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Monday, January 07, 2013

Very happy nine-month news...

After holding my tongue for months, I'm really excited to announce that Alex and I are expecting our second child! We are completely over the moon. I'm three months along, so the baby should arrive around July 3rd. Toby has requested that we have a "glurl" and name her "Thomas," after this friendly guy.

Pregnancy and new motherhood felt both wonderful and disorienting the first time around, so I'm curious how different it will feel the second time. Funnily enough, this pregnancy already feels much more real. With Toby, my pregnancy felt surreal and was hard to wrap my head around, but now we know more about what to expect. My friend Sari and I were talking about the experience of expecting a second child, and she said, "Because I knew what it felt like to love Jude, I was able to tap into this deep, true kind of love for Teddy from the very instant I knew I was pregnant with her." I loved that.

How mindblowing to think we're going to experience a newborn again along with all those sweet steps: growing a belly, finding out the gender, giving birth, choosing a name, cuddling a newborn, breastfeeding, doing tummy time, acting a little crazy, waking up early, swapping drool-y kisses, trying to figure out a good work-life balance, standing up, taking first steps, saying first words....

I can't wait. :)

(Photo kindly taken by our friend Shannen Norman. Thank you again, Shannen!)

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Tracey said...

Such wonderful news! Congratulations to you, Alex and Toby. Hope you're feeling well and all goes smoothly.

Tina / lifeinsketch.com said...

Congrats! I love reading about Toby's adventures. I can't wait to hear about the adventures of "Toby Plus One".

Megan said...

Congrats!

Mrs. G said...

Congrats!!!! You are due 2 days before me!

Mike Walker said...

CONGRATS JOANNA! :)

Megan said...

Congrats!

k8te said...

so happy for you! congrats!!!

Maz said...

YAY!! Congratulations!! I am so excited for you guys! xx

Emma said...

I am absolutely thrilled for you! I was starting to wonder when this would happen - you hadn't written anything about trying for a baby lately, so I wondered if you might already be expecting. Congratulations! xx

Kristin @ w/milk and sugar said...

Congratulations! You are just as cute as can be!

Jade Sheldon said...

So thrilled for all of you!

~Love Lis said...

CONGRATS!!! How exciting! Can't wait to hear all about this little bundle of joy! xo

Amanda said...

So exciting! Congrats to you and the Mr.

Maz said...

YAY!! Congratulations Guys!! xx

ephraner said...

Many many congratulations! What wonderful, heart-warming news. Cannot wait to see what this new adventure brings for you. Sending positive thoughts and energy your way.

xo
Erin of Food & Femininity

Sam said...

Eee! Congratulations!! I'm just a month behind you! Due Aug 11! :D Can't wait to read all your motherhood mondays posts now!!

Emily said...

Congratulations!!! I am so so excited for you! I had a feeling when you posted about you being sick a few weeks ago! YAYYY! XOXO

Sasha said...

Congratulations!

Such a beautiful family photo. And Toby looks so grown up!

Sarah Tucker said...

SUCH an exciting start to the new year!!1 Congrats!!!

domonique matthews said...

Congrats to all 3 of you! i've been hoping + waiting for this news! hope you are feeling ok.

LadyTurz said...

So very exciting!!!! Congratulations! Love your blog :) xo

Anne said...

Congratulations!! How exciting! I should know; we're expecting our second child on... July 2nd! For me, the first three months of the pregnancy were much harder this time (but it's getting better!). Hope you're feeling good, Joanna! Bisous

AmberLindsey said...

Yay and congrats from the west coast in Portland! I'm expecting my second child too (due May 18) and have to say the experience has been much different than my first pregnancy. Wishing you all the best!

Alexa von Canisius said...

oh how incredibly amazing !!! congratulations !! you are such a cute family ! how exciting to have another new addition !! xx
www.alexavoncanisius.com/blog/

Brittany said...

Yay!! Congratulations to your family!

brooklynash said...

hooray!

Jenn D said...

Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!

Melissa Stark said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is such great news! i read your blog everyday, and I have never commented :) until now! So happy for you + your family!

carly said...

