BABY GRANT DUE AUGUST 2019!
FEBRUARY 25, 2018
Yep, our family will be growing by two tiny feet come August (maybe September if they are stubborn like me!) We’re having a BABY! And, if you remember my last post, my sister-in-law is due in August too! Only 9 days before us!
We’re so excited to share this news and I’ve already got a first trimester recap ready to hit the blog soon. We won’t be finding out the gender, but we do plan to do a few updates here and there using this platform. Kyle has wanted kids for as long as I can remember – he kinda had to talk me into it. I love kids, but I’ve never really felt ‘ready,’ I guess. Our lives changed the day I took that test. But my heart – the day I heard this babies heartbeat, I swear I felt mine grow 10 times in size. I can’t even talk to he/she without shedding a few tears. It’s honestly just the craziest feeling to love someone you’ve never met, but we are so, so in love.
First up is a recap of the day we found out, which I wrote later on that day for fear of forgetting all of those raw emotions and details, as well as some of our most frequently asked questions!
Q: When will you find out if it’s a boy or girl?
A: When the baby is born! Yep, we’re waiting to find out!
Q: How far along are you?
A: 14 weeks as of today, Monday February 25 which means I’m officially in my second trimester. Baby will hopefully stop kicking my butt and I’ll get some energy back now!
Q: How are you feeling?
A: Some days are great and I’m able to get out and about as well as get to the gym. Some days are down right awful and I’m miserable. Luckily my nausea has only really been at night, my sickness has been minimal, and Kyle is a really good hugger on the very bad days.
Q: Do you have any weird cravings?
A: Not really.. My sweet tooth has disappeared and I can no longer drink coffee UNLESS it’s iced. Both are probably better off not in my diet anyways. However, this baby has craved McDonalds fries a couple times..
Q: What about weddings and sessions that are already booked?
A: Well, I’m a firm believer that God’s timing is always just right. I have ZERO sessions or weddings from July – the beginning of October, and that was not intentional, it just worked out! I will be taking a break from the end of July – end of October (minus one wedding I have already booked for the October.) I’ll be coming back to do fall weddings with an intern so I have some extra support on wedding days.
For every trip we take I make a video capturing some of our favorite memories along the way. This adventure is just getting started and it’s already our favorite one. Sadly we only got to capture about half of our excited friends and family, but the overwhelming love we’ve felt has been nothing short of amazing!
December 23, 2018
It’s a few days before Christmas and what am I doing? Running around Target picking up last minute gifts, of course! After what seems like hours of strolling through every aisle, I end up near the pharmacy as I’m making my way to check out. At this point, I’m a few days late, but I don’t feel terrible and I’m at least 85% sure I’m not pregnant. Something pushes me down the aisle anyways. I laugh, because we’ve recently had a huge snow storm and about half the pregnancy tests are sold out. “Guess we know what everyone was up to while their cars were stuck,” I think. I pick one up and toss it in the cart just to be safe.
Kyle and I are so exhausted from the week. We decided to stay in that night and make a pizza. I have a few pieces which is normal for me, but around 30 minutes later I’m hungry again. We have pizza rolls in the fridge from when I had a moment of weakness a couple weeks ago – those sound amazing, so I heat maybe 7 up. Those hit the spot but about an hour later Kyle and I have made it into bed and are going to start dozing off any minute. My stomach starts growling. Okay – what is happening?? Kyle is so sweet and runs downstairs to make me a peanut butter sandwich. I ate it and fell asleep as fast as I could before I could get hungry again.
Around 3am I woke up and I couldn’t sleep – I knew I was pregnant and we were for sure having a baby. I almost got up and took the test that instant. I laid there until 4:30 and somehow fell back asleep with my mind racing. To be truthful, Kyle is going to be so excited, and I’m just absolutely terrified. Some days babies are all I think about, but, other days it’s just not the right time, and I’m not ready. So the reality that I was pregnant hit me in a way I wasn’t expecting.
I’ve taken maybe 4 pregnancy test in my life. Every single time before this one, I just knew I was pregnant. I had to be, I could feel it. But, I never was. This time was totally different. I didn’t feel pregnant, it was just a precaution – until that 3am wake up call. I always had this illusion I’d be extremely sick day after day (apparently that comes later.) I woke up the next morning and bolted for the bathroom. I had waited all night to rip open this package like it was already Christmas morning. The funny thing about Christmas is I’ve always been good at guessing my presents. Sometimes I don’t even want to pick them up because I’ll ruin the “surprise” of what they are. That’s exactly how this felt.
I placed the cap back on the stick and set it aside and far enough away that I can’t read the results and I’m supposed to wait 3 minutes. I think I actually waited 1.. I already knew what it said. I had this grand plan of how I was going to tell Kyle. I’d set up a present in the kitchen and catch his reaction on video. Nope. I will never forget leaning over and seeing two lines. I will never forget the size of my eyeballs when I looked in the mirror at myself. My jaw was on the floor, I was shaking, and there was no way I was leaving this bathroom without Kyle knowing something was up.
So I somehow composed myself, woke him up and said I had an early Christmas present for him. He holds out his hands and I gave him the positive test. Before he could even see what it was or what it says I started sobbing – I mean we’re talking whaling. It was just the most joyful, scary, exciting moment we’ve ever shared together.
So here we are around week 4-ish from what I can guesstimate. I am a ball of emotion and hunger. I’ve had a few headaches, but no nausea (yet.) The doctors office is closed until after the holidays which is only adding to my anxiety of getting in their doors and making sure this is for real. I’m headed to church and family Christmas parties tonight and I can’t say a word – this is going to be SO challenging.
As I sit here in what will soon become a nursery instead of my office, I’m still in major shock. We are so grateful for blessing and we trust that God’s timing is always perfect. I’m so excited to add this journey to our list of adventures!