From Fur Parents to Human Parents

We’re not calling it an upgrade because being dog parents is my favorite thing ever.

But here it is. The official blog announcement. Probably (most definitely) the reason I’ve felt so blah and tired lately.

We’re having a human kid 😊

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It’s been eternity since our original “let’s be parents” conversation. Honestly, it’s been years. I am both extremely grateful and slightly weirded out that it’s all really happening.

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We are 13+ weeks along. The pregnancy timeline is weird. We’re technically in month 3 and at the end of the first trimester… I think.

We’re due December 1st.

Our parents were all blindsided and thrilled. This is my brother and sister-in-law’s first niece or nephew so they’re adorably pumped. Actually, it’s the first “kid” for everyone on my side (niece/nephew, grandkid, great grandkid, etc.). And K’s family is obviously equally excited. His cousin had a baby last year so she’s happy to have another little one around to share holidays and cookouts with.

Everyone has asked…

How am I feeling?
Tired. I assume that feeling hangs around for the next 18 years.
Uncomfortable. My stomach is usually upset, my heartburn is in rare form, and the gas caused by pregnancy is unreal. I haven’t throw up, though, so I’m not complaining.

I am 100% always down to consume chocolate milk, Kraft mac n’ cheese, pb&j sandwiches, and ice cream. Although dairy hasn’t really been my friend lately. NO bbq or strong meats, though. Bleh.

Are we sharing the baby’s sex? Name?Β 
When we know the sex, we’ll share. We’re not going to share the name, though. And we haven’t really discussed names because Mr. Logical says we might as well wait to find out the sex before we waste time debating two different gender names. *eyeroll from me*

Are you going to quit your job?
No. I love my job. We travel A LOT, though, especially during the first four months of the year & the last few. We have a final work trip and a fun trip planned for Sept. 2019. After that I’m grounded until some time in 2020. Our business is an intangible child to us sooo… we will figure out a balance soon enough.

How are the dogs feeling about it?
At first neither cared. Lylee still doesn’t really care. This last month Enzo has become a stage 10 clinger. He keeps me within 8 feet at all times. He snuggles into my stomach/crotch whenever he can. He damn near sleeps in my rib cage from 10pm to 7am.

Any hormonal breakdowns?
I have had two incredibly emotional breakdowns. Both situations would’ve made me mad or upset, but hormones kind of set my brain on fire. Lol

Is this going to become a pregnancy/mommy blog?
Nope. I plan to share the sex here. I plan to share my StitchFix hauls (which I signed up for and got some maternity clothes so it technically falls under mom-blogging). And I plan to let you know when the little potato* makes his or her appearance. Beyond that you should expect book reviews, fiery rants, and the usually random musings.

I feel like I covered a lot of stuff but maybe not everything…? I’m a pretty open book when it comes to medical stuff/pregnancy so if you have a question ask it.

Things no one cares about: I imagine myself as a “mushy mom” – not full on crunchy but environmentally aware. For example, we’re going to attempt to cloth diaper (much to K’s strong, strong dismay) but I am planning to be loaded up on ALL the drugs during birth. It’s all about balance.

*I refer to him/her as a potato frequently. First of all, newborn babies ARE kind of like potatoes. (Credit to my brother-in-law for being the first to bring that to my attention.) Secondly, people call their kids “turkey”, “sweet pea”, “peanut”, etc. as terms of endearment. I happen to love potatoes in all forms so I consider it a pet name. Lastly, there’s a good chance this kid interrupts my Thanksgiving dinner so “potato” seems fitting.Β 

31 thoughts on “From Fur Parents to Human Parents

  1. CongratulationsπŸŽˆπŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸŽπŸŽ‰ and I love the pics, sooooo cute!πŸ™‚ Best wishes, Lyndsey.

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  2. Congratulations again.

    Oh man, the gas is the worst! And the bloating. I finally started to feel properly pregnant and not just horribly bloated about a week before I lost the boys. I’m not looking forward to going through that again.