Yay!! I said out loud- she's pregnant! And my husband asked "WHO!?" thinking it was one of our friends. Congratulations! Yay for July babies!

Abby said...

Congratulations! Such exciting news!

monica mulhern said...

Congrats Toby, I hope you get little sister named Thomas =)

måsh måsh said...

So happy for you!! Best of luck to you and your family!

Kate Chaux said...

Many congratulations to you all!

stilllifeinbuenosaires said...

Oh my gosh--congratulations to you and Alex!

You are radiant. I'm so happy for you both.

Ginny said...

YEah! Congrats, to you all. Life with 2 little ones will be an adventure.

Tiffany said...

Congratulations!! Such wonderful news. Hopefully you will get that new home in Brooklyn set up soon!

SLF said...

Congratulations Joanna!

sarahvanloon said...

Weoooooo!! Congratulations!!!!

MollColl said...

YAY - Congrats on your growing family - so exciting!

Jane Bond said...

Congratulations!! So exciting!!

Jessica D said...

Congratulations! How exciting for you and your growing family! You look absolutely radiant!

Mornings with Milo said...

Wahoo!!!!!

alessia said...

:))

Lindsay Rondo said...

congrats!!! so excited for you guys! you look wonderful! I often think about what it will be like the second time around knowing that amazing love and understanding as a mother. Congrats again. Keep us updated. :)

Heather Kaczynski said...

I am SO SO excited for you and Toby and Alex!! Best wishes to all of you!!

Rachel said...

Did you and Kate Middleton plan to do this at the same time?!

Mina said...

Yay, congrats! Can't wait to follow along again!

sarah said...

Congrats! I am almost 30 weeks pregnant with our first and i'm excited to follow along!

Letícia said...

Congrats Joanna!

You, Alex and Toby are such a beautiful family! The new baby will make you guys the perfect one!

XOXO,

Leticia Centeno

Susan said...

Mazel Tov! What wonderful news!

Miranda said...

Congratulations! July 3rd is my birthday too!

Deborah said...

Congratulations!! So excited for you! I can't wait to read all about it.

P.S. Where did you get your shoes? :)

layersofmeaning said...

Congrats!

Vicki ShoppeGirls said...

Congratulations to your family. So exciting.
Vicki
www.shoppegirls.blogspot.com

C said...

Congratulations!! I've never commented but realized today how obsessed I am with your blog and should probably let you know. I read this post and then texted my friend - "oh my god Joanna's pregnant!" He replied, "who is Joanna?" Whoops. Again, congratulations!!

Rachael said...

I am so happy for you! I've been anxiously awaiting to hear the news once you announced you'd be trying for a second. I love all your motherhood and pregnancy posts. Congratulations!!!

A FANCY DAY said...

Ahhh!! Congratulations! That's so exciting! I'm expecting my first in April and I feel like you did with your first. Is this really happening? Can't wait to read all about your adventures second time around. Maybe you could even do a what things you should get for your new baby kind of post since you know better his time to help us new mothers out. Hint hint! Congrats again!!

Lauren Stewart said...

Congrats! My birthday is July 2nd, maybe your baby will share it with me :)

xo Lauren
www.laurensthoughts.com

Lais said...

Congratulations Joanna!! Its a joy to keep up with your family and your discoveries on being a mom. Wish all the best to the four of you!! :)

Zoë said...

Congratulations! Such amazing, exciting news!

My Baby is almost 11 months old and I was sorting through the box we've accumulated of pretty much every items of clothing she's ever worn and it made me think for just a second "maybe another one would be okay".... The idea of going through the whole process is such an adventure. Different from the first time since you've "been there" but having a "first second Baby" is another amazing adventure.

Gosia Myślicka said...

you look stunning!!! :)))

Tori Masucci said...

I just KNEW this would be a post sooner or later! Congrats, Joanna and Alex! How exciting! :)

Angel said...

Oh yay, congrats!!

melanie @nowaqueen said...

Congrats! Jealous you are having a July baby!

Andreia said...

Congratulations! What a great news!

My experience: any pregnancy is different, as is different any child. Enjoy this wonderful time and I wish all the best!

ms said...

congratulations!!

Julia said...

Yay! And what a great lipstick color :)

Scout and Rice said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so thrilled for you! I came across your belly shot on Pinterest just now and had to smile, I have been waiting to hear some baby news ever since you first mentioned you were hoping for a second. Biggest congratulations! You look wonderful and so happy. :)

Paula said...

congrats!

Briel said...

Aww yay! Congratulations Joanna! My birthday is July 3. It's a good due date! :)

kyracross said...

eeek congrats!!! so excited for you and your family :) (and to hear about it along the way :)

r girn said...

I knew it.............congratulations!!!!

Johanna said...

Omg aaaahhhh yaaayyyyyy!!!!!!! SO happy for you!!!! I actually feel very emotionally happy which I find funny because I don't ACTUALLY know you but you really feel like a good friend Joanna!!! Congrats to you and Alex and Toby!!! xoxo

Redfrizzz said...

Mazal Tov!!!

@distract_me said...

Congratulations! Wonderful news xx

RC Cola said...

Um, how is it that I have never met you, but I totally have tears in my eyes right now?! Congratulations!! This is so exciting!

lillies & lattes said...

wow- congratulations! I love following your blog & cannot wait to read about your newest addition!

IJ said...

I suspected it!!!! This piece of news make feel immensely happy!! Congratulations!!!!

Nik said...

Yay for you!

Inês said...

Congratulations! So happy for you & your family!

bellefantaisie said...

Awh this is so amazing! you all look so happy! can't wait to see more updates about your little bump! x

TinyRN said...

Yay!! Congrats to you all; how exciting!!

haleysuzanne said...

Congratulations! So happy for you!

glenda said...

congrats! was expecting this type of news soon as you stated in one of your previous posts that you were hoping to add to your lil family. Yay! thanks for sharing with all of us. Can't wait to follow in this journey with you. Best to you throughout this pregnancy.

Natoria said...

Congrats

clairifur said...

Congratulations to you and your families! What nice news to start off the year with. :-)

Holly said...

Congratulations!

Sarah Conner said...

Deepest congratulations, Joanna! How wonderful.

mary catherine said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to reading about your journey this 2nd time around. Two is wild & wonderful! :)

carol said...

so happy for you!

bintheknow said...

Oh my goodness! SO exciting!! Congratulations!
Much love,
B

Cathi said...

I knew it - congratulations! xxoo

Martina said...

Ahhhh congratulations!!!!! Such awesome and happy news!! xxxx

Jessica, 22, England said...

Oh congratulations Joanna this is the BEST NEWS EVER. Made my day that some lucky baby is gonna get you as a mummy again :) lots of love xxx

Jess @ COOK + SMARTS said...

Congrats Joanna! Looking forward to getting you all sorted in the kitchen before baby #2 arrives!

Rebecca Campos said...

JOanna! Congrats!!

I've been following this blog of yours for so long! It's great news to know people we care about so much are living this precious moment again!

Spencer and Michelle said...

Ah! I kind of had a feeling :) So excited for you guys!

kat g said...

Congratulations!

Tracey said...

Yay for y'all but clearly you have to tell us what your lipstick is,;)

Dalia said...

Yay, congrats to you and your family!

Dina A said...

sooooooo excited for you and your family!!! congratulations joanna!!

Tracey said...

Yay for y'all but clearly you have to tell us what your lipstick is! ;)

MylifeasMiMi.tumblr.com said...

Congrats. I had a feeling with all the baby posts. I am due June 25th and looked at the baby naming posts for name ideas. I really enjoy your blog!

Erin
mylifeasmimi.tumblr.com

heather said...

Fabulous news! Congratulations to your whole family. I hope you are feeling good. My brother's birthday is July 5th, and it always felt like the whole country celebrated with him. I found my second pregnancy went by much faster (mostly because I was so busy thinking about my two year old, there was no time to think about myself). And, unlike the first, I was in no hurray for the baby to be born, life was actually easier with her in my belly for a little longer...:)

Lauren said...

Congratulations! What wonderful and exciting news! Sending you lots of warm tingly wishes.

Lauren x
Gordon + Gold

Chianne Hood said...

That's so exciting! Congrats! I'm so happy for you!

http://thehonestfox.blogspot.com/

Adam, Belinda & Rondo said...

we're in sync! i've been following your blog for years and i have a 2.5 year old son and am also just gone 3 months with my second!
Hope your not experiencing the hellish morning sickness that i've been going thru...
All the very best for your big belly!
from Bel in Oz

Kylie said...

Congratulations on your wonderful news!!

caffeinerd said...

Congratulations! How wonderful :)

Sara said...

yay yay yay, joanna, alex, toby and baby! can't wait to hear more :)

Lindsey Mrav said...

Congrats Joanna and family! This is such wonderful news.
I am also pregnant with my second, and due around July 3rd, so it will be so nice to follow along with you!

ilovemyvintage said...

congratulations :) :)

Erin said...

I could totally tell from that palm springs pic of you in the pool! Your belly button was oh so round like there was definitely a baby growin' in there! Love you, congrats!

Nel, the vet said...

Congratulations, I am really happy! You're one of my favourite bloggers ever!

Krista Dillon Hemming said...

YAY for you and your family! We are also expecting our second but the space between our littles is much wider (10 years!). I feel second pregnancies are a different experience entirely, at least that's been my journey so far. Excited to share this with you! I'm already planning ot do many things differently this time...cloth diapers? Exclusively breast feeding? Either I've regained my naivete or I have much more faith in myself this time around.
Looking forward to your posts on these topics!
Best of luck :) xoxoxo

Maia McDonald said...

Congrats!! That is so exciting for you guys :) I've found it so fun to follow along with your little family journey on here, thanks for sharing.

Kristen said...

Yay!! Congratulations! What an exciting way to start the new year. Something must be in the water, you are the third blogger to announce their pregnancy today! Yay for babies.

michness said...

I actually gasped with excitement when I saw this! Isn't it amazing, the connections we make over the internet. So happy for you!

Amie said...

YAY!!! Congratulations!!

Anonima said...

Congratulations!!!!! I'm so happy for you and for your family :)
Xoxo

Frankie said...

Congratulations! I'm relatively new reader of your blog (LOVE IT) and have been trolling your pregnancy and motherhood posts as I'm expecting my first baby on June 1st.
Thomasina is a lovely girls name - ever see that old Disney flick about the cat?

Joanna said...

Congratulations Joanna! I'm so happy for you and your growing family!!

Alex Messina said...

So very happy for you, Alex, and Toby! Congratulations! Your new addition to your family is going to be very blessed with wonderful people such as yourselves. Xoxox

Fernanda Franco said...

Congratulations Joanna! :)

Zoë said...

YAY! Xs and Os and congratulations to the three of you! What a cute foursome you'll make.

Frannie said...

Yay! I'm a July 3 baby too :)

Sara said...

ADORBS per usual! So happy for you kids!

Rachael {all things beautiful} said...

Congratulations!!!! What exciting news :) Thanks for sharing it with all of your readers!

xo

jm said...

Congratulations! And that is a beautiful, beautiful picture of you and your family. I can't wait to hear updates on your progression though this pregnancy. Fantastic!

katilda said...

SO EXCITING! And Jude is the name I've always planned on for my first baby boy. (Homage to the Beatles.) Kudos to your friend for her good taste :) And...Thomas could work for a girl...

Rebeka said...

Oooh I've been waiting for this post. I knew it had to be coming eventually!! I'm so happy for you and your family. Congratulations, Joanna!

Beautiful Things said...

Congratulations! How exciting. x

small + friendly said...

Congrats! Wishing you a beautiful stress free pregnancy!

j said...

congrats!! How funny, I was just about to check out your site, and I was thinking "she's going to announce that she's prego soon..." and sure enough!!

Kate said...

I can't stop smiling! Congratulations!

Alexandria said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news. God bless you and your family. XOXO

Costume Diva said...

Congrats Joanna! Im expecting my first in May. Reading your blog for the past few years has helped me feel confident that I can be a cool, loving, working, "city" Mom! All the best to your growing family :-)

theshooz said...

Congratulations, Joanna! So excited for you and your family!

Janet said...

Congratulations! I am also expecting baby #2 (a girl- baby #1 was a boy). How exciting!

jm said...

Really gorgeous picture!!!! Congratulations, again!

Katerina said...

So happy for you and your family!!

Ann said...

Holy cow! Congrats!!

cassidyjane said...

What kind of a blogger reader would I be if I didn't comment and say, "Congrats! Amazing!" On a selfish note, I am so glad you're going first into the world of second child and I get to read all about it from your (and hopefully Alex's) honest perspective!

Bea said...

That's such exciting news! Congratulations, so happy for your little family.
http://thegoogleyear.blogspot.com.au/

Amanda said...

Congratulations! So happy for you. :)

Stephanie said...

How exciting!! Congrats from Side Street Steph!

Baylee said...

Awesome! Congratulations! You look great! Your baby will be a cancer.. my favorite sign! ;)

figwittage said...

Congrats Joanna! :) xx

kel said...

wonderful wonderful news! congratulations! i found that by including sweetie-pie #1 in the pregnancy -- we read books aloud to my belly/the baby, sang songs together to my belly, she helped choose new baby clothes etc -- she felt a real connection to sweetie pie #2.
i also kept things that were just for her -- her "nite nite" song was just hers and i chose another song for baby #2.
i'm sure you know all this but you got me thinking of my "pregnant days" :)
all the best for a healthy and safe pregnancy. xoxo

J said...

Congratulations to you and your family!

Not your goddess said...

wow, that is fantastic, congratulations to your growing family :)

Kim said...

Congratulations! I'm pregnant with my first (due July 23rd) and sooo excited! Can't wait to watch your little family grow :)

Josephine said...

Hey hey! That's some beautiful news! I've been wondering... ;-)

My second son, Felix, is almost 5 months old (my first, Oliver, having been born only 2 weeks before your Toby). Second time around, the baby-wrangling part is SO much easier (provided all are healthy!) and I have been able to appreciate the cuteness in a way I wasn't able to the first time around, but I admit I've struggled with the dynamics of wrangling two very small people at the same time. My eldest (Ollie) was quite sad/angry for the first couple of months and it was heartbraking and infuriating. He also did a 180 with his toilet training. Added to that was extreme sleep deprivation (Felix was waking every 1 – 1.5 hours for the first 10 weeks) and my husband's busy work schedule which saw him return to work two days after Felix was born (Felix was born on a Saturday!). These hiccups have calmed now, but wow, it has been a rough few months, I have to admit.

I'm not mentioning this to get you down, but rather, to get to the point that the second (and probably subsequent children) really get you acquainted with your personal capabilities! Sure, the first child is a real mind-bender, but I've come to know myself better having added another child to the clan! I guess I mention these things too because I want you to have an awesome time introducing another little one to your family, and it's important for mamas to know what they could be in for!

Anyway... felicitations to you, Alex and Toby, and I wish you the best of health for the rest of the pregnancy! And I rather suspect you will have a 'glurl' ;-)

J.Elizabeth said...

Congratulations. I feel like I'm growing with your family! Thank you for sharing your news with us!

myheartscontentblog.com said...

Wonderful news, congratulations!

Arianna said...

Congratulations!!

Dana said...

Yay, Congrats!! Looking forward to reading about your experience over the next few months. My son is almost 4 and we will be trying for baby #2 sometime later this year. I visited with my two besties who have had their #2s last week and it struck me how accomplished they both were despite the chaos of handling two children and full time jobs. Experience with the first kiddo definitely helps!

weaser said...

Congratulations!! And a beautiful family picture.

Dee said...

So exciting! Congratulations!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Wonderful news!! Congrats!!!

thekittchen.com said...

Such happy news! Congratulations!

Lael said...

Congrats! So exciting. You look great!

Linden said...

Congratulations Joanna! So excited for you!!

llb said...

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your happy news!

Elizabeth said...

What a fantastic Motherhood Monday!!! Congrats!

Megan said...

Congratulations! I kind of hope you have a girl too! I would love to read about your thoughts on the differences between raising the two genders. But of course, whatever the gender, I am sure your new little one will be beautiful- just like Toby. Much love,
Megan

Carol said...

Congratulations! That is so so exciting :) We are expecting our 2nd too! There will be 19 months between them! So i'm expecting this year to be a very busy one,but I already feel so much more confident about what is coming :)

Victoria said...

Congratulations

Tracy said...

Congratulations!
The biggest difference for me with my second (and then third) was that I was able to just love-love-love them right from the beginning without any of the "Am I doing this right?" anxiety.
Have a wonderful pregnancy!

Notes from Holly St. said...

That's such wonderful news! Congratulations! I really look forward to following you on this journey again...yay!

s said...

wah! congratulations!! so happy for you and your beautiful family!!! xx

s said...

wah! congratulations!!! so happy for you and your beautiful family!!! xx

Ginny and CJ said...

Congratulations :) so happy for all of you..you will love seeing Toby become a big brother...so sweet!

Katie said...

how wonderful! congratulations :)

eastcoastbird said...

Lovely news! So happy for you and can't wait to hear all about it!

Ginny and CJ said...

Congratulations to all of you! You will love seeing Toby become a big brother...so sweet :)

Kristin said...

Congrats! You look so cute!

jamie said...

what a beautiful family! congratulations!

Ana said...

yey Congratulations!!! so so so exciting!

jamieloo said...

Congratulations! You are a wonderful mother.

peacelovekenya said...

Congratulations Joanna, I'm so pleased for you and your lovely family. I've been anticipating the good news every since you told us you were trying for another baby. All the best and love from London :)

gabrilea said...

Congratulations from Lithuania!! I am definitely very very happy for both of you!!!!One big family :)

Krista Terminalis said...

Oh congrats congrats congrats! That's so exciting. You guys make adorable babies!

Eugenia said...

congratulations!!!!!!! so happy for you :D

Kathy said...

Congratulations! What wonderful, exciting news. I am due with my first baby on June 28th. Maybe our little ones will end up with the same birthday!

natalie said...

I knew a bunch of people would say the same but... I knew it! Congratulations Joanna (Alex & Toby)! You look beautiful and can't wait for all the exciting expecting posts.

KaseyAnne said...

That is huge! Congratulations Joanna and Alex. I'm with Toby, and hope that it is a glurl as well! And what a beautiful family photo too. :)

Julia said...

Ooh this is so exciting!

LTS said...

Congratulations! I hope you are feeling well. I look forward to reading about your pregnancy and all things baby related, should you decide to share, as I am pregnant with my second child due early August.

Analog Girl said...

I was a little bit suspicious, I confess. So happy for you! Congrats! Can't wait to know how the experience will be this second time. :)

holtkamp said...

congratulations! you look absolutely radiant!

E the Intrepid said...

congratulations! your life seems so perfect and i am so happy for you

Krista Sidhu said...

Congratulations!! I have an 8 month old and will be trying for a 2nd in 4-5 months. It will be nice to read your advice and experiences in taking care of 2 kids before i have to :)

Laura Reynolds said...

Congratulations!! So happy for you and your little family :)

The Slow Pace said...

Congratulations!!!! I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy and a healthy little gurl!!! ;)

So happy for you!!!

www.theslowpace.wordpress.com

zielone-buty said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you! :)

Elsa said...

Congratulation for this new blessing that is being send to you and your husband.

Mariana Pereira said...

Congrats! Big hug from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

M said...

Eeeek! Congrats! How incredibly exciting. Secretly I hope it's a girl so you can name her something beautiful and buy dresses and such.
Much love, and congrats again!

Katie Klinger said...

Funny how excited you can feel for someone you've never met - congratulations!

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