Isn’t it funny how we can set out to think our family will look one way, and God has other plans? If you would have asked me 5 years ago what our family would look like, I would have told you we’d have one or two kids, probably one of each. When Shep was first born, I was so overwhelmed by the stress of motherhood I swore up and down we were one and done. Then the colic faded, he turned a year and we both knew we were ready for his sibling to come. But that would be it, we swore.
Well here we are, and excited to announce we are going to welcome Baby Borm #3 in May 2018!
So like many other bloggers, here’s my chance to apologize for being MIA over the past three months. This pregnancy came quickly and somewhat surprisingly. I started a new part-time job and it’s been a (good) whirlwind to say the least. The morning sickness has been the worst out of all my pregnancies, and between taking care of Shep and Beau and trying to stay awake past 7 pm, it’s been the best I can do to simply stay above water.
What made you want to have a third child?
We love the craziness of having kids. I mean some days I’d do anything for a little quiet, but for the most part, I started thinking I can’t possibly be done with all of this (Shep is already 4 next year!) Being parents has been the best, most humbling part of our lives and we wanted another child to add to our already crazy crew. I also knew I wanted my kids fairly close in age so the type of crazy we have at different stages is relatively similar (if that makes any sense). So when we are done with bottles, I want to be done with bottles. Etc.
How did the boys react?
We told Shep and Beau about the baby in mommy’s belly the day before we had a gender reveal with our friends and neighbors. Shep’s first reaction was, “But mommy, I already have a brother! I don’t need any more babies!” Then he started acting excited, and now he tells almost everyone he sees that he’s going to have a sibling. Beau was about as excited as he is when he gets a sippy cup of milk 🙂 He’s still so little!
What’s the age gap?
Shep and Beau are 21 months apart, and while so much good has and will come from that, as many of you know with kids close in age, it’s tough. This baby won’t be that close. It will be about 2.5 years younger than Beau, and they will be two grades apart in school. I think it’s going to be great!
Boy or girl?
Here’s the best/funniest part. Because I was so sick, and the sickness was so much worse at night (which was way different than Shep or Beau), I knew it was a girl. I even had a psychic tell me THREE times we’d have a little girl. You couldn’t have convinced me otherwise. Then, we did the Counsyl genetic screening (gender available at 10 weeks + important genetic screening results) and lo and behold, we are having a …
I’ve always thought I’d have a girl, and of course there’s something sad about never having to shop for pink (except I make my boys wear pink ALL the time!) Having a picture of your family and it turning out to be something different is hard, and we all approach that in different ways. When the doctor told us it was a boy, I felt, wow, this is our family. These are the three wonderful, (tall!) sweet boys I get to be a mommy to! My life is going to be full of lots of grocery trips, sports practices, and who knows what else. I just feel lucky to know this is our family. Even though I’ve had two boys, I’ve also seen how their personalities are so different, and how they each have individually brought so much to our lives. This new baby is the same — he will have his own personality and impact us in entirely new ways. I also have lots of friends with adorable little girls I can’t wait to continue to spoil 🙂
Are you done?
I can tell you we are 99.9% done. I came from a family of four girls, and it was absolutely amazing. But it was always crazytown. I know three boys will still be crazytown, but I have a feeling this will be my max.
Thanks for sharing in our exciting news! Can’t wait to share updates along the way.
Now on to the linkup!