Thank you all so much again for the outpouring of love and congratulations! I am so happy the cat is out of the bag because I am already showing BIG TIME and it’s been super hard to keep it under wraps! I’m going to try as hard as possible to do things the same for #2 as I did for #1 (sorry you didn’t get a cool announcement video BBH #2!), so here are the top 10 questions I’ve received in the last day or so!

1. How/When did you find out?
July 24th–the day before Cal turned 11 months. We were definitely ‘trying’ so finding out was certainly not as big of a surprise. A few months had passed with no success so I actually had my thyroid checked by my doctor just to be sure everything was OK with me. He said I was fine and he’d be shocked if I wasn’t pregnant very soon. I sort of put it all aside and trusted that God had a plan and I needed to ‘let it go’.  A few weeks later, it was a Friday afternoon (I was due for my monthly the next day–by the way, there is no ‘nice’ way to say that-ha!) and Hutch and I had planned to go to happy hour with one of our friends. Cal and I went for our usual 4pm walk together through Uptown and stopped to see Dad. We chatted about happy hour, how we couldn’t wait to have a cocktail (or 2…or 3) and then Cal and I went on our way and Dad went back to work for 1 more hour until it was time to start the weekend. On my very short walk back to our condo, I had a weird feeling. Something deep in my gut told me to just pop in to Rite Aid (right next to our condo) and buy a test before I get my Tito’s+soda on.  I casually got my test, said ‘hello’ to our friends who work there (they love Cal) and headed up to our condo. I actually got in to our condo and forgot about the test–it was sitting in the bottom of the stroller and I was busy chasing Cal around making sure he didn’t kill the dogs (as usual). After a few minutes the light bulb went off and I went to the bathroom. Boom. 2 lines. FAST–just like last time. HOLY MOLY. This time Hutch wasn’t home, so I had to think VERY fast on how to tell him. I decided to hide the test in one of Cal’s toys and show Hutch Cal’s new ‘trick’ with the toy…once he opened it up, the test was in there and he was SHOCKED. Needless to say, happy hour was cancelled-in the very best way :).
2. Will you be doing weekly pregnancy updates?
Nope. Didn’t last time, won’t this time. I will still try to do a monthly update like last time–I want this pregnancy and baby to be just as special as the first!

3. When are you due?
Somewhere around the middle of March–not 100% sure because I will have a scheduled c-section due to my labor experience with Callahan.
4. What’s his name?
No clue! And we won’t announce it until he is born again :).

5. How have you been feeling?
Terrible. Again. I SO envy you mamas that have fabulously easy pregnancies. This is truly not my strong suit. So tired, throwing up, acne…you name it. This has been no different than the first. I have not lost the significant amount of weight like I did with Cal. I have lost 1lb as of today…vs I think it was 9lbs with Cal. For anyone I have been MIA with or ‘short-tempered’–I am sorry! My poor, poor husband–he is the best.

6. Did you want another boy?
I’ve gone back and forth on wanting 2 boys (I honestly related better to them as I have never played with a doll in my entire life) but usually landed on thinking I wanted one of each–funny enough up until about a week before we found out I felt this way. The day before we found out, at my bible study, we talked about being willful and trying to make our own plans in life. It was really at that very moment, in that very bible study, where I decided that it wasn’t up to me, and a healthy baby (regardless of gender) was all that mattered, and I was silly for even caring. When I opened up the results and saw “BOY”, I truly felt nothing but joy–because right next to it were the HEALTHY results we had been praying for. Hutch was so worried that I was going to be sad, but I wasn’t at all! HE was actually sort of sad (just for a minute really). Truly, we are over joyed and can’t wait for these brothers to meet each other! Plus–I remain the queen of this castle 🙂

7. Will you try for a 3rd?
Nope. 🙂 (never say never I suppose…but the plan is for 2) IF we go for a 3rd, it’s for a 3rd child–not for the hope of a girl.

8. How did you tell your family?
I told my parents over the phone and we told Hutch’s parents at CLT’s airport as we left for Aruba. Speaking of Aruba–I was SICK the entire time. One whole day I didn’t even leave the hotel room–so sad! We told all of our siblings over the phone as well!

9. How far apart will the boys be?
20 months! 2 under 2–I know we’re crazy.
10. How did you find out the gender so early?
Our doctor had us do the Panorama test–which was new since we had Cal. It’s so fun knowing this early!

That’s it for now…hoping I’ll be able to get it together for Month 4 update! I’ll leave you with a bump shot-only 15 weeks along, down 1lb (much better than last time!) and showing MUCH sooner this time! xo