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Well. Our family is expanding, again, and we are not getting a pet chinchilla if you know what I mean. I’m pregnant!!! With another human little baby, and we are all VERY excited. Ecstatic, really. Well, Charlie doesn’t quite get it yet. He’s just a bit confused why mommy is taking afternoon naps – or at least trying to, and he’s so excited that he gets 10 minutes of Sesame Street when I’m desperate. And I get desperate – man, around 4pm that TV box thing is pretty magical with kids, right?

Let’s go through the frequently asked questions:

 

Was it planned? Lets just say this: we know how to prevent a pregnancy and we weren’t doing that. Getting pregnant with Charlie was a bit tricky. It took 16 months of trying before it was successful. Near the end of that 16 months our fertility specialist broke the news that some of our tests came back proving that getting pregnant naturally could be difficult. Little did any of us know, that I was actually pregnant when we were having that conversation. Thank god. So when we started talking about it this time Brian and I decided to give it a year of trying naturally before we had to go into the ‘IVF’ world. I have friends in that world and it’s a hard one to live in. So, we wanted to give ourselves ample time to try. Not having to try for a year is truly a gift. Trying is THE WORST. We were shocked, ecstatic and felt extremely lucky that it happened faster this time. Well, I didn’t really celebrate yet. If you’ve ever had a miscarriage (ours was at 10 weeks last time), you know that you aren’t really out of the woods til you have an ultrasound with a healthy heartbeat, so once that happened (7 weeks) we breathed a huge sigh of relief. And THEN I was just so excited. Charlie and this little one will be 22 months apart, which is pretty darn close and we may have a few years of insanity, but as if it’s not obvious, we love this parenting thing so we are extremely excited to do it again.

How am I feeling?  Let me put it this way: if ‘The First Trimester’ were to run for president I wouldn’t vote for it. I would take 2nd or 3rd ANY day – in fact I might campaign against The First, just so it doesn’t win. I don’t like how it governs both my emotions and my body. I can’t complain as much as so many people who puke all day during the first few months, but this time around I’ve felt more nauseous and tired, emotional and depleted of all energy around 3pm. Here’s how the day goes: I sleep as long as possible – til Charlie wakes up. I skip a workout because I’m nauseous and then go to work where I’m pretty normal the first 5 hours. I eat A LOT. OF CARBS. It’s the only way I can not be nauseous. P.S. carbs are delicious, folks –  Pad Thai, Chicken Tikka Masala, Spaghetti with meatballs – these are my cravings and you can see it on my body. Around 3pm I feel like I have a brick in the middle of my head. It’s not a headache, it just feels so heavy that I have to put my head down and it blocks all intellectual thought.

I sometimes try to fight through it, but often I just come home to lay down and then the second that Charlie goes to bed I crawl into bed, read 8 pages of a book, and am asleep by 8:30pm with the intent to wake up at 5am to work, but never can because the first trimester demands like 17 hours of sleep a day.

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Please don’t read this as if I don’t want to be doing it, it’s just not my favorite of the trimesters. For those of you who haven’t gone through it yet here’s my latest pregnancy metaphor:

Getting pregnant (if you want to) is like someone has booked your fantasy vacation for you, and while you don’t know where you are going or how great it will be, you are told by everyone that it will be AMAZING so you say, ‘screw it, lets just do this’ and you pack your bags. But the flight is REALLY, really, really, REALLY,  long. For the first part of the flight you are sitting in this tiny seat in the back of the plane, by the bathroom that smells so bad, with no legroom, no reading material, and a lot of jolting. You are pretty uncomfortable and nauseous – not in terrible pain or anything, you just can’t ever shift to get comfortable. But you still really want to get to your destination badly so you hang in there and try to sleep through it. Then after a while you feel a tap on your shoulder as they move you to business class and its wonderful. People are nice to you, you can stretch out, you aren’t sick any more, etc. Sure, you can’t have the free champagne, but other than that the second trimester (I found), is kinda great. You watch hours of TV and fly through Post apocalyptic YA series. Then towards the end (third trimester) they move you to first class and the real excitement begins. You know that the vacation is close, so you just lay back and milk the good service and pretty much get whatever you want. But that is VERY short-lived, and during the decent they move you to sit in the tiny bathroom for the remainder of the flight which feels like forever (this is the last month) and you feel disgusting and claustrophobic and just so uncomfortable. You just keep telling yourself This better be worth it. This better be worth it. Meanwhile your partner has been sitting in FIRST class the entire time, laying down in one of those pod seats, marathoning Mad Men, flirting with the flight attendant, drinking free artisan cocktails, eating hot nuts and just waiting for their ‘FREE’ baby.

Then … just as you can smell the ocean air and you can see your beachside villa out the lavatory window, you have a rocky, terrifying landing full of such turbulence that you are all sure you are going to die. But you don’t. And then all of a sudden you land. And everyone is safe and relieved. And you get to your destination and its even more magical than you could have ever fantasized. Everyone was right. It was worth it. You are so happy that you actually slowly forget all the discomfort of the entire plane ride and would even happily volunteer to do it again.

That’s how pregnancy is for me. It’s different for everyone, I know. Some like the entire 9 months and some hate the entire 9 months and muster through it. For me it’s a combo.

Right now I’m still in the ‘uncomfortable back of the plane’ portion of the trip, waiting to get the tap from the flight attendant to say that I’m moved up to Business Class. Although it should be noted that I went to bed on Saturday night at 10pm. TEN. Like an actual grown up. And yesterday I had more energy than I have in weeks, so I’m thinking that tap will come soon.

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The second pregnancy is already so much better mainly because I know what I get – I know how magical that vacation will be. I know how worth it it is. Besides I’m way busier with Charlie and the business which keeps me distracted. It’s going faster, and while my hormones are stupid and irrational, and I feel incredibly bloated, I know that its temporary and I’ll get through it. Man, hormones are a bitch, right? I would say ‘Poor Brian’, but he’s already in First Class, watching The Fast and The Furious series and wiping his hands wastefully on hot towels over and over again. Ok, fine, to be fair to him he’s actually been awesome – taking Charlie a lot (yesterday I went to yoga and a massage) and buying me endless amounts of pink berry.

Oh and you show a lot more, way faster, the second time around. Let’s face it, I hadn’t exactly gotten rid of my pooch so when Brian was like ‘Wow, you are showing so much more this time!’ I thought to myself Well, I’ve kinda been showing for 16 months now….  Only now I can actually wear fitted clothes to show it off.

Boy or girl? We would be happy with either. The idea of two boys, ages 2 and 4, sounds scary but also VERY fun and in a lot of ways I picture myself a mom of boys. Besides, we have one and he’s awesome and I know how to do ‘boy’ already. But we both want the chance to have a little girl and I don’t know if we’ll go for three kids, so yeah … a girl would be pretty welcome. We’ll let you know soon (this week!!!!!).

