It’s been a while since I’ve connected with all of my Sunflowers! I’ve missed you all, and there’s a lot of catching up to do! Since we last connected, my family and I moved from Texas to Missouri. We were there just a quick six months as I attended the US Army’s Chemical Corps Captains Career Course. We’re now stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington; home to the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest: Mount Rainer. It’s beautiful here! In the midst of all the moving and adjusting to three different states in the past eight months, there’s big news that I’d love to share: my Husband and I are expecting baby number two!
We are so excited about this time, because as the title reads, it was planned. Two to three years apart is an ideal age difference for the close-knit family of five my Husband and I want to build. After our son was born (he will be 11 months when his sibling arrives), I knew what I wanted to do differently with our next pregnancy, and what I did not want to change about our last.
One of the big differences is documenting our pregnancy journey. I believe it seems like forever while you wait the nine months for your baby to arrive. After all is said and done, once you’re sent home from the hospital, you start to think about the times when you were with child. So I will definitely be blogging and vlogging all symptoms, moods, appetites, and sleepless nights as a memory keepsake for this pregnancy.
Another thing my Husband and I agreed on for this pregnancy is to do a surprise birth. I played around at the thought of it at first, but eventually it stuck with me and I convinced myself that I could do it! I’m from a generation where gender reveal parties are more popular than revealing that you’re expecting altogether! Some couples even pay extra to find out the baby’s gender as early as 13 weeks. I probably would’ve done that with my first pregnancy had I known about this option, so I’m not passing judgment; I just wanted to see what it would feel like to not be so caught up in what type of clothes I’d buy, or falling in love with a particular name.
The thought of how a couple of generations prior to mine were only given ultrasounds when there were complications, and even then often times weren’t aware of the gender puts things into perspective of how quickly times have changed. I’d love to be able to relate to that generation, and more importantly for me, have a relatable dialogue with my 87-year-old Grandmother on the feeling of not knowing the gender prior to birth. Sort of like the same feeling of gratitude I had when I told my Grandmother I wanted five children just like her, and I wanted to have them all natural and breastfeed them for a year. Which is exactly what I did with my son.
I’d love to hear from my Sunflowers! What do you think of women who choose to do surprise births? If you have done a surprise birth before; was it voluntary? How did it feel the moment you knew and were physically able to hold your baby? Is it something that you’d try with future pregnancies? Let me know and let’s discuss it!
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