Our Pregnancy Journey: From Our Children’s Eyes

Jeremy Peterson, MD and his wife, Heather, are expecting their third child and are sharing their pregnancy journey

Our Pregnancy Journey: From Our children’s Eyes

Jeremy Peterson, MD, a provider at Fairview Clinics – Princeton, and his wife, Heather, are expecting their third child this August and are sharing their pregnancy journey with us.

Preparing to welcome our third baby is definitely a family affair. Our children, Isaac, 6 and Anna, 3, are extremely excited to meet their new sibling. Of course, they’ve had lots of questions along the way. So for this blog post, Heather and I decided to turn the tables and ask them some questions to see what it’s like to have a new sibling on the way from their perspective.

Before we could even ask a question, they had to “kiss” the baby because they “love it so much.”

How do you feel about having a new baby in the family?

Isaac: Happy. Excited. I am interested if baby will be a boy or a girl.
Anna: Happy (with a big grin).

Does it seem like forever until the baby arrives?

Isaac: No. The baby is coming in one month now. It does seem like a long time though since you told us about the baby.
Anna: Yes. It has been like 155 months!

Have you felt the baby move? What does that feel like?

Isaac: Yes, quite a lot of kicking. You can feel its bones even when it's not moving.
Anna: I like when the baby kicks me.
Then to be sure, both kids had to check on the baby and let us know yes, they were feeling the baby move.

What does the baby’s heartbeat sound like?

Isaac and AnnaBoth instantly responded: Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump.... repeating this very fast.
The kids have attended a few prenatal appointments and hearing the heartbeat is their favorite part.

Do you think the baby is a boy or a girl?

Isaac: I want it to be a girl, because I really love my sister and I would like another one. And a girl would even up our family.
We had to ask him how that would even things up, since we’re currently a family of four and he explained: “Because there are already 2 girls, Mommy and Anna, and there are three boys, Daddy, me and Murry (the family dog).”
Anna: I think it will be a boy because it needs to even up the cousins. There are already four girls and only two boys.

What do you want to teach the new baby?

Isaac: I want to teach the baby new words—dada and mama—because that is what babies say.
Anna: I am going to teach baby how to jump! She then proceeded to jump around the room.

Do you have a favorite book or song you plan to read or sing to the baby?

Isaac: I just really want to read to the baby. Books like Go, Dog, Go!, but not shark books. (Sharks are currently his favorite subject.)
Anna: I’m going to sing the ABC song, and read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Is there anything special you want to tell the baby before it arrives?

Isaac: I want the baby to know that I love you so much.
Anna: I will get you special baby toys to put in your mouth, because you can't put my toys in your mouth. They are too hard.

What will you do the first time you meet the baby?

Isaac: I’m going to hug the baby and say lots of sweet things so it doesn't get scared.
Anna: Kiss it, hug it, hold it, but we don't want to drop it.

Peterson Family PortraitOur kids have been great during this pregnancy. When we first told the kids we were having another baby, Isaac’s first reaction was to be excited for Anna that she was going to get to be a big sister. He also was just as excited that he was going to get to be a double big brother. Anna drew a new family portrait–it was very sweet showing us how well the baby will fit into our family. 

Anna tells Heather she doesn’t have to worry about taking care of the new baby, because she plans to help a lot. Anna says she will feed the baby, hold the baby and change the baby's diapers, but not the poopy ones. (I guess we will be handling those).

Both kids overall have been absolutely excited to meet their new sibling and we catch them every so often counting to themselves how many months there are left until August. Not much longer now!

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