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A gift


YES, friends! We are so excited, overwhelmed, overjoyed and overcome to announce that we are expecting a little one in March! God is SO SO good to us! I'm a little over thirteen weeks.

We were SO surprised to find out! I had just written this post about our struggle with infertility and if you've been following this blog for any period of time, you know a little of our story. I've heard from so many of you who have shared our struggles in this waiting process - whether for a baby, a husband, a job, a college decision - whatever it is. And I know that God will use your wait just as He used mine. I never would have ever thought it would take us over two years to get to this point but Jesus is good. He has changed me, broken me, healed me and comforted me. As hard as these years were, I wouldn't change them for the world. And whatever happens with this baby - I know now that His plan is for my good and ultimately for His glory.

As to how we found out... ;) The entire month of June, Nathan kept insisting that Jesus was giving him a baby "Brother Sister" for his birthday and then the first half of July, he would randomly pat my stomach and say, "There's a baby in there". We were still on our summer fertility treatment break, so I didn't think too much of it. We were planning on starting a new fertility drug in August and then potentially doing a couple more IUIs in the fall.

Nathan kept mentioning the Brother Sister for his birthday, so sort of on a whim, I tossed a cheap pregnancy test in the cart while we were out one afternoon right before his birthday. I hadn't had a test in the house in months because honestly, if there's a test, I will pee on it, so it's just better for our finances to keep them out of the house. ;) I tested that afternoon and saw a very, very faint line and just thought, "well, this is a cheap test, it has to be a false positive." So, I took the other one in the box and got the same faint line. Then I dragged Nathan back out to get a First Response, came back home and the line was immediate.

I started bawling. Nathan had no idea what to do with me. And then Jon got home and all I could say was, "Guess what?!" and then we both started crying. I called our fertility doctor and they sent me right away to get bloodwork. And then we went to my parents' house for dinner. My grandmother was in town and amazingly, my family was all going to be at dinner. Right before dinner, Jon asked to pray and prayed for our new little one, everyone started screaming and I again started crying.

I had a couple more blood tests over the next couple of weeks and then at six weeks and a couple of days, we got to see this little sweet pea:

Oh how I cried!! God is so good, friends! So very, very good. The heartbeat was 128 and everything looked fantastic. My in-laws came the next day and this is how we greeted them at the airport:

So much fun! They were so shocked! ;) Two weeks later, we got to see our little baby again:

Look at our baby!! The heartbeat this time was 188 and we even got to see the little head moving. SO amazing. Such a miracle!!

And finally, this morning we saw our sweet little one once more...

Precious little baby! He/she was kicking and rolling around in there. Such a blessing! I'm overwhelmed. My heart is overflowing.

I have been so so sick this time around, which is a big reason why I've been skimping on this blog. I've been throwing up 3-4 times a day, usually just in the morning, but sometimes at night as well. God has been good - I was so content before we got pregnant and it's been a constant struggle since then to remain content and not be fearful of the what-ifs. I'm so thankful for the prayer support from family and close friends and I would very much ask for prayers from you! We are so in love with this little peanut already, or as Nathan has continued to call it, his Brother Sister. ;)

Someone is VERY stoked to be a Big Brother!! He's gone back and forth on whether or not he thinks it's a girl or a boy. For a while, he told me it was a boy and he wanted to name him "Buzz Wightyear". ;)

And, just to start things off, here is my 13-week picture. Baby is the size of a peach!

I can't believe how quickly I started showing this time around!! I've had a little bump since about nine weeks and I haven't been able to button my jeans since about 10.5 weeks. So much sooner than with Nathan!

Thank you so much for your prayers, for your sweet notes and precious emails over the last couple of years as we've been trying to get pregnant. I treasure each and every one of them. And please know that I am praying, PRAYING for those of you still waiting - God has worked miracles in my life and I know He will do the same for you! What a powerful God we serve!!

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