Well, I thought I’d put together a little post with answers and explanations, taken from the questions and comments I received in response to our baby announcement. (So much for the “this isn’t turning into a baby blog,” right? If you have no interest in our journey so far, you can just skip this post. I wouldn’t blame you. I’ve been there.)
In other news, you are really the sweetest people in the world. I think the baby post broke the comment record at NewlyWoodwards. And I kind of just want to print off all your kind words and frame them because they made me so happy. I’m a lucky gal to have all that extra support.
And I also checked out every book that you recommended from the library. So, I’ve got some reading to do. 😉 (I’m kind of a over-researcher, so I’m just planning to read everything I can get my hands on for the time being.)
It’s really too bad for Baby Woodward that he or she will be living in a Bears household. The Bears didn’t even make it to the playoffs, for goodness sakes.
When did we find out?
We found out we were pregnant in October and kept it to ourselves until we were “sure.” To make “sure,” I purchased nearly every pregnancy test at the store. (Exaggerating. Slightly.)
The time period before we told family and friends was really overwhelming for me. Ryan was super supportive, but I’m an oversharer (surprise!), so keeping a secret this big was rough. Not to mention the early decisions that had to be made and I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off. But, we made it through.
After going to the doctor a few times, we felt more confident telling family and friends. We spilled the beans to our parents before Thanksgiving and started telling other friends and family members after Thanksgiving. I arbitrarily decided to wait to break the news on the blog/Facebook/Twitter until after the holidays. It gave me a good chance to tell as many people as possible in person/in Christmas cards/through phone calls.
How have I been feeling?
Tired. Like, for real. Ex-hausted. I know that every pregnant woman says she was tired, but, holy moley. I didn’t realize exactly how tired I’d be for the first 10 or 12 weeks. There were days that I wondered how I’d stay awake. Luckily, I was done with school and able to come directly home from work and lay around until I went to sleep. My husband is a very understanding man.
I’m usually a bit of a “go-er” and “do-er,” so I’m still getting used to the idea of slowing down and being okay with a little less productivity.
On the plus side, I didn’t have any real morning sickness and very little nausea, so I’m darn lucky.
And right now, I have some sort of a cold. And I’m not 100 percent used to not being able to drink a bottle of NyQuil when I’m sick. So, there’s that.
How did the family react to the news?
Everyone was very excited, of course. Nothing is more fun than breaking the news that a baby is on the way. Arizona Lainey nearly died of excitement, which would have really ruined the moment. She’s been waiting for a grandchild for years (way longer than would have been appropriate for her oldest daughter to have a child). Ryan’s parents were also thrilled to have another grandchild. Needless to say, this baby won’t be short on love.
As an aside, we purchased a great book for both sets of parents to break the news – That’s what grandparents are for by Arlene Uslander. I asked the author to sign the book with “You’d better practice reading this before your grandbaby is born in June.” (Isn’t it so cool that the author will sign the book?) I hope it will be a great keepsake for our parents and a good story for Baby Woodward.
Will we find out if it’s a boy or girl?
Yes. As long as baby cooperates. Four more weeks and we should know.
Have we talked about names?
Yes. But we are waiting until we know if it’s a boy or girl so we can narrow our
disagreements choices. It will be a small miracle if we ever pick a name we agree on. We have vastly different ideas for appropriate names. For the record, this child will not be named after a bodybuilder if it’s a boy. 😉
What are we doing for the nursery?
Well, we’re planning to get a crib. That much is clear. 😉
Over the holidays, my parents and Ryan did move all the extra bedroom furniture out of the extra bedroom. So, we have an empty room, ready for baby.
Stay tuned on this one. I think we may end up with a crib.
We did decide to wait to make decisions on the nursery until we find out the sex of the baby. I have some ideas and lots of inspiration, which many of you noticed in my Pinterest boards. I also have a massive pull-down vintage school map that Ryan found for me on Craigslist. That will make an appearance somewhere.
How are the pugs taking it?
Franco didn’t even want a sister, and then Lola came around. He’s not sure what to think about another baby to suck away his attention. Luckily, a tired momma means lots of snuggle pug time. So, both pugs are a-okay with me being pregnant. And, my dad gives Franco extra love, too. So, all is well.
(Any tips for introducing babies to very spoiled dogs?)
So, that’s where we’re at.
What did I miss?