Bambino Ballard

So, now that the shock has subsided, people are curious about the details of this babe on the way.  We are happy to share!  Here goes.

We planned on having the babes two years apart-ish from the start.  I have worked with lots of kids in the last decade and I like the sibling vibe that happens with kids that close together, so that was always the goal.  I’m also working against a deadline with my initial practitioner license for teaching, which is only renewable for 6 years without teaching full time, so that should get us to the youngest being at least 3 when I start teaching if that’s the route we go.

You may or may not know that it took us almost a year to get pregnant with Silas, which was pretty stressful.  It only finally happened after we bought a new house, gutted it to the studs, and decided to wait a year to get pregnant.  Ta da!  Three weeks after we moved in, I got pregnant.  Fast forward to now, Tim working away from home four days a week and we move into a new house.  Three weeks later, I got pregnant again.  I’m sensing a theme…  Apparently I only ovulate when my life is in total upheaval.  Who knew? And no, we won’t be moving again.

We are at the end of week 12 of this pregnancy and it looks great so far.  Wiggly baby, strong heart beat.  I am due June 1st, give or take a week (they will adjust after an ultrasound next week).  The consensus is that I am due more like May 20 something, so these babies of mine will be 18 months apart to the week.  Oh boy!

I feel so different this time around.  With Silas, I was sicker than a dog.  Like, I couldn’t even get on Pinterest for a few months because the recipe posts would make me gag upon sight.  I was sick all day with Silas through about 22 weeks, then I felt great the second half of my pregnancy until I approached whale status, which is never comfortable.  I craved tuna salad from Subway with red vinegar, panang curry, and fresh grapefruit with my first pregnancy.  Weird, right?

This pregnancy has been much better.  Everything I read says people are typically more tired the second time, but I was not.  I was tired, yes, but last time I fell asleep sitting up on several occasions in the first trimester and even once when we had guests over for dinner!  Embarrassing.  This time I craved Chipotle burrito bowls, cobb salads, and York Peppermint Patties from the get go.  No longer.  I have moved on to BLT’s for the moment.  I feel so much better this time.  I feel a little yuck when my belly is empty, but generally I feel great with interspersed bouts of being totally sick without warning.  I threw up in front of not one, but both sets of company last week.  Sigh.

All in all, we have a lot going on with Tim working away from home and being in full time grad school until May, and adding a bun in the oven maybe isn’t the least stressful choice at this point, but we are very excited!  Silas loves other babies so very much, so he will make a stellar big brother.  I am mourning the loss of his babyhood as he is fast approaching a year in less than a week now, but that’s life, right?  I know everyone says it, but they grow so fast.  I can’t get over this amazing kid who was swaddled in my arms a year ago, tiny and new and perfect.  Sniff sniff.  The hormones make me cry about everything.  Don’t get me started on pictures of Kendra’s new baby.  I cry every time!   So precious.

Oh, and please advise on the best side by side double stroller if you’ve got opinions.  And just because people have already asked, we are undecided about whether we will have 2 or 4 at this point, but either way we will be taking a break after Bambino Ballard makes his or her appearance.  Yes, we will find out the sex–I have had at least three people tell me they’re waiting to buy dresses, but I won’t complain a bit if this is a little fellow who can take all the hand me downs from Silvano P.  Slash the cutest girl clothes ever are everywhere!  I can’t get over the baby duds these days for girls.  We’ll just take a healthy babe, and we’ll let you know after Christmas what’s a growin’ in there.


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