This coming week I hit 30 weeks of pregnancy and people have started to ask me questions that I know a lot of people always wonder. I haven't shared a lot about my pregnancy here on the blog, and I've only been posting bump pictures and all of my baby related thoughts on Instagram and Twitter, but I thought I'd take a post to answer some questions and share some of our baby related plans with you. Our lives have always been busy and we realize that we're going to have to make some changes to adjust to our new family member, so these plans have been discussed a lot. While a lot of them may change once this baby is here and later on down the road, for now, this is what we feel is going to work best for our growing family!
Will you continue working after the baby comes?
Yes. Mine and Joe's work schedules will both have to shift a bit, but we've come up with a plan that we think will work really well. I will be working earlier hours than normal and Joe will be going to work a little bit later and we will take different days off during the week. The plan is for at least one of us to be home with the baby as much as possible and then he will be at my mom's the majority of the time that our work schedules overlap. We are grateful that we have family close by and that so many people are willing and eager to help us out with tending our little guy and we know he's going to be getting the best, loving care when we aren't with him.
What about school, will you be taking a break?
No. After this current semester, I only have about 30 credit hours left until I graduate with my bachelor's degree and my plan is to power through and graduate by the end of summer 2016 at the very latest. This semester ends on May 1st, my due date is May 5th and summer semester starts May 11th. I know I sound crazy, but I think that taking classes while I'm pregnant and while this kid is still really young is going to be a lot easier than trying to jump back in and finish when he's close to a year old, mobile and needs constant attention. I'm only taking online classes summer semester and plan on having lots of snuggly study sessions with my sweet baby. Next spring semester when he hits the six to nine months old stage and I'm finishing up my senior classes, I'm sure life will be a little hectic, but I don't doubt that it will be worth it in the end!
How is Howie going to react to the new baby?
To be honest, this is the one thing that we're a little unsure of and talk about daily. I've read all the information I can find about getting animals adjusted to a new baby in the house, and I think that Howie will be great with our little one because loves kids and he's always been friendly and patient with them. The one thing I worry about is how jealous he'll be when he's not the center of attention in our house. We treat our puppy like our child sometimes, he's probably a little bit spoiled, and we give him a lot of attention. We've already seen Howie becoming more needy as he senses the changes coming, and it breaks my heart to think that he may not feel as loved after the baby gets here. We plan on playing with him daily, taking him on frequent walks and trying to make him feel included in all of our family activities just like we do now. Mr. Howard needs lots of love and I want to make sure that he doesn't feel left out after this baby comes.
Are you prepared to become a family of three?
It will have been just the two of us for four years when this baby gets here, and I'm trying to prepare myself as much as possible for the adjustment that I know it's going to be. One of the reasons that my word for the year is intentional is because I want to make sure that I'm not wasting time on frivolous things when I could be spending time working on my marriage instead. Our schedules are already pretty busy and with the adjusted work hours, we'll see each other even less. We'll no longer have the freedom to come and go as easily and often as we do now and everything will take a little bit more advanced planning. We've worked hard to create a strong relationship with each other over the past four years and I can't wait to see how the challenges that this new adventure brings strengthens our marriage even more!