Motherhood

Very Happy Nine-Month News…

joanna-goddard-alex-williams-toby-cup-of-jo-nyc-belly-shotAfter holding my tongue for months, I’m really excited to announce that Alex and I are expecting our second child! We are completely over the moon. I’m three months along, so the baby should arrive around July 3rd. Toby has requested that we have a “glurl” and name her “Thomas,” after this friendly guy.

Pregnancy and new motherhood felt both wonderful and disorienting the first time around, so I’m curious how different it will feel the second time. Funnily enough, this pregnancy already feels much more real. With Toby, my pregnancy felt surreal and was hard to wrap my head around, but now we know more about what to expect. My friend Sari and I were talking about the experience of expecting a second child, and she said, “Because I knew what it felt like to love Jude, I was able to tap into this deep, true kind of love for Teddy from the very instant I knew I was pregnant with her.” I loved that.

How mindblowing to think we’re going to experience a newborn again along with all those sweet steps: growing a belly, finding out the gender, giving birth, choosing a name, cuddling a newborn, breastfeeding, doing tummy time, acting a little crazy, waking up early, swapping drool-y kisses, trying to figure out a good work-life balance, standing up, taking first steps, saying first words….

I can’t wait. :)

(Photo kindly taken by our friend Shannen Norman. Thank you again, Shannen!)

  1. Congratulations!!!!! This made me so happy to read. Best of luck. :-) and you guys look wonderful and stylish in the photo. Love the red lips!

  2. Congratulations Joanna & Alex!! You are such an adorable family! I hope you have a “glurl” too! LOL. Congrats! XOXO

  3. well, i’m a little late to the party, but congrats all the same! ace just turned two and we are expecting a baby girl in march–such a thrilling time. best to you and yours. xx

  4. Both my lovely goddaughter and my oldest, bestest friend are born on July 3rd. A great birthday! Congrats!!

  5. Oh wow congratulations! Incidentally we are also expecting our second, due 5th July! So looking forward to journeying along with you second time round. (FYI our little Nate just turned 2 on Christmas Day… so there’s lot to think about, transitioning him from the cot to a bed, planning how to explain about babies and prepare him for the arrival of a sibling etc.)

  6. Hi Joanna, I am so so happy for you! I’ve been a reader since at least 2008 (I just checked my gmail archives from the earliest I emailed your links to friends!). I love your blog so much and have enjoyed seeing YOU and your family grow! Congratulations on your little bun! Keep up the wonderful blog + much love!

  7. That’s so exciting, congratulations!! :)

  8. Ah congrats!! That’s so exciting. :)

  9. I’ve been reading your blog since before your wedding and it’s been so amazing to see how your life has changed and blossomed over the years! Thank you so much for sharing! Congratulations! On to the next chapter :)

  10. So happy for you! This is a very lucky child that is going to come to the world with such a nice family. xx

  11. This is wonderful news! I am pregnant with my first baby, due right around the same time you are. It will be fun to hear about this pregnancy.

  12. You’re such a thoughtful and loving mom, Joanna. Congratulations!

  13. Congratulations on the exciting news! I’ve followed your blog for a while and really enjoy it! I finally caught the blogging bug and started one myself, called Mom on a Mission. Check it out at kelsisandefur.blogspot.com!

  14. Congratulations!

  15. Toby hopes for a “glurl!” Too cute!
    Congratulations!

  16. Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing your updates along the way!

  17. how cute. i had a feeling this was coming! congrats to you, alex,and toby! xoxo

  18. That’s wonderful news, thanks for sharing your pregnancy bliss!

  19. A big congratulations to you, Joanna!!

    What a precious gift you have. So wonderful. I’m expecting my 2nd too pretty soon, in April and have a toddler boy a bit younger than Toby. The 2nd pregnancy is definitely more “real” and so much different. I know what you mean!

    xo,
    http://blog.sisiliapiring.com

  20. Oh congratulations! This is such exciting news. I can’t wait to hear about your journey and am so happy for your growing family.

  21. i audibly squealed when i read this! congratulations!