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So it’s on. At least a few times a day I remember that I’m pregnant and I get a burst of serotonin and excitement. I look at baby photos of Charlie and get so excited to have another little one … probably because he was mellow  and while I’m pretty sure you don’t get two mellow babies in a row, we are bracing ourselves for a different experience. But totally grateful for whatever little personality we get lucky to have.

October 21st, folks. It’s all happening … Inside my quickly growing belly 🙂 Wish us luck.

*Thanks, Jessica for snapping these new photos of us.

P.S. Our first pregnancy announcement, and Charlie’s birth story. 

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  1. Congratulations to you guys!!! Fantastic news! I hope your nausea begins to ease up VERY soon. If it helps at all, you ALWAYS look fab. Sending lots of love your way <3

  2. Congratulations!!

  3. Congrats! I’m due Oct. 22, ours will be 29 months apart. Your analogy is ridiculously accurate, esp. since all forms of transportation give me crazy motion sickness this first trimester. See you in business class soon!

  4. Our first (a son) was stillborn in January. Seeing this post, made me incredibly happy for your family. I wish you all the very best! Cherish those little lives, Emily! You’re the luckiest woman on earth! 🙂

    1. Amanda, I am so sorry for your loss. Experiencing such grief after the hope and excitement of a pregnancy must be brutal. Sending you healing thoughts.

      1. Amanda, I am so very sorry for your loss. All the best to you… May your heart be healed and your arms filled with a little life very soon.

    2. So very, very sorry. My heart broke for you reading this. May yours be filled with peace.

    3. Someday, someday, someday. <3 I don't know you, but my heart goes out to you.

    4. Whoa, Amanda! Way to hi-jack the post. Do you think that this is the appropriate time or place? Trauma doesn’t exclude you from using manners.

      1. Clearly you’ve never had a miscarriage, Jamis. Amanda didn’t hi-jack anything. I’m sure since Emily HAS had a miscarriage, she understands what Amanda was trying to say. Joy and grief can exist in the same space, you know, and one need not diminish the other. Anyway, CONGRATS EMILY! Can’t wait to watch that bump grow!

  5. I was so hoping this was your news!
    Couldn’t be happy for you!
    Congratulations!

  6. Congratulations from a Mom of three.

  7. Awwwwwwwww….congrats!!!!! The world needs more Henderson babies because lets face it…you make cute ones!!!

  8. Congratulations! We’re expecting our second on October 15th so I’m just about at the thirteen week mark. You’re right about how early you show the second time around – while I wish I could make the old pants + belly band routine work a bit longer, I’ve got to get some maternity clothes for this fast-growing bump.

  9. Ahhh! I’m so excited for you! Congrats on getting pregnant so easily this second time around. What a sweet growing family you have 🙂 I hope you sail through to the second trimester like, stat. But you already have the nicest bump and look so wonderful! And don’t worry about any weight you might gain Emily, you’re one of those people that looks really beautiful with or without some extra lbs. So just do what you can to enjoy yourself (aka carbs and naps)!

  10. Congratulations!!!! My three boys are all 19 months from one to the next. Let me tell you, it’s a crazy ride, but I love it!! They have instant playmates! It’s the best!

  11. Oh Emily!!! Best news ever!!! Your family is getting bigger!!! The second baby’s delivery/recovery is so much easier on you and your body. So no fear. And your flight analogy is truly perfect.
    —- BTW “Free Baby!!” is hilarious!! I have to use that. I always say “your welcome” when I see my husband hugging our daughter or petting her head or loving her. But “Free baby” is way better.

  12. Congratulations! Please SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP as much as you can. And don’t feel guilty about it; your body is doing the most amazing work right now. Just lie back and let it happen.

  13. Congratulations!!! So excited for you and your adorable family. I love your flight analogy- so perfect and spot on! 🙂

  14. this is the best news ever! congratulations! and THANK YOU for being honest about your past struggles. so happy for you and the fam! xoxo

  15. Congratulations!! All the best to you and your family! 🙂

  16. Congratulations!!! I’m with you on the first tri – it really is the pits for most women!! Load up on those carbs. If you can’t do it now, when can ya?!

  17. Congratulations!! I loved your lovely rendition of being pregnant. I have four children three of which are 12 and 15 months apart! So tiring but so much fun at the same time 🙂

    PS: I’m such a huge fan of you and your work.

  18. Wow – beautiful and exciting news!!! What a wonderful blessing and surprise!!

  19. I think you could do stand up. Seriously, this is one of the funniest descriptions of being pregnant I’ve ever read! Should be published in all those parenting magazines. So very happy for you all. And you look more beautiful than ever, so forget about that pooch and enjoy the ride!

  20. Oh my! Congratulations!!!!!

    Your metaphor is spot on for me too. Our girls are 22 months apart. So much fun! And, honestly, easier all the way around. I felt like a champ after number 2. I am sure you will too!
    Having two of the same sex meant instant playmates, but also rivalry that we hadn’t necessarily expected. Can’t wait to see how they do together. Boy or girl, your family will always be your center 🙂

  21. I KNEW IT!! I KNEW IT!!

    1. I knew it too. 🙂 Congratulations Emily! I have two boys and they are great. Two very different personality and they are 22 months apart. You will be fine. You can do this; no sweat. 🙂

  22. YAY! Congrats to you all! I have 2 boys 22 months apart and it’s a handful but fun – you can’t go wrong either way 🙂

  23. Hah! I had a hunch a a few weeks back where I mentioned it in my
    comment here. Somehow one can tell from the glow :-))
    Congratulations!!

  24. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your family.

  25. How exciting! congrats!

  26. Congratulations!!!!!!

  27. Emily, Brian, Charlie and little baby Henderson, the pictures are precious, your news is tremendous, and the flight analagy, hilarious! Hearty congratulations! Go eat some carbs now 🙂

  28. YESSSSSSS!! So many YESES!!!! I’m thrilled for you guys. Charlie is going to be the best big bro. Cannot wait to meet this new little nugget 🙂 Congrats guys!

  29. YAYAYYAYAYAYAYYAY! All the joy in the world to you and your little family!

  30. SUPER DUPER CONGRATULATIONS! xox

  31. I’m so excited for you and your growing family. I’m a mom of 2 and we have had so much more fun with the addition of baby (now preschooler) # 2. Congratulations!!!!

  32. Congrats!! So exciting, and that TV thing…it’s even more handy with two! 🙂

  33. Wow! Wasn’t expecting that so soon! Congrats and best wishes, it truly takes courage to do it again so quickly. Awesome news, please keep us posted. Btw your pregnancy metaphor totally fit in with my experience too, like, word by word….

