the one about the incident with the cat and the bag

It rained today.

During nap, I took to the couch with my book.

But instead of reading I started to think about how much stuff I lug along with me when Eddie and I go somewhere.  And then my mind wandered to how much more  stuff we would  need if we were to have a second child.

And then I started remembering what it was like to be pregnant.

morning (noon and night) sickness
acid reflux
a heating pad
the preggle taking over the bed
uncomfortable lady bits
uncomfortable everything else
someone rocking and rolling while I am trying to get to sleep
the pregnancy “dumbs”

and really the list keeps going.  Do I really want to do this again?

Then I thought about that little guy in the other room who got a hair cut the other day and is suddenly a little boy instead of a baby.

And then I thought about my cat.  His name is Louis.

Which sort of made me think about Lori for a second, if I am honest.  And her cat, Nimbus.

Anyway…I started wondering where the phrase “let the cat out of the bag” came from.

I mean, why in the world did a CAT become symbolic for a secret?  I know they are stealthy and all, but really?  A cat in a bag is anything BUT secretive.

My cat has been in a brown paper bag before.  He was not a fan.  Not at ALL.

So I looked up the origin of the phrase and it turns out back in the day, people would put a cat in a bag instead of a piglet at market and try to sell it as a pig.  If the cat got out of the bag, the gig was up.

This still seems dumb to me.

I can’t even keep my cat in his carrier without him meowing his face off, let alone stick him a bag with no holes.  He would have thrashed about and everyone in a 3 mile radius would know I had a dang cat in the bag.

the cat in the bag...and not happy about it

And guess what.  I have been trying to keep a cat in a bag anyway.  Even though I know full well that it is impossible.

can't keep a cat in a bag forever

As hard as I have tried over the last two and a half weeks, I just couldn’t keep the cat all the way in the bag.  People knew.  It meowed loudly and eventually got a paw out, or his tail, or his nose.

and he's free!

and now?  The cat is completely out of the proverbial bag.

My secret is now out….

I am pregnant.  Six weeks.

Tomorrow (Friday) I have an early ultrasound to make sure this baby is sticking where he/she is supposed to be (I am on progesterone supplements again like I was with Eddie).

And if all goes well…(which we think it is because I constantly want to either puke or sleep…yay for BlogHer!)…coming to Sluiter Nation in March of 2012?

Baby #2.

Oh!  I just thought of another pregnancy symptom…rambly, disconnected thoughts.


About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. OMIGOSH Katie, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So excited for you!!!! xoxo

  2. YAY!!!!! Congrats! Fingers crossed for sticky baby!!

  3. TheNextMartha says

    Yay!!!!!!!! So happy for you. So happy.

  4. OMG!

    Congrats Katie!

    I am jumping up and down for you!

  5. Oh my gosh, CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so far beyond happy for you!!! Best wishes and happy and healthy 9 months to you! xoxo

  6. I am so incredibly excited for you! Congratulations!

  7. Congratulations!!!!!!!

    And the second go ’round seems easier… maybe because we know what to expect and aren’t surprised?

    Totally unrelated… that cat looks ginormous in those photos! Like he could possibly eat your little dude in one bite. Fish lens? Or just a big kitty? 😉

  8. Yay! Congrats 🙂 fabulous news!

  9. Wow! Now that’s really letting the cat out of the bag. Congratulations! So happy for you.

  10. Congratulations!

  11. Jill @babyrabies says

    CONGRATS!!! Wow. Totally better you let the cat out now then when you have to pretend you’re just really hung over from all those shirlee temples at Blogher 🙂

  12. Yay!! Congrats!! Reading this post reminded me a bit of “If you Give a Mouse A Cookie…”, have you read that? What a cute way to announce your exciting news!!


    And what a fun way to “let the cat out of the bag”. You are adorable, and I couldn’t be happier for you and all of Sluiter Nation!

    I’m almost in tears over here for you. HAPPY TEARS.

  14. Congrats! That is so exciting!!
    And Louis? He’s so beautiful!

  15. Hooray hooray hooray hooray hooray yippee skippy happy doo dah dee all day long and GIANT (but virtual, so totally not threatening) congratulatory hugs!