  22. I’ve been wondering if this news was coming soon, how exciting!

    I’m also around 3 months, dd June 27th, 4th child. Congratulations, you should be able to find out soon!!

  23. Oh Joanna! Congratulations to you, Alex, and Toby! So excited for you and to witness what you share from the journey. Thanks for sharing the great news!

    Katie

  24. I’m so happy for you!! congratulations! are you going to find out the gender? I’m expecting 2 grandchildren and both their parents are waiting for delivery to find out. I’ll pray for all to go well.

  25. Congrats! I have a little boy the same age as Toby and am due with my second in 6 weeks. Eeek! This pregnancy has whizzed by… with a toddler around, there’s a lot less time to daydream about “what he will be like” or what to expect from pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. I appreciate the wisdom I have during this second experience. It has made me able to truly appreciate alone time with my son & partner before things change again.
    Good luck to you!

  26. congrats! this is SO exciting and Toby will be the CUTEST big brother. you look beautiful in the photo.

  27. Woohoo! How exciting. You look lovely.

    dontworrydc.com

  28. How exciting! My daughter named a our neighbor’s female kitten Thomas! Perhaps we should ask someone to make that name adrogynous. :) Congrats on your happy news! YAY!

  29. Congratulations! Wish you a happy, healty pregnancy!

  30. wonderful news! all the best. xo

  31. Congrats Jo, Alex, and Toby! Us readers love to see you guys happy and appreciate you sharing this with us. You’re my favorite blogger because of how true and real you have stayed. keep it up and cant wait to hear more! xox

    ali

  32. Congratulations Joanna! I must admit I sensed that you were getting ready for another baby, and I’ve been waiting for this news for a while. I’m nursing my 1st (6wks old surprise girl) as I type, so know I’m eagerly looking forward seeing what motherhood oriented discoveries you will have to share over the coming months!

  33. Congratulations! Reading your blog is such a highlight of my day.

  34. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family! you are amazing! Have a beautiful and peaceful pregnancy!

  35. Oh yay, congrats! I was just thinking to myself today if you would be announcing a pregnancy any day now since you had said you were trying, and then I log on and see it is true. My sixth sense. So happy for you guys :)

  36. I’ll add my WOOHOO to the congratulations pouring in! Yes, it is amazing the difference with the second pregnancy–the immediacy of your love for this new little one because of the experience of the past few years with your first. Hope you’re feeling well!

  37. Yay! Congratulations! Siblings are the best ever <3

  38. Congrats, that is wonderful!!!

  39. That’s such great news. Congrats!

  40. Congrats, Jo! What exciting news!

  41. Congratulations! I just squealed and told my fiancé- Cup of Jo is pregnant! So happy for you!

  42. Congratulations! Woot Woot!

  43. Congratulations!What a beautiful announcement to start the new year!

  44. Congrats Joanna! Very happy for you :)

  45. Congratulations! Blessings abound!

  46. Congratulations! So happy for you and Alex and Toby.
    (I’m a big fan and have never commented before but this news demands a congratulatory comment)

  47. Congrats! Wonderful news! :)

  48. Congratulations! Such wonderful news!

    Lots of blessings!

  49. Congratulations!!! That is so exciting!

  50. Congratulations!! I bet Toby is going to be a great big brother – that little bean sure is lucky :)

  51. Yay!! I’m so happy for you guys!

  52. congrats! can’t think of a nicer blogger to celebrate :)
    ps. i so knew it ;)

  53. I read you all the time but never write any comments, but this time I want to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! I follow your blog for some time now and feel close, as if you were a friend :) enjoy your pregnancy!

  54. Overjoyed! Have a safe and happy pregnancy!!

  55. Felicitations ! And take care of you…

  56. Oh Congratulations guys!! The time will fly so much quicker than your first pregnancy :-)

  57. Yaaaaaay! Congrats:)

  58. Yaaaaaay! Congrats:)

  59. Joanna! So exciting congratulations!

  60. Congratulations!! Growing up with a sibling close in age (3 yrs apart) was incredible fun and so very special. Toby will love it.

