The 4-1-1 on Baby Perks # 2.

25 Aug

You would NOT believe how many readers have harassed me to get the word out about Baby Perks # 2.

(Secretly I love being harassed by readers…It makes me feel like a real blogger/writer with fans who actually care about what I write on here.)

Ok loyal PERKS followers…is Baby Perks # 2 what we’re officially calling this new bambino? The first time around Baby Perks was such an easy roll-off-the-tongue choice…

But for some reason…Baby Perks NUMBER 2 seems like SUCH a mouthful.

Perhaps this is of significance because Baby Perks # 2 (or whatever we decide to call he/she/it) will be…(insert dark, dreary music) the second child. You know-the one who enters our world in February when we already have a toddler whose current favorite past times are drinking mouthwash and brushing his hair while simultaneously trying to get the lids of red sharpie markers?

Something tells me by February Henry will have figured out how to get the top off that red sharpie marker, and while I’m deliriously tired and trying to toughen my boobs back up to nurse a newborn, my toddler son will be giving Picasso a run for his money on our walls.

I digress.

What were we talking about again?

Oh! Nicknames/blognames for Baby Perks # 2…well-I’m leaving it up to you guys.  Unless you guys give me some other shorter, witty, crafty, “I promise based on what I’m calling you on the blog that I love you just AS much as your brother” name…then I’m gonna stick with Baby Perks # 2. Heck, in a few weeks, we’ll know the sex of the baby and we can reevaluate right?

So just as I do for Henry’s monthly updates…here are Baby Perks # 2’s Quick Stats:

*Names/Nicknames: Baby Perks # 2 (please submit all other ideas in the comments section below.)

*Due Date: February 6, 2011.

*Sex: Unknown. (Until the middle of September when we have our 20 week appointment.) YES-we will be finding out the sex. Believe me-the conception of this baby in and of itself was surprise enough for Daddy Perks and I.

*Was this pregnancy planned? I was on birth control AND breastfeeding (a secondary form of contraception.) Does that answer your question?

*Are we excited? Unbelievably.

After Daddy Perks and I came down from the initial “oh-my-god-we-are-going-to-have-a-toddler-and-a-newborn-that-are-LESS-than-18 months-apart” shock, we took a deep breath and gave ourselves the good ol’ “God only gives us what we can handle” speech to one another and then jumped up and down with excitement. Actually, I have to dote on Daddy Perks for a minute. I’m not at all ashamed to admit that for the first few days after we found out, I did have a few “but I’ve already had my turn at pregnancy” moments.

And my husband. was. wonderful. He completely put my mind at ease, reminding me of what a wonderful gift we’d been given to have this opportunity to be parents again. I remember having a “this is (one of the bazillion reasons) why I married this man” moments and realizing how lucky I am to call him mine. Seriously.  You guys-you have NO idea how lucky I am to be married to Daddy Perks. Not only is he super funny and super hot, he is everything a wife would dream of for herself, and for the father of her children.

Not only does he work his full time corporate day job, but he’s picked up a 2nd job which he does a couple nights a week, mostly so that we can afford the opportunity for me to stay home with Henry. Oh! And he also makes a good chunk of change every month blogging. He’s an amazing writer and I promise you all, one day you will know his name because of what he accomplishes in this world.  He’s pretty much a baller. But ABOVE all that-he’s the most amazing father and husband to Henry and I.

Here’s an example of how…lately, he’s been coming home on his lunch break and taking Henry for an hour so I can go upstairs and rest. And let me tell you people-lunching with an almost 1 year-old is not exactly what one would call relaxing. Especially when our son eats his lunch as if he’s preparing for the next famine. Seriously people…watching Henry eat is like watching Kobayashi beat out Joey Chestnut in a hot dog eating contest. My son has somehow managed to turn eating into a sport. And Daddy Perks and I can barely keep up. I never knew the skills I had to tear food up into little pieces so quickly.