  34. Wow – so I almost commented on your last post suggesting that maybe you might be…And then I stopped myself because things like are not appropriate to ask about… But I was right! Haha! Congrats!

  35. Congratulations, wonderful news. The more the merrier!

  36. Congratulations! My little man is about a month younger than Charlie, and we’re expecting another baby boy in July!

  37. so excited for you and your family. i really like the pregnancy analogy you made. i am not a mother just yet but it is exciting to see how much you truly enjoy parenting.
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  38. Yay! Congrats. We just welcomed our second boy last fall (they are 25 months apart) and man, it is a crazy ride. Working full time with 2 littles is sort of insanity, and there are many moments when I feel like there is no way we can be doing a good job of it (what with the house being a hot mess 90% of the time, the fact that my husband and I have been on 2 dates in 6 months, and then the 2 year old ate a sleeve of Peeps before 8am the day after Easter – with permission). BUT once the baby is old enough for them to start actually interacting and laughing at each other, it’s, like, the best thing in the world, and all the other stuff blurs into the background and you’re like, “high five hubs, look at these deliriously happy kids of ours. We’re doing a fine job.” It rocks. Just you wait 😉

  39. Congrats!!

  40. Congratulations, Charlie Henderson! You will make the best big brother, ever. I can picture you grilling shrimp on the deck and sharing your (real) eggs! Have fun with your Dad and give your Mama some quiet time!

  41. Hi Emily! My husband and I met you at the Target registry event that David Stark did in NYC a few months ago. We were so excited!! haha AND – I am pregnant, too! Due 10/10!!! This will be FUN! xo

  42. SUPER HAPPY for you all! Congratulations!!!

  43. I’m so so so happy for you!!! Congratulations!!!

  44. Congrats! Mine our 15.5 months apart. It is hard as hell (not going to lie) in the first phase, but as they get older (currently 3yr and 4yr) I have to say, it is a lot of fun. They play together and become best friends – Charlie will be a great big brother! Oh, and work life balance…yeah, balance never happens (total myth). Pretty much handling chaos daily is the new job. Congrats again to the whole family! What wonderful news!!

  45. :))) CONGRATS!

  46. Congratulations!!! And as a humorous side note, my Ruby and Charlie Henderson were born on the same exact day, and now I am also pregnant again and due October 25. 🙂

    1. WHAT. That’s crazy!! If they are born on the same date then we have to have them meet. So fun. xx

  47. Congratulations!

  48. thrilled for all of you, may the ease of getting the baby continue through his or her birth and life. xoxo

  49. YEEEAAAHHHH!!!! CONGRATULATIONS EMILY and family!!! That is just the best thing to hear on a Monday! I don’t know why, but everytime lately that I would open your blog, I would think, I wonder if Emily is pregnant! I don’t know why I was thinking this, but I am soo glad that you are! I love how open and honest you are about your journey to get pregnant — It is so nice to hear – so many people struggle, but no one really talks about it — We need to talk more — so people know they are not alone!! I struggled too — took us over 2 years to get pregnant with a miscarriage, then had our son in Sept 09, then the following July we found out we were, but then miscarried the following week — UGH! Then got pregnant in March 2012,and had our 2nd son in Dec 2012 — 2 Boys are AMAZING!! It really is nice, when you have all the toys and the baby “STUFF” — a sweet little girl would be amazing too! As long as its healthy!!!

    Don’t forget to ask Charlie what he thinks the baby is – kids are eerily correct on this!!! Funny story – when we were pregnant, I asked Z, then 2 yo, what he thought the baby would be, he said girl. He would say that everytime, until right around 16 weeks, he changed, and said it was a boy. At that time, I thought he was right, the pregnancy felt exactly the same as before, and I carried exactly the same way. US at 20 weeks — BOY!! I have heard so many stories where the other kids always seem to know!!

    ALSO – your metaphor is SPOT ON!!! Congrats Emily — I am sooo happy for you and your sweet family!! 🙂

    1. THANK YOU. Good Idea – i’ll ask him. We are going to tell this week, and i’m sure its a hard concept but I’d love to hear his thoughts. I mean, i’d love to hear his thoughts in general 🙂

    2. My best friend is pregnant with twins and we asked we asked her 3 year old what he thought she was going to have….he said ninjas. Haha! We tried to ask him if they were going to boys or girls and he just kept insisting on ninjas!

  50. Congrats!!! Our first two are 27 months apart and man are they fun! We are expecting our 3rd Nov 4th so I’m totally with you on the first trimester sucks plane. We have 2 girls and people always ask if we want a boy but I love our girls so I would be thrilled to have another one as well, but a boy could we a wonderful new adventure. I totally get where you guys are coming from and couldn’t be more excited for your family!

  51. Hurray! The WHEN? part of trying for a second baby has to be the craziest question of them all. Kind of nice when nature just takes over!

    I loved your metaphor! I really hope you have another mellow baby (no sarcasm) because sometimes you get a high needs, colicky baby and it’s like you get off the plane for your awesome vacation, smell the saltwater in the air, then have to get on another plane in the back by the bathroom. With a screaming baby.

    Can’t wait for more cute maternity outfits too!

  52. Congratulations!!!

  53. Congratulations!!! I’m a mom of two boys (3.5 year gap) and I love it. Wouldn’t want it any other way. They are 8 and 12 now and I love their sweet faces, sweaty socks and pre-pubescent friends lounging all over my basement in between soccer games. It is the best.

    1. Oh that does sounds strangely fun 🙂

  54. YAY! Congrats, and thank you for bringing more cuteness like Charlie into our world, we need it. I am 1 week away from having 21-month-apart boys and my first tri sounded exactly like yours is now. And let me tell you, while with my first boy the 2nd and 3rd tri were a breeze, this entire second pregnancy has sucked buttcheeks compared to my first. I’ve been waiting for it to get better for 39 weeks. My first is a WILD man, not mellow like your Charlie so fingers crossed you have an easier go of it 🙂

  55. Congratulations!!!!!!

  56. I love it! I was hoping this was your news. My daughter was born Oct. 22 and she is a pretty firce libra (very social,fancy and creative). My kids were 18 months apart. Looking back I wish I gave myself credit for basically raising twins. It’s exhausting but totally fun! Congrats Emily! Such a lucky baby 🙂

  57. A Libra baby! Libras are wonderful people (me). haha
    My boys are 2 years apart; so, so, so cute.
    My dad (father of 9) gave me this advice. It won’t be the same as your first child. It’s an entirely different person. And boy was he right. I often reflect on that.
    Congratulations and enjoy the ride!

