Thursday, February 24, 2011

Announcing: Chubbs McPhee II, the sequel

This morning, the first appointment of the day was to head to my doctor (wow it feels weird to be the patient again) and hear the heartbeat of our new baby.

Sometime around September 8th (labor day weekend, ironically) our lives are about to get a whole lot crazier.
These ultra sound pics are from my eight week appointment- today was my twelve week appointment....so hopefully this little tiny peanut has gotten bigger since then, but these are the only pictures I have.(-:
I think it's amazing to have the same doctors who promised me that they would support whatever path I chose with my 'Down syndrome fetus' now see for themselves the happy, healthy amazing little girl that Addison has grown into. With my two appointments so far, Addison has definitely gotten more attention from the doctors than I have. (-: Today the doctor was completely mesmerized by Addison- totally smitten. Maybe this will help their little sad faces be happier when they deliver the news to that next Mom with that positive amnio...."I know this is scary, but earlier today I saw a little girl with Down syndrome. She could not have been more beautiful or amazing." That's what they could start with.(-:
Addison of course has no idea how her world is going to be rocked upside down in six short months. When I tell her that soon she's going to have to share all of her toys, she gives me the evil eye and clings to them protectively. I think she's going to be an amazing older sister, and I absolutely can't wait to see her with her little sibling.

I have made it through these past twelve weeks and hope that soon the nausea will fade to a mere memory. I have lost twelve pounds in the last few weeks and have slept more than I care to recount....I have random days where food sounds good, but other than that- keep it far away from me. It's strange when you have to force yourself to eat something...and then pray it stays down.

I can already tell that this pregnancy is very different than my first. Whether that predicts girl or boy...who's to say? (also, the heartbeat has been a good 30 beats slower than Addison's 190 each appointment...I've heard that can predict gender as well???)

I for sure have entered this pregnancy with a lot more fear and trepidation than naive little me did with the first one. My eyes have been opened, I realize everything that can happen that seem like far away statistics but are very possible and have already happened to our family. (There was 1 in 1500 chance that my baby would have Down syndrome...yes, I was the 1. I really should have bought a lottery ticket the day I found out)

When Addison's type of Down syndrome was diagnosed, we were assured that this was merely a coincidence- that we could have normal, typical children as well.

It's not that I'm afraid of having another child with Down syndrome. But in the same breath, I would love for Addison to have a strong sibling to be there for Addison when Aaron and I can't be. I have declined genetic testing at this point- for my own peace of mind. After enduring the last pregnancy of knowing that something was wrong- I just don't think that I could deal with the maybes and percentages that would present themselves. I just want to enjoy my second perfect baby without forty weeks of worrying.

I could not be more thrilled about this pregnancy (I know you might think it's crazy to be so excited when they will be a mere 18 months apart, especially with all of the extra help that Chubbs needs, but I just can't help it. I get to have another baby!!!)

The fear of people looking at me and secretly thinking that I shouldn't have any more children because obviously I failed with my first pregnancy is very real. I promise you- I did everything right with my first pregnancy. I took every vitamin necessary and even gave up coffee (it made me sick...but same difference). I'll probably write more about this later- it has been heavy on my mind these past twelve weeks, but for now?

I just want to excitedly announce my expectant state and hope that you too can be excited for our little family of three- soon to be stretching to a family of four.

Don't you think that Chubbs McPhee is going to be an awesome big sister??? (-:

28 comments:

  1. Ahhh! I didn't know you were pregnant! CONGRATS :D I literally screamed out loud when I saw those ultrasound pictures! haha Addison is going to be an amazing big sister <3

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  2. YAY! Another wonderful blessing! Hope you are feeling better soon! We're so happy for you and your family!!

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  3. I'm SOOOOO excited for you Deanna! Addison is going to be a great big sister, and you'll love having them close in age. Congratulations!

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  4. Yay!!! I'm so excited for you Aaron and Addison...she's going to be a great big sister! My boys are 18.5 months apart and I love it. The first month or so was an adjustment, but I wouldn't change a thing. I hope you start feeling better soon being sick with a little one is no fun! Congrats again...I can't wait to follow this journey with you and see that cute new little one in September!

