We are over the moon excited to share that we will be welcoming Baby Comer #2 to the family! She is expected to make her arrival at the beginning of January. I’ve kept pretty quiet about this pregnancy up until this point, so I wanted to share a little update with you all and answer some of the questions I’ve received so far!
HOW I FOUND OUT
If you’re new around here, life over the past 6 months or so has been a little hectic in the Comer household. Carl Michael accepted a new job offer in April, which transferred us from Fort Worth to Houston. Long story short, it all happened so quickly that he had to move up here before us while Charleigh and I stayed back and waited for our house to sell. Luckily, my parents lived 10 minutes from us, so we basically just moved in with them for a couple of months instead of trying to keep the house spotless with a baby for showings. Our entire house was packed up and put into storage in Houston, and we only got to see Carl Michael on the weekends. It was rough being apart and we are still working on getting settled in our new home in Houston. Anyway, I had just moved into my parents’ house temporarily and was in a complete transition period and being pregnant wasn’t even a thought that crossed my mind. I kept telling my mom that I was so exhausted and I really wasn’t sure why, considering Charleigh was sleeping through the night. She kept reassuring me that I was going through a really stressful time (we moved a ton growing up so she knew how it was as a mother) and that stress can take a toll on you, both physically and emotionally. I was indeed stressed, so I ignored it for a while, but it was a different tired.. and one that I finally realized felt a little familiar. I was laying in bed one night and thought.. “there’s no way….”. But then I got in my head and I feel like when you are pregnant, sometimes you just know. Oddly, I had a random pregnancy test leftover from the first time around, so I took it. Only one line showed up (not pregnant), so I put it back in the rapper and shoved it under the bathroom sink because I didn’t want my parents to see the bright pink rapper in the trash can.. ha! A few days went by and I remembered that I needed to throw it away, so I pulled it back out and was going to “hide it” in the trash can… weird I know.. but the whole thing was weird haha. I decided to pull the test back out just to look at it one last time before tossing it, and I was shocked. There was a faint second line that had showed up. I didn’t know how to feel, but immediately thought I needed to take another test because maybe something weird just happened since I left it in the rapper for a few days. So that day Charleigh and I went to Target and I grabbed another box of tests. If you want a few weird looks from strangers, go to the store with your little baby and stand on the pregnancy test aisle.. I actually got a few double takes from a few people walking by! I didn’t take the tests immediately when I got back to my parents’ house, I think mainly because I was nervous and needed time to process it all. What if I was pregnant? I was just getting the hang of being a mother to one baby, how would I take care of two?! And all the way in Houston without my mom’s help if I needed it on a random Thursday.. so many thoughts were going through my head, so I waited until the next day. I woke up and it was the first thing I did. They say that if you’re early on, pregnancy is easier to detect first thing in the morning, so I knew this was the best time. I took another test and a second line immediately came up, meaning I was pregnant. I, again, was so shocked! When I came out of the bathroom, my mom immediately knew something was up (I’m the WORST at hiding my feelings). I thought I should tell my husband first, but I couldn’t wait and needed to talk, so I told her I just took a pregnancy test and it was positive. She actually laughed at me because I had tears in my eyes (half happy, half scared) and then asked how many I’d taken. Then she replied, “oh my goodness Megan.. It’s not going to be easy, but everything is going to be just fine!”.
I can’t say that my first feeling was to jump up and down with excitement.. I actually panicked a little. Of course babies are blessings and we always knew we wanted more, but we had a 6 month old baby girl, were in the middle of a big move/career change, I was living with my parents temporarily, and we were not planning this at all. BUT, God has a way of letting you know every now and then that your plan is not always the best one. Did I think we’d be moving away from what I felt like was home just 6 months after having a baby? no. Did I think I’d be the mom to two under two? no. But oh my goodness am I overjoyed now.. and I feel so blessed that I get to be the mother of two sweet, beautiful baby girls. I hope they build the strongest bond and have a built in best friend for life in each other. God chose us to raise these babies, and although we are going to have our hands so full for the next few years, I couldn’t be more grateful.
HOW I TOLD CARL MICHAEL
Y’all - I am the worst at cutesy little announcements and surprises. I always thought I would tell Carl Michael we were pregnant in the cutest ways, but I’ve kind of blown it both times. The first time around I was so shocked I didn’t even think about coming up with a cute surprise until he was home from work and I couldn’t hold in the secret any longer (more on that here). And this time around, I was again so shocked and didn’t have any clue how he would react. I ended up buying Charleigh a tiny little pink t-shirt and putting “BIG SISTER” on the front in white letters. When he came back to Fort Worth that weekend, I got her dressed while he was in the shower and put the shirt on her. I swear it was the longest shower he’d ever taken, and I don’t think he even noticed her shirt when he got out! I was shaking I was so nervous.. I don’t know why because he always told me he wanted our kids to be super close in age. I guess I was just freaking out and thought he would too, especially with all of the change going on in our life. I had to tell him to look at her shirt and he read it and looked up at me and said, “WHAT?! Really?!?”. Then he looked at 6 month old Charleigh, who had no idea what was going on, and said “Muffin, you’re going to be a big sister!?!”. He was so excited and didn’t even hesitate or show one sign of worry about it, which made me feel so much better. I can’t wait to watch him with two little baby girls in just a couple of months. He’s in big trouble - Charleigh has him wrapped around her tiny little finger, so I can’t even imagine what he’s going to do with two little princesses!