  58. Wonderful news! A few posts back I thought I spied prenatal vitamins on your kitchen counter.

  59. Congratulations! My little ones are 22 months apart, and I actually think it’s a great gap between kids. They are close enough to have fun together (now 3 and 5), but aren’t too overwhelming since their needs are still different. And I love the flight metaphor, especially the last month – that’s seriously the worst. thing. ever.

  60. Congratulations! I cannot wait to hear what you are having 🙂

  61. How exciting! What a happy time for all of you. We’re expecting our first baby in November, about a month after you, so I’m excited to be pregnant along with you 🙂 I’m still in the throes of the first trimester and already your analogy is extremely accurate- and I’m actually getting on a plane in a couple of hours so we’ll see how my body deals with all those smells and jolts…should be interesting! Congrats again to your sweet family!

  62. Congratulations Emily!!!!

  63. Also wanted to add…I really value your advice and perspective on parenting (and design, of course!) and hope to be as grounded and positive as you seem to be over the next 7 months and beyond. Now I’ll be asking myself “What Would Emily Do?” for both design- and motherhood-related questions!

  64. Congratulations! As I sit here reading this blog post I am listening to my 2 boys that are 22 months apart play in their bedroom! They are BEST friends, SO that ‘s great! But, they are also the big brothers to a new little sister and OhMyGosh that is a beautiful dynamic! So either way is a win/win!

  65. Congratulations! I have a 14 month old daughter and am currently trying to get through my first trimester, too! They’ll be 21 months apart — so exciting and shocking and wonderful and terrifying, right? Anyway, I’m glad to be sharing this pregnancy journey with you yet again! I have definitely been doing the carb thing, big time, but seem to not be expanding quite the same way I did last time. I’m hoping that I have more of a belly and less of a butt than I did the last time around. I hope you get to the easy part very soon and look forward to more updates!

  66. Oh, and I also have that skirt!

  67. Congrats! and, if you are into podcasts, be sure to check out “One Bad Mother” from Maximum Fun podcasts. I’m not even a mom, but love it because it’s so funny.

  68. Yay!! Congrats!

    I think with hormonal issues once you go through pregnancy once a lot of things get “fixed” and it’s not as difficult to get pregnant the second time around. I heard that from several of my friends and it was absolutely true for me, too. Tried for two years for my first and two months with my second!

  69. Congratulations!!! Was hoping this was your news!

  70. My son didn’t really get any TV time until I was pregnant with #2. Then I was praying that the TV would hypnotize him while I rested on the couch. So I hear ya!

  71. Congrats!!!!!!!

  72. Congratulations! I hope the business class tap comes soon! 😉

  73. I AM CRYING WITH JOY!!!!! I have been thinking of #2 lately, my first is almost 11 months old. I’m scared!

  74. so excited for you!!! my kids are 17 months apart…. my first came after fertility drugs, so yeah, i had no idea getting pregnant would be so easy the second time around, and like you we weren’t trying but weren’t preventing. 😉

  75. Congratulations to you guys! Here’s to hoping the 1st trimester symptoms pass sooner rather than later.

  76. Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll get about a million comments on this post but I had to add mine too.
    We have two boys 2 years (and 2 weeks) apart and so far, 6 months into parenting two at once, it is incredible! We DID get a second mellow kid and while it’s hard to balance toddler activity and newborn snuggling, we get so much joy from watching the boys interact. I mean, the two year old kept kissing the baby during Easter photos yesterday. My two babies, giving kisses while wearing matching seersucker suits? Heartmeltingly adorable

  77. So exciting! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love the pregnancy metaphor… it is perfect.

  78. Well, I read 4 blogs and you’re the third one to announce a pregnancy recently so Joanna Gaines better be careful unless she wants a fifth kid! ; )

    Congrats!

  79. Congratulations! And just so you know, we had 2 pretty laid back babies. The first one wasn’t a bad sleeper, and the 2nd slept through at 4 weeks. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you get the same!

  80. Ah! Congratulations!!!! When I saw your post on Friday, my mind instantly went here but I talked myself out of it. So so excited for you guys!

  81. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Congrats! I am excited for you…I’m pulling for boys…I had 3…they are a breeze! And I love the airplane analogy…that’s it exactly! 😉

  83. congrats! my older brother and i are 13 months apart – he was only 4 months when my mum got pregnant with me, and when i was born he wasn’t walking yet. it sounds bananas – but we’re super close now!

  84. Emily,
    Congratulations! I, too, am pregnant but for the first time. (Due Oct 7th). Could you give me a jean recommendation that is under $200?? I loved your ‘vote for the best’ jean, now I just need one for maternity.

  85. Congratulations, Emily! My sister and I are 17 months apart and have grown up incredibly close. It’ll be crazy for a little while but definitely worth it!

  86. This is soooo exciting! Congratulations!! Sleep as much as you need/can and eat a lot of little meals to keep the nausea at bay until that flight attendant makes the rounds.

    I am also prego except it’s my first and I’m due October 24th. I can’t wait for my favorite designer to do baby guides and room boards for inspiration I can use on my own. We decided to keep the sex a surprise and forgo a sonogram so I will be doing a gender neutral, mid-century modernish, nursery with pops of blue, pink and yellow. I picked up the multi pixel woven rug from West Elm as my starting point!

  87. Congratulations! So excited for you. Can I give some unsolicited advise? Or maybe just a, “hey I tried this and it was amazing so you may want to look into it.” I just had my fourth baby in november and tried hypnobirthing. It was amazing. I’ve done an epidural, I’ve done natural (once unplanned and twice planned), and I was blown away with how hypnobirthing helped me actually enjoy the experience of childbirth. My husband was even blown away by it (he thought I was totally wasting my time trying to make birth less painful). At one point the nurse told me to push through the pain, and I actually looked at her and said, “but there is no pain, just some pressure.” No joke. But regardless, so excited for you!!

  88. congratulations! so exciting.

  89. Congrats!!!! My heart is bursting. I ‘found’ you on the interwebs right when you were about to pop out Charlie so excited to follow along for the FULL plane ride. So stinking happy for your family. 🙂

  90. Congrats Henderson Family! Very exciting news and so happy it wasn’t as stressful to get pregnant this time around!

    My husband and I are expecting our second baby as well and recently took a trip to Babies R Us and there were so many baby things that I wish I would have purchased instead of what we have. When I was pregnant with the first kid we did not live anywhere near a baby store, so I just picked stuff online. Did you run into this at all? For example, our swing makes so much noise and operates on batteries but I can’t bring myself to pay another $150-$200 for something that they only use for a few months. We also have an Ergo Baby carrier that is still in the box. Are there any baby items you wish you would have purchased instead?

