Something Special To Share...

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Coming this October there will be welcoming a new little addition to our family! It still doesn’t feel real, but the growing bump is a friendly little reminder—the belly is finally poppin! The first trimester has just flown by, I’m a little over 4 months now, and we are so filled with joy and excitement and wanted to share the news!

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We found out the week before Valentine’s day, which was the sweetest little gift we could’ve asked for. One morning, I had gone to Bible study one and just knew that my body was different. I immediately came home and took a test. Sure enough, those double pink lines come through very strong. I instantly felt a rush of emotions— shock, worry, excitement, gratitude, and everything in between.

I knew I couldn’t keep it in from Scott, who was about to leave work and come home, but wanted to tell him in cute way and not just hand him the test. I rushed out to Target of all places (that was the only thing I could think of in my overwhelmed state of mind). I ran in and grabbed a neutral baby onesie and turned around to beat Scott home before he realized something was going on.

I told him that I had gotten him an early Valentine’s gift, which wouldn’t be out of the blue for me to do since I know his love language is gifts and I like to get him little things randomly to speak love to him. He got home and I sat him down (while not-so-sneakily- trying to film his reaction).

He opened the bag, pulled out the onesie, and just looked in awe. I said “you’re gonna be a daddy,” and he instantaneously welled up with tears and we hugged and cried together.

We had of course been talking about and dreaming of our growing family, but having this moment actually happen was so surreal for both of us. We found ourselves half panicked, but once it all started to settle in, it’s turned to just sheer joy and expectation.

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The first trimester was pretty hard for this momma. Almost the next day after taking my test, the nausea began to set in, along with fatigue and some pregnancy blues. The desire to do all of the things I usually love, like creating, painting and working all just weren’t as strong. My usual (very strong) drive and determination almost instantly disappeared and were replaced by general feelings of exhaustion and sickness.

When I forced myself to work, I allowed myself to move at a slower pace and had to take breaks for naps in the middle of the day, which I never take naps. I called it “nap-olepsy” because I would just all of the sudden feel an urge to fall asleep and within two minutes, I was out.

I was expecting morning sickness, but what I didn’t expect was for it to be 24/7 nausea. I basically felt motion sickness all day every day and had some pretty strong food aversions to basically everything that wasn’t a carbohydrate. All I wanted was bread, pasta, potatoes and rice.

Now that I’m into my second trimester, I’m feeling so much better. My belly is starting to look like a baby bump and not just like a few too many pizza slices.

So excited for this season and all it has in store for our little family.