Wednesday, February 26, 2014

So, We're Having a Baby!

I think the majority of you who follow me here follow me either on Instagram or Twitter (or we're Facebook friends/friends in real life) so you probably know David and I are expecting our first baby in August! I've been wanting to - and have had several requests from you guys to - blog about this pregnancy and all of the fun announcements, bump pictures, doctors appointments, and symptoms, but I sadly haven't gotten around to it until now, at almost 17 weeks. I'll be playing a bit of catch up, so hopefully you don't mind! :)

So, from the beginning - How did we get here? If you had asked me a year ago when I thought we might have kids, I would've told you I'd probably go off birth control summer of 2014. We've both always known we wanted children, but we truly enjoyed being 'newlyweds' for over 3 years - spending tons of time together, making great friendships, going out on the weekends, traveling the world together, getting super involved in our church and ministries/groups we're passionate about, etc. We'd kind of decided on this summer to be the time to start trying, and I was even debating doing a bikini fitness competition this spring. And then the end of August 2013 or so we started having conversations about, 'Maybe we don't want to wait that long...' and 'It would be so fun if we were able to announce our pregnancy at Christmas to our families..' and baby fever for both of us just grew and grew. We went to Mexico the middle of October with two of our favorite couples, and we'd decided I'd go off birth control as soon as we got home. I'd been to the doctor the beginning of September to have lab work done and to make sure I was completely healthy and had been taking prenatals since then, too. We started praying that the Lord would reveal His will for our future and that if now was the time for us to start our family, that He would bless that. 

By the end of November, I knew there was a real chance I COULD be pregnant for the first time ever and I was so anxious. My chest was SO sore, but I thought maybe this was going to be a new PMS symptom since I hadn't had a cycle not on birth control for 4 years. I'd never experienced anything like the pain and soreness, and I hadn't started yet, so I decided to take my first pregnancy test November 26th. It was negative and I was a bit bummed, but David and I agreed that neither of us really thought it would happen that quickly and that there was no need to be upset about it. If you're doing the math, you realize something was going on - I didn't start my period that entire week, so I told David if I still hadn't by Tuesday, December 3rd, I would take another to be sure. We both tried to push it to the back of our minds and we had Thanksgiving with our families, we kept our twin nieces for a day or two, and I worked a wedding November 30th so it was easy to not focus solely on whether or not the test would be positive. 

Tuesday, December 3rd I got up just after David left for work and decided to take the test since it tells you to do it first thing in the morning. I took one of the less fancy 'if there are two lines, you're pregnant' tests and the second line showed up within 30 seconds. I stood there in the bathroom staring for what felt like forever. My stomach had all kinds of butterflies and I wanted nothing more than to pick up my phone, call David at work, and yell, 'You're going to be a daddy!!!' But I knew that wasn't how I imagined telling him about our first baby, so naturally I went to the store to get a digital test to be absolutely sure and found something to tell him when he walked in the door later that afternoon. {I should insert here that December 3rd was also the day our house was officially listed on the market and the day we went to sign the paperwork and finalize the sale of my car - Go big or go home, right?} The digital test was also positive right away, butterflies filled my stomach again, and I got to work on my little project to surprise David with a huuuuge smile on my face!

I had Young Lives cafe (our contact with the girls in the high school every other week) that afternoon, so I had to go act like nothing had happened that morning and it about killed me. It did help the time go by faster until David was supposed to pick me up to go sign the paperwork - thankfully he was coming home earlier than normal because of that.. I don't know if I could have waited until 6 PM or later! I left there, came home and got Miss Paisley and my camera ready, and 2 seconds later got a text from David saying he was headed home. I had my camera set on video but apparently got too flustered and just got some blurry pictures instead, but I thankfully somehow captured his shocked face clearly!

In case you can't see, Paisley was wearing a 'Big Sister' bandanna.. And she ran out the door when David opened it and he closed it behind her thinking it was no big deal. So once we got her back inside, he realized what she was wearing. :)

{What's a pregnancy announcement without an obligatory picture of the tests, right?}

I had Young Lives club that night and again had to act like nothing was going on - It was difficult! We came home and got a picture of Paisley with her bandanna (not on, because she refused to sit still) by the Christmas tree and then opened the advice card from our rehearsal dinner for when we found out we were expecting our first child - I love having these to open at the biggest moments in our marriage!

Whew, so now that all of that was almost 3 months ago, I have lots to catch up on here! I do want to say, we both absolutely realize how fortunate we are to have not had any issues getting pregnant or during the first trimester. I have several friends struggling with that (and I'm sure more people in my life that I don't even know about who are in the middle of it now) and I want to be as sensitive as possible to them. I know I don't necessarily have words to say or any encouragement to give, and my announcement may have even been hurtful to some, which makes my heart so sad. I pray regularly for the women I know (and those I don't) going through infertility issues or miscarriage and it regularly weighs on my heart. I feel like that and being constantly grateful for this pregnancy - which, for me, means not complaining about anything that comes along with carrying this sweet baby - are really the only things I can do.

I'll be back again soon with posts on how we told our families and good friends, our announcement pictures we shared on social media, bump pictures, and more. Happy Wednesday! :) 


  1. Yay! I'm so freaking excited to start seeing these posts!

  2. Congrautlations again! Such an exciting time in your lives! The best gift you will ever recieve! I know it is hard to post about pregnancy when other are struggling, but being on the infertility side for 3+ years and then getting the best news very unexpectedly that we were going to be parents, it is complete joy to me to see others get to enjoy the parent journey! Enjoy every step of pregnancy as it goes so fast and before you know it you will be holding that sweet baby in your arms!

  3. Yayyyyy!!! I love seeing the official blog announcement! :)

  4. congratulations! such a special thing to remember!

  5. I am over the moon for you and David, and you are going to be such an incredible mother. I think that your sensitivity to those potentially experiencing issues is very thoughtful and conscientious too!



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