  91. Your description of pregnancy is so spot on!! I had to laught and read it aloud to my husband just now. I am pregnant with our second, our first is a wild and crazy 24m old boy, and I’m 100% in the tiny bathroom, wanting to cry and sleep and scream and snap my fingers and be at my destination. And I’ll add that a toddler is constantly peeking in and wanting a snack or that Lego that is just out of reach or having a melt down because he too doesn’t want to be on the plan anymore. Hoping and praying this decent will go by fast!!

  92. Congratulations! You are the cutest. And funniest.

  93. Hi Emily,

    I love your blog and follow it religiously. Then one day I realized we’re neighbors. Not only are we neighbors… we now have the same due date. I kid you not. This is my first and I have SO much to learn. Maybe I’ll see you around. Wishing us the best of luck! Congrats!!!

    -Sarah

  94. You nailed that pregnancy analogy, having gone through it 3 times, that is EXACTLY my experience:) Congrats on the new baby and thanks for sharing the wonderful news!

  95. OMG EMILY CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Not going to lie, thought that little ditty last week about ‘news’ may be this! I know all of your readers are excited and happy for you! (I am!) My brother is 23 months older than me and we grew up tighter than ticks!

    TEN TO ONE IT’S A GIRL. You heard it here first folks. I will be accepting buy ins all week for the Emily Henderson March Madness Baby Bracket. But really though, I have a feeling!

  96. Congrats all three of you! Great post, I see why you were too tired to post last week 🙂

  97. All the best for you!!! I wish too it’s a girl!!! May you get all you wish! Kisses from Greece !!!!!

  98. I love your pregnancy metaphor! That sums up my two pregnancies very well! I am super excited for you all…Congratulations!!!

  99. Congratulations to you both! Funny, when you said you had news to share, I guessed you were going to say you were pregnant…not sure how I knew..super exciting and exhausting all in one go, a little one and feeling nauseous and tired with the new one…get some rest where you can…it’s quite a roller coaster ride! My girls are 22 months apart, the first was quiet and calm but Honeybee let the world know she had arrived, and nothing has changed in 24 years! Enjoy every moment!

  100. My 2 girls are 27 months apart and now they both will be in college in the Fall. Trust me when I say, it goes by real fast. I suspected you were expecting a few weeks ago, so Congratulations! Also, I love your J. Crew striped skirt! I have the same one. 🙂

  101. Congrats!!

  102. So exciting!! Best wishes as you deal with the rest of your time in the crappy seats before you move up to business class!

  103. YAAAY! So happy for you! Loved your funny analogy and the pictures are adorable. Can’t wait to hear what the gender is – talk about nearly instant gratification for us!!! My kids are 19 mos apart. I pretty much just say that I got little to no sleep for 3 years. But my kids (a girl and a boy) were the BEST playmates til the oldest went to school. It then kind of swung the other way through early school age. I am just lately the parent of all teenagers – which feels SO WIERD! It’s an awesome journey and we grow in spirit and experience so much. Thanks for sharing your journey with us! And isn’t “sharing the news day” sooo exciting!!!

  104. Bless all of your full, overflowing hearts! My son is Charlie’s age almost exactly – and – well I’m very happy you’re getting your naps in. No shame in a little Elmo play date. Wishing all Hendersons the very best!

  105. This is, literally, the best metaphor for pregnancy I’ve ever heard. Bravo. (And congrats!)

  106. What wonderful news!!! I couldn’t be happier for your family! Our kiddos are 9 1/2 years apart. Not by design, but I know all too well that journey of losing a pregnancy and then the angst of infertility that followed. I wouldn’t wish that pain on anyone. I’m can’t tell you how happy I am that things are going so well
    (and so quickly) the second time around. Such a gift!

  107. Congratulations! Such great news!

  108. Congrats!! So excited you y’all. These pictures are precious too!

  109. Félicitations! !! You are so lucky and so very clever to enjoy every part of your new pregnancy! All the luck in the world and thanks again for sharing so much joy with all of us 🙂

  110. Congrats!!!

  111. Yay!! Mega congrats!!! I’m currently 37 weeks and your whole plane metaphor is spot on. I am definitely back in the little bathroom waiting “patiently” to land and start the vacation. Can’t wait for our little boy to arrive.

  112. Congrats, Emily!!! I LOVED the metaphor 🙂

  113. I am irrationally excited for you 🙂

  114. Happy happy happy happy happy happy baby-growing!! Congratulations and blessings and every good wish to you all. Our babies are also 22 months apart and it’s a dream. Ok, it’s still got elements of the plane metaphor, but SO MUCH CUTER. So happy for you!!

  115. Most importantly — congratulations! Here’s to a comfortable pregnancy and a speedy and safe delivery.

    I can’t believe that “Was it planned?” is a frequently asked question. I wouldn’t ask that of a close friend — it’s so personal!

  116. Big congrats! loved the metaphor, had exactly the same experience!

  117. Yay Emily!! I love the pregnancy description. And I would pretty much sum it up the exact way. So excited for you guys!! 🙂

  118. Oh I had a feeling this was your big announcement! Huge congratulations to your growing little family and best wishes for a bump up to business class very soon! 😉

  119. I must know Emily, DID YOU DO THE SKINNY JEAN ANALYSIS WHILE PREGNANT???
    Congrats!

    1. I was wondering the same thing. I am due the day before and I just can’t imagine… lol.

  120. I can’t wait to see how adorable this one is! Hope you get your energy back soon and congrats!

  121. My two daughters are 23 months apart and then my son came 14 months afterward–it’s crazy having them this close, but then it’s loads of fun! Prepare to experience parenthood as an experienced practitioner. It was much more relaxed the second time (so relaxed we decided to try for another very quickly!).

  122. Congratulations to you & your boys!! Your humor & keeping it real with pregnancy and being a Mom always makes me laugh! Now in between being a wife, Mama & kick arse designer—maybe try to chill! Haha!

  123. Congratulations! My oldests are 15 months apart and I would not change it. They are a boy and girl and they are best friends! Best Wishes xo!

  124. Emily, Brian and Charlie, biggest heartfelt congratulations. such exciting news. Pace yourself a lil bit girl. so happy for you all.

  125. “Trying is THE WORST.” I’d bet your hubbie would disagree with that… Huge congratulations to you guys. Babies make the world go ’round… Side note: You look amazing…

  126. Congrats! I’m a mama of 3, all 26 months apart from each other. Currently 6, 4, and 2. It is a challenge at first, but as the 2 year old moves closer to 3, it becomes more fun. I wish you a smooth, uneventful pregnancy!

