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A Cownouncement

This is something that Bill (and the rest of us) have wanted to share for a long time.

We’re having a baby cow.

And by that I mean that we’re having another baby.

It’s been nine weeks since I saw a positive sign appear on a test. Seven since the sickness started. Six weeks since we moved out of our home (or barn, depending on how long you want this metaphor to continue), so that our nursery, amongst other things, could be built. Two weeks since I first heard the heartbeat. And merely a few hours since we met our baby on a screen for the first time.

I can understand that our choice of announcement is perhaps a little unorthodox. But Bill loves animals. Particularly cows. He has ever since he was a little baby himself. And I wanted this to be about him. I want him to look back and know how loved he was. How loved he is. I want him to feel excited. Overjoyed. Giddy. Special. And so we announced our news, his way.

I think that baby news is always such a wonderful thing. When I hear of friends growing their family, my heart swells every time.

But, for me, I wasn’t sure if I would have the chance to have another, once upon a time. I wasn’t sure if there would be another scan. Another time filled with morning sickness. Another time to enjoy flutters and kicks. Another baby to love.

When it was just me and my son, I was accepting of the fact that it could just be me and him forever.

When I met Mark (Cow) I thought I had a friend for life.

But it wasn’t long before I was knocked sideways. Because here was a man who wanted to be a part of our lives. For good.

In the past almost-two years, I have watched him pack up parts of another life. A life that seemed, to me, to be carefree, fun, adventurous. I still remember the first time he came to our house. I was so nervous for him to meet my 19 month-old son. I was so nervous for him to see the way we lived. Or our old patterned carpets. And faded wallpaper. I remember feeling very torn that night, sitting between these two men. One big and one small. Desperate for them to get on, so we might all be happy.

I never imagined this.

Mark has been around for over half of Bill’s life now. When Bill had a temperature, it was Mark who stayed up with him while I called NHS 111. When Bill turned two, or three, Mark was there to celebrate the day he was born, though he was never there to witness it. When there have been bills to pay, food to buy, adventures to take, Mark has been a provider.

He’s never once asked to be ‘Dad’. He’s respectful and never expects anything in return. But he means more to Bill than anyone would ever understand.

Our family, as a trio, is perfect in all of its flaws. It’s jumbled up, and put together, but I feel like it’s something stronger than superglue that keeps us together.

And now I get to give the man I love the label of ‘father’.

This little baby will bring us even closer. A bit of their mother, a bit of their father, a bit of their brother.

Baby cow is due April 2016.

And we are, as you can expect, over the moooooo-n.

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    its just my life
    13th October 2015 at 5:01 pm

    congratulations 🙂 xx

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    Grace-Louise Findlay
    13th October 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I'm almost 35 weeks with my first and this was not good for my hormones! Massive congratulations 🙂 xx

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    Natalie White
    13th October 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Huge congratulations!!!

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    fritha strickland
    13th October 2015 at 5:30 pm

    so this just made me sob! (I'm blaming hormones too ;)) x

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    13th October 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Yay! Congratulations Charlotte, Mark and William xxx

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    I'm Every Mum
    13th October 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my goodness this is too exciting, congratulations, I knew this was coming. So happy for you all x

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    13th October 2015 at 5:34 pm

    So happy for you!!! Such beautiful news!!

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    The little things...
    13th October 2015 at 5:37 pm

    This has made my day! Well done lovely xxxxxx

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    Harriet Leonard
    13th October 2015 at 5:39 pm

    So happy for you guys!! Hopefully it will be my turn next! Xx

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    Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    13th October 2015 at 5:45 pm

    That's wonderful news – congratulations to the whole herd!!

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    Cathy Ranson
    13th October 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Moooo what a fabulous announcement! ?????

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    Deborah Patrick
    13th October 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Such a lovely post and such a gorgeous way to share your news! Congratulations again! x

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    Stephanie Williamson
    13th October 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Charlotte, I've been following your blog for a long time and want to tell you how happy I am for you, Mark and William. You truly deserve this wonderful news. All the best for the future, I cannot wait to read more 🙂


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    Living The mummy life
    13th October 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Wow what lovely need! Congratulations. Love the announcement xx

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    Jess | Just Jesss
    13th October 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Ahhhh this is lovely lovely news!! Massive congrats to the three of you 🙂 I can't wait for you to be introducing Baby Cow 🙂

    Jess xo

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    Harriet Shearsmith
    13th October 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Congratulations! Love that you call it a baby cow 🙂

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    13th October 2015 at 6:23 pm

    How onwderfully exciting – lovely post, and wonderful news. x

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    kelly my boys and me
    13th October 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Congratulations x

