Here I go… the BIG news!

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Well.  I bet you wonder what I’ve been hinting at all these weeks.  I’m not usually so elusive, but for some reason I’m not sure how exactly to announce my news.  If you’ve been reading for awhile (and by “awhile”, I mean since September since this blog is only 5 months old!) you may remember this post when I asked if anyone could guess the news we had after our vacation.  I quickly posted again to assure everyone that we were NOT expecting a baby as many had guessed, but rather we were weaning Noodle from her feeding tube (an NG tube, for those in the know).

NG tube free Noodle, taken a few weeks ago

Guess what?  Apparently I’m a big, fat liar.  Because four days later something felt funny so I took a pregnancy test and… you guessed it… I was pregnant!

I need to preface this announcement with two things.  First, I struggled for years to get pregnant with Noodle.  The month before we conceived her I was told I had a 4% chance of ever giving birth to our own biological child.  I was diagnosed with a high FSH level (levels unheard of for a 32 year old).  I won’t get into the details, but if anyone is reading this and struggles with either infertility or high FSH don’t hesitate to email me and we can chat off blog.  There were zero to no success stories when I was trying, and I know it would have meant so much to talk to someone who struggled, too.  Needless to say, miraculously we did not see a fertility doctor this time around.  This was, quite honestly, a blessed surprise!

The second thing I need to say is that it took 41 weeks of gestation with Noodle before I felt like I might actually have a baby.  I had a strange intuition during my pregnancy, but everyone chalked it up to me being a first time mom.  As you probably know, the delivery was a nightmare and we almost lost our sweet baby.  So I hope you forgive me for waiting 17 weeks to tell you all my news.  I wanted to be well into the second trimester before shouting it on the mountain, and as I’ve learned through my situation and those of close friends you can never be too sure.  I can tell you I don’t have any weird intuitions this time around, and hopefully that counts for something!  But I’m keeping it low-key, enjoying the ride and trying not to hyperventilate about the “what ifs” as delivery gets closer (a scheduled c-section helps with that).

I apologize for not telling you sooner.  You can see my blogging suffered quite a bit in September and October because I felt so, so sick.  Wow.  I was so sick!  My poor friends would get emails that just said “blech” and “ugh”.  But that seems to finally have passed and now I can handle playing in my bloggy sandbox a little bit more!

Hope Noodle is ready to share the spotlight… and everything else, for that matter!

Thanks for hanging with us on this wild ride.  If anyone has any advice for handling two kiddos under two years old, I’ll take it {and then some}.  Having a child with special needs has it’s challenges, and we are hoping and doing all that we can to try to get Abby’s feeding {and sleeping} on track before having a newborn.  My door is open, the couch is comfy… come sit on it, and dish!  If you have two little ones, please share your secrets!

The “BIG” ultrasound is the week after New Years, and I’ll keep you updated.  We are hoping, first and foremost, for a healthy baby with no stray umbilical cords.  As for a boy or girl, we think it’s win-win.  If it’s a boy, we’d be excited to have the experience of raising one of each.  If it’s a girl, then Noodle would have a sister and I wouldn’t have to buy new clothes!  See what I mean?  Win-win!

Whew!  Now I can finally mention it in posts and such.  Thanks for your understanding about waiting so long to spill the beans.  And really, I mean it… advice is welcomed and needed.  😉

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38 Comments

  1. Wow! What a miracle and a Blessing!!! I can understand you not wanting to share the news yet!!! You baby girl is gorgeous!I have 16 month old twins so I might have a few words of wisdom!LOL! If I can find my mind!Hee-Hee
    Please stop by I am having a wonderful giveaway~

  2. That is sooo awesome!!! Def a blessing… I am so happy for you! Woo hoo!! Another noodle coming that is just fantastic!

  3. I just found your blog through SITS….CONGRATULATIONS! That is some wonderful news and your daughter is adorable!

  4. What a darling little girl you have!

    Congrats on your pregnancy. My first two kids are just shy of 17 months apart and I love it!

  5. Congrats! That is wonderful news. My sister and I are 2 years and 8 days apart and she has special needs. I will ask my mom what worked for her but, from my perspective she had lots of love, patience, and joy for the both of us and it worked! My sister and I are and have been so close because we did pretty much everything together!

