Boston Turns One!

Now, back to the story I was telling you!  

 I made it through my first rough year of being a mom! I don't think anyone who knows me realizes what a big deal this was for me. Being a mom is a tough job, but I struggled a lot (and still do)! People tell you that being a mom is hard, but you don't understand what they really mean until you are fully engulfed! That first year was incredibly hard, but I made it to my first real milestone! One year down, how many to go? (17?) I felt like I deserved an award or something.

Boston was a hard baby! He was extremely strong, smart, and stubborn to the core, and that remains true about him to this day. I think the things that I see as a challenge now will make him great in his adult life...at least I really hope so! I think he is a born leader. As a baby, he would learn things so quickly! He walked by 10 months, and he's been running ever since. He rarely slows down! He's been such an active and coordinated boy since day one, with tons of energy that never seems to run out. Let's just say, I am tired all of the time. Also, he has a crazy amazing memory! He hardly forgets anything and is so detail-oriented. He can recall things currently, or things that happened when he was 18 months old . Its kind of weird and always takes me by surprise. He can remember word-for-word what someone tells him, and every time he sees that person, he will bring it up and ask them if they remember... Geez, kid! His vocabulary developed quickly, and to this day he says words that even I struggle with. He is kind of brilliant...but that makes him off-the-chart stubborn and difficult. Almost daily I lose in our arguments. That makes me think of the funny quote:  

"Be kind to everyone you meet. You never know who lost an argument with a 3-year-old today."

YEP! So accurate! 

Anyway, with Boston being one, I knew it was time to start thinking about having another baby. Fast, I know! I wanted my babies to be close in age, especially since Kris and I only wanted two. With not knowing how long it would take to get pregnant (since Boston took several tries) I knew we needed to start the process soon. The problem was, I wasn't mentally ready!

The idea of getting pregnant, being pregnant, and having another baby wasn't something I wanted to go through again, or at least not that soon. I know that sounds horrible, but because my first experience was less than ideal, I was in no rush. On the other hand, I felt like I had no choice. If I wanted my babies to be close in age, the clock was ticking and I was only getting older! (And Kris too!) I needed to start tracking my ovulation again, make sure we had someone to do the insemination, and really prepare myself in every way, ready or not. 

Tracking my ovulation was easy, I was an expert at that. But figuring out who to use for the insemination was up in the air. Our midwife that helped us get pregnant with Boston told us she was retired and not practicing anymore. We had to look around a bit and consider some other options. The doctor (not the crazy midwife) that fixed me up after Boston's delivery was a good candidate! He told us he would be willing to help us when we were ready. So, after tracking my ovulation for a few months, we contacted him about starting the process and everything seemed promising. He said we could start that month of June (2015) and then have me start Clomid. Well, when the time was getting closer to order our sperm we were working out all of the details about the insemination with his clinic when we got a phone call from him... I remember this moment clearly! He told us he wasn't going to help us because he had a family emergency. He was taking time off of work and didn't know if or when he would be back - it was crazy! Horrible timing! We were so shocked and confused. What in the world was happening?! We came to find out that his reason was legitimate and I hope wherever he is today, he is doing better. With all of that happening so close to the timing of our planned insemination, I totally started to freak out! What were we going to do? Who were going to find on such short notice? 

That is when I messaged our midwife that helped us get pregnant with Boston one more time in hopes that she would make an exception for us and come out of her retirement to help us...and guess what!? She did! She was really sweet about it, too, saying how she would love to have us be her last family that she helped. So just like that, it was planned! Miracles really do happen every day. She was willing to start in July! July came fast and we did the insemination, but with no luck - it didn't take. I was pretty bummed, but realized it might take several times, just like with Boston. Trying not to get too discouraged, I started to plan for August and before I knew it, it was go-time. Everything seemed to fall into place and I wasn't stressed at all; I had a good feeling about that attempt...and it took! 

I found out I was pregnant at the end of August!  

What a relief! It took on round two? It almost seemed too good to be true. What a blessing! Baby number two was on board!  

Here we go again!

How we shared the news with our family. 

How we shared the news with our family. 

My mom, being so cute and excited for us!

My mom, being so cute and excited for us!

Kris' mom opening her surprise!

Kris' mom opening her surprise!

Kris' parents excited about another grandbaby!

Kris' parents excited about another grandbaby!

Telling Kris' sister, Jeni! Isn't she cute?!

Telling Kris' sister, Jeni! Isn't she cute?!

I love being able to come up with fun ways to share baby news! It's cheesy, but I love it!