  127. Congratulations !! I am so happy for you ! I have a 9 month old and I love her :)Lucky you having another one !!

  128. Congrats to all! My brother and I are 22 months apart and it’s a great gap: we have grown up as friends, and still are. We are also friends with each other’s friends etc. I have an 11-month-old boy and I have followed your blog through pregnancy etc – all the way from Australia! I love your writing.
    Congratulations, again! Here’s to the second and third trimesters (I didn’t enjoy the first trimester either).
    xo

  129. Congratulations!!! Seeing your two kids love on each other is such an amazing thing. It’s hard at first, but it gets easier. And it’s really awesome.
    I hope your baby lets you move up to business class soon!! (I’m in the 7th month of the flight to my third, and for some reason no one tapped me so that I could move out of the first trimester this time, like they did the last two trips. I wish that on no one!)

  130. Hi Emily congratulations to you all. I’ve been following your blog in the uk for quite a while now. I love your sense of humour and of course your style. I also work as an interior designer, starting out many moons ago as a stylist then working my way up over the years to creative director of a interior design company. My husband and I also work together and we are at that point (and age) where we are thinking of the possibility of having a child.What I am struggling with is juggling work which I’m sure you know can be stressful and a baby. How the hell do you do it without being taken off to the nut house?

  131. Congratulations!

  132. Congratulations! Your description of the first trimester was right on! And I am so with you on the Pink Berry too. I’m currently in Business Class at 18 weeks. Looking forward to hearing more about your pregnancy journey.

  133. Congrats to you all! My two kids are 22 mos apart. I became a mom of two within a year because the first one was adopted. After 7 yrs on the rough infertility road we gave up & adopted & then boom pg after all that unexplained. Being pg & giving birth was my greatest joy but it was very hard because unknown to us at the time our difficult adopted one turned out to be very autistic. Their babyhood/toddlerhood is a blur to me..sadly, I’m still changing diapers 13 yrs later..that’s life.

  134. Congrats!! Love your outfit in these pics 🙂 Can’t wait to read more about your second adventure!

  135. Congratulations Emily!! I have a 2.5 year old son and am currently 8 weeks pregnant. Being pregnant while chasing around a toddler is definitely rough – hoping your fatigue gets better in the second trimester!

  136. Yay!!! Congratulations!!!
    That is wonderful news!!!!
    My husband and I have been trying to get that vacation booked for over two years now, but recently found out that we will most likely never get to take that vacation, or even get on the plane..
    I am still somewhat hopeful that one day I will get that vacation booked, board the plane and arrive safely at our destination! Until that time I’ll just sit through other peoples slides of their fantasy vacation! (and maybe have the occasional cocktail to celebrate their vacation!)
    But man, if I ever do get to board that plane, I sure hope they serve those tiny packets of peanuts, or those mini bars of Toblerone chocolate..!
    Have a safe flight and a soft landing!

  137. Congratulations Emily! I have two boys 22 months apart and yes it’s scary Ha but very awesome too. I am also pregnant and im due just two weeks after you so I feel your pain with the exhausted days. 4 PM is the worst. Scratch that…one cup of coffee is the worst! You’ll be happy to know that my boys (3.5 and almost 2) are starting to play together which really gives me a break. I love that they are so close but yes it’s pretty crazy for a year or so! Again congrats!! So exciting!

  138. congrats!!! I can’t wait to see your new baby’s digs (maybe a little pink!)

  139. Congratulations! I hope the plane ride is as fun and exciting as you hope!

  140. Hey girl, I am on that same 2nd baby flight, probs sitting not too far from you. I’m due Oct. 4th. I have a 2 yo boy who doesn’t quite get it either. Many congratulations to you and your family Emily!

  141. so very, very happy for you! such a beautiful family!

  142. Congratulations!!

  143. HOORAY! The happiest of news. So thrilled for you, Henderson family!

  144. Such fantastic news! Congratulations Emily!

  145. Congrats – so happy for y’all. Take very good care of yourself.

  146. My kids are 21 months apart. It was rough that first year but hang on it gets SO good, they are 5 and 3 now and each others everything. It has made those crazy- exhausting-whatwerewethinking days totally worth it to see them be each others best friends. So happy for you guys, such an exciting time!

  147. Congrats Emily! I can’t even handle how cute your family already is, and I’m so excited for your addition. PS> your pregnancy metaphor probably should win the internet today. 🙂

  148. Congrats on the pregnancy!

    Seng
    http://www.sengerson.com

  149. Congrats! The same happened to us: We had been trying for close to 2 years and our fertility specialist told us it would be impossible to get pregnant naturally and little did we know I was pregnant when he was telling us! When it came time to try again we tried right away and our kids are 20 months apart. It’s crazy and tough, but my kids are best friends now (as much as they can be at 2.5 and 4 ;)). Best wishes for your beautiful family!

  150. Congratulations to your beautiful family! All the very very best 🙂

  151. Such a good analogy! Charlie is adorable. Seriously ridiculously cute. I hope you feel great soon. I can tell you after I had my third (8 years ago), I still often want to go to bed when they do. (Sometimes before.) 🙂

  152. I don’t usually comment, but I had to wish you congratulations, and good luck. I have have a son, and my daughter is now a few weeks old, and I feel like the luckiest person ever. 🙂

  153. Congrats!! So exciting! My first 2 are 20 months apart and its only really difficult the first 6 months. It gets way easy when the second one is almost 2 and they will start playing together all the time! Sometimes you even get a minute to drink your coffee alone! =)

  154. Congratulations Emily and family! What exciting news!!

  155. We nearly have the same due date! My first though. I’m so tired its hard to breathe sometimes. I’m also terrified it’s too early to tell people. Paranoid or cautious? I’m freaked out that I’m showing already (I can still hide it with the right clothes and still fit in most things). I’m happy to be “sharing” this with another fellow designer!

  156. Huge congrats! I’m so happy for your family! Thank you for being so open and real with all of us. You are my favorite. 🙂

  157. Congratulations guys!

    That was the perfect explaination. Except I was at the back of the plane the entire ride but it was so worth it!

  158. Many congratulations!!! Babies are truly a gift from heaven. Mine are 15 and 10 now, and I seem to be noticing little precious bundles more and more lately. But… I think I’ll just wait (hopefully at least 10 or 15 years) ’til we become grandparents. I think that’ll be big fun! You’re so right about the fist trimester… It’s the worst! Technically it’s the most “pregnant” one, since all the really major stuff is happening and you’re so exhausted and yucky feeling… But you don’t look pregnant yet, so you don’t get that extra TLC you so badly need!

    Wish you all the best!

  159. FREE baby == THE BEST line ever. Wish I had it at the ready when I had each of my two kids! Congratulations & enjoy the madness of two!

