Sunday, January 29, 2012

Boucher Baby #2's Journey to the world ....

I haven't had much to say about this pregnancy. Perhaps it's because it's not my first baby -- perhaps it's because I've been much more busy with work and a 2 year old -- or maybe because I wasn't as ready to become pregnant as I thought I should be ... I don't know. Regardless, I haven't shared much about him/her.

So let me start by showing you the latest picture of our little monster:

My pregnancy started with utter shock that I was, indeed, pregnant. I had just accepted a new teaching position at BHS and thought that our shot at a new baby hadn't worked. I have to admit -- I was relieved. A March baby would just be very difficult with regards to work -- not to mention JACE is a March baby.

One Thursday morning -- (on my mom's birthday -- July 14th!) I decided to test to see if I was pregnant. I didn't think I was, so while Joe was in the shower, I sneaked the test into the bedroom (JUST to open it -- I didn't want Joe to hear me wasting yet another test) then went back into the bathroom to take the test. Then I waited ... not really nervous since I didn't expect it to say YES. To my utter shock, they did! I yelled at Joe that he had to see this -- and after reading the PREGNANT sign on that little stick, he jumped out of the shower (dripping and all) to give me a big hug!

The next several weeks I had such extreme emotions. I was excited to be pregnant -- scared to miscarry again -- and, I'm ashamed to say, dreading how the next 9 months would affect my career. I had a TON of inner battles. How can I, who has such a TOUGH time getting pregnant, and STAYING pregnant ... not want to be right now? It was such BAD timing. I felt guilty and it took awhile for that to go away. Thankfully, it didn't take too many weeks for my feelings to turn around.

This pregnancy has been totally different than any other. From practically the moment I found out about this little baby until well into October ... I was BEAT! I didn't feel good ... and was UBER tired ... all of the time. Thankfully Jace is a good kid, and was able to stay out of trouble as I passed out on my bed ... daily!

At week 11 I started throwing up daily, sometimes more. With Jace ... I threw up 5 times. This one has been different -- as I am still throwing up off and on in the morning. Another fun side effect.

At this point in the pregnancy -- I'm anxious to meet my little baby. I don't know if it's a boy or a girl, so I'm making things for both. The baby is big -- as far as we can tell -- I'm measuring just as big as I did with Jace -- and Jace was 8 lb 4 oz, so hopefully this little one won't be much more than 9 ... Because Jace's birthday is March 16th and I'm due March 22nd, I really am pushing to get to my due date so their birthday weeks won't overlap. This kid seems to be strong though, and from the beginning I wouldn't be super surprised if he/she decided to make their entrance early (say hopefully around March 10th .... ) The only problem with this is -- the earlier I go, the longer I have 2 kids in day care at the end of the year. I haven't 100% decided if I am going back next year or not ... but I'm leaning to one way or the other -- just waiting to make the final decision.

So all in all I'm a little embarrassed to say that I have not been super in love with this pregnancy ... but in the end, I know that I am super in love with this kid, so that's all that really matters!! I guess I should take at least one belly shot before the kid is born ... right? :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Stohels December 2011

Here is my whole family. We look so great!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


I am so super excited for 2012! It's going to be a fantastic year .... On my side of the family we've got a wedding, a graduation, a mission or two, and a retirement! Busy Busy year! And Jace gets another cousin on Joe's side of the family. We are very excited for the changes that will be happening in the next 366 days.

Oh, and don't forget about our little bean growing :)

If the Mayans are right, this will be one last year to remember!!!