Girl Tries … Baby?

baby announcement

Yeah… it’s official… I’m incubating a human being. Crazy, right? Many of my close friends and family know, but I wanted to wait for the bigger announcement until David and I could do the now-obligatory baby announcement photo! Surprise! Or not, as the case may be.

baby announcement

Our little nugget is due December 20th and we couldn’t be more excited. There’s a healthy dose of terror mixed in there, but I’m told that’s completely normal (please remind me that’s normal!!!). We aren’t finding out the gender, unless of course I crack in the meantime, so it’s going to be our little Christmas gift to ourselves. It’s fair to say that David and I are making absolutely ZERO plans for the holidays. In the event that this kid is born on Christmas Day… well we’ve made our first failure as parents, so be it.

Girl Tries Baby

Excuse the epic blurriness – my baby can’t sit still. Sign of what’s to come?

This has been the oddest experience for me. You may have noticed that I’ve been posting less, for which I truly apologize. Part of it is pure exhaustion, part of it is other stressors in my life which I’m not able to talk about, and part of it has been this epic shift in my focus for the past month. It’s been so bizarre to go from blogging three times a week come hell or high water, to trying to remind myself to blog. I’m hoping that my motivation and energy levels get back on track. I’m literally the grandma that goes to bed at 8 p.m. daily. It’s as though I only have energy for one thing a day and Monday to Friday that thing is called work.

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The other weird thing is that the only stage I’m majorly concerned about right now is the newborn stage. I’m in full denial about the birth part. When asked by my doctor what my birthing plan was, my answer was, “Um, I go to the hospital, your people take care of it and there are drugs?” He was at the very least relieved I wasn’t planning on a home birth!

I’m not super concerned about what I need to buy for the baby (we’ll figure it out), the foods to and not to eat (millions of women ate soft cheese and their babies lived to tell the tale!), or how long I plan to breastfeed my baby for. It will all come. What I am dreading is the first three months of, how shall I put it, handling the baby. Dude! They seem totally breakable. I’m told they’re resilient, but you look at a wrinkly, tiny newborn and tell me the thought of clothing, bathing or simply moving it doesn’t terrify you? Come on now!!!

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I plan to make sure this kid travels from an early age. My Mom and I already have a trip to Scotland in April 2016 planned out (David gets to come too… for part of it). Baby’s first airplane! Wish me luck. No matter what, I want my child to experience new things, different cultures, new languages and tasty foods from around the world. I want my child to respect all facets of diversity. I want him or her to be open-minded. I want it to value education, but know that I’ll be happy whatever path they choose in life, so long as they work hard.

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It’s bizarre starting down this new road. There literally is no going back, which is both terrifying and a relief. Thanks to everyone for your support and I look forward on keeping you posted on Baby Smith.

Baby Tries Life???

Just sayin’

Big thanks to Alana Wilner Photography for our baby announcement photos. Rain or shine, she always makes it fun!

 

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11 Responses to Girl Tries … Baby?

  1. Aurélie June 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Oh Victoria, toutes nos félicitations !! You know, that’s crazy : Yannick asked me about you 2 days ago “What’s about Victoria and her nice friend, the sort of terrific dinosaurus ? And her husband ? No canadian-scottish baby to born ?!” So, yes, a baby is coming and I wish you all the best ! I laugh reading the post and the breastfeeding plan 😉 When I was expecting for our first child, Margot, I was wondering the same “Oh, 6 months seems to be a good time, isn’t it ?” Margot stoped it at 16 months and Louise, 2 and a few months, is still breastfeed. So many questions and so many to come.
    Peut-être nous verrons-nous en Avril à Paris ?! La découverte du français pour baby Smith 🙂
    Des bises et encore toutes nos félicitations à vous deux.

    • Victoria Smith June 24, 2015 at 1:40 am #

      Merci beaucoup! My dinosaur friend is also pregnant, due any day now! I’ll pass on your regards. Sadly I don’t think we’ll make it to Paris in April. While it sounds amazing, we have a full month planned and I may not want to overdo it on the first trip. That said, if you’re ever in Canada…

      • Aurélie June 26, 2015 at 7:40 am #

        Félicitations aussi à ton dinausaur friend, too 🙂 I hope we’ll meet soon, in France or Canada ! Have a wonderful “incubating moment” 😉

  2. Irma June 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    Love those pictures and so very excited for you both. I share your fear of handling small babies, but I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it. 🙂

    • Victoria Smith June 24, 2015 at 1:38 am #

      Aw thanks!

  3. Dee Van Dyk June 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm #

    Now you’re talkin’ travel, Victoria. Best trip ever. Except for the whole grandparent thing. 🙂 Have a fabulous incubation period.

    • Victoria Smith June 24, 2015 at 1:38 am #

      Incubation is going well – bar the CRAVING for booze and all things bad for me.

  4. Amanda June 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    So exciting! I’m really happy for you, that’s two December babies I’ll be waiting for news on now. Love the photos. As a mum, my number 1 tip for the newborn stage especially is BABYWEARING! Ringslings are particularly great for the newborn stage. Baby naturally feel a need to be held all the time (let’s face it, their used to being inside you), Babywearing is a godsend. Let’s you hold baby close to keep them calm and make your lunch at the same time. You can also breastfed without being confined to a chair. One of my favourite memories is breastfeeding while Babywearing as I was hiking along the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver when my sister and friend came to visit.

    I think you’re right not focusing too much on the birth part. Why freak yourself out over something that will only be one day (hopefully only a couple of hours) out of your life. Things rarely go to plan in that department anyway. You can tell them what you feel you need at the time.

    Anyway, huge congratulations 🙂

    • Victoria Smith June 24, 2015 at 1:38 am #

      I am totally down for babywearing. I got stuff to do- that baby better come with me 🙂

  5. Nicole June 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

    Congrats beautiful mama (and beautiful papa though I don’t know if he reads the comments). Your baby is gonna be so loved it’s not going to matter if you accidentally drop it a couple times =p

    • Victoria Smith June 24, 2015 at 1:37 am #

      Ha ha, fingers crossed!

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