  160. omg. “free baby” is so spot on. you carry, they watch. you push, they catch. then they get to look adorable in those brand-newborn pictures with the baby while you are a sweaty, drenched, mascara-smeared mess who smiles and tries not to look exhausted!

  161. how wonderful – congratulations!

  162. Congratulations Em! I’m so happy for the three of you. My kiddos are 18 months apart, a girl and a boy. I had some help right before #2 was born and right after. She was an elderly, lovely Icelandic woman. I expressed concern to her right before my second was born about having 2 so close together. In her thick accent she said, “You should know, one is like none and two is like TEN!” I don’t know if she was trying to get me prepared or what. But everything was fine. My kids are adults now and are the best friends ever. Even though they don’t live near one another, they talk and text constantly and love each other dearly. Take your time, rest a lot, I hope your “sickies” go away fast and enjoy your pregnancy. Hugs!

  163. Congratulations Emily!! I had an inkling just the other day, I don’t recall what you posted but I thought, “I wonder if she’s pregnant?” I’m so happy for you! Ours are a little further apart at 33 months, but it’s AMAZING to see your first become a big brother (he’s nearing 5 and she’s almost 3). My pregnancies were EXACT same as yours, hope the switch gets flipped for fun time soon! Wishing you all the best. Xoxox

  164. Hahaha CONGRATULATIONS and I LOVE that flight metaphor!

  165. Congrats to you all! My kids are 2 years 2weeks apart and after seven years of infertility, a donor egg and other nonsense we were blessed. They are both in college now (same school, same major-ish) and even have had one class together. Totally different people but great friends. You will love it!

  166. Congratulations! What lovely news for you to share with us at Easter time. Like a few others I read a post recently and had my suspicions 🙂 Love the pregnancy metaphor of the flight – a good one for us non-mama’s to remember when supporting our friends/thinking about doing it ourselves

  167. Congrats! My two girls are 21 months apart. It took some time to get pregnant with the first, so we figured we’d better start trying again as soon as she turned one, and then I got pregnant right away. Being pregnant while parenting a toddler isn’t easy. But it’s worth it, and I have no regrets.

  168. Yay yay!!!! You are my favorite, and this news is my favorite!

  169. That’s a fantastic metaphor Emily! Love it 🙂 Although with number 2 you don’t get to stretch out in business class as much- you’ve got kid no. 1 to chase down the aisle!! Congratulations 🙂 I found number two so much easier that the first, you know what you’re doing a bit more and labour was SO much easier xx

  170. Congratulation! It is nice that they will be close it age. My four-year old girl is quite mad at me right now for not growing a baby in my belly for her. She really wants a sibling.

  171. Congrats Emily!

    For me – and all my friends – the second time came with more nausea than the first – but eventually it settled down. Honestly, I found myself so busy with my first son that I hardly remembered I was pregnant – except it was harder to pick up the dropped sippy cups.

    Second baby is easier in so many ways. Yes, the first year with two is pure madness…but so many of the things that were hard first time around – nursing/diapers/the gear/sleeping – come easier. I think second kids get a much more relaxed mommy!

  172. Yay! Congrats!!! I never knew I could feel so excited by a baby announcement from someone I’ve never actually met! 😛

  173. Your description of the trimesters is very, very accurate for me. I’m pregnant with my third and woah, the tiredness in the first trimester was overwhelming! But the second and third are all in all, pretty great. Congratulations to your family, so happy for you all!

  174. So happy for you! When you said you had an announcement it did cross my mind. My first two are 19 months apart and my second and third are 24 months apart. It is crazy town sometimes, but my heart just melts when I see them playing together and snuggling while they watch tv. They are best friends. Until my oldest turns 5 when have 3 kids 4 and under. It is difficult sometimes but manageable and I love that they are into the same things because they are so close in age. So happy for you!

  175. CONGRATULATIONS !!! So happy for you and your family. Thanks for sharin with us!!

  176. Congratulations! Two kids under two years old, you can do it! I understand the mix of excitement and fear you describe, we are 6 weeks away from our 2nd baby. My advice: don’t let the nesting get you and decide to renovate your entire upstairs before baby #2 arrives. As I write this, walls are being knocked down. Bad decision!

    Wishing you a healthy and happy pregnancy!

  177. Congratulations!! Wishing you all the best!

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  178. CONGRATS!!!! This is very exciting for all of us!

    BUT! Don’t find out the sex! It is so much more thrilling to find out in the delivery room! Myself (1 child) and my two sisters (one now has 3 boys, the other boy/girl twins) waited until delivery. Waiting makes it even more magical 🙂

  179. Congratulations Emily, Brian and Charlie!!! Thanks for sharing -I am truly delighted for you all : )
    most sincerely, emily jane
    PS. I have this theory… There is no such thing as a ‘pre-baby body’. A post-baby body won’t e v e r be the ‘same’ because it has done something that ‘pre’ body hasn’t -it grew a whole darn Human Being! Which makes the ‘post-baby body’ kinda miraculous, right..? (Even 16 years after having my kid, this perspective reminds me to appreciate my never-quite-the-same post-baby body…)

  180. I’m totally late to the “I adore Emily Henderson” party, but I’m here! And I do adore you! We just bought our 1st house and I e been having the BEST time going through your blog and IG! You are incredibly talented! Also, you are funny, smart, and entertaining. I’m very excited for you & your family. I also have to tell you how glad I was to hear you openly talk about your miscarriage. We had one as well, and I’ve foundit so helpful to be able to talk with others. It’s real! It happens! It’s life. So many folks are afraid it’s a taboo subject, and it isn’t. Anyway, back to your good news—congrats! Great plane metaphor too. So accurate to my experience!!

  181. OMG! i was so happy and cheering for you and laughing hysterically at the plane analogy, and then yelled “OH NOOOOO!” at your due date! lol! you are going to be SO PREGNANT in HOT disgusting L.A. alllllllll summer!!! eek! i thought of rachel sweating to death in belly shirts and booty shorts on friends ;D but you’re a rockstar, and i’m SO excited for you!! as someone who is just plain missing the “i want to be a mom” gene- i live vicariously through friends and online bloggers 😀 <3 congratulations!! <3

  182. Congrats!!! Mine are 2 years apart and I LOVE having so them close in age (though that 1st year after my second was born was such a crazy blur). Wishing you a healthy and breezy pregnancy.

  183. You’re having a girl. You sound just like I did (3 times no less).

  184. CONGRATULATIONS! Mine are 18 months apart (3.5,girl and 2,boy) it’s crazy at first but a blast sooner than you’d think. These days they are BEST buddies! Enjoy!