    Definitely take all the drugs you can get. Going through labour at nearly 17 weeks was the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I can’t even imagine how bad it will be with an actual full-term baby!

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    • Thanks, Bev ❀ I agree 100% about the gas and bloating. It is just so dang uncomfortable! I hope you have an easier time with it the next time around!!
      Ugh. Labor has me so worried. I'm not afraid of pain, necessarily, but I'm afraid of the unknown! Lol

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  3. one thing i’ve learned about parenthood: never say never. raising little humans is hard, i won’t lie but it’s also so rewarding at the same time. so whatever happens, roll with it. the phases kids’ lives are always temporary so do what you can when you can and to hell with all the judgement of others.

    CONGRATS!!!

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    • True… I know I tend to take the easy way out that makes everyone happy so if it breaks one of my “never” rules I’ll probably just go with it. LOL
      Thank you!!

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  4. I’m so excited for you!!! Congratulations!! I’m not sure how much I want to share about baby girl on my blog. I want to keep the same content I’ve always had, but babies change your life in so many ways. We’ll just have to see. I really want to respect her privacy. I hope you enjoy your pregnancy!

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    • Thank you, Carolann!! (I’m so excited for you, too!!) I agree with that. I feel like my blog is MY space so I’ll share what’s going on in my life (which will include a child, lol) but I don’t want to totally turn the focus πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

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  5. I am so so excited for you, you’re going to be an amazing Mom! I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling great, and everyone is different but some of that energy comes back this trimester. The months in baby counting, the trimester’s…it’s all weird LOL Bella was due November 24 and Chuck was SURE she was going to interrupt Thanksgiving, because it’s his favorite holiday. She actually got to join us that year, so it was pretty special. I’m sure your little potato will cooperate for you πŸ˜‰ Thrilled for your news, xoxo!

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    • Thank you so much, Emelia πŸ˜€ I am hoping and praying to get some energy back. Hahaha. I have been so exhausted these past three months! We’ll see if baby shows up before Thanksgiving. If s/he isn’t here by then I told K I’m starting my maternity leave at Thanksgiving. Haha.

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  6. Congrats again! I’m so excited for y’all! That first trimester gas really is crazy and the exhaustion, too. I hope you enjoy your pregnancy- it’s such a sweet time!

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    • Thank you, Olya! I feel lucky that I haven’t been TOO uncomfortable so far. And no throwing up which is a huge win in my book πŸ™‚ It’s interesting to finally see/feel some changes in my appearance. I feel like Dec. is so far away about also RIGHT around the corner! Lol

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  7. I am so happy for you! It made my day yesterday when I saw the announcement. So so so excited for you guys. Chocolate milk was my number one craving when I was pregnant with Caleb LOL. How did you find out you were pregnant? (only if you don’t mind sharing!). And no worries on the mommy blog thing. You do you! I don’t think my blog is a mommy blog, just a blog about my life in general, which includes the kids. I try to post about them from time to time to keep everyone updated, but I also try to post about other things since I know kids can get boring to non-parents. You blog whatever you feel like blogging, and I will definitely still be here. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much, Steph!! Chocolate milk is so dang good right now. And I think I’ve had at least one pb&j sandwich every day πŸ˜€ Haha!
      Three weeks after our relaxing vacation in Arizona we had a weekend business trip. We weren’t preventing a pregnancy but we’d be on that path for a long long time so we weren’t really expecting two lines right then either, haha! But anyway, we always drink and go out on those work trips and I decided to take a test quick, just to be safe and have peace of mind. It made our random Thursday night VERY exciting when I got the results, hahahaha. We actually found out super early- just shy of 4 weeks I think.
      I don’t think your blog is a mommy blog πŸ™‚ And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a mommy blog either!! Lol! I plan to write about me and once “me” includes a kid I’m sure they’ll make an appearance every now and then like on your blog πŸ™‚

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    • Congrats again!!! So excited!!!! I didn’t think I would talk about Zoe much on my blog, but I only really blog about my life and books and some favorite products..and since Zoe has taken over most of my life…she shows up more than I would have thought. Everyone had to find that balance that is right for them. Glad to hear you haven’t been sick!!! But that bloating is reallllll and it never seems to go away. Zoe was due December 2, and we thought for sure she’d come a week early. Her birthday is December 4, and girlfriend still can’t be rushed today!

