I am finding that the reaction you receive when you tell someone you are expecting your third baby is quite different than the reaction you receive when you tell someone you are expecting your first baby.
When people found out I was pregnant with baby #1, they were ecstatic. There were congratulations all around, experienced moms waxing nostalgic about those early days, huge baby showers to be had, and overall excitement. Everyone was thrilled.
When we were pregnant with #2, people were also excited, but perhaps a bit worried. They seemed pleased that our son would have a brother, but did sometimes comment that the less than two year difference in age was a bit aggressive. Overall, however, there was excitement.
With this baby, baby #3, we have definitely received a number of congratulatory comments. But we have also heard quite a bit of:
- “Was it an accident?
- “Was it planned?”
- “OMG, why!?”
- “Let me guess – you’re pregnant” (in response to: “I have something to tell you”)
So, it’s been a bit different. But we ourselves are very excited for this third baby, for whom we did plan!