Well, Matt and I found out at the beginning of October that we are expecting #6 - it was a SURPRISE! For one thing - all of our other kids are 2 years apart - 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004. This baby will be May of 2008 so it has been 4 years! My youngest brother had his 1st baby mid October, my sister is due beginning of May and my other brother and his wife were already planning on TTC #2 in March. No one (including us) expected us to have another. Now at Christmas next year my parents will probably have 4 grandchildren (1 from each of their 4 kids) within almost a year of each other. I think that's kind of cool!
So anyway, I really wanted to wait until Christmas and then have a present wrapped for the baby that our kids would open and see if they could figure it out. BUT... In my head I was only 2 months along, but I'm closer to 3 already so consequently since this is #6 - I'm starting to show. Not TOO noticable yet, but by Christmas it really will be. Matt convinced me to announce it yesterday at Thanksgiving. So my whole family (except my sister and her family who live in Indiana) was there along with my husband's parents and brother and nephew and my sister-in-law's mom and 2 sisters (22 people total I think) and we were finishing lunch. Matt says, "Hey everyone, Janna has an announcement!" And before I can say a word, my smart aleck brother says, "What, you're pregnant?" And I said, "Leilani (baby born in October) won't be the baby of the family for long. Cara will have her baby in April and I'll have mine in May." And everyone's mouths hit the floor. The chin that hit the hardest was my brother's who was just kidding when he said that. He said, "You're kidding me! You're really pregnant!"
I asked my kids if they understood what I was saying and our oldest (who has been doting all over the newest babies in the family) said, "Yes! You're having a baby - COOL!!!" She was so excited! Even Paige, our 3 1/2 year old understood and says she wants a baby sister. But the rest of the kids swear its a boy because of our pattern (we have - girl, boy, girl, boy, girl, ?) so the obvious answer is that we will have a boy. While I would love that, I love patterns. But I'm kind of feeling it as a girl. Who knows?!? We don't do ultrasounds as a general rule (too expensive with no health insurance) so it'll be a surprise like the last 3 were.
It was fun having an inside secret, just Matt and I, as long as we did. But it was time to tell everyone else. It's amazing how fast the pregnancy goes when you don't tell people the first day though. I'm almost in my 2nd trimester and it doesn't even really feel like I'm pregnant yet. One of the coolest things about this pregnancy to me is that my sister and I are due only about 10 days apart. She usually goes early and I usually go late so our babies will probably end up being about a month apart. Which is good because we live 3 states away and Mom can't be in too places at once
Now that I'm telling everyone, I'll keep you guys updated! Oh, and since it's been 4 years since I've done this, if anyone knows of any cool newer things that I should know about - let me know!