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      • Thanks, friend!! It’s definitely all about balance. I’m sure baby will make frequent appearance here since, like you said, this is a life style blog & that’s my life. Lol
        I’m curious to see what happens to our Thanksgiving since it’s 3 days before my due date. LOL

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  8. I am so beyond excited for you & your gang… I cant wait to watch the whole belly growing pics & seeing how incredible a momma you are going to be!!! Such happy news!!!!

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    • Thank you so much, Rebecca Jo! I appreciate the boost of confidence, lol!! Sometimes I think, ‘We’ve got this’ and sometimes I’m like, ‘Oh crap crap crap- how will we survive?’. Hahahaha!! I can feel my clothes getting tighter but there’s no real BUMP yet so I’m in this weird state of kinda-fat limbo. Haha!

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  9. OMG OMG OMG!!!!! Audrey!!!!! I”m so freaking happy for you and K. How wonderfully exciting and scary and awesome and amazing!! I love the baby announcement pictures, so freaking adorable. You are very brave with the cloth diaper goal. I know my parents used cloth diapers on my brother but that was more about saving money than the environment. My impression is they still used cloth sometimes with me but did use Pampers too. πŸ˜€ And I would request every single drug possible during delivery because ouch. I am not very pain tolerant. πŸ˜€ But I am just thrilled for you and K and can’t wait to see what awesome parents you are going to be to the little potato. And I”m obviously cool with you calling your baby a potato because potatoes are the very, very best – just like your little potato will be too!

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    • Thank you so much, Tanya πŸ˜€ We’re excited and scared and all those emotions! Hahaha!
      I’ve known for a long, long time that I wanted to try cloth diapering. I love the financial and environmental side of it. Plus, there are some SUPER cute covers out there! K isn’t quite on board yet but he knows it’s important to me so we’re working on compromise πŸ˜‰ My mom tried it with me and only lasted a little while, I think. Haha. She said she’s not surprised one bit that I want to do it. Hahaha.
      I am NOT going to be brave in that delivery room. Load. Me. Up. Ha!
      Right?? Potatoes are so delicious and versatile! Perfect for a baby πŸ˜‰

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  10. I think calling your little one potato is adorable! And aww…Enzo is clinging. I love it. It’s funny how different dogs can be when it comes to their human being pregnant. But all in all, CONGRATS! I am so excited for you both. πŸ™‚

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    • I’m glad you’re on board with the potato nickname πŸ˜‰ Some people are NOT. Haha! Enzo is so dang clingy. I can’t tell if he’ll love the baby right off the bat or be a little jealous. Lol. I think he and Ly will both love it.
      Thank you so much!!

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  11. Congratulations!!! That’s some big and exciting news, and changes ahead! I think we must be pretty close in weeks, I’m due around November 20.

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    • Thank you!! It sounds like it! Have you gotten that rush of 2nd trimester energy? I think I just hit the trimester yesterday so I’m crossing my fingers for it. LOL

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  12. I am so so so excited for you!!!!! And I’m all for blogging looking like whatever you want it to! I am trying to not have a mom-blog, but right now most of my life and days and headspace revolves around being a mom so it takes a ton of effort to post non-mom related stuff! I can’t wait to hear how all the pregnancy stuff goes! And I can’t wait to find out if you’re having a girl/boy!!!

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    • Thanks, Julie!! I agree completely πŸ™‚ I guess I didn’t realize home many mom bloggers I actually follow. No ones blog feels like a mommy blog- just a nice recap on their life and likes and interests! I never mind reading about people’s kids or their activities as a family! Thank you!! I can’t wait to find out either! Haha!

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