For one thing, we had a rough start to 2015. After losing our dog Zorro, re-injuring my knee and being much less mobile for two months in December '14 / January '15, Justin's terrible flu where he was in bed for over 2 weeks in January, a miscarriage in March (which I will share more about in another post), a scary car accident where a man had a seizure behind the wheel and ran into my driver's side door in April, and finally Justin fracturing his foot in 4 places in May which left him on crutches for eight weeks, 2015 was off to a bumpy start.
However, our luck changed as summer began. The Friday of Father's Day weekend, before we left to see a concert in Nashville for my birthday, I decided to take a pregnancy test. It was a little early to test but I just had a feeling. The night before, Justin and I had grilled out and he had passed me a Bud Light Lime, my summer beer of choice. I took one sip and spit it out and told him that it was bad. He tried it, looked at me like I was crazy and said it tasted absolutely fine. It got me wondering if something was going on.
Yes, we are expecting and due in less than 2 weeks!
We decided not to share the news with anyone until I was 12 weeks along, so we kept quiet throughout the rest of June, July and half of August. Yikes, it was hard, but it also felt very special for my husband and I to have some time to let the news sink in and celebrate the news, just the two of us.
When we finally did share the news, it was such a sweet moment. Our families were thrilled! My husband and father have birthdays just 4 days apart in August, so we typically all celebrate together. This year, we wrapped up a onesie we made and gave it to my dad as a birthday present. He was speechless and had tears in his eyes. It was a very special moment between my in-laws, my dad and my great-aunt, who is hoping the baby will arrive on her birthday, when she'll be celebrating her 89th year! We then shared the news with our friends shortly thereafter. It was so nice to finally be able to talk about it and celebrate.
Charlie and Bella are
We are over-joyed, nervous, anxious, and still a little in disbelief that this is actually happening. We are so thankful for this miracle. We were not sure that we would ever be able to experience this, so it truly feels like a blessing.
This Fall, we found out that we were expecting a boy! I am just too much of a planner to not find out and I have heard that it helps bond with your baby when you know what is inside kicking and moving around. At our 20 week ultrasound appointment, which happened to be on my mom's birthday, we had the technician write down the gender but not tell us. We then opened up the envelope that following weekend with our closest friends and family. Justin was convinced it was a girl and I just had a strong feeling it was a boy. When I was about 6 weeks pregnant, I had a very vivid dream that I delivered a boy and from that time on, I was convinced it was a he. I guess mom's intuition truly is spot on.
We still do not have a name finalized yet, but we are hoping that one of the names from our very short list will just 'feel' right as soon as we see him.
In regards to this pregnancy, I have been SO lucky. I really didn't have much, if any, morning sickness. As long as I ate small portions throughout the day, it kept nausea at bay. I only got sick once and that was when I had taken my pre-natals on an empty stomach. I was definitely more tired in my first trimester, but second trimester was smooth sailing. I had my energy back and generally feeling good. With the exception of having zero immune system and fighting 2 sinus infections so far this season, I could not have asked for a smoother pregnancy. I'm 38 weeks now and starting to feel uncomfortable but still generally pretty good. I just hope I'm this lucky when it comes time to deliver...
I've been really blessed with experiencing pregnancy the same time as some family and friends-
In fact, one of my very best friends was pregnant and due just 5 days ahead of me...with twins. She welcomed her precious baby boy and baby girl a few weeks early. I'll never forget the night we told each other we were expecting. Sarah, her husband, Justin and I went on a double date. We were planning on telling them over dinner but it just didn't come up for some reason. As dinner ended and we were heading to the movie theatre, Sarah said, 'I have some news and I wanted to say something at dinner but it just didn't come up, and I have to just blurt it out, 'I'm pregnant'. I immediately had tears in my eyes and said, 'Me too!' The four of us stood outside the movie theatre smiling, laughing and crying tears of joy, It's been amazing having someone so close go through their first pregnancy at the very same time as me. We have spent many nights calling and texting each other discussing how we were feeling, thinking, etc. I know these conversations will only increase once baby boy is here too.
We are officially done with the nursery and I cannot wait to share the room this week. We find ourselves hanging out in the nursery more and more, as we grow increasingly more anxious to meet our son.
We weren't sure we would get the opportunity to have a child, so I have not taken this experience lightly. I am so grateful for this pregnancy and for our son. The well wishes and support from our friends and family is truly icing on an already amazing cake.
Also, I have no less than a dozen blog posts drafted and ready to share, so I hope to be back to semi-regularly blogging now. I just needed a break from it this past year as we focused on other things.
I hope that this year is off to a great start for you as well. Here's to a very sweet 2016!