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    Kelly OHanlon
    13th October 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Wow, I didn't think we would have a post like this, this side of Christmas! Big congratulations to all three (soon to be four) of you. Hope your recent poorly phase hasn't been baby related and you're feeling well again xxx

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    Hannah - Budding Smiles
    13th October 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Lovely announcement and huge congratulations ? Our little dude is only 15 months old but like you we wanted to announce it his way so my video on Sunday was all Toby! I hope your pregnancy goes well and am glad to have another spring bump buddy!xx

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    13th October 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Such beautiful news! So pleased for you all. I've followed your blog for a long time and honestly, you deserve all of the happiness that is coming to you. x

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    13th October 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you, Mark and Bill. I've been a long time reader and read about your ups and downs and doubts and I'm just so pleased that you have gotten what you wished for. Bloody fab x

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    Gemma Beesley
    13th October 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Congratulations after your baby related posts a few months ago I was hoping it wouldn't be long before you posted this, totally nosey question (ask this of anyone who is pregnant) are you going to find out if it's a boy or a girl? While typing this I'm frantically knitting baby girl bootees for a colleague who has just become a grandma to two granddaughters! ?? congratulations again. X

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    13th October 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Congratulations. Love the video!

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    13th October 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Congratulations, I am delighted for you all x

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    Alex Gladwin
    13th October 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Charlotte, as you know I am absolutely thrilled for you and although I already knew, this post made me a little emotional. I think mostly because I know how much you deserve this. xx

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    Donna Wishart
    13th October 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Huge congratulations, love the video x

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    Polly Davies
    13th October 2015 at 9:01 pm

    This is my favourite blog post ever ? cow-gratulations xxxx

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    Helen WonderfullyAverage
    13th October 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Congratulations on your exciting moos! Xxx

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    Ria from 'Maria Noell'
    13th October 2015 at 10:24 pm

    This has literally made me so emotional. Congratulations you beautiful bunch ??????

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    Alison Perry
    14th October 2015 at 5:00 am

    Ahhh Charl this is such an amazing video. I actually had a little weep at it. What a fab way to announce your pregnancy. Lots of love xxxxxx

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    Sophie Carter
    14th October 2015 at 7:22 am

    Oh my goshhhh. Congratulations lovely! xx

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    newcastle familylife
    14th October 2015 at 8:21 am

    Lovely news congratulations x

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    14th October 2015 at 8:22 am

    Beautiful post Charlotte! CONGRATULATIONS! So unbelievably pleased for you all xx

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    Gigi Brooks
    14th October 2015 at 9:04 am

    Congratulations Charlotte! This is such happy news – Bill is going to make the best big brother, I can tell! So pleased for you all and excited to meet the Baby Cow next year!

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    Still Searching For That Something
    14th October 2015 at 9:21 am

    So so exciting! Babies are everywhere at the moment! So much love and happiness to you and the family xx

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    Danielle A
    14th October 2015 at 10:51 am

    Fab news and big congratulations! What a lovely clear baby scan too 🙂 x

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    claire jenkins
    14th October 2015 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations, what fabulous news. x

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    Nichole Goodland
    14th October 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Amazing news. I'm currently 20 weeks with baby number 2 and its such madness how its going quickly this time. Have a wonderful pregnancy. X

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    Christina Crouch
    14th October 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I bet you've been bursting to tell since seeing the blue line.

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    Katie Roberts-Mason
    15th October 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Aaw, such lovely news Charlotte – congratulations lovely xx

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    Samantha Betteridge
    15th October 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Oh congratulations! This was such a lovely post to read, I'm so pleased for you xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    15th October 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Congratulations Charlotte. I'm so happy for you! I've been following your journey and I'm smiling so much that you are going to get your happy ending. I love the cow announcement. I watched your YouTube video too, it's bad for my broodiness I tell you! Haha xxxx

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    Jo Laybourn
    15th October 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Wonderful way to announce your happy news! Huge CONGRATULATIONS! x

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    Debbie Johnson
    15th October 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Such wonderful news! And what a beautifully cute announcement!! Congratulations x

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    Nicola Weaver
    16th October 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Eeeek super excited for you, Mark and Bill! Can't wait to share the journey and see you welcome number 2 to your beautiful family! Two nippers is more amazing (and hair raising) than you can ever imagine and also much more magical. Just wait til Bill becomes the big brother!! 🙂 Enjoy the ride!! Much love xxx

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    Chrissie Curtis
    17th October 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations! and I was Just getting into reading your TTC. Can't believe how quick it happened we are onto our second year of trying for our first. Exhausting!

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