We are thrilled to announce, at long last, that we are expecting another little Andexler. Our newest family member is scheduled to arrive sometime in mid-April and we couldn’t be more excited.
We’re already in our 18th week of the pregnancy, nearly the halfway point. In some ways it feels as if the time has flown by but, in truth, we spent the first few months on pins and needles. After our pregnancy struggles earlier this year we didn’t want to get too excited or tell anyone during the early weeks this time. Now that we’re well into the second trimester, we’re excited to share our big secret.
|The second trimester has definitely been a major improvement over the first — in addition to our our general apprehension, I had some pretty serious queasiness and fatigue unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I was sleeping 9 hours a night and still needed a nap most afternoons. The level of exhaustion (and crankiness) really took me by surprise and my general productivity slowed to a crawl (chasing Lilly and doing freelance work became a struggle, housework and blogging impossible). Happily though, my energy has slowly begun to return. Even better, I’m starting to feel a few of the baby’s flutters and kicks now and then. Nothing strong enough for others to sense but enough to give me comfort and fuel our excitement.|
Speaking of excitement, we’ve been working to slowly share the news with Lillian. First by reading library books about pregnancy, new babies, siblings, etc. Then, once she seemed to understand the general concept, we told her our news. She’s pretty comfortable with the idea of the “baby in momma’s belly” at this point and also quite convinced that the baby is a girl (thats still TBD). Zoey, on the other hand, has no idea whats coming, but we’re hopeful she’ll welcome our new addition with the same gentleness and patience that she shows Lillian.
As the holidays approach, we’re looking forward to celebrating and preparing for all the changes ahead while also honoring our family in its present state for just a few more months.