  185. I remember feeling the phrase “tired to the bone” was a good description of how absolutely tired you are with the second baby. Soon a distant memory – meanwhile sweet dreams!

  186. Congrats to the 4 of you! And I know one (or 50) people have mentioned it already, but kudos to you for just doing that skinny jeans post as well – you really can do it all.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  187. Congratulations!!! I am excited for you!! And what a fun way o describe a pregnancy 🙂

  188. How wonderful!! Been a fan of your design style since you won the competition…I actually jumped off the couch and screamed “YES!!!” Now… still following your designs (and stealing some ideas for my own home). You are “Quirky Stylish” and a breath of fresh designs! I am a 62 year old Mom to a 28 yr old daughter…She is the best thing that has ever happened to me! So of course I hope you get to experience the wonderful world of a little girl. But a brother for Charlie would be awesome too…Keep on blogging and “Stylin’…..!”
    Gayle

  189. Congratulations!!! Wonderful, happy news.

  190. Could not be happier for you and your fantastic family! So exciting!
    I hope your pregnancy metaphor goes viral and some airline picks it up for some great ad. They will sponsor your family vacations for the next five years, including a “baby moon” trip before precious baby2 arrives!
    Oh look – here comes the flight attendant from business class your way!!!
    All the best for the rest of your amazing flight 🙂

  191. Congratulations!! That is super exciting.

    Just a quick note (and am so sorry if it is rude) but why mention anything about a Dr thinking that maybe things might be have been hard conception-wise at the beginning? I’ve spent the last 8 years in IVF land, and I think I’ve officially lost my patience with women who mention fertility woes, when they really don’t have any in the grand scheme of things. If you have a baby and are pregnant and that was achieved without serious intervention – then fertility is not really a problem. So sorry if that was harsh – just can be v difficult when people read ‘some fertility issues’ then ‘baby and pregnant’. It happens all the time and can really fuzzy the issue for people who are generally in the thick of years and years of treatment.

    1. Geri,

      I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been “trying” – ie going through infertility treatment for over 7 years (failed IUIs and IVFs. It’s brutal. BUT I do appreciate that she’s at least acknowledged the struggle that she had for 16 months, and that she brought it to the forefront of the conversation. I know too often, women don’t want to discuss that they ever saw a specialist, and that just makes those of us who are in the thick of it, feel alone and shamed. I’m with you on how you feel, but I think at the end of the day, more attention on fertility will just help us in the long run. I hope your journey has a beautiful and happy (little) ending, like hers did.

      1. Hi Ashley

        Thanks for your thoughts. I also v much appreciate when women are honest about their struggles and I know that one person’s year of trying naturally without intervention can feel just as tough as another person’s years of IVF. All of it is hard and consuming. Normally I really love Emily’s honesty and candid remarks about everything from parenting to styling, but I guess on this issue I am just a little sensitive. I think I’ve just arrived at saturation point with women who have had children without intervention and talk about fertility challenges!!! I feel surrounded by them at the moment!! But you are right in that it is important for women not to feel ashamed or isolated and that talking about shared experiences and challenges is really important in that process. Thanks again for your thoughts 🙂

  192. Congrats on you beautifully growing family!

  193. Congratulations! And thank you, for your transparency. The struggle to conceive IS a tough world to exist in, and women often feel shame discussing their infertility. We appreciate you bringing it to the forefront – and happy you’ve triumphed.

  194. congratulations! you look wonderful and i hope you move up to 1st class sooner than later!

    i liked your metaphor which in not at all how pregnancy is for me, but i get it.

  195. Congratulations. I love your flight metaphor. That’s how I felt like with my son. “Wiping his hands wastefully on hot towels over and over”…that line made me laugh.

  196. Congratulations, Emily! This is tremendous news and I’m so happy for you and your family! I am expecting my first baby in October, so I especially appreciated your flight metaphor. I’m going to have to share it with my husband to remind him of how lucky he is ;)!

  197. Congratulations!!
    I can feel you, mine is coming on 22 Oct!

  198. That is a fantastic metaphor! Congrats!

  199. Congratulations!!!
    So happy for you and your growing family!

  200. What amazing news! Currently hitting the 3PM super slumps over here so pardon the brief response….zzzzzzz. Congrats to you and Brian! Babies are pretty awesome and really bring so much joy.

    We are due October 19! Go team Libras! And wow. Already put on my first pair of maternity jeans today. You really do start showing sooo much sooner. 🙂

  201. Congratulations! I just re-read Charlie’s birth story. 3 hours!!?!

    You are going to need a camper in front of the hospital for the last 3 weeks.
    My five kid’s births were 5 hours, 4 hours, 3hours, 2hours, and 30 minutes…if I had one more (not likely) he/she would just pop out during a hard sneeze.

  202. Yay!! I have two girls 4 & 2 22 months apart! It’s easy at first, then gets a bit tricky around 12-18 months once the “new baby” wears off for the older one and the little one starts getting into things. But it has recently gotten easier again as they are good playmates now (most of the time). I just found out I’m pregnant with #3 (ahhh!) and I was curious where I could score your amazing skirt? You look beautiful!!!

  203. Emily, you look absolutely beautiful despite how you may feel! Your positivity and authenticity make this blog one of my favorite places on the internet. Reading your honest but oh-so-joyful account of pregnancy and parenthood (and, oh yes, a fulfilling career and marriage) is inspiring. Thank you!

  204. Ugh, I’m in the toilet with my first right no! Come ON, final descent!

    Congratulations to you all – truly wonderful news!

  205. Bravo. I’m sitting in first class now. I’m hoping it lasts unti landing but I’m expecting the turbulence. You seriously gave the perfect analogy.

  206. So cool we get to be pregnant again at the same time! My first was born October 2013, and baby #2 is due in August!

  207. Congratulations!!! I just started reading your blog again (I hadn’t read it in a few months) and I realized you announced your pregnancy on April 6th, which is the day I found myself in the hospital giving birth to our sweet little girl. It took a long time for us to get pregnant as well (3.5-ish years) and I remember it took you guys a long time for Charlie so I feel especially happy you didn’t have to wait so long for your second little blessing. That little baby is mighty lucky to have such a happy family waiting to welcome him/her!

  208. My son and daughter are 22 months apart. I am not going to lie, it was really exhausting in the beginning. Now that they are 4 and 5 (almost 6), it is pretty cool. Even though I have a boy and a girl, they are finally at the age where they play together for hours at a time. They are best buds right now and I love it. Of course, they are also fond of coming up with mischief. The other day I here my daughter (the oldest) tell my son “no no, don’t go head first, go feet first”. What were they doing? Well, climbing out her bedroom window silly. We live in a 1950’s ranch so it wasn’t dangerous, but it worries me the things they are going to come up with haha.

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