I hope everyone had a very merry holidays with their loved ones. As you might have seen on my social media posts over the weekend, we are expecting our second little Aussie baby in May.
We are so excited to finally share the news publicly and as always, are so appreciative of all the love and support we have received so far.
I already have several pregnancy update posts drafted, but I thought I would quickly answer a few frequently asked questions first.
How far along are you?
I am 18 weeks pregnant (as of Sunday). We are due May 27th. We waited a little longer this time around to post anything because we wanted to tell our friends and family back in Texas in person while we are home for the holidays. It was hard keeping the secret for so long, but so worth getting to celebrate the good news with everyone in person.
How did you tell Travis?
I took a test on a whim one morning. I was late and although my cycle wasn’t quite back to regular, I just felt a bit off. I honestly didn’t think it would be positive so I took the test (that I already had) at 8am one morning right before a repair man was due to show up. I was quite shocked and knew Trav would be even more so. Since the last time I didn’t get to tell him in a cute way, I wanted to do something. Also, I couldn’t just call him up at work and tell him such big news. I immediately called my bff back home (who had just made the same call to me a month prior) and one of my Brisbane bffs. I decided to get a big sister book for Leighton to give him that night.
Ideally I would have loved for her to hand it to him that evening since he always reads to her before bed, but I knew there was no way I could play it cool that long (like an hour). Well he got home later than usual, so Leighton wasn’t in a very cooperative mood. So, I ended up just awkwardly handing him the book with the test inside (while trying to discreetly video his reaction). I am doing the most uncomfortable, nervous laugh the whole time. It’s on video, but no one needs to see it. Needless to say, he was pretty shocked and I finally successfully surprised him for the first time in our over 6 and a half year relationship.
Do you know the gender?
We do not. With Leighton we didn’t find out until her anatomy scan at 19 weeks. This time around though, we are opting to not find out! Travis wanted to be surprised with Leighton too, but I just couldn’t do it with my first child. This time around I am feeling much more relaxed about waiting until the birth. We have a boy name picked out but not one for a girl, and just like with Leighton, we won’t be announcing it until the birth.
Does Leighton know what’s going on?
She will point to the baby in my tummy and loves to give it kisses (sometimes licks), but she does the same for Trav’s tummy and hers. So apparently she thinks everyone has a baby in their belly! She loves taking care of her baby dolls and stuffed animals, so I know she will be a great big sister.
What will their age gap be?
Leighton and the new baby will be 21 months apart. We are a bit nervous for those early months with two under two, but I think it will be so fun for them to grow up close in age.
Will this baby be born in Australia too?
I love, love, loved my birth experience here with Leighton (read about that here), so I will 100% be choosing the same path this time around. I have already been seeing my same OB from my first pregnancy and I feel very comfortable with him taking care of us again.
Will he or she be an Aussie citizen?
People are always surprised to find out that Leighton is not an Australian citizen even though she was born here. In order for a baby to obtain citizenship at birth, the parents must have permanent residency or citizenship themselves. Since we are only on a work visa at the moment, Leighton is just an American citizen born abroad. We have applied for our permanent residency and if it is approved before May, we will have one Aussie in the family!
Will you have help in Brisbane after the baby is born?
Oh yes! There is no way we could do without our family coming down. My parents will be here for a month around the birth and then more family will follow. Living far away from family in times like this is hard, but luckily we are fortunate that they are able to come to us. I also have a wonderful network of friends here that I know will be a great help too.
I think those are all the questions I have been getting lately! But if you have any more feel free to ask in the comments. I will be posting a first trimester update next week and then monthly updates after that.