    Love and joy, my dear. I’m shooting out flames of happiness for you.

  16. The iHubby says

    Yay, this is just some freakin awesome news!!!

    I couldn’t be happier for you guys. Prayers for that lil one.

  17. Congratulations!!!

  18. Yay! Congrats! No drinking for either of us at BlogHer!! 🙂

  19. Congratulations! What a great way to let the cat out of the bag 🙂 I will be keeping you in my thoughts and praying that the little baby sticks right where he or she is supposed to!

  20. Well, I also have rambly disconnected thoughts, but I’m 100 percent sure it’s not for the same reason 😉

    Congrats! What an exciting turn of events for everyone involved, including the Sluiter Nation here to support you! And for the record, my cat used to love diving into big paper grocery bags and laundry baskets. She has since used up all nine lives, although I don’t think there’s a connection…

  21. Congrats! What wonderful news. And such a fun way to share it!

    Good luck. And next week, at BlogHer, we can drink mocktails together. I’m 22 weeks. 🙂

  22. Yay!!!!!

  23. Congratulations, Katie! I’m so happy for you and your family. I can’t wait to see your boy as a big brother.

  24. CONGREATULATIONS!!! So happy for you 🙂 I’ll hold your hair back for you if need be at BlogHer 🙂

  25. I swear, I can spell. I was just so excited that I typed too fast.


  26. Congrats Katie! The first time I read it, I thought you got a new cat, but a new baby is WAY better.

  27. WOW! Congrats, you guys! I’m super excited for you. Take care Katie! Love the pics btw 🙂

  28. Katie!! Yay & congratulations!

    I saw your teaser about being excited for this post last night, but alas I was in bed before it posted. I was all kinds of curious about it this morning, and this is so exciting!!

  29. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I am over the moon excited for you. I hope all goes well at your appointment.

  30. Congratulations! How very exciting!

  31. Yay! Yay! YAy! So excited for you!!!

  32. Yay, Yay, Yay, Yay!!!! Congratulations!!!!! I’m so happy for you!

  33. SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!! I wondered why I hadn’t seen you around as much lately! Now I know!

    CONGRATULATIONS! Sending all kinds of sticky baby thoughts your way!

  34. So VERY excited for you! Can’t wait to read all pregnancy-through.

    BIG (((HUGS)))!

  35. YAAAAY!! The chaos starts now – I remember throwing the toddler in her playpen as I made a mad dash for the toilet to puke, vaulting the stairgate in my sheer desperate rush! All good fun though, right?

    And then there’s the bit where you’re huge and said toddler wants you to pick up all the crayons off the floor over and over and over again. Yeah…great stuff 😉

    Fingers crossed all goes well xxxxxxxx

  36. Yay!! I’m so happy for you! Congratulations!!

  37. Congratulations, so happy for you! Prayers for a good doctor visit!!!!

  38. Love the way you twisted and turned…and brought us to HERE! This is awesome news. Praying like others for good news today! Big smiles. Will you blow some of that baby dust in this direction…my daughter is trying too!

  39. So happy for you and Courtney. Yeah! Big hugs coming at you in T -6 days.

  40. Congratulations 🙂 Sending prayers and happy thoughts your way!

  41. Congrats on the great news!!!! (I don’t think your cat is nearly as happy as he should be about the whole situation)

  42. WooHoo! Can’t wait to follow the journey. Let’s call it the crazy (lady) train. It’s ok for me to call it that, I’m the conductor.

  43. that is the best post ever. cat out of the bag. HA! congrats, girl.

  44. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!! Oh that is SO EXCITING!! Congrats 🙂

  45. so very glad its not a piglet 😉
    altho it may seem that way when breastfeeding commences!

    HUGE congrats!!!!

  46. 🙂
    I expect you to tiptoe through the tulips with me next year with a tiny baby strapped to your chest.
    Be well, mama.

