Baby Berto 2.0

If you had asked me two and a half months ago if I wanted another kid, my answer would have been somewhere between “Hell no” and “You’re absolutely crazy.”

But then something changed. I wanted a little boy. And, with any luck, our next one will be just that. That’s right, we’re announcing Baby Berto 2.0!!! According to our calculations, it will be due on Christmas Eve! Talk about a fun Christmas present.

Kylah is pretty excited to be a big sister.

A change of heart

It’s hard to explain what’s changed. I love Kylah beyond words. She’s become my (almost) everything. I love making her pancakes and helping her grow into a smart, confident child. But as Kelci has continued to drive home, two is better than one. I wavered and at times doubted that what I had agreed to was the right move.

But now that the reality of my upcoming Christmas present had set in, I am near tears writing this I am so excited.

I see the strong bonds that my cousin’s children have with each other and I want that for Kylah. I see how she has interacted with the newborns that some of our friends have recently had and I know she’s going to be an amazing big sister. I see the happiness on Kelci’s face when we talk about the room and all of the myriad details about Thing 2 as we’ve taken to calling it.

She tells us she wants a little brother.

Disclosing the news

Being in public relations, not telling people for a few weeks has been insanely difficult. I tell people news for a living and one of the biggest pieces of news in my life I haven’t been able to share yet. But here we are.

We even took a couple of weeks to tell Kylah what’s happening. We quite honestly didn’t want an episode of honest toddler happening when we weren’t ready to tell people! I told Kelci that I wanted her to surprise me with the confirmation as she had a “feeling” that she was pregnant.

So, when I came home from a work function just with enough time to read Kylah a bed time story, Kelci gave her a new book to read. I was talking to Kelci and didn’t notice the title:

“I’m going to be a big sister.”

I was surprised. And I cried asking her repeatedly “are you kidding me?” But this was no joke. Just the surprise I had asked for.

That’s the update for now. Kelci has her first appointment soon and the morning sickness that ravaged Kelci the first time has reappeared. We were hoping to avoid some of the challenges of last time. For now, she has been amazing. Kelci has been completely drained and the morning sickness is back with a vengeance.

We will of course share what we can when we can. Thank you all for following this family’s journey. It has been a lot of fun and I think that the stork will be riding on Santa’s sleigh this year.

I really do hope Santa brings me a boy!

  • Kristy Bolsinger

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy for you guys. You’re such wonderful parents – so excited you’re doing this again!

  • Jeris JC Miller

    Eric, Kelci & Kylah I am so happy for you all!! My sincere Congratulations!!

  • Nathan Burgess (aka/fka PRCog)