Bode is Going to be a Big Brother!

The best birthday presents don’t come on one day, they come all year long. They are the cherished moments you get to spend with your loved ones, unexpected belly laughs, cups of coffee on sunny mornings, snuggles with your babes, hugs from your spouse, phone calls from your best friend, chocolate chip cookies made by your mom, sitting around a campfire, being in nature, moments of stillness, and more! My 34th birthday is quickly approaching and as I reflect on all life has gifted me, I am most thankful for the gifts of my sons. You read that correct. 🙂 I am excited, nervous, and happy to share with you that Cody and I are pregnant and expecting another baby boy in January 2018.

It came as a surprise, that’s for sure. Bode was our miracle baby and our biggest blessing. After a long road to conceive Bode, using a birth control method (natural family planning or other) didn’t appeal to us. Call it irresponsible or hopeful (or both) but we just went about life and prayed and believed that when or if the time was right for another child it would happen on its own (and in God’s) terms–similar to how it did with Bode. Well, you can imagine our surprise when we had a positive pregnancy test with such a little guy at home!

We are excited to have two boys so close in age–they will be about 15 or 16 months apart. I am so glad Bode will have a partner in crime to navigate life with. It will make digging in the dirt, riding bikes, playing sports, and everything else boys do more fun for him (and his brother). I know there will be hard days ahead as we figure out how to adjust to having two kids, but I am forever grateful that we will get to experience this challenge. Fellow moms, please remind me of this when Bode is potty training and his brother is teething. (That’s what they make wine for, right?)

Some days, when I reflect on this blessing I become speechless. I can’t formulate the words to describe everything that I feel. There is so much love, joy, and gratitude in my heart. Although I feel much happiness, it is hard for me to share such news without feeling a little bit of pain knowing that others are still waiting to receive their miracle baby. Being a “mom in waiting” was one of the hardest time periods of my life. It is not easy to forget those feelings. If you are in that period right now, you may find comfort in previous posts I have written on infertility. Please do not lose hope.

I am so thankful that I have had you all to experience this journey with. From messages of encouragement during hard times to messages of congratulations and happiness during good times, life has sure been sweeter with a support system like you by my side. Xo.

Gina Schade

Gina Schade

Gina is a certified health coach and author of The 90/10 Life Cookbook, and director at Beatycounter. She helps her clients create a toxin-free complexion they feel 100% confident in!


  1. Lee Anderson

    So happy for you! It’s the greatest gift to have a partner in crime…enjoy the blessing!

    1. Gina

      Thank you so much Lee! We are so happy – such a blessing! Xo

  2. Lisa Nyers

    Gina I have tears of joy in my eyes as I read this blog – it was a gift into your heart. What a blessing your family is to each other and those that are around you!
    Congratulations my beautiful Gina!???

    1. Gina

      Thank you so much Lisa! We are beyond excited (and thankful!)! Hugs! Xo

  3. Connie Vunovich

    Gina, Pete and I are so happy for you and Cody. Diane and Pam are 13 months apart. It was such a beautiful time, and a bit challenging, but so worth it.
    My only advice is not to stress over potty training. It will happen when Bode is ready. Enjoy this time. Love you both!

    1. Gina

      I didn’t realize Diane and Pam were so close in age! That makes me feel better – you are alive to tell the story! LOL We love you too!

  4. Patti Barcome-Smith

    I am so happy for all of you. ❤ ?? ? ❤ . Having your babies so close is really not as bad as people think. Amber & Justin are 12 mo & 2 weeks apart. Piece of cake!! And they will be best buds forever. Congratulations my sweet friend ?

    1. Gina

      Thank you for the support Patti! Love hearing this! Xoxo

  5. Sarah Anthony

    Oh Gina I’m so happy for you!!!! That is same age difference between my youngest – It’s challenging at first so don’t be too hard on yourself — but it gets easier for sure! And it is so great having two close in age with similar interests!!!!!! ?

    1. Gina

      Thank you Sarah! I didn’t realize yours were that close in age too! I may be needing your advice – lol. Hope all is well with your family! Xoxo

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