Baby #2 FAQ's

First of all, thank you so much for your overwhelming love and support about our announcement! I have so many emails, texts, messages and comments to respond to and I am so grateful for this community. Many of you had questions that I didn't answer in yesterday's announcement post, so I thought I would jot them down in one place today, while they're all still fresh in my mind! And, yes, I will link to the dress! So many of you loved it and it's non-maternity! 

dress (wearing a size L both before and during pregnancy) 

Q: How have you been feeling?

A: Pretty terrible! This pregnancy has been so different from my first and the first trimester symptoms are no exception. Here's a fun one: this baby HATES coffee. If you've seen a red cup on my recently silent feed, it's been hot chocolate and not my beloved grande Pike's Place in a venti cup with extra cream and 5 Splenda. Also, the exhaustion. Whoa baby. I know I was tired when I was pregnant with Gray but, you know, I could lay down and rest whenever I wanted. I've napped every day when Gray naps and when I don't, I barely make it to dinner time. I haven't cooked in 12 weeks, even being in the grocery store turns my stomach, and the smells of the world are out to get me. My anxiety has also been a little high but I'll explain more about that soon.

Q: When are you due/How far along are you?

A: I'm due in June and am currently cruising through week 12

Q: Was this a planned pregnancy or a surprise?

A: Well, the answer to that is a little complicated. A few months ago, we found out we were expecting a complete and total surprise baby. We were very caught off guard and it took a minute to adjust to the idea of growing our family. As soon as we really became excited about the idea, we lost that pregnancy. It was heartbreaking and really tough for me to process but we were blessed with this pregnancy just a few short weeks later. This baby has also kept us on our toes and has been monitored pretty extensively. We had one major scare at exactly the same point that we lost the last baby (in the same ER, same ultrasound room) but this babe is a fighter and has surprised us at every turn. Currently, baby is growing right on track, has a strong heartbeat and has passed every test with flying colors. I can't lie and say this past few months has been easy or that I've even handled it all very well. With my anxiety, it's been very difficult and I've worked hard to keep things in check for the baby's sake - but some days, the anxiety wins. I'm hopeful that the second trimester will bring a little peace and relief.

Q: Will you have another C Section/Will this baby be breech?

A: Yes! to the C Section! I loved my first one and am looking forward to another Cesarean birth. As for another breech baby....yes, it's highly possible that this baby will be breech as well because that's where Gray was sweet enough to "make room". Gray was a unique position of breech called Frank Breech that added to the fun factor so hopefully if this baby is breech, it will be in a more classic presentation. While I break out in cold sweats at the thought of that much pain again, if we make it through with only a breech babe and no pre-term labor, I will be one happy mama. 

Q: Do you have any thoughts on gender?

A: Just like with Gray, I am confident that I know the gender of this baby. We have been calling the baby "her" and by our chosen girl name since we saw those two pink lines! I bought Gray one boy item before we knew the gender and I have already purchased this baby a girl item (shoes of course!). What can I say, it's mother's intuition! 

Q: Is this why you haven't been blogging or on social media?

A: Yeeeees. I'm not sure that I've ever mentioned it before, but my writing process is different than most - I literally sit down each night after dinner and write my post for the day in about an hour. I then immediately publish and promote on social media. I don't work from an editorial calendar (I so wish I could), so unless I have sponsored work lined up, my blog posts are a result of whats been bouncing around my head that day. Since my head space has been full of pregnancy, baby, pregnancy complications and what I want to eat that won't make me sick, I haven't had much to write about - and I am so sorry for that! I've missed this space and have hated to neglect it but I'm back with posts I've been dying to write (in fact, there will actually be a second, much funnier post coming later today!). Thanks for hanging in there with me while I work through all of this- I can't wait to share this ride with ya'll.

All photos by Christa Rene Photography 


  1. Awww I'm SO happy for you! Ellie was frank breech too and I loved my csection! Emma was frank breech for a few weeks then flipped so I had a choice but still went w a csection. My second one was just as smooth and recovery was easier for me than the first time! So happy for you!!

  2. Congratulations!!! And I know the feeling! My second pregnancy totally kicked my ass. Morning sickness that lasted 21 weeks, no cooking for pretty much my whole pregnancy... Pure exhaustion! We were convinced it was a girl because it was the complete opposite of my first pregnancy so imagine our surprise when a blood test revealed it was another boy at 11 weeks!!! Bless your sweet family and wishing you some relief as this first trimester ends!!

  3. Beautiful pictures momma! Obsessed with that dress! So sorry for your loss but what a blessing that this babe is happy and healthy. Can't wait to hear more! <3

  4. sooo happy for you! I have been missing your fun/witty postings! Hoping you feel better soon!

  5. Congratulations on your sweet babe!! I'm currently pregnant with my second and have had a total aversion to my normal coffee drink too this time, so weird! So sorry to hear about your loss, prayers that things continue to go well and that you start feeling better as you move into your second trimester.

  6. Congratulations! I'm in my third trimester of my second pregnancy and not only has it been totally different from my first 'breeze of a pregnancy', it has caused my anxiety to spike too. My recommendations... make the most of your second trimester where you will, I'm sure, feel sooooo much better and take help or ask for support when you need it. I like to tough stuff out but ended up flying my mum out from the uk at the last minute when illness and anxiety got the better of me and it was such a tonic. Sounds to me like you have lots to look forward to, it's so exciting!

  7. Woohoo! So happy to have your beautiful face back in writing action. I'm so sorry about the rollercoaster that you've been through, but I'll continue to keep you and that baby (girl) in my prayers. Lots of love, friend!

  8. Congratulations!! So exciting! I'm so sorry about your loss as well. Will you officially find out the gender or just go by your intuition unless the birth?

  9. Congratulations!!! One, I am so happy for you and your family. I love that you think it's a girl! I hope you're right so you can start using all those bows you make!! And two, I am so sorry coffee is a no go (it was hard with both my girls so far), and that you lost a baby. Gosh, that is just so hard. Hoping and praying for the health of this bub and can't wait to follow along!

  10. And praying for that anxiety- you are one great mama ❤️

  11. Congratulations! Sorry to hear about the loss of your surprise babe, but I'm very glad you have this baby to brighten up your lives

  12. Congratulations! I'm on baby #1 (6 months). If you're looking for cute maternity clothes...I bought half my wardrobe from Pink Blush Maternity. Such a great online boutique. Cool thing is they also do good non-maternity stuff too. Sign up for their emails, they almost always have sales. Old Navy was always my go-to too. Good luck!


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