I can finally share the wonderful news with the world (its only taken so long because the weather just wasn’t cooperative enough to do the shoot!) I’ve managed to keep the news out of social media for nearly 18 weeks! That may be some kind of record! On January 20th, 2012, Zoe will officially become a big sister!!! And how do I know it will be that day? Because the c-section has already been scheduled! Since I wound up with an emergency c-section for Zoe, I opted to have another the second time around. I know there are a lot of opinions about this, but since I already know exactly what to expect with the procedure and the recovery, I just felt it was the best option for me.
We don’t know if we’re having a girl or a boy yet, but we are chomping at the bit to find out!!! We tried to find out last week at our 16 week check-up, but couldn’t. So September 1st, we are scheduled for our Level 2 Sonogram and are hoping we get to find out then. Although it shouldn’t need to be said, we are hoping for first and foremost a healthy baby. And a very close second wish to that would be a baby that SLEEPS! (Zoe was pretty much always a good sleeper so we’re kind of spoiled.) But we really, really, really, want another girl. Of course we would love a boy just the same. Unlike with Zoe, who’s name I had picked out about 10 years before she ever came into the world, we have no name picked out this time around. We have bounced around some names here and there, but once we know the sex, we can really focus on a name.
This pregnancy has been slightly different than Zoe’s. Better in some ways, but the heat and humidity we experienced this summer was just brutal! It made me even more queasy than I was already feeling in my first trimester. I feel like I’ve been hiding all summer. And while fall is already my favorite time of year, I’m wishing it would get here even sooner and bring along its cooler days so I can actually venture outside without worrying I will be paying for it the rest of day and night with nausea!
Our first attempt at this photo shoot didn’t go exactly as planned, as Zoe was really tired. But not her funny, hyper, silly tired. She was cranky. I did manage to get some cute shots of her, but this was how it started out:
I had this tank dress custom made from Paperlili. I had this brilliant idea that we would use the dress to share the news with our families (which we did and was a total surprise to everyone!) and then use for this shoot. Its a little big on Zoe but SO cute:
As you can see, Zoe got a little happier and more cooperative, but the shoot didn’t last very long:
As soon as we found out we were pregnant, we started telling Zoe “the baby was in mama’s belly.” We’d show her my belly so she’d understand a little better. So when we ask her were the baby is, she lifts up her shirt and look and point at her belly! Then she looks at Daddy’s belly and we explain that “only mama has the baby in her belly.” Its been so fun and cute playing this game with her all the time. Now she asks “Baby? See?”, which means she wants to see the baby, so I lift up my shirt and she hugs my belly and kisses it. She also puts her hand on my belly and asks “Hot?” and we tell her no, so she asks “Cold?” She is so funny! Here’s Zoe showing everyone “Where’s the baby?”:
Say hi to Baby #2!:
Zoe looking her little brother or sister (Rob keeps telling her its a girl!):
I love how her hands almost form a heart here:
I have just gotta say, Baby #2 has some big diapers to fill….Zoe is SO amazing…can we really be so lucky the second time around???:
For the second attempt the this shoot, I set up a slightly more elaborate set and snagged this awesome antique doll bed for Zoe’s “baby.” She loves her babies. In fact, she loves babies in general. I really think she is going to make an excellent big sister:
This shot so not clear, but I love Zoe’s little dress flipping up:
My little peanut-face:
Where is baby?:
I LOVE this dress from Whimsical Dragonfly. You might notice Zoe has in two different pig tail holders. This was from our first shoot, when I tried to fix her hair and the rubber band broke. Of course I didn’t have an extra one, so I used mine! Lesson learned, I brought plenty of extras the second time around and naturally, we didn’t need them. Sigh:
Zoe giving “muah’s” to the dogs walking through the park:
I love my silly, happy girl:
Muahs for baby:
We’ve had this rocking horse in the living room for about a month. Zoe hasn’t gone near it. But she suddenly got on it and started rocking! Just figured it out right then and there! Rob was shocked and kept asking me if I showed her how to do that. He couldn’t believe I hadn’t. She was having a blast rocking:
The light was sooooo nice:
And this, my friends, is the face of a soon-to-be Big Sister: