Happy news to share

14 February 2018

Friends, on this day of love, I’m so happy to share that our hearts are growing and growing!

We are overjoyed that another little baby will be joining our family in August! YAY, indeed!!

It seems like it might be easier to take a second baby in stride, but knowing how precious our sweet girl is to us makes me even more grateful for and awestruck by this blessing. It was hard to imagine what our love for a child would feel like before we had June, and certainly how much fun it would be to be a mama — but now I know!! This time around, I’ve loved anticipating all of the good stuff that’s coming (like movement soon!), and it’s been nice to feel a little more prepared for the hard stuff, too.

That being said, keeping my expectations low has been my biggest challenge so far with baby number two. Y’all know how I feel about expectations – I live and die by them, as there are few things that more strongly affect my happiness and overall life satisfaction.

Last time around, pregnancy and life with a newborn was pretty much a gigantic blank slate. Specifically, I never had illusions about how wonderful the newborn phase would be. In fact, I expected it to be hard, frustrating, and exhausting, with a steep learning curve. I wasn’t depressed about this; I just figured it would be something we’d have to get through, and it would get better every day.

And then, we got a dream angel baby who did all the things. And it was SO WONDERFUL! Because I had low expectations, every good thing felt like a revelation. Even the smallest victories and happy moments were a delight.

For me, the key to repeat this experience again is not to have another dream angel baby (though I wouldn’t be mad about that!), it’s to again have truly low expectations. Easier said than done, but I am committed to experiencing this pregnancy and new little for just who he or she is!

Alright — on to the things you really want to know! :)

How do you feel? At 15 weeks, I am feeling good, though still tired in the evenings especially! The week we found out was truly awful – I had terrible back pain (something I’d never even heard of as a pregnancy malady!) and spent pretty much the whole week moaning and nauseous on the coach. John made an emergency run to Target for ginger tea, an extra heating pad, sea-bands, chicken noodle soup, and all the rest — we joked that the cashiers surely must have thought we were first-time expecting parents :) Since that week, though, it has been smooth sailing, with very little queasiness or anything else to complain about!

Are you going to find out whether it’s a boy or a girl? Yes! Yes yes yes. We can’t wait to find out in just a few weeks! My very favorite consignment sale is actually at 19 weeks and 3 days, and I’m considering using my one-time pregnancy diva card to schedule our ultrasound appointment a bit early, ha! My shopping needs will be very different based on the results, so I feel like this is justified :)

Does June know? We have talked about the baby in front of her, but haven’t really had a sit-down chat, and she’s never brought up the subject independently. I don’t think she understands much at this point. I’m sure we will be discussing her big sister status more intentionally as my due date gets closer and there is a belly to point to!

I’ll end the same way I did my first pregnancy announcement. We are grateful. We are trusting in God, who has equipped us with everything we need and has chosen us uniquely for this baby. We are trusting in each other, as we have for the last thirteen years. And we are trusting that all that is to come is the continuation of a beautiful story. Looking forward to sharing it, friends!! Happy Valentine’s Day :)

Biggest thank yous to our dear friend Graham of Anagram Photo for these sweet photos of our growing family!! He snapped them in his backyard a few weeks ago and then Sam served us the most delicious lo mein for lunch, so all around it was a blue ribbon day :)

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February 14, 2018 6:54 am

SO very happy for y’all and happy for the world that there is another Thomas to love!! These pictures could not be sweeter!!

Zoe
February 14, 2018 8:05 am

Congratulations Em. What happy, happy news xx

February 14, 2018 8:31 am

Absolutely thrilled for you, John, and June!! These photos are insanely beautiful and oh so special, too! xoxox

Kate R.
February 14, 2018 8:37 am

Congratulations to you and John!!! Very excited to see your family grow :)

RachelC
February 14, 2018 9:00 am

So many congratulations! I had the exact same feelings when expecting my 2nd baby and still consciously make an effort to NOT expect her to be the same as her big brother (and my goodness is she different!). So excited to see your family grow. Seeing your first baby as a big sibling is so special!

Kelly Strawberry
February 14, 2018 9:07 am

Absolutely adorable pictures!!! Congrats again and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!! <3

Megan
February 14, 2018 9:12 am

Congratulations, Emily, John, and June! So happy for you! :)

Kelly
February 14, 2018 9:23 am

Eeeeeeek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the BEST news ever!!! Yay!! So happy for you and your family! :)

Bethany Howe
February 14, 2018 10:01 am

Such cute photos! Congratulations! :)

Cassie
February 14, 2018 10:03 am

Congratulations!!

Erin
February 14, 2018 10:40 am

Congratulations Emily, John, June (and new baby)! So excited for your family and can’t wait to watch this little one grow!

Sam
February 14, 2018 10:44 am

You are absolutely stunning! Love you all it’s such a joy watching your family grow!

Emily
February 14, 2018 10:50 am

Congratulations on such wonderful news! Best wishes to you and your family as you embrace and enjoy this new season.

Peggy
February 14, 2018 11:48 am

And we know that August babies are AWESOME! Congrats!

Christina
February 14, 2018 11:56 am

Congratulations! What fun and the biggest blessing sweet baby #2 will be to your home! I can’t wait to watch this little one grow! Prayers for a happy and healthy pregnancy and sweet baby!

Janessa
February 14, 2018 11:58 am

Congrats Thomas family! :)

February 14, 2018 12:37 pm

Wonderful news Emily!!! Huge congratulations to you and your family. What an incredible blessing <3

February 14, 2018 1:34 pm

Congratulations! As I said on Instagram I have loved “watching” you become a mom!

Kate
February 14, 2018 1:48 pm

Congratulations!! What adorable family photos. I was catching up on a few of your blog posts the other day and randomly had a feeling you’d be announcing another pregnancy soon – how exciting for you and your family! :)

February 14, 2018 2:12 pm

Congrats sweet friend! I loved celebrating the news with you a couple weeks ago in private and now so publicly with the rest of these dear readers and friends. Hooray Thomas family! :)

February 14, 2018 5:10 pm

Such sweet family photos! So excited for you guys!!

Gillian
February 14, 2018 5:18 pm

I am thrilled for you! June is going to be an amazing big sister and I can’t wait to hear more! We are also expecting our second in August (and our first is just a few weeks older than June!) That hot summer is going to be so worth it to snuggle a sweet little one! I love how you are keeping your expectations low. I am trying to do the same, though it’s tricky! I agree that expectations are so important.

February 14, 2018 6:47 pm

What amazing news! So so thrilled for you!

Dave
February 14, 2018 9:14 pm

Congrats you three! So happy for y’all!

February 14, 2018 10:42 pm

Congrats, Emily! Such great news! And I love pregnancy posts – I’m so excited to read yours! :)

February 15, 2018 9:02 am

This is the most wonderful news Em, I am so excited for you all.
What a precious little blessing he/she already – wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy x

February 16, 2018 9:41 am

SO sweet! Congrats to you and your family. :)

Pop-Pop
February 16, 2018 11:20 am

Grand!

February 19, 2018 2:19 pm

Such happy news! Congrats!

Laura B
February 19, 2018 8:13 pm

So excited for you and love this post!

February 20, 2018 10:02 pm

Goodness this is the sweetest. The colorful outfit June wore was on point! We are just SO excited for you guys! And of course we are #teamgirl!

February 22, 2018 6:01 pm

what a beautiful couple and the quality of the picture is so great!
Congrats

Emily
March 6, 2018 9:14 am

Congratulations Em! What an amazing blessing!

Is there anything you are trying to fit in before baby arrives? Very excited for you!