  61. GREAT news!!!!! Congratulations to you and your family!!! :-)

  62. Congratulations!

  63. Congratulations!

  64. Congrats, I remember reading about your hopes for a second! I am three months into being a mother of two, and it is a whole new ballgame! My oldest (almost three) is LOVING his baby sister, it is a sweet sight.

  65. Aww that’s super exciting! Enjoy every moment of the next months, it’s such a wonderful experience carrying a BABY! Yay! Also, thank you so much for sharing your tradition of Angel Chimes. It became a new tradition of Christmas 2012 because you made it seem so amazing – and it really was for us, angel chimes are so peaceful and beautiful! lots of love xox

  66. Congratulations!!! Al the best!!

  67. OH MY GOSH!!! I’ve missed checking in on your blog over the holidays, and I was so surprised to read this post. So very happy for you and your growing family!!! Congratulations!

  68. congratulations!!! VERY exciting news!

  69. congratulations! very exciting. quick question: WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR DRESS??? SO cute

  70. M. says...

    amazing!!! congrats :)

  71. Congrats! thought I should comment on happy notes and not just on free stuff!

  72. So happy for you and Alex and Toby! I am due in June with my first and I’m happy to have a favorite blogger along for the ride! Can’t wait to hear more.

  73. Eeeep! Oh my, Congratulations!!! And how adorable is Toby for wanting the baby to be named after Thomas the train :) I remember when my little brother was 3, when people asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he told them he wanted to be Thomas the train :) What a happy little family you all are.

  74. SO EXCITING!! CONGRATS!! :)

  75. Wow, great news! So happy for you all.

  76. Congratulations Joanna!!! So excited for you both <3

  77. Lovely news! Congratulations to you & your sweet (and growing!) family!

  78. AM says...

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  79. Huge congrats! Best wishes to you and your expanding brood. :)

  80. AM says...

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  81. HUGE congrats. What wonderful news. :) Best wishes to you and your (growing) family!

  82. Congratulations Joanna!!! That’s amazing.
    I’m entering the seventh month of my first pregnancy and for the first time I’m feeling disoriented with the whole thing… It must be a tremendous satisfaction to know (not to guess, not be told, but to KNOW yourself) that it is all worth it.

  83. Awww- what wonderful news! Congratulations!!

  84. Many happy congratulations to you and Alex and Toby!!! So excited for you all!

  85. I don’t have anything to add that hasn’t been said, but I’m so happy for you! Congratulations!

  86. Congratulations! I’m due with #2 at the end of May – exciting time!

  87. Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you and your beautiful family!!

  88. So happy for you three!! Can’t wait to read more about this next journey in your life :)
    xo TJ

  89. yay, yay, yay!! so happy for you all! congratulations to your growing family! such an exciting time and i wish you all the best with this next stage of your life! looking forward to following along!

    like several others who have posted, i’m currently pregnant with my first and i have sooo loved having your posts to go back to as i learn all about the changes pregnancy brings. thanks for sharing so much with us!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  90. That’s amazing Joanna!! I am so glad you got pregnant so easily, I know you we’re trying. I love your blog so much and congratulations!

  91. i know this is so odd because i don’t officially “know” you, but i was reading one of your posts the other day & thought ” i wonder if she is expecting again & will have an announcement soon”… so random. but CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! cannot wait to hear about what it feels like to be carrying (& having) #2!!!!! :) so, so happy for you all!

  92. ahhhhhh! congrats!! thanks for sharing this wonderful journey of yours!

  93. What wonderful news! Congratulations to you and your sweet family!

  94. Congratulations! I have a feeling that you will have a baby girl! :) Your family looks adorable.

    Ps. where is your dress from? It looks really chic :)

  95. Wonderful news Jo! Many congratulations to you & Alex. I’m expecting too, due August when my daughter will be 3 y.o. Wishing you an enjoyable pregnancy! xxx

  96. Wonderful news Jo! Many congratulations to you & Alex. I’m expecting too, due August when my daughter will be 3 y.o. Wishing you an enjoyable pregnancy! xxx

  97. This really brought tears to my eyes.. I just feel how much you love Toby and Alex and it’s amazing that you’re getting a second child! Quite frankly, I’m super curious to read your blogposts! I always enjoy reading your blog :) Congrats!!

