I am so overjoyed to announce that we are expecting baby #2 in December of this year!

Big Sister Kisses

This pregnancy has shocked me a bit in terms of how different it has been from my first with Lil’ Tea Cup. Perhaps it was simply wishful thinking, but I assumed that because I had an easy go of it last time, I would have the same this go around. Although, in the grand scheme of things, I have been still been very, very lucky, this pregnancy has been more challenging.

Here is how things have been going using some of the questions that everyone seems to ask once they find out you are pregnant…
Have you had morning sickness? 

With Lil’ Tea Cup, I didn’t — even for a second — feel ill. Honestly had I not been inhaling food and growing a bump, I probably would have starred on “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant.” For this little one, I had and still have “nighttime sickness.” Around dinner time most days, I lose my appetite, my stomach gets upset and I must be horizontal. I am so very thankful that this is not an all day event. To all of you that manage to deal with this, my hat is off to you ladies! It is wonderful that it happens at night because I still can go to work and be a Mom in one piece during the day. I am happy to say that this does seem to be fading as I head farther into the second trimester!

Do you think it’s a boy or a girl?

I didn’t “know” with Lil’ Tea Cup until the night before my ultrasound when I dreamed that I was having a little girl. With this little one, my first thought was boy because of the completely different symptoms. I am not really leaning either way though at this point. We will be finding out, hopefully, in the near future.

WHOA, look at that belly!

Okay, so not a question, but people do comment on these things. After finding out we were expecting, I thought to myself that we would keep this pregnancy to ourselves for the first trimester, like we did previously. However, two days later, I walked into a classroom and a student came running over, wrapped their arms around my belly and yelled, “You’re having a baby!” Yep. The jig was up. Once the kids start to notice, everyone knows. So in my experience you do “pop” much earlier with a second pregnancy. I am thankful that I didn’t have to go through the “too much dinner” phase where you get the side eye of curiosity. Now I get the, ” you are ONLY three months!? ”

Have you had any cravings?

With Lil’ Tea Cup I craved lemon and raspberries. However, I could eat anything happily as long as it wasn’t chicken. This pregnancy, I am not really craving things but I have had more food aversions than I can count. It has gotten to the point that I make meals for my family, and then have to wait to see what pops into my head that sounds good and eat that. The ¬†simple thought of some foods make my stomach turn, and don’t even get me started on smells. As a regularly non picky person, this new territory for me. I am so thankful for my husband and the fact he will do food runs for me to make sure I am eating enough.

One last oddity about my second pregnancy:

I have never for a second thought that I looked like any celebrity. However during this pregnancy, the “you are glowing” comments have been replaced, with ” has anyone ever told you that you look like Jennifer Lawrence?” It has happened in various different places, at various different times and mostly with complete strangers. I don’t believe it even for a second but hey, I will gladly take it! She is a beautiful women and I would love the “Jennifer Lawrence mask of pregnancy” any day!

If you were pregnant with a little one now, what would you name him or her?