FINDING OUT THE GENDER
IT’S A GIRL!!! We are so excited that Charleigh will have a built in best friend so close in age :) I know there will be bickering and life is about to be complete chaos, but it is going to be such sweet chaos! We obviously would have been just as happy with a boy, but I cannot wait to see the bond these sweet sisters will have.
We didn’t have a big gender reveal party or anything like that.. it just isn’t our thing. Carl Michael and I went back and forth in the beginning and couldn’t decide whether or not we wanted to find out the gender this time around either (we waited until delivery with Charleigh). We finally both agreed to find out, and I am so happy we did! We went to a sonogram appointment together and had them put the gender in an envelope for us. After the appointment, we went to brunch and opened the envelope together, just the two of us. Nothing fancy, but it was so special to us.
How far Along I am
I am currently 31 weeks. It is insane to me how fast this pregnancy has flown by. I feel like my first pregnancy lasted forever, especially towards the end, and this one has been the complete opposite! I guess that’s what happens when you are chasing around and taking care of a little one already.
MOST ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: How Far Along Are You? I’m currently 31 weeks. My due date is January 5.
Q: How far apart in age will Charleigh and baby #2 be? A: 15 months! I’m actually due 15 months, to the day, from Charleigh’s birthday (October 5).
Q: Was this pregnancy planned or a surprise? A: I have gotten this question more than anything.. Haha. No, we were not “trying” to get pregnant at this point in time. It was definitely a surprise, but we are very excited and feel so blessed!
Q: Are you finding out the gender this time around, or waiting until delivery like you did with Charleigh? A: I got this question a ton too when we first announced, but y’all obviously know the answer now that it took me so long to get this post up :) We are so excited to have another girl!
Q: Where is Charleigh’s “SISTER” jacket from? A: I made it! I bought a little denim shirt/jacket at Zara and iron-on letters from Hobby Lobby. Cheap and easy!
Q: Have y’all decided on a name? A: Yes, we have a name picked out for baby girl, but we won’t be sharing until she’s here!
Q: How have you felt this pregnancy? Nausea/Headaches? A: Luckily, I’ve felt great for the most part. I am so thankful that I’ve had two stress-free pregnancies so far, especially with the move and taking care of Charleigh. I can’t imagine having morning sickness or not feeling well and having to take care of a baby at the same time. So if you’ve been through this, bless you.
Q: I know you mentioned Charleigh’s birth was stressful. How do you feel about having to deliver again? A: I am definitely nervous, but I honestly haven’t had a ton of time to think about it. It just hit me the other day that I was going to have to go through labor & delivery again haha. But worrying doesn’t help, so I’ve tried to keep my mind on other things.
Q: What is the one product you had with Charleigh that you will purchase again for baby #2/can’t live without? A: Hmm.. this is a hard one! We LOVED the SnuggleMe and will definitely be using/purchasing it again. Also, if breastfeeding doesn’t work out, we will use our formula machine - that is a MUST if your baby is formula fed. I did a post on our baby must haves here if you want to read our favorites (these are from the newborn stage/first 3 months).
Q: How did you know you were pregnant? A: I was so exhausted, despite the fact that Charleigh was sleeping better than ever. I kept complaining to my mom that I didn’t know why I was so exhausted, and she kept reassuring me that it was probably just because I was going through a stressful time (moving) and that it can take a toll on your body/mind. But it was a different tired and I was laying in bed one night thinking.. and it finally hit me that it was a “tired” feeling I was familiar with haha
Q: How did you know the “time was right” for another? My first is 9 months and I’m ready but I’m scared! A: Well, considering this was a surprise to us, we didn’t really have time to know. I think God just has a plan for us all. If you think you’re ready, I’m sure you are and it will all work out in His timing :)
Q: How many children would you like to have? A: I always thought I knew I wanted 3 kids, and Carl Michael’s number has changed multiple times (he’s always wanted more! haha). We have both mentioned that we would maybe be content with 2, especially considering we’re about to have our hands full for a while. But, we aren’t deciding anything for now.. how do you even really know until you know?
Q: Did you have any complications during your first pregnancy? A: Not at all. Thankfully, I have had 2 very easy pregnancies. I was at risk for placenta previa during the beginning of both pregnancies, but it ended up resolving and not being an issue. Labor and delivery was stressful with Charleigh and I almost had to have an emergency c-section, but ended up delivering vaginally. So I’m hoping/praying this next labor and delivery goes a little smoother.
I’m so sorry this post took so long to get up, but I hope I answered the questions y’all have been sending my way. Thank you all for the amazing, sweet and kind words you’ve sent our way! They mean the world to us and we are so excited to share this crazy journey with you all.