  98. Congratulations Jo, Alex and Toby – What a lucky baby to be born into such a sweet little family! Enjoy your pregnancy!

    x

  99. So happy for you and your family! I’m sure your darling Toby will be an amazing big brother. Congrats to you all!

  100. YAYYY!! CONGRATS!!

  101. Oh Joanna, my most heartfelt congratulations to you and your little family! Motherhood the 2nd time around was wonderful and interesting and very challenging!! (more emphasis on the wonderful and interesting part though ;) xoxo

  102. So happy for you!!!! Congrats!!!!

  103. Exciting and wonderful news, congrats!

  104. just wanted to make this not 666 comments :)

    congratulations!

  105. YAY!

    So happy for you guys!

    :D

  106. Hello Joanna, i’m from Venezuela and i have been reading your blog for a year now, and i think it’s a very inspirational, intelligent and refreshing blog. Congrats for your pregnancy! i can’t wait to read more about it. From Caracas, Venezuela,

    Yohana Gonzalez.

  107. congratulations! such great news!!

  108. Congratulations!! Félicitations! Grosses bises

  109. Congratulations, Joanna! Sending many happy wishes and beautiful thoughts out your way for a lovely pregnancy! And how special for Toby! You’re giving him one of the most special gifts a child can have!

  110. This is so exciting!! I love your posts and Toby adventures! I have an 8 month old boy, and I have been on the fence about having aonther. You totally made me smile from ear to ear about your news. It made me think again about more kids. Thanks so much Joanna!! Much Love xoxo

  111. Congratulations Joanna! I’m so happy for you, and can’t wait (!) as well…. :)

    Julia

  112. Congrats! I’m feeling so happy for you, Alex and Toby. Many more sweet babies is what the world needs. I’m sure your second child will be so beautifully perfect as Toby is. Best wishes for an amazing pregnancy. xoxo

  113. Awwwww!! Congratulations!! So very exciting.
    xo
    Kate

  114. Oh what a wonderful news!!! Toutes mes félicitations! I wish you a beautiful pregnancy. :)

  115. What a wonderful news item, congrats!
    I know exactly what do you feel as I’m expecting our 2nd daughter who will arrive home in one month :)

  116. I think a lot of us knew something was up!! :) What a great way to start the new year. Major congrats to u and your family! Looking forward to reading all about this new journey over the next 9 months!

  117. Congrats!! :)

  118. Such a joyful announce!I’m very happy for you and your growing family.

  119. Congratulations Joanna! This is wonderful news. I’m really happy for you guys. I can’t wait to hear how the process goes.

  120. Congratulations!! Excellent news :) Good luck for everything!

  121. Congrats to your family! I hope Toby gets his “glurl.”

  122. AQ says...

    Congratulations! This is amazing news. You already are the cutest family ever.

  123. congratulations!! how exciting. and pregnant just in time to be able to take over control of the remote for the new season of the bachelor!! :)

  124. Wonderful news. Congratulations! So happy for your whole family.

  125. Wonderful news!

  126. Wonderful news!

  127. congrats! you look stunning – pregnancy really suits you!

  128. Yay!!!! Congratulations, Joanna!

  129. Congratulations Joanna, Alex and Toby! I am so looking forward to reading your journey in real-time, now that I’ve gotten to know and enjoy your lovely blog. Wishing you a very happy and healthy pregnancy! ;)

  130. Congratulations to you all!!! What wonderful, wonderful news. : ) :)

  131. Congratulations!!! and PS I really love the link to the “8 confessions of a new dad” post. I am going to save it for my future husband (whoever he may be…)

  132. gahhhh congrats! thats so exciting!

    xx, kara

  133. I’m so happy for the three of you! I hope you’ll have a smooth & happy pregnancy. Yeah, Toby will be a big brother!! Lovely news Jo :-)

  134. Is it just me or does Toby already look like a big brother? You look absolutely glowing and radiant in this picture. Congratulations! Sending you lots of good mama love from one mama (of two rascally boys) to another!!!