A few acquaintances have just gone ahead and asked me, after looking me up and down, so that probably indicates that it’s high time to make it known on here.
Would you ask a woman such a question? I guess I have a very “obvious” look about me from the beginning. I honestly don’t mind it at all, and I’m happy to share that “yes, it’s true” — but still, it’s a big risk on their part. They’re bold.
You heard about Rosie, right? The pattern between us continues. When we were on our family vacation this summer and she announced her news, that signaled to me that what I had been suspecting about myself was probably true. I just had to wait to get home and take the test to confirm it.
So yes, baby number 3 is on the way, due in April! The chuckle is that, technically, my due date is April 1 — a “Folley on April Fools!” But I’ve been saying that the joke will truly be on me if that comes to pass, since I am fully prepared, given my previous experiences (both babies born at 42ish weeks), for a Tax Day baby.
Some questions I’ve been getting:
Am I planning another home birth? Short answer: Yes. I have the same midwife as with Peabodee and so will be having another home birth, although I haven’t planned out the logistics yet.
Do we have a nickname? Yes. Once again, The Artist has delivered (pun intended), and we’ve been calling this little on “Chickapea.” That name will likely stick around here on the blog as well (you do remember that “Finnabee” and “Peabodee” are not their real names, right? Just checking to make sure you know I’m not that weird.)
Are you going to be surprised again? Yep. Just too much fun! So unless this baby does anything exhibitionist during the upcoming ultrasound, we will be happily surprised again come d-day.
How’s the Diastasis thing going this time around? I think certainly better than last time. That space is there again, but didn’t come up as quickly nor as drastically as with Peabodee, and now I have the confidence and know-how that I’ll be able to address it after the birth by getting back into Mutu (by the way, there will be a Black Friday sale on the Mutu program, which I’ll remind you about when the time approaches). In full disclosure, I’ve been trying to keep up a Mutu routine while pregnant now that my energy is back, just to try to keep my abs strong around this baby and to avoid lower back and hip pain (it really helps!). And who knows? Maybe I’ll won’t have a giant baby this time! Just a thought…
Do the kids know/are they excited? We just told them last night. I had held out for a while. First, to protect them from any potential sad news. Then, to protect them from the burden of a very long wait. After a while, I was curious to know when Finnabee might just figure out for herself what was going on, so I resisted breaking it to them openly. But The Artist persuaded me we should let them in on it, and I’m glad that we did!
Us: “We’re going to have another baby!”
Finnabee: “A baby GIRL?”
Us: “Well, we don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl – we’ll have to find out!”
Finnabee: “When will she be born??”
Peabodee ran in circles around the room yelling, “baby! baby! baby!” and took long, inquisitive looks at my stomach when we told him, “inside Mama’s tummy.” Just a few beats later, he was the one giving his Daddy knowing, nodding glances and explaining, “tummy” and “seep” (baby is asleep, Dad). I told Finnabee that she could listen to the baby’s heart beat the next time the midwife comes to visit, to which she replied, “How will you make the baby’s heart beep?”
They were both happy to give my belly a kiss goodnight.
And of course, the Artist and I are SO excited and grateful and always marveling that we get to experience this amazing thing all over again and dream all over again about meeting (and falling in love with) a whole new family member! It continues to boggle the mind, even despite having less time to think about it, with two toddlers keeping me busy.
Please keep us in your prayers! We’re going into the third year of our crazy artist thing here in NH (you know, that whole “leave the job and go back to being a student so that you can have the skills to become a professional and support a family while restoring beauty and high-quality, classical art to the Church and culture at large” thing?), so if you wouldn’t mind keeping that in your intentions now and again, we’d appreciate it!