Let the second trimester begin!!
Okay...it seems to really depend on which baby tracking website you look at as to whether or not we've technically made it to the 2nd trimester. Parenting Weekly emailed me this morning to congratulate me by saying "Yeah! You've made it to the Honeymoon Trimester!" but Babycenter is telling me that we don't get to the honeymoon phase until 14 weeks. Then after some digging around for which one is correct, I found that other sources say 12 weeks. So with all this conflicting data in mind, I've decided to split the difference and accept the 13 weeks timeframe. After all, it feels monumental getting to this point and we're looking for milestones people. MILESTONES!! :-)
So the big question on many people's mind is when are we going to start telling people. (The "many people" I'm referring to are the several people that we've already told!!) It's funny because I suppose we've been close-mouthed about it to some degree, and yet we've also shared the news with some of our closest friends, family and colleagues. Yesterday, while being out enjoying the sunshine with some mutual friends in Prospect Park, I casually mentioned something about the baby to our friend's wife. She turned and looked at me...her jaw dropped...and she said, "YOU'RE PREGNANT?!"
*Insert momentary awkward pause here*
I said, "Well, yes and no. We're almost 13 weeks pregnant via gestational surrogate...but I thought you KNEW ALREADY!" I'd mistakenly assumed that her husband (who is one of N's closest friends) had told her b/c I knew N had told him. Well, it turns out that he hadn't told her. And all of our prior chit-chat during the walk in the park that had to do with baby books, etc...she simply thought that I was just interested in learning about babies! Haha!! She was very excited for us...which was great.
That was one of the better experiences I've had telling someone that we're expecting via someone else's uterus. A number of the chats I've had have been much more awkward with that person not really knowing what to say. Tomorrow I'm going to be telling my two assistants at work so they can mentally begin to prepare themselves for my maternity leave during our busiest time of year -- December! We're starting the preparations for all of Holiday's workload right now, and so I want them to be fully enmeshed in what's going on b/c they will be bearing the brunt of the workload once I'm gone. (P.S., I can't wait for 3 months maternity leave!!)
Lastly, but not least...N and I have been thinking a lot about how we're going to handle childcare. For those of you living in NYC (or thinking about moving here), the cost of daycare is outrageous! Expect to pay as much in childcare as you do for your outrageous rent each month! OMG. I almost died when I started seeing the actual costs start to come in. Not to mention that many daycares won't even take babies. So after my 3 months maternity is up, N has decided to stay at home to be on daddy duty. He's freelance anyways, so he's basically cutting way down on his work. And if anything really amazing comes up in the process, then we'll hire a nanny/babysitter on an as-needed basis....or call in N's mom who lives 2 hours away.
After that ends, I'm looking into a nanny-share. A friend of ours who we were out with yesterday was telling us about their situation. It sounds GREAT. Basically the parents split the cost of the nanny...making it more comparable to traditional daycare...but with the flexibility of a nanny. It really does make me wish though that my family lived close by. Growing up I always had family taking care of me when I was small and my mom was working. It would be so awesome to have our child grow up staying with aunts/cousins/etc. Oh well...maybe if we ever move to another state. :-\
Okay, enough for today. I'm breathing a big sigh of relief that we've made it to the Honeymoon Trimester. And I just thank god for our fortune that even though we chose to do a Single Embryo Transfer, we managed to get pregnant on our first try. We really do feel blessed and so thankful. To all the other moms out there still trying or in-progress, know that I'm holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.