  47. Congratulations! Yeah, if you hadn’t let the cat out of the bag now, pretty sure it would’ve been discovered at BlogHer, between the barfiness, fatigue, and all the non-consumption of the alcohol. 😉

  48. Yay!!!! I’m so happy for you. Feelin’ for ya, too. The sleepies and sickies are no fun. But yay!

  49. Congratulations Sluiters! 🙂 We are super excited for you guys!!!! Hope you start to feel better soon…and enjoy your vacation to Cali…you deserve it!

  50. Such happy news! Congratulations, looking forward to following along and getting meeting the newest member of the family!

  51. mrshiggison says

    YEAH!! Congrats to you three (+1)!

  52. Oh yay! So so so excited and happy for you. I did the same thing for #2. Tried to keep it to ourselves until 12 weeks. I lasted until about 6. Yay, Sluiters!

  53. #ALLCAPSAWESOME!!! so very excited for you!! YAY!! wonderful news! best cat I’ve ever met – er, news I mean! (the cat is nice too though) 😉 CONGRATULATIONS!!

  54. Congratulations!!

  55. Congrats! Many blessings.

  56. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! So very happy for you!!!!

  57. Yay!!! CONGRATS!!!!!

  58. Exciting!!

  59. Congrats, Katie!!! Wishing you all the best!!! 🙂

  60. So exciting lady! So happy for the Sluiter Family! #2 is making her appearance in our household in a month and I am terrified of two but more excited! Someone has always told me that a sibling is the best gift you can give a child… Have a great time at BlogHer!

  61. Congratulations!! That is wonderful news! Here’s hoping for a healthy and happy 9 months!

  62. That is incredible news!! Congratulations to you & your husband!

    I hope that all goes well with the upcoming ultrasound & look forward to seeing pics!


  64. Congratulations and good luck! Pregnancy sucks, but that lil bundle of joy you finally get to hold when it is all over is well worth the sacrifice. That’s the thought that’s getting ME through pregnancy #2!

  65. Yay! I couldn’t be happier for you, truly, you just made my day. Yay again!!!

  66. Congrats!! Such amazing news 🙂 I am 28 weeks pregnant with #2 🙂

  67. Congrats! What a fun cat to let out of the bag. I wish you a smooth pregnancy!

  68. Congrats my friend!

  69. You are so cute with your “cat in the bag” story! So excited for you!!! Praying it all goes well.


  71. Ha! This post is so funny and rambly, but to get to the good part? Totally worth it! So very, very happy for you and your family, and fingers crossed that it is an easy pregnancy for you.

    Except for the “dumbs”. Those make for some fun posts!

    Can’t wait to hug you in a week!! Squee!

  72. Congrats Katie!!!!! I am so excited for you!

  73. AHHHH!!! OMG…as soon as you started the whole cat out of the bag thing, I knew IT!!!! I love it when I’m right!

    I’m so happy for you and your family. Congratulations a million times over!!!

    Oh and just my personal opinion…I have a March baby and it is like THE perfect time to have a baby!


  75. Congrats! That’s such exciting news! I bet you are glowing.

  76. Congratulations!! 🙂

  77. What wonderful news for you and your family! What does sweet think about it?

  78. Congrats, Katie!! That is a hard secret to keep! Hope all goes well tomorrow!

  79. Your comment on my post to my daughter (about her being my second baby) made me think hmmmmm…..

    But I knew how hard you were trying and how much you wanted this so I didn’t want to ask.

    Today, call me thrilled for you. (and cortney and eddie yayayayay!)


    Bring on the lovefest.

  80. Congrats!!! And good luck at the doctor. So exciting!!! 🙂

  81. Hooray, hooray hooray! Congrats to you!!! I hope I’m not far behind. 😉

  82. Yay!! congratulations to you!

  83. So very, very happy for you. Best of luck to you and positive thoughts your way.

  84. SO THRILLED!! I say print out this page of congratulations to show this little bundle how HAPPY we are for their arrival.

    You are gonna have the best family, baby sluiter.

  85. Congratulations Kate! Eddie is going to be a good big brother! 🙂

  86. Congrats!

  87. Congrats! So happy for you and Cort and Eddie! And on the bright side….only about 6 more weeks of feeling like poo and then you’ll be able to just enjoy the pregnancy! This news totally made my day, week, month….you name it, I’m happy for ya!

