Surprise, Baby A 2.0!

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.

Day in the Life {Stay at Home Mom Edition}

Hi friends! These are always my favorite posts to read on other blogs and the last time I did a day in the life post I was pregnant and still teaching. Well, a year and a half later things sure have changed.

Now I am a full time stay at home mom and Leighton is an active toddler. I decided to document last Tuesday since it was going to be a pretty standard day for us. So here goes a day in my life…

It’s 6am and time to rise and shine! Travis is already ready for work and when I checked the monitor Leighton was waking up, so he went in to get her up and changed while I sleepily pulled myself out of bed and got dressed. At least it’s a beautiful day in Brisbane!

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Leighton {Ten Months}

Only two more of these updates before I have a toddler! How on earth is that possible?!

Truthfully, I have felt like I have had a toddler for the past month or so. Now that she is on the move she is into EVERYTHING and will not still still unless she’s eating or sleeping. She also is developing a little attitude when you do something she doesn’t like. I am getting a tad nervous for the teen years. Continue reading

Weekend Adventures 

I haven’t been very good about blogging about our weekends these last few months, so I thought I would just do a roundup of everything we have been getting up to.

Even before Leighton we would try and take advantage of our weekends and go on little adventures or explore new parts of Brisbane. We have slowed down a bit as far as traveling but we still like finding new things to do on the weekends, especially activities that Leighton can enjoy too.

Beach Trips

One of our favorite day trips is to the coast, either the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast. Leighton loves to play in the sand and splash around in the (calm) water.


Food Trucks and Jazz

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Leighton {Eight Months}

I’m not going to lie this month’s “birthday” really has made me emotional. How is it that my little baby will be one years old in less than four months!? I need time to slow down, but it seems to just move quicker. This month Leighton and I really got into the swing of things back home in Brisbane. Between visitors and traveling the past three months we really weren’t in much of a routine. Now we are on our own little schedule and that makes my planning loving heart quite happy.

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Leighton {Six Months}

Hi remember me? I used to blog here regularly? Well we will back in Australia next week and I will hopefully get back to blogging. We’ve been in Texas the past two months (sans computer, excuse any weird spacing in this post I’m on my phone). Anyway back to business with Leighton’s monthly update…


Stats

Around 16lbs, not sure of length (we have her 6 month appointment when we get back)

Size 3-6 clothes but they are getting snug

Feeding

We started introducing some solids gradually this month. She’s had some purees and some things she’s just grabbed and fed herself. I’ve been reading the Baby Led Weaning book, but we’re just doing a mix of that and more traditional purree/spoon feeding. She likes holding things herself.

Sleeping

This has been an interesting month sleep wise… I thought we dodged the 4 month regression but then the night she turned 5 months she started waking up again ?. Leighton has been sleeping through the night (12+ hours) since three months, so this was a harsh adjustment for us. Luckily she is back to sleeping through most nights although she does like to get up and practice her crawling but usually can put herself back to sleep pretty quickly. Now I’m just dreading getting her back on track once we’re home in Australia…

I think we are finally making progress in the nap department too and hopefully we can get into some sort of a routine when we get back.

Likes

Putting everything in her mouth, her Pops, eating food, my camelback water bottle, sitting on people’s shoulders, the jumperoo, being on the floor, smirking at everything, DOGS



Dislikes

Being held too long, long road trips

Highlights
  • Surprising my grandma for her 80th birthday! We showed up on her front door (8 hours away) unannounced.
  • Spending lots of time with family in Texas. She hung out with all her grandparents and some aunts and uncles.
  • Getting to visit one of besties in New Braunfels just days before her little one made a debut. The best was going to our college town, San Marcos, and showing Leighton some of our old stomping grounds.

  • Going on lunch and dinner dates with my friends and their babies. It’s so fun getting to spend time and see how everyone’s kids have grown.
  • Seeing Travis after being apart for a whole month!

Developmental Milestones

  • Getting pretty good at sitting up on her own, I’m still not confident enough to move too far away.

  • Trying to crawl all the time. She gets up on her hands and knees and does lots of rocking.

  • Grabbing EVERYTHING. Gone are the days of being able to eat a meal with her on your lap. She will try and get her hands on anything she can reach.
What’s Up Next…

Visiting her second cousin, Luke, in Fort Worth this week. They are the same age difference as my cousin and I, so it will be fun to see the second generation of the Whitaker grandkids together.

Flying back to Australia next week! She’s a lot more active since we flew over two months ago, so all the prayers are welcome!

And the outtakes…