Life Is Full of Surprises!
Indeed, life is full of surprises…
Yes, I’ve been keeping a big (or tiny?) secret.
And I’m so glad to finally be able to share our surprise with you! Without further ado:
We Are Expecting a Baby Girl!
Yep, it is with much joy and excitement that I share that we are expecting a baby girl!
Oh baby, what a whirlwind experience the last few months have been! In fact, this is an article I never expected to be writing. So, I’m really not even sure where to start!
Let’s just do this Q&A style, shall we? I asked a few of my close girlfriends what y’all might want to know. So, here goes…
When is the baby due?
July 7, 2017
7.7.17 – pretty cool for a number-loving nerd like me!
And, yes, if you are doing the math, that means that I am over halfway through this pregnancy! I’m currently 21+ weeks.
It’s crazy. It’s all absolutely crazy. In a good way.
How did I find out?
Well, without getting way too far into TMI territory (ha), I’ll share this much…
If you recall, I was traveling non-stop internationally from about mid-October until mid-November. First, we went to Mexico. Then, I went to London for a business school course. And finally, I went to New Zealand for a wine tour of the country.
When I returned from New Zealand, I was extremely tired. I kept thinking, “Gosh – this jet lag is horrible!” And I don’t usually struggle with jet lag too much. But I just chocked it up to the duration of my travels plus the distance of New Zealand. However, when I was still struggling to get out of bed more than a week later, it dawned on me that this might be a possibility.
Sure enough! I found out the day before Thanksgiving. And the nausea pretty much struck from that day forward.
Did I ever expect to have a baby?
Hmmm… Well, that’s a tough (and personal) question. If you would have asked me in my early 20s, sure – I probably would have said I would eventually have kids.
But life didn’t really work out that way. I had a few relationships that didn’t work out. Plus, I was very focused on my intense, demanding career. As many of you know, I worked as an engineer, plus went back to school to get my MBA while working, and then worked in finance.
Then, I met B almost six years ago. In case you haven’t gathered, he is quite a bit older than I am – and I am not young! Ha. In fact, I turn 40 in April. But I digress. When I met B almost six years ago, he was clear that he was finished having children. And I was okay with that.
But, as I said, life is full of surprises…
Yes, B has three wonderful children, all in their early 20s. So, our baby girl will be blessed with two big sisters and one big brother. A very lucky girl already!
How am I feeling?
Well, as I mentioned, it’s been a whirlwind… A whirlwind of emotions, a whirlwind of physical changes, and more.
To be frank, I have been really ill and extremely lethargic for most of the pregnancy – well beyond the first trimester. This growing a baby is no joke! The lack of energy has been quite frustrating for someone used to being so productive and on the go all the time!
I’ve heard women say how much they just love being pregnant! Eek – that hasn’t really been my experience at all. It’s been rough on me physically. But trust me, I do get and fully appreciate the miracle of this all! More on that in a bit…
On the emotional side, I’ll just say that this was a pretty big life curveball. And this curveball has brought about a lot of emotions… joy and excitement, but also fear, nervousness, and trepidation.
Please know: I am well aware how so many of you have struggled to conceive. So, I certainly don’t want it to seem like I am complaining at all. I do not take this miracle for granted for one second! We just didn’t plan to be entering this adventure at this phase of life. So, as you can imagine, we are just trying to figure out what it means and what it looks like for us. 🙂
What’s the most exciting part so far?
Without a doubt, the most exciting part is getting to see our sweet baby girl!
Because of my age (our ages), my pregnancy is considered high risk. That means that we have been through a ton of testing, lots of doctor’s appointments, and more ultrasounds than is usual.
In fact, we’ve already had four ultrasounds, I believe – with another planned for next week! And each time I get to see her tiny hands and feet, and her long legs, and her beating heart, and her cute little face, I am overcome with emotion at the miracle of this all!
It’s crazy. Absolutely crazy. In the best possible way. 🙂
And, yes, in case you’re wondering… she is totally healthy and strong! All test results continue to come back great. In fact, we just had our 20 week ultrasound a week or so ago, and everything looks wonderful!
What can you expect around here?
Actually, I wouldn’t expect much to change around here. Well, except for the fact that you’ll be seeing a much bigger belly in my fashion posts for a while! Ha.
In all seriousness, I am so thankful to be surrounded by a wonderful team here. They have and will continue to keep things running smoothly around here.
And no, this will not turn into a “mommy blog”. Sure, I will incorporate some aspects of the baby into Wear + Where + Well, as it relates to our core topics of style, travel, and wellness. But I will not be milking this topic, so to speak, for additional blog content. As you can see, I already included the gender reveal here in the initial announcement.
We are toying around with the idea of a new Monday column — maternity / motherhood Monday each afternoon to share some thoughts and updates on the subject.
A Personal Word of Appreciation
If you know me well, or if you’ve been around here for a while, you know that (despite having this website / online presence), I’m actually a pretty private person.
Obviously, this is a very personal, heartfelt subject for me to share here with you. So, I thank you in advance for your support, kind thoughts, and encouragement. My heart is overjoyed and overwhelmed all at once! 🙂
Okay – this got longer than I expected it to be! But if there’s anything else you’d like to know, just ask. Eek – I feel like I’ve just put a piece of my heart out there.
Again, thanks so much for your love as we continue on this new, unexpected, wonderful journey. Much love.