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  5. Wow awesome news!!!! I hope you feel better soon. Good luck for your pregnancy! I hope it's going to be a lot easier then last time. My only concern, will you still have time to write blogs and stuff?
    best wishes from Switzerland

    Helen

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  6. Congratulations to Chubbs!! Oh yeah, and Mommy & Daddy too!! Here's praying for a speedy, healthy, worry free pregnancy!!

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  7. oh my goodness i am so excited for you guys! CONGRATS! addison will make a fantastic big sis! yay!

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  8. Hooray for new babies! that is so awesome! Try to relax...and I can't believe you give up caffeine...what a good mama..this mom? not so much...

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  9. What I think? Certainly not that you failed the first time around. I just keep thinking that you are Super Mom and have done an amazing job with Addison. And, your new little one is sooo lucky to have you for Mom.

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  10. This was the most wonderful news I have received today! I am so happy for you three. Addison is going to be a wonderful big sister. I also think that we will all be amazed at the support that she will be to your family through the years and through the many changes that families go through. God bless you, Smith Family!

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  11. I'm very happy for you, Deanna! How exciting for all of you! Another precious little gift from the Lord!

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  12. so excited you've gone public! Chris and I are happy, happy, happy! so fun to watch your beautiful family blossom!!

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  13. Grandma and Grandpa SanfordFebruary 24, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    We are very excited!

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  14. Congrats!!! SO excited for you!!!!!!

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  15. Very happy for you! And you're going to love having them so close....I promise! I. is 3 years and G. 16 months and they are great buddies. Takes a little for the baby to catch up and learn to play with the older one but it has finally happened. And Addison will LOVE the giggles and smiles she gets from a younger sibling. Congratulations!!

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  16. Yay! I am so excited for your whole family!

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  17. So excited for you! You are doing a great job with Addison, and I know she'll be a wonderful big sister!

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  18. WOO HOO!!! Congratulations! Addison is going to make such a great big sister!! :)

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  19. YYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! YIPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Agggghhhhhhh, happy tears here!!!! Oh Deanna, I am SO HAPPY for you!!!! Congratulations, Mama!!! You keep a great secret! I can't get this big grin off my face! :):):)

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  20. HOLY COW CONGRATS!!! :) No more until I at least get married okay. ;) love you!!

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  21. So happy for you. Who cares about the 18 months. It will be awesome. Yes, tiring, but awesome. I love reading all the excitement above! DItto to it all! Excited to following along with this as well. My last 2 were due around that time. It makes for a quick end with the busy summer.

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  22. Congratulations! What wonderful and exciting news.:-) I think eighteen months apart would be nice. My sister and I are a little over five years apart and that is A LOT! I was Tag-a-long Too Lu when I was little and we weren't that close. My sister was so much better at everything because of being older that I pursued almost completely different interests. I love her but I think it would have been fun to have been closer in age. Addison will entertain her sibling and they'll learn a lot together, too from each other. I will be praying for a good pregnancy and a safe delivery.
    Love,
    Doc

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  23. Congrats!!! How exciting! :-) Hope you're back to feeling good soon!

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  24. Congrats!!! I'm so excited for you all, and especially for Chubbs. She is going to be an amazing big sister!!

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  25. so happy for you that your little family is growing from 3 to 4 , so exciting !!!

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  26. Congratulations Deanna!! I am so excited for you guys!!! Have the baby on Sept 7th, thats my birthday :) I cannot wait to see Chubbs as a big sister, she will be the best!

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  27. Congratulations. I guess we will have to start planning another visit out to Vermont!

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  28. DEANNA! You wait until I'm out of town for a few days to make such a HAPPY announcement!!! EEEEeeeekkkkk! (THat's me shrieking with excitement!) Addison Chubbs McPhee - WATCH OUT - you're about to have a REALLY REALLY fun time! There's nothing better than siblings that are close in age! They will be inseparable! I'm just grinning and grinning and could go on and on and on about how happy I am for you guys, but will stop now. Deanna, hope your sickness passes soon - bless your heart...

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