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Family Friday (vol. 9): And Then There Were Four…

Baby #2 Announcement Blog

Our little family will be growing this September – Shea is going to be a big sister! Does the uptick in carb-a-licious meals posted on the blog make more sense now? 😉 Since this picture was taken, my due date was actually adjusted to September 6th and if that ends up being the case, my babies will be *exactly* 23 months apart. 🙂

Our “trying to conceive (TTC) journey” was very different with baby #2. After over a year of trying for Shea, followed by an IUI (I posted all about our infertility journey here), I was mentally and emotionally gearing up for a long haul in getting pregnant and praying all the while that we were, in fact, going to be blessed with a second child. I am a very open book as a person and many people knew we were ready for #2. I heard a lot of, “Oh, so-and-so…she had fertility treatments her first pregnancy and then, BOOM! She wasn’t even trying for the second!” I’m poking fun, but you hear these stories. All. The. Time. Baby #1 was a miracle among miracles against all odds and then without even trying, subsequent babies were conceived “effortlessly”. Sigh.

I didn’t want to hear it. As much as I wanted to think it, I knew I had to remain cautiously optimistic.

As with most women during breastfeeding, my cycle never returned. During this time, I struggled with my commitment and desire to breastfeed knowing that we were delaying efforts for baby #2. In this way, every woman and family is different. I loved breastfeeding and yet felt the pressure to regain my cycle and give serious efforts towards a second child. I vividly recall my 6 week post-partum check-up where my midwife shared that statistically, my best chances of conceiving naturally are in the next 18 months. Tick, tock, tick, tock.

I decided not to wean early and as it ends up, Shea very happily weaned herself right at 11 months. It was both a happy and sad time. I had the “goal” of a year and of course, I missed the closeness that came with breastfeeding. I spun the situation towards the positive and anxiously awaited my cycle (for the first time in my life). Eight long weeks later, we officially began trying to conceive (the end of October 2015, just after Shea turned 1).

Right off the bat, I used ovulation predictor kits (OPK’s). Just the cheapies. My ovulation was late and my cycles were long (40ish days). I would ovulate close to day 29, about 2 weeks later than most women. It was very frustrating. During this time, I continued on my 500 mg metformin daily (for PCOS) and tried to remain patient.

My midwife had agreed that we could try clomid after 2 natural cycles. Needless to say, that time came in December. I was prescribed 50 mg clomid to take on CD3-7. I tolerated the medication well and had no issues other than a slight headache for a day. I monitored for ovulation and did not receive any other monitoring. Often, clomid cycles are monitored by way of ultrasound to not only measure the maturity of the follicle(s) for optimal timing, but to also ensure the ovaries are not over-stimulated, resulting in an increased risk of multiples. Mark and I understood we were at an increased chance of multiples and continued with the unmonitored cycle, as monitored cycles would have required a referral to a fertility specialist…of which we do not have one locally.

Fast forward to the day after Christmas (3w4d) when I was SHOCKED to have received a positive pregnancy test. We were leaving my parents’ home for my in-laws that day and I not-so-patiently waited until we were in the car for the 2 1/2 hour drive to share the news with Mark. He didn’t honestly believe me at first!

I had my first ultrasound at 6 weeks and there was a heartbeat of 101 bpm! I don’t know why, but I wasn’t provided with an ultrasound picture…but here’s one from ~9 weeks when I got a bonus ultrasound from an ultrasound student. Perks of working in health care!

ultrasound 9 weeks

I don’t know what more to say than I feel so very blessed to have had such a different fertility journey with baby #2. We got pregnant with our first IUI and now, our first cycle of clomid – we are blessed!

We cannot wait to find out the gender so we can argue over names and in just 6 months, give or take, we’ll be a family of 4. Five with the dog 🙂

  • Weight gain: 0-1 lbs, depending on the day.
  • Cravings: SANDWICHES, soup, chips, chocolate milk. I joke that I “knew” I was pregnant when I craved Subway. It was all I wanted when pregnant with Shea. My Jimmy Johns love on Instagram? Yeah. And Fritos and cottage cheese? Can’t knock it til you’ve tried it!
  • Food aversions: Other than nearly making a scene over Hummus-Crusted Chicken, I’ve had no real aversions. That was the first time I’ve made dinner and not eaten it. But, Mark loved it!
  • Fears: Miscarriage, the balance of 2 vs 1 kid, Shea not adapting well.
  • Is Shea excited? Not in the least, I’m sure. 🙂 She’ll get there. At (not quite) 17 months, she doesn’t understand any of this.
  • Workouts: ~5 days/week – jogging, walking, and tennis. I quit hockey very early on – better safe than sorry.
  • Favorite girl name (for now): Piper
  • Favorite boy name (for now): Gavin
  • 1st trimester woes: Fatigue, a few headaches, and some lower back pain if I have a heavier workout day. I feel very fortunate not to be plagued with morning sickness in either of my pregnancies.
  • Babymoon: Was supposed to be to Playa del Carmen with friends, but due to Zika, it will be Mark and I in Scottsdale, AZ and Sedona. I’ve never been to Arizona so I’m trying not to be so sour over canceling Mexico.

Thank you for all of your love, support, and kind words. xoxo! Please leave baby name suggestions, too! 🙂

Be well,


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  1. Joanne
    March 4, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    congratulations on your great news!

  2. Melissa
    March 4, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Congrats!!! Gavin is my pick for a boys name too!!!

  3. Amanda
    March 4, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Did you have any milk production issues related to pcos? I just had my first 3 weeks ago and struggling!

  4. Biz
    March 4, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    I am so happy for you Nicole! I secretly hope it’s another girl because Shea is so damn cute. I love the name Merryn. πŸ˜€

  5. Sheryl Brown
    March 4, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Congratulations! I am so very happy to read this, and pray that all goes smoothly.

  6. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    March 4, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    SO excited for you guys! Can’t wait to hear what the gender is! ❀️

  7. Lizzie
    March 4, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Congratulations!! So exciting. Glad it was (relatively) easy for you! I can’t believe you waited 2.5 hours with that secret. I like your fave names. Hmm..if you like Piper, you might like Harper?

  8. Elaine
    March 5, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Congratulations! Rachel or Andrea are my favorite girls’ names. For a boy? That’s a little tougher-mainstream, classic names always are good- William or Jonathan for example. Hope you have smooth sailing through your pregnancy!

  9. Becca
    March 5, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Congratulations!!! It’s not my business, but when you haven’t posted pictures of been or wine on Instagram, I wondered if another was on the way (totally not my business, but it crossed my mind!) My husband and I are deciding if we’re going IUI or IVF, and I forgot you guys had done IUI with Shea. Your IUI success is encouraging, thank you for sharing!!!

  10. Anna K
    March 5, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    Boy: Caleb, Grayson, and I like Gavin
    Girl: Ella, Skylar, and I like Piper too!
    -Anna K

  11. JulieL
    March 7, 2016 / 6:51 am


  12. brittany (healthy slice)
    March 7, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Congratulations Nicole!! I’m so happy for you <3
    I'm terrible at coming up with names, so no suggestions, but lots of well wishes πŸ˜‰

  13. Tracy
    March 13, 2016 / 12:30 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! I was on your site to revisit your protein pancakes recipe to share with someone and, since I’m not on Facebook for Lent, decided to see what’s going on in your blogosphere. This was way better news than I could have imagined!!!!! Yippee!!

    • Nicole Morrissey
      March 13, 2016 / 10:10 am

      Thanks, Tracy!! Hope you are well πŸ™‚

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