  88. Congrats! Eddie is going to make such a great big brother! Enjoy these happy moments.


    I am so excited for you. I know you’re scared but YOU CAN DO THIS, Mama! You are amazing.

  90. congratulations sluiter family!!!!!

  91. I’m so happy for you! What a fun way to share the news, I love that you literally tried keeping a cat in a bag.

  92. Woooo HOOOOOOOO!!!!

    You are so deserving of this. Congratulations.

  93. YAY! I *might* have sensed a whisker.. 😉

    SO thrilled for you and your family, Katie, and sending all kinds of sticky thoughts to you and your little bean!


  94. Oh, congratulations!!!! I am jealous. I have angst over another one. Maybe this pregnancy will be a little better? Sometimes, pregnancies are better than others. And BTW, I really love your cat. What a cutie.

  95. I’m so very happy for you! Such great news. And even though some of the symptoms stink I know you’re willing to endure them for that beautiful blessing!! Congrats! xoxo

  96. Oh.MY.GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEA, what fantastic news….that is well it’s just the happiest news isn’t it????? It really is, WOW. WOW. WOW.

    I’m so happy for you I’m tearing up….and in good way. Happy Puking my friend.

    I couldn’t be happier for you……WOW. xoxxoo

  97. Such fantastic news! So very happy for you.

  98. Congratulations!! My second pregnancy was much easier than the first and so was the baby that followed… I’m so happy for you!

  99. Congratulations! This is such exciting news! Thank you for sharing it, and best wishes for a happy ultrasound tomorrow!

  100. mazel tov. congratulations. yay!!

  101. Dude. I might be the slowest person ever, and normally I might be pretty quick about catching on to the whole “let the cat out of the bag” analogy, knowing that you’ve been trying, but it wasn’t until I read the words “I am pregnant,” that my mouth popped into a little o-shape and my eyes got all round. CONGRATS! From your very shocked reader.

  102. FANTASTIC NEWS!!! Fingers crossed for a great doctor visit and happy, healthy pregnancy!!

  103. YAY!!! Congratulations! Here’s to a happy, healthy nine months!!!!

  104. Michelle says

    Congratulations to you and your family, Katie! How exciting! I hope you have a safe pregnancy for both you and your new little one. 🙂

  105. WOOHOOOOO!!!
    so happy for you all!


  106. Congrats!!!! So happy for you!

  107. WOOHOO!!!!

  108. OMG!!! Congratulations!!! How exciting!!

  109. Congratulations!!! How exciting!

  110. OK, I am so ridiculously late to this party, but CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you!

  111. I’m so glad I saw this on Twitter first because wow, lady, that was a stealth way to post the news.

    So I said it before and I’ll say it again: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. New follower here and I think I found you at just the right time! 🙂 CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

  113. Congratulations!!!! And what a uber great way to let the cat out of the bag! :>

  114. So happy for you, what a sweet post.

  115. Congrats on baby #2!

  116. Katie!!! OMG! I’m so excited for you!!! This is amazing news. I’ve had a really bad day but this just made me grin ear to ear!!! Eddie is gonna be a big brother!

  117. YAY!!! Congratulations!!!!!

  118. Congratulations Katie

  119. CONGRATULATIONS! Life with two is a walk in the park…I promise!!! Cheers to you & your family for a happy and safe pregnancy!

  120. Many congrats! Here’s to a good ultrasound… and a healthy pregnancy. I too will be preggo at BlogHer- 7 months. You can be the sick one, I’ll be the super swollen one. And let’s auction off our drink tickets!

  121. You live blogging pregnancy or better yet the labor and delivery, I cannot wait! Congratulations!

  122. I’m so very excited for y’all!!!


  123. CONGRATS!!!

  124. Big huge congratulations to you guys…that is so exciting!!!

  125. Whoo hoo! What a clever, fun way to share your good news! I can’t wait to read about how Eddie reacts to your growing belly and being a big brother. Big congrats to the whole family!

  126. And what a beautiful, exciting, wonderful cat it was!


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