I digress. Again.

*How have you felt this pregnancy? I will say in certain ways, this pregnancy has been completely different than the first time around. With Henry I was sick, a lot. Do y’all remember how much I was throwing up? LOTS. Well-this time around I haven’t really been sick at all. In fact-in 17 weeks, I’ve only thrown up once. (YIPEE.) So for all you superstitious folk out there-one would think I’m having a girl. But since I don’t follow those wives tales, I’m holding out on making predictions about the gender of this baby. Although I’m convinced I’m destined to have all boys. I have this reoccurring nightmare that I can never keep my pantry full enough. It’s a lot like the reoccurring nightmare I continue to have in my adult life that my hair is a mess and soaking wet on prom night…

Now-as far as the exhaustion goes-it has been here in full force. Any woman who has been pregnant can probably affirm that the “tired” you feel when you are pregnant is unlike any “I shouldn’t have stayed up all night cramming for this final” tired you’ve felt in your life. And let me tell you-the 2nd time around is even more challenging to handle because now I have a toddler to entertain through my exhaustion. In a way, I feel like I’m back in the newborn stage with Henry, because lately when he naps, I nap. Hence, when Daddy Perks comes home for lunch and gives me a break, and I get an hour of down time, its a HUGE help to me.

So I’m anxiously awaiting the 2nd trimester burst of energy, as I’ve been in the 2nd trimester for almost a month now. And once that comes, I think we’ll be smooth sailing in the Perks’ household. At least that will be the case until I have a watermelon-sized belly and Henry doesn’t understand why I don’t want to crawl up and down the stairs for the “just for fun.”

SO, there you go PERKS followers. Now you have the 4-1-1 on Baby Perks #2. What other questions can I answer for you? Don’t be shy. For god’s sake I talk about my boobs on here and I know that my in-laws read this. Clearly I’m an open book.

Until we meet again, happy hump-day y’all.

Oh! One more thing…I assume some of you are going to request a belly shot. It’s coming…I promise.

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7 Responses to “The 4-1-1 on Baby Perks # 2.”

  1. Gina August 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    This post made me happy! I am so excited for you…and you are going to have two BFF’s there come February. I worry a little about my boys being 3.5 years apart.

  2. Bethany August 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    Why don’t you just pass on the name “Baby Perks” to this little bambino and let Henry move up into “Big Boy Perks” or something? He’s not the baby anymore 🙂

    Can’t wait for the belly shot! My belly is pretty flat these days thanks to the nausea diet. Can’t say I’m not loving it, but I know my time is coming very soon!

  3. Abby August 26, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Giving. Me. The. Babybug.

    Congrats again, Perks family!!!!! Thanks for the deets 🙂

  4. Tiff August 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm #

    I step away from the blogging world for a few days and am welcomed back by TWO new posts on LIFOP! I love it!

    Firstly, props to Daddy Perks!
    Secondly, I haven’t seen Daddy Perks’ blog, but I’m sure you give him a run for his money! (Let me know his link, I’d love to check it out!)
    Thirdly, I’m so glad you haven’t been sick this time around. I hope that continues and I hope you get the 2nd trimester second-wind that all pregnant women look forward to soon!
    Fourthly, I can’t wait to find out the sex of (insert the nickname/blog name of Baby Perks #2 here). Either way, Henry will be a great big brother! 🙂

    Finally, I’m looking forward to more updates on both Henry and baby #2!

  5. Claire August 30, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    I vote for Perks Baby Deux

  6. Rach August 31, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    You are such a funny writer. Seriously. It makes me miss you IRL to enjoy your humor on a more regular basis. I think pint-sized perks would be appropriate at this point b/c that’s prob how big he is. Hehe:). But I agree with Bethany that the new little one is Baby Perks now. Maybe if it’s a girl it can be Princess Perks. Love you and miss you.

  7. Aunt Liz September 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    Congrats on the addition to your family!

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