How do you share your pregnancy announcement? Our family is excited to share that we are pregnant with our 2nd child. We are over the moon excited to welcome this new little one into our family in the late November timeframe.
As many of you know, we have one little boy, Liam, who is the absolute light of our lives. He will be 6 when this little one is here and we get asked a lot why we waited so long to have a 2nd.
Garrett and I always knew we wanted kids and always knew we wanted more than one, but life can throw you curveballs.
While I know we don’t owe an explanation to anyone as to why we waited 5 years to have a second, I want to share a little bit of our story because I know there are others out there struggling with some of these challenges too.
Liam has some developmental delays including a speech delay and pediatric feeding disorder called ARFID.
ARFID stands for Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and is quite a challenging thing to encounter.
The journey on figuring out that the speech delay and ARFID were present was one that started when Liam was about 9 months old. In fact, let’s even rewind to when I was pregnant with him.
He was diagnosed with IUGR, Intrauterine Growth Restriction and sometimes that can cause not only weight gain issues but developmental issues.
So, at 9 months old, our little dude wouldn’t accept any baby foods. We gave it a few months and tried again and that’s when we realized there was an issue.
This started our journey to where we are now – numerous specialist appointments, endoscopy, weekly weight checks, numerous blood draws, genetic testing, 6 week feeding treatment program, and daily therapy (including feeding, occupational and speech).
While I wouldn’t change this journey for the world because Liam is an amazing kiddo with fantastic progress, it is one that Garrett and I knew we needed to focus on for a bit before welcoming another kiddo into our family.
Garrett and I both work full time outside the home, Liam attends a local private school (he’s going into K this fall), and we have an AMAZING team of therapists that have become family. So, we feel confident that this is the right timing for pregnancy.
Timing the Pregnancy
Deciding to go ahead and try for another baby was one that we thought long and hard about. I know many of you can relate to this because going from 1 to 2 kids is a challenge because Liam has received ALL of our attention and love for the last 5 years. We knew, though, that we wanted more kids.
We decided to start trying and thought it would take just a few months like it had with Liam but were surprised to see it take 7 months.
We knew that it would all work out, so we weren’t losing faith. We got that positive pregnancy test in early March, 2020 and the journey has been a fun one.
Home Remodeling Projects
We have been doing a TON of home renovation projects. Since February timeframe, we’ve:
- Added an attached garage
- Replaced the siding on the house
- Replaced the gutters
- Installed vinyl flooring in the entire downstairs
- Remodeled the bathroom
- Paved the new driveway
- Remodeled the family room
- Remodeled the dining room
All of these projects we have had on the plan for awhile, BUT it became sort of rushed because we knew we were looking to welcome a new little one into our family.
Announcing our Pregnancy
As you can imagine, we wanted to be creative in the way we announce our pregnancy to our family. My husband had the idea of waiting until most of the home renovations were done and then inviting our families over for a small get together and sharing the news.
We had them over July 4th weekend, when I was already 17 weeks pregnant. We had only told a few friends, as one friend made me some shirts and that was it.
Our families came over to see the home renovations, and we had some good food and family time. Before we ate, though, we wanted to share the big news:
I think they were shocked, don’t you? We are all super excited to welcome this little one into our family.
Boy or Girl?
Little did they know, we also knew the gender because I qualified for a NIPT (non-invasive prenatal test) at 12weeks to find out the risk of some genetic conditions and also the gender.
We invited everyone outside once we ate and shared the gender with them:
YAY, we cannot wait to welcome her into our family. This is our creative way to share the big news with our families, what are some of your creative ways?