Also I have no reason for using that photo except for the fact that it makes me laugh. That is a Surprise Toddler Selfie. The other day I found 16 pictures of her feet in my camera roll. Anywho.
It was tough keeping the pregnancy under wraps, since I wanted sooooo badly to write about it. So I did! I just didn’t publish anything. My updates in the beginning were a tad sporadic, but I’ll be doing pregnancy updates every other week moving forward. I hope that frequency isn’t too obnoxious. I’m sure I’ll be writing about pregnancy stuff on other occasions, but I’ve been doing a little questionnaire thing with a bump (or bloat, in the early weeks) photo bi-weekly.
You can catch up retroactively on those updates here:
And now I thought I’d answer a few questions that I’ve been getting on the regular when we tell people in person. You know you’re dying to know!
When are you due? July 11, 2015. Which is the COOLEST BIRTHDAY EVER. Since that’s the due date, however, it also means that the baby most definitely will not be born on that day. Natalie was 6 days late. This one could end up being a Junebug. Babies gonna baby, yo. *shrug*
Was this planned? Yes. It happened a LOT faster than we thought it would, so in that sense it was kind of a surprise. But yes, the timing was on purpose.
How far apart will this baby and Natalie be? Two years. Not exactly to the day, since even if this baby is SUPER SUPER late my midwife won’t let me walk around pregnant long enough for this baby and Natalie to share a birthday. But most likely they’ll share a birthday month.
Soooo…is it twins? NO THANK GOD.
Will you find out the sex? Nope! We didn’t with Natalie, either, and it was basically the best surprise ever after she was born. One thing I heard a lot last time was “omg I could never have the willpower to do that!!” Buuuuut, here’s the thing: for a low-risk pregnancy, you only get one shot at finding out the sex. That’s at the anatomy scan, usually around 20 weeks. After that, NO MORE ULTRASOUNDS FOR YOU. Unless you go to one of those boutique places where you pay out-of-pocket for one. So you can wonder about it all you want, but as long as you can hold out for the twenty minutes that the ultrasound tech has a blurry picture of your baby up on the screen…you’re golden.
Are you hoping for a boy or a girl? That’s kind of a tough one. With Natalie, I truly, honest-to-God, didn’t have a preference. Since we weren’t finding out the sex we knew it was a toss-up, and I think that really helped with managing any expectations or preferences we may have had. Because once that slimy baby is placed on your chest, you really don’t care what’s between their legs. That being said…I would LOVE for Natalie to have a sister so close to her own age. My sister and I are three years apart and she’s my best friend. I have no doubt that Natalie will be buddies with and have a great relationship with a brother, but all I know is my own experience — and I love having a sister.
Are you “done” after this one? Don’t know! That’s TBD by Will and myself. But between you and me and the fence post (AND THE WHOLE INTERNET HELLO WORLD), the further I get into this whole mom thing, the more I think I want a bunch of kids. Like a little pack of Helmraths. Maybe three or four? Don’t quote me on that. I don’t feel like this is my last pregnancy, but who knows? Maybe we are done after this. Maybe not.
Aaand I think that’s it! Thank you again for letting me share this news with you! And Happy New Year!