I'm finally going to share something I've wanted to tell for a while: we are expecting our second baby! I'm about 18 weeks along, at least officially (personally I'm inclined to believe it's a little less) – yes, we've actually kept it quiet for this long, though no doubt some of you have been wondering/guessing for a while now.
I'm due sometime around mid-August (though, again, I won't be surprised if it's actually closer to the end of August). The little ones will be about 20 months apart. I've got a feeling this little love is going to be a girl as well – can't tell exactly why. Soon enough I'm supposed to do an ultrasound scan and then we'll know for sure. I'll keep you updated.
I have been feeling much better this time around, during my first trimester – though I've still experienced quite a bit of fatigue and the occasional near-fainting episode. Of course, having to take a job outside the home during that period didn't make things any easier. So essentially, those of you who said it wasn't normal to feel this tired, and expressed concern for my health, were right – had I felt quite so exhausted without knowing I'm pregnant, I would surely see a doctor about it.
I'm happier than ever to be back home at this time – there's so much to do in the months we have left until the baby is born. And it worked out so wonderfully well, that the opportunity to come home was just when there was a quiet period at work, so it wasn't at all as though I let down the wonderful people I was working with (something I didn't want to do, regardless of the knowledge that my commitment, of course, was first and foremost to my family). But as it happens, I was able to leave on very good, friendly terms, and even received a lovely thank-you letter a few days ago, along with a call from a dear friend I made at work, a far older and more experienced mother of five. I was so thankful.
Anyway, now that the first trimester is behind me, I'm feeling wonderfully well again. I've finally managed to put a bit of weight on, and I'm full of energy (which is very good, considering how much there is to do before Pesach). I'm already showing quite a bit, perhaps I'll share some pictures soon. I've switched almost entirely to maternity clothes, rather than continue squeezing into my normal ones. I've also started feeling some movements this week – very slight ones, as it's still early on (and, as I said, I think it's even earlier on than I'm "supposed" to be).
We only told family a few days ago, and… well, I don't want to spoil the happy spirit of this post. It's enough that we are thrilled about having another child soon. What a blessing it will be for us all. Another little baby to cuddle and love. Another sweet darling to hold at my breast and nurse. For Shira, a sibling to be best friends with, to love and play and be a protective big sister to. Yes, we are so excited. I can't wait. God is so good.
Well, I only meant to post a short little note to share our thrilling news, and here I am, rambling on and on. I'd better stop for now, but I will surely write an update soon.