  6. first of all, congratulations!! second, i have two kids(my oldest has special needs). the reality is, it will be a big adjustment!! you’ll wonder how you’ll be able to handle both of them. but you just do it. some days are harder than others. right now my daughter(special needs) can not stand my son. she screams when she’s in the same room with him. its very difficult. but my son kisses her goodnight-every night, it makes me melt!! we’ll get through this rough patch. just have patience, take it one day at a time…and if someone offers to help…take them up on it!!

    best of luck!!

  7. Congratulations! 🙂 I don’t have any kiddos yet, but can tell just by reading a little about you what a wonderful mama you are (and will continue to be). Thanks for stopping over at my blog, too! Looking forward to “getting to know you” 🙂

    Joanne @ Ready, Set, Craft!

    http://www.readysetcraft.blogspot.com

  8. I’ve been through having 2 kids under 2 twice. My oldest is 4 1/2, and I have an almost 3 year old and a 10 month old. All Girls!! My advice is to let go of certain expectations you may have of “me time.” I found that if I expected it and didn’t get it, then I got more frustrated. But if I just surrendered to the fact that my calling in life is a full time mama at this point, then it’s totally awesome! Congratulations! (in from SITS)

  9. Congratulations! That is wonderful news!! I hope you have an happy and healthy rest of your 9 months. I am stopping by from SITS.

    Have a great week!

  10. Congrats! I just found your blog tonight, and can tell you that I have 2 little girls, 15 months apart (ages 1 and 2) and it is not nearly as bad as you would think!! You can do it! Congrats!!

  11. Oh My Goodness! What a wonderful surprise and Noodle will be a big sister! Congratulations and keep us posted throughout- I want to see Ultrasound pics! 😉

  12. Congratulations! I also had fertility issues; and am now the proud mama to two little girls under the age of two! What a blessed life! My daughters are 19 months apart and there is never a dull moment in our house! My advice: just be grateful and enjoy every chaotic moment! Best of luck!

  13. Stopping by to wish you a Merry SITS Christmas!

    I was never able to have my own kids (endometriosis) Had 2 surgeries, husband (at the time) had one, and we finally accepted our fate, went our separate ways and that was that. Or so I thought.

    At age 34 I met Hubster who had 3 sons (7, 10, 12) from his 1st marriage. The boys moved in w/us after 6 months of marriage. I was totally unprepared, albeit very excited to have a family.

    18 years later my youngest son gave me my fondest blessing – a grandson, who’s now 2. The first year I had him 5 days a week – from 5 months old til 18 mos. We bonded and it finally, FINALLY, filled the void I’ve had forever, not having my own kids.

    Sorry for the long comment, but I figure you’ll understand. I’m so happy for you and your 2nd blessing. Enjoy every moment – good & challenging.

  14. CONGRATS!!! Always think positive! That’s my advice to you and ENJOY the rest of you pregnancy.
    Stopping by from SITS!

  15. Oh, what a wonderful blessing. I am so happy for you and hope you are feeling better. God is good!
    Merry, Merry Christmas

  16. Wonderful news. My husband and I struggled with the first. The second was almost too easy. Congratulations!

  17. congradulations! That is so incredible! I had primary and secondary infertility – not for the same reasons, but feeling very blessed with my two little girls aged 6 & 9 now – btw their birthdays are only 14 days apart and they hardly have shared ANY clothes – different sizes (one is average sized one petite) different body types (athletic vs. curvy) different coloring (one blonde and blue eyed, one brown eyed brunette) and different tastes (sporty gal vs. Princess) So good luck on that;-)

    Enjoyed your news and visiting from SITS

  18. Congratulations on your exciting news!

    I’ve got more than one friend who’s been in a similar situation and it always just makes me marvel that such blessings can come after so much adversity.

    Stopping by from SITS. I hope you had a nice Christmas!

  19. Stopping by from SITS and wow, what fun news! Your daughter is totally adorable. Love her little fairy ballerina outfit! Hope 2010 is a year filled with more lovely surprises for you and your family.

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