– Posted by Leah
It is our immense delight to introduce to you the newest member of our family…. known for now as Baby Rox!
Yup, Mark and I are having a baby*! Which is why I’ve been rather quiet around here lately… growing another human takes quite a bit of energy! But as I near the start of the second trimester, I’m feeling much better. And Baby Rox is doing great. We thought there might be twins, because I look about 4 or 5 months pregnant already, but it’s just one slightly-larger-than-average (and oh-so-cute!) fetus. Baby Rox is due to make his/her grand appearance sometime around the end of November. To say we are thrilled/crazy excited/kinda scared/ridiculously happy is an understatement. This is our biggest adventure to date, and we’ve had some pretty awesome adventures in our 6 years together.
No, this blog will not be all about babies and stuff. We do too many other exciting things to be solely focused on one event. Yes, there will be more posts about pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, etc. because those topics consume much of my brainspace these days. My body, mind, and heart are all being changed in enormous ways and it’s truly a spectacular experience.
For anyone aching to become parents and facing a challenging path to that dream, my heart goes out to you. It’s a fine balance between bursting with joy at our own happy news and being compassionate and sensitive to those for whom this news is difficult to hear. I might not always find that balance, but it is something I’m trying to do!
And for all of those who were in on our little secret – thank you for offering assistance/kindness/understanding when I was feeling green and exhausted, for squealing and smiling and sharing our excitement, and most of all for the huge amounts of love you have and will continue to heap on our little one. We certainly don’t have all the answers to raising another human being, but your love and support reassure us that somehow, with some (ok, a lot) of help, we’ll figure this out.
*Ok, this is totally going off on a tangent, but does anyone else think it’s weird to say we’re having a baby? Because really, we’re having a person. Our son or daughter will only be a baby for a very short while, and to me, parenting involves making a commitment to a whole person. We’re having a human! That sounds rather bizarre, too. Hmmm. Anyhow, just wanted to throw that out there.