Thursday, January 21, 2010

A New Book for Elsie

Elsie got a new book from our insurance company:

I love Little Critter, so I thought about just posting it here and leaving it be, but I figured there would be a furor, so I'm going to address it promptly.

Remember back when I was talking about Elsie having a growth spurt and my milk supply dropping for an unknown reason? Well...turns out progesterone does that. In English, that means I'm pregnant. Again. :)

I couldn't decide if I wanted this announcement to come across positively or negatively, because I have feelings from both camps (I'm just being honest here), but I think I'm going to stick to positive. And, just to head off any ill-mannered "jokes", yes, we DO know what causes it.

You might want to know when the next Baby Beaver is due to make an appearance, and the best answer I can give you is this: August, maybe? Won't really know until the ultrasound. As far as the symptoms of pregnancy, I have none at this point (go ahead and hate me) save for an irrational inability to swallow my tiny thyroid pill--when did that thing become a horse pill!?!--and a little bit of heartburn to ensure that Baby #2 has lots of hair. Rest assured, I have a jar of pickles in my fridge just for this symptom (thanks JT).

My mantra since we found out almost two months ago has been I can't believe we're doing this again. Not in a bad way, just in a way of...disbelief. And with no symptoms, it has been really hard to wrap my head around this. We went to the doctor today, and he said that I'm probably somewhere around 10-12 weeks (based on LMP I would be at 12 tomorrow, but I know that's not exactly right). And they got out the doppler and we got to hear the heartbeat. So, yeah. I'm not just imagining this (which is what I had started to convince myself by ignoring my expanding waist line).

Our families have known since Christmas, and this past week has been the starting of disclosure to select church friends and to coworkers who ask the wrong questions. CV to me, when I'm not eating the tacos for lunch for the first time this year: Are you sure you're not pregnant? Me: You shouldn't ask questions you don't want to know the answers to. CV: WHAAAAAAAAT?!?!?

[Edited 1/23 to remove this section because I really am a nice person. Just so the comments make sense, know that someone (an adult) asked me before I was pregnant, "Mrs. Beaver, are you pregnant or just a little bit fat?" Haha.]

We're overwhelmed and excited and still trying to figure out what it will mean to have two children so close--15 months...ish. Pray for us, please!



Misty said...

Oh my goodness!! Congratulations Friend!! I know you're maybe not super excited yet, but I am so excited for you. We're due probably within a few weeks of each other. (8/26 for me). 15 is hard, but doable! My friend adopted little girls 15 months apart, and though it was hard, they are so cute and such good friends!

Cheryl said...

Julie was anxious to tell someone a few weeks ago and after talking to you, probably made her co-workers swear they wouldn't post it on facebook like you said!!

Craig-Jen said...

oh, wow! I originally read this from my phone and was left speechless!

While I don't understand the emotions you're going through, I am happy for you! Know that I'll be praying for you and this little life and the impending delivery :-)

Oh, and I also have to comment on what people are saying to you. I think those Alabama folks need to take a pill that makes them bite their tongue. Seriously. I call my belly fat what it is...fat. It's stubborn weight!


Colleen said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you'll be fine with two babies, I imagine you are a wonderful mom and I think if anyone can handle Elsie plus 1 it's you (and Eli).

ps-you look GREAT! No, I can't actually "see" you, but I know it's true. :)

Motorcycle grandma said...

Congratulations to all of you. You and Eli have done GREAT figuring things out as you go along ... you'll just do it!!! hugs to Elsie! Luv ya!

Kerry Duty said...

Wow! Congratulations Erin! That's very exciting news :) I agree with Jen, those AL people need to learn some manners! I embrace my baby fat with pride :)

Deena said...


doms mom said...

Kudos for keeping up with the Hodgkinsons! I know it is overwhelming. Up until 2 days ago John and would look at each other and ask "what are we going to with 2 of them?"

After just 60 hours, I can tell you I wouldn't have it any other way.

Congratulations! The blessings just keep coming!

David in Ohio said...

Congratulations....Erin, Eli & Elsie Jane!!!!!

Love & Prayers:)

MommaLlama said...

Congrats! And like the previous posters... you will do just fine.

Our boys are 10 1/2 months apart, are the best of friends. The milestones are very close together which can be challenging, but is also a lot of fun!