!!
Garrett and I both have siblings and have always known that we wanted Lucy to have that experience too. While we aren’t really talking to her about the baby yet because it’s so far away for a toddler to comprehend, she definitely knows that something is up.
The road to get here has not been easy though. I’ve struggled with how much to share here for awhile, but the more I talk to other women who’ve had similar experiences, the more I realize that these stories need to be out there to help others going through this.
We started trying last year, once I knew I wasn’t going back to work. Right away I was pregnant just like I’d been with Lucy, but early on I had a miscarriage. Hoping that it was just a blip, we tried again with another loss. And then a third one. I was heartbroken and worried that there was something really wrong.
I had such an easy pregnancy with Lucy for the most part, and I just assumed we’d have that same experience again. After various tests and scans, it was determined that there was nothing wrong and these losses were most likely chromosomal, which just means a random genetic problem that stops the baby from developing. Scientists believe these account for 40-75% of all miscarriages.
After some time off to heal my body and my heart, we gave it another go. We found out I was pregnant again just before I left for Florida. In a way, the trip was the perfect distraction from constantly worrying about what could happen this time. It wasn’t long into the trip that I started feeling tired and nauseous, but I was so thankful to have my parents there to help me out with Lucy.
When we got back from the trip I had my first ultrasound and there was a slight concern about the baby. In a way, it felt as though we’d barely had time to celebrate the good news before something worrisome had shown up again. Once you’ve had bad news once, it’s hard not to anticipate bad news again.
Thankfully another ultrasound two weeks later showed that everything was great and there was no need for concern. What a relief. We had our most recent ultrasound last week and the baby is moving around and doing great. I can hardly wait until we get to find out the gender next month. Eek!
After our little scare, I realized I needed to start taking it easy, but that is pretty hard with an active toddler. I stocked up the freezer and started lifting Lucy less. We converted Lucy’s mattress into a big girl bed so that I didn’t need to lift her out every time. I’ve been so much more nauseous and tired than when I was pregnant with Lucy, so I’ve been taking naps when she naps and trying to keep well rested so that I can handle chasing one baby while growing another.
You may have noticed that it’s been quite light here on the blog and on social media over the last couple of months and that’s been partly why. I usually work during naptime and after bedtime, but lately, I’ve had to use that time to rest. The other reason is that being on social media and writing on the computer was making me so nauseous.
I’m sure I’ll share more updates on Instagram throughout the rest of the pregnancy, along with a few blog posts here too. I’ve loved being able to look back on the posts I did when I was pregnant with Lucy.
Thank you friends for following along on our journey. Xoxo Amanda
Congrats Amanda! Wonderful news! I was as sick as a dog with my second pregnancy (my first was also a girl). I remember wondering if it was possible to die from nausea (!). And we had a boy…maybe that is why you’re so ill? It too shall pass. Best of luck to you and your family!
Darlene Styles says
All the best, wonderful news and your parents I am sure will help with everything and you will thrive during these next stages
Bev Gay says
Congratulations! Sleep when you can Hugs your Colorado connection