Coming Soon(ish): The Littlest Di Julio

Baby Di Julio announcement

That’s right, folks! The Littlest Di Julio is on his/her way, much to the shock and amazement of all our family members and close friends (and me).

Now, I’m sure you have a lot of questions, so let me answer them as best I can. These are just the basic ones, though; any other questions or comments are graciously accepted below!

Baby FAQs

How far along are you?

9 1/2 weeks! Yes, I know it’s early and common wisdom says to keep quiet until after the first trimester in case anything happens, but folks are finding out because I can’t lie when they ask, so we figured we should go ahead and make it official. Besides, my mother might explode if she has to keep it a secret any longer.

When are you due?

I haven’t had my dating ultrasound yet, but it’ll be mid-May. If my calculations are correct — I’m 99.9% sure which day It  Happened — Baby Di Julio will be born on or right next to Daddy’s birthday, May 20th.

Was this planned or a “happy accident”?

Planned! We decided last fall that it’s time to start our family, and it took almost a year for us to conceive. Not that we were ultra-strict in our efforts (no calendars or temperature-taking); it was more about us building our intimacy than OMGMUSTSEXFORBABIES.

Do you want a boy or a girl?

We’re happy either way, although we both strongly feel like we’ll have a girl. Only time will tell, though (and yes, we will find out the gender — whenever that happens).

How are you feeling?

I am proud to report that I haven’t thrown up once. I’ve certainly wanted to throw up, but I refuse. Mostly, I just feel motion sick all the time (looking at digital screens makes it worse, which is why I haven’t been online much), and I’ve been sleeping 10-12 hours a night. Suuuper lucky, I know. The current struggle is figuring out how to eat. While I don’t have cravings/aversions per se, what doesn’t make me gag changes every day. What worked yesterday may be awful today. I’m told this goes away. Lord, let it be so — I’m tired of eating all these carbs. (Now there’s a sentence no one’s ever said before.)

No, but how are you feeling?

Weird? It’s no secret that until last fall, I never wanted children. To have that suddenly 180 and to now be hosting one is hard. Like, where most girls name their future kids in kindergarten, I’m having to come to terms with the idea of Being A Mom at a 30-year disadvantage. It both feels too real and not real at all. I’m nervous and scared, mostly. I also feel selfish and broken because I’m anxious about “my life being over” and because “I don’t love my baby yet.” But, I will say that excitement and joy are gaining ground. Prayer helps, as does talking to other(!) moms. It’s a process, and I’m trying not to rush to where I think I “should” be and instead be where I am without expectation.

Do you need anything?

People keep asking me this, but I don’t know what to say. Of course we need Baby Things, but after Googling what medicine and I can and can’t take during pregnancy, I’m terrified to look up even the most mundane of lists. Basic furniture has been spoken for, and Mom is already buying onesies. One thing I know I can certainly use, however, is advice on maternity clothes that don’t make me look like I escaped from PT Barnum’s shed. If you’re dead-set on helping out or just want to send a card, email me, and we’ll talk.

Aaaaand I think that’s it. For now, anyway.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know or secret handshakes I’m supposed to learn or suchlike, please leave a comment below or email me!

As always, possums, I appreciate your company on this new grand adventure.

30 weeks and counting…




  1. Congratulations! Yes, it should pass (the nausea) and yes, you’re gonna want to do nothing but sleep until about 15 weeks or so. Another of my friends about your age just announced her pregnancy a few weeks back. Motherhood is not for the faint of heart, but you are not faint of heart, so…you’re good! 🙂 My advice as a three-time mom – start picking up receiving blankets by the dozens. Whenever you find them in good shape at the thrift store, pick them up. They are so versatile and I had about 25, and they were all used every single week. They are great coverups, spit-rags, bed-liners, you name it. They get dirty, you toss in the laundry and get another one. Trust me on that one. 🙂 Maternity clothes: wear what you like, and don’t worry about it. 🙂 And selfishly, I hope your baby waits until the 23rd (my birthday) so they get squarely into Gemini-ness but still have the practicality of the Taurus because they will be on the cusp. 🙂

    1. Thank you, darling! I’m glad you don’t think I’m faint of heart — I’ve certainly felt I am these last few weeks. 🙂

      Good tip about the blankets; I hadn’t even considered that! We will definitely be working the thrift stores and Once Upon a Child for as much gently-used and low-price supplies as possible.

      We’ll see on the due date! Lino is also a Gemini/Taurus cusp baby (right on the change day), so at least I have some experience dealing with that temperament. I admit I’d secretly been hoping to be pregnant in time for an Aquarian, just so I’d have some company, though! 😛

    1. Thank you, Robin! I’m so thankful for your love and support through all this (and, you know, life). I couldn’t ask for a better Canadian Mom! 😀

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