We planned. We prayed. Our prayers were answered. We are highly blessed and excited for our newest bundle of joy!
Ryan and I discussed trying for another baby shortly after Lilli was a year old. We knew we wanted her to have a sibling not immediately but before she turned 3. We wanted them to be close in age also mother natures clock was ticking on my side lol.
We decided we would start trying January 2020. A month later I was pregnant. When we found out, COVID-19 was emerging upon our nation. I went thru so many emotions, considering the unknown regarding the novel virus. Can you imagine being pregnant in the midst of a pandemic? More on that topic my next post...There were many sleepless nights of concern, questioning 'Should I even be pregnant right now? In the beginning it was definitely a stressful time for me even though we received the blessing we prayed for...With the greatest support from my husband and loved ones I ultimately put all negative and worrisome thoughts aside and began to enjoy my pregnancy with great appreciation of Gods plan.
I was always hopeful for a boy. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I 'claimed' I was having a boy. I even convinced myself that this pregnancy was so different from Lilli it HAD to be boy. Welp I was wrong! Even worse, my sister orchestrated the gender revel and tricked me into thinking it was a boy until I opened the sealed sonogram myself from the doctor reveling in fact I was having another girl lol. It was an emotional roller-coaster moment, hopefully I will get a video created of it all to share soon. So definitely stay tuned for that. The good thing about it is Ryan was in favor of having another girl for a couple of reasons. Lilli is the only girl on his side of family going back some generations (he has 2 brothers, his dad had all brothers and his mom didn't have any sisters.) In addition, he wanted Lilli to have a sister to grow up with hopefully to become best friends. I honestly think he truly enjoys being a 'GIRL DAD' ha!
Whether a girl or boy we realized that Lilli would want a sibling and she is going to make a great big sister. She loves being around other children and is very passionate about babies! She simply adores all babies, any time she is around a small baby she immediately wants to shower 'love' on the baby. She currently has 4 arm babies that she take care of in her crib. Its so cute to watch her 'feed' and 'rock' them to sleep.
She has such a kind sweet soul. Furthermore she is extremely independent, ready to fill her 'big sis' shoes.
As for me, I never imagined when I decided to leave my Sr. position in corporate america after almost 15 years to stay home and raise Lilli while re-launching my brand that I would be living my best life as a MOM! I have even recently founded an exclusive moms club, MAMA's. Being a mom is the best ever, I always tell myself 'I've really been missing out' lol. It kinda of scary imagining how life will be for me after having two girls, however thus far life has been great and I believe its only going to get better!