Alice has something important to tell everyone (you may need to turn up the volume):
Yep, that's right, we're having another baby!
Due March 15th 2015.
We are soooo excited!
I am 11 weeks now and we got to hear the heartbeat today.
Alice doesn't really get what's going on, but she likes to point to my belly and say "baby!" and give the baby a kiss.
I am really hoping it's a girl.
I love having a girl and it would be so fun for Alice to have a little sister that is close in age.
Stephen is hoping for a boy, I think he is feeling rather outnumbered since it's Alice and me plus 4 female pets (and 4 female chickens too!).
Glad it's not up to us and God gives us what He choses.
So this pregnancy announcement has come with a lot of awkwardly worded questions such as "Did you do it without help?" or "Did you get pregnant by yourselves?"
Which has given Stephen and me a few good laughs.
Since it took 2 years and 6 rounds of Clomid to get pregnant with Alice, it's a legitimate question.
You hear often of women who struggle with infertility having an easier time after the first child. The thought is that the pregnancy helps your body kick in gear and regulate your hormones better.
We had always hoped that that would be the case for me.
After Alice turned 1 we started to get more concerned about how long it was taking to get pregnant again but I was still breastfeeding so it was hard to say if it was due to that or not.
I started seeing a doctor who specializes in working with the Creighton-Model (a form of natural family planning and cycle charting).
He has been wonderful and he put me on Myo-inositol (a vitamin supplement) and Metformin (a diabetes medication often given to women with PCOS).
It's hard to say if those things helped me get pregnant or not, since I hadn't been taking them long.
I think it was mostly due to our hopes coming true and my body has normalized after having Alice.
What ever the medical reasons, we are so thankful to God, the creator of life, who has blessed us with this new little life.
Stephen has been wonderful and even has to play Mr. Nurse for the first trimester and give me progesterone shots in my backside (to help keep from miscarrying, just a precaution given my PCOS).
So this means I have hormone injections on top of pregnancy hormones.
Needless to say, I'm not always the nicest or most rational person, though it really hasn't been too bad.
As typical for the second child, things will be a little more laid back and no elaborate belly picture progression as with Alice but I will keep you updated :o)