Saturday, May 31, 2014

Oh Baby!

What a roller coaster ride the past couple months has been!  Russ and I found out on April 7th, 2014 that we are pregnant!  This was the biggest surprise of our lives, but one that we are so thankful for.  I always thought that I would have a hard time getting pregnant.  Maybe because I'm a nurse or because my body has never fit the normal mold, but I always assumed it would take us months to years to get pregnant.  I've also always felt led to adopt, so I thought maybe the reason I had been called to adopt was because I wouldn't be able to have children the natural way.  However, without even trying, Russ and I became pregnant and so far have had a healthy pregnancy (not that it has been an easy one). We are due 12/13/14!

On Monday, April 7th I had worked my 12 hour shift at the NICU.  Russ and I ride together to work, so when he picked me up that evening I told him I was a couple days late.  The month before I had been a few days late as well, so I didn't think much of it.  However, Russ suggested I take a pregnancy test.  The problem was it took me forever to find one, so he didn't even know I was taking it.  To my shock, it came back positive!  I had to hold onto the bedroom doorway to keep from fainting and I guess no words were needed for Russ to realize what had happened.  His face got all red and he just started laughing.  I showed him the test and he was thrilled!  

Easter weekend we decided to tell our parents.  We found an Easter card announcement on ETSY and decided that we would give them an Easter card to reveal the big news.  I didn't think I would be able to get my parents alone.  My mom insisted on inviting my brothers to the point to where I had to cancel our plans until the last minute when I knew my brothers wouldn't be able to make it.  We met my parents for dinner and handed them the card.  Mom said she was trying to figure out what "ten little finger and ten little toes" had to do with Easter.  When she realized she started crying and they couldn't believe we were pregnant.  We told Russ' parents and grandmother the same way.  They were very happy for us.

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A video of mom and dad opening the card.

We decided to wait and tell everyone else my birthday weekend.  My birthday was on May 19th, so I felt much more confident about announcing the news being 10 weeks along.  My brothers, sister-in-law, and brother's girlfriend came to meet us for a birthday dinner in Knox.  I told them I wanted to tell them what I was giving them for Christmas.... a niece or a nephew! It took them a second to catch on, but it was a fun way to tell them!  That weekend we told the rest of our family and announced the big news on Facebook on Memorial Day.  It feels great to not have to hide it anymore.

Photos by Molly Mullin

This pregnancy has been very difficult.  I have decided whoever named it "morning sickness" must have been a man because it definitely lasts 24/7!  I have been the sickest I have ever been in my life.  Today I am 12 weeks and am desperately hoping that the sickness lets up soon.  I have no energy, can't eat any meat, and constantly feel like I'm gonna toss my cookies (most the time actually doing so).  I had no idea it would be this hard, but I hear it is totally worth it.  I am looking forward to the days when I can go shopping for our blessing and feel more like my normal self (whatever that may be now).  I've already started growing out of my clothes and am amazed how quickly things change.

All in all, we are so blessed and excited to have a sweet little baby in our arms by this Christmas. What an amazing, unexpected gift from God.  He continues to bless us so much more than we deserve!

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