They are everywhere! I notice pregnant women everywhere I go. You know what this means, right? (Manfriend believes that when a woman notices all of the pregnant women around her, it means she wants a baby). I believe him. Here’s the thing though, I literally know
7 11 women who are pregnant. Eleven! That is a LOT and they are all due around the same time. Sheesh. Nine of these women are having boys, one is having a girl, and the other has yet to find out but I’m fairly sure she will be having a girl. This makes me thankful I am not pregnant right now…that’s a lot of birthdays next year. Let’s get down to brass tacks though…
Yeah, I’m ready for number two. It sort of reminds me of 2009 when I was baby craving. I know 2012 is the baby-making (not having) year so I’m not trying to rush anything but the baby craze that is taking place is making me think about it more and more because it is all up in my face. What’s worse is that I look at Caleb and think about how much I love him and how much I will love another child…and how cute this other child will be because have you seen Caleb? The guy is adorable.
We talk a lot about how important spacing our kids births out is to us. I know for some people it doesn’t matter and they prefer their kids to be close in age (hey, my sister and I are 18 months apart) but it does to us. We want Caleb to be potty trained (or almost), we absolutely have to be moved into a new house, but most of all- we really want Caleb to be involved. We want him to know that there is a baby in my belly. Not just to point and say “baby” because that is what he has learned. I like the idea of letting him help us pick things for the baby and that he will be old enough to “help” (or at least think he is helping). So, we’ve decided 2.5-3 years is the optimal spacing for us.
The other thing is that I work. I also commute with Caleb and will more than likely have to do the same with another child (this is the main reason we are planning on moving closer to my work). I get anxiety thinking about wielding around an infant and a toddler, dropping one off at daycare and scrambling to collect the other from a different daycare (because the center at the college I work at does not take children under 1 year). After talking with a dear friend (who also hopes to get pregnant in 2012) I feel a lot better about the work/infant/toddler thing because she may be able to babysit. And who the heck wouldn’t bow at the feet of a friend who would watch your child!? Seriously, it made me happy just thinking about it.
So what is the plan? You know me too well, huh? I plan on having a weekend getaway with some friends in April and I don’t want to pregnant on our honeymoon (planning on June), so we will more than likely plan for June and beyond. Want to know something else? I absolutely despise the winter months. January and February could be skipped in my opinion (to me, it’s the ugliest time of year in Western Washington and I’m just ready for spring once Christmas rolls around) so I’m pretty serious when I say I don’t want to plan birthday parties during those months. So early spring and on…