Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dude, I get it!

I have to tell you; we're pretty excited about "Dos". That's what my husband so affectionately nicknamed baby #2. Fitting. And while I have the said worries that everyone seems to be vocalizing these days - the positives far outweigh the negative. You see, my brother and I are 6.5 years apart and while we have a wonderful relationship now...there was a definite gap for years due to the different stages we were in. Still - I wouldn't have it any other way!

That said, you'd be surprised at the responses I've received since announcing "Dos". Here's a small sampling:
  • Wow, you're a brave woman!
  • Man, you guys don't waste time.
  • Chuckles in disbelief {shakes head} - for the record, this is my favorite. It's perfect parts condescending meets rude.
  • Silence. 
  • Hey, that's awesome! Good for you guys. 
  • Wow, Olivia is going to be a great big sister.
  • Shut up!
For the most part, people are positive and sweet knowing how hard it was to conceive and how hard it is for couples in general these days. My kids will be exactly 16 months apart. And while I wasn't raised being super close in age to my brother...I think it could be really cool for Olivia and Dos to be close. {hey, that rhymes!} They will go to the same elementary schools, maybe have some of the same friends and be great playmates. How cool is that?

I wouldn't say I am dreading the work - but let's just say I know what's in store. And yes, to the nay-sayers, I know the next 3 years of my life will consist of an utter lack of sleep and some tough moments. And yes, I'm totally aware that we will have two chitlins under 2 years of age. And yes, I realize I will have mega baby weight to lose and it will probably be super difficult to leave the house without spit up of some sort on my blouse. Yes, I know this. But, you know what I have to say to all of this?

I feel lucky. I feel blessed. We wanted a family and we got it. And we still like each other - all of us - after one big year of change. Olivia has been a blast and an accomplishment. Our biggest accomplishment to date. 

Now how can having another baby ever be a bad thing? I'm thinking it will be nothing short of AMAZING!  {I say this as Olivia is leaning on me whilst watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse...mornings are the best...Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is like crack to babies, FYI!!}

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  1. My sis and I are 20 months apart and my other sis and I are 18 years apart!

  2. God bless you Johanna! One of the biggest dreams of my life is to have my own family. I am sure that it takes a lot of courage and sacrifices, but let's be realistic, what doesn't? I look forward to getting to know all the details, and even though we never met in person, I send you all my positive vibes! :) xoxo

  3. My brother and I are 8 years apart, and as a result I think we missed out on doing a lot together. It's nice that your little ones will always have someone to share experiences with :-)

  4. I was first. 4 years later my brother. 2 years afte that, my sis. They were always closer to each other growing up. (My sis and I are today, but then...) Their memories of me are of never being home, being in high school, talking on the phone. Whaat?!

    I think it's awesome that O and Dos will be able to share in the joys of their childhood together.

    After suffering a miscarriage and not not being able to successfully conceive (YET!)since - I say, get it while the gettin's good. You are lucky! You're a wonderful mama. I just know it!


  5. Hi! First time here. Hello to a fellow mommy! I just had my second 4 months ago and it's been a process but we are doing well!!

  6. People can be so negative. (And flat out ugly). You're so lucky and blessed. I'm the oldest of four children and three of my siblings are very close in age. It's a party. all. the. time. You have a lot of fun times ahead, friend! Congrats again!

  7. Aww, this kind of made me teary in a sweet way! You guys are an adorable already and will be even more so when Dos arrives. And I've never seen you look anything less than amazing even if spit up is involved!

  8. Hey, God know what he's doing! :) My brother and I are sixteen months apart and it's great. I actually ended up marrying his best friend from childhood!..... and, yes, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the best thing going.

  9. People are so bad about getting into other people's business. Having a baby is a decision the parents make and no one else needs to be involved or consulted. Jeez!

  10. This post made me smile–my younger brother and I are 18 months apart, and when my mom called her mother to tell her, she hadn't gotten a word in before my grandmother told her, "I'm so glad you have Lena, but you have no business getting pregnant again. You should wait at LEAST a year."

    The condescending meets rude remarks are already making you laugh, and I know you guys will never stop.

  11. Yay!!! CONGRATS! How did I miss this news?!? That's so exciting. When we have kids, I definitely want them close in age. Oh, that's going to be so much fun for your kids. xo

  12. congratulations! that is awesome. I have both of the worlds you are discussing. I a sister who is two years older than me. of course that meant tons of fights growing up but i am closer to her than anyone else. i loved having a friend so close in age! family vacations, reunions, lazy sundays- i always had a friend there with me. and then I have a little brother who is six years my junior (surprise!) and i am incredibly close with him too but in a different way. i am so close with them both. i guess my point is that you can't go wrong at all and i am very excited for you. my siblings have been arguably the best gift i've ever received. so great you giving that to them :)


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