This picture is how we made the announcement to our family and friends that we have another "Bun in the Oven"!! Some of the comments made us laugh..."Is that a biscuit?", "Oh! What are you cooking?!", "I like your new oven!" (that's my in-laws oven) Haha! Most people knew right away.
There were so many different emotions as we found out we were pregnant again. The first was excitement for the future that we were blessed with another child. The second was relief that we were able to easily get pregnant again. The third was hope that this time would be different and filled with more joy. The fourth was fear that we would face heartache again which would seem unbearable. The fifth was sadness and longing for Blair. The sixth was impatience as I began to dread the long 9 months of waiting. The seventh was urgency and determination to make this pregnancy a good one despite what we have been through. And the final was complete joy that we would have a sibling for Blair that could bring beauty from ashes and joy from pain. I am sure these emotions are normal for anyone who has been through what we have, and I am sure that we will relive each of these emotions over and over again at different times throughout this pregnancy, but we want to daily choose to be positive and look forward to the future, trusting God along the way.
Like I have mentioned before, I had the most perfect pregnancy with Blair physically & mentally and I don't want to let my past affect my memories of this pregnancy. It has been great so far as I have had a peace wash over me that can only come from prayer. I have also had no pregnancy symptoms and have felt great despite some extreme tiredness from time to time. I think not having to work during my first trimester has really helped this time around because I have been able to get a lot of rest. I am now 7 weeks with my first appointment next week, April 18. My due date for this baby will be November 24...really close to Blair's birthday (Thanksgiving due date is pretty cool too!..So much to be thankful for). With this brings many thoughts as I imagine November 11 coming around. I hold onto the hope that, while we will experience sadness as we celebrate Blair's heavenly birthday, it is a sadness for us and not her. She is happy and experiencing extreme joy in the Lord's presence while we are here and aware of her absence. However, I look forward to celebrating her birthday with her sibling either in my arms or soon to be in my arms. I think it will be so neat to celebrate their birthdays so close together. And while they may not be able to share toys, clothes, rooms, or laughter, they will be able to share their birth month (or at least close to it). For that I am so thankful!
When I was pregnant with Blair, we waited to tell even our families until after I was 10 weeks along. We felt much different with this pregnancy. We know there are so many people who have become such great prayer warriors for us since Blair and we felt it was important to let people know asap this time. We have seen the power of prayer at work in our lives and know that prayer is so important. We need people to pray for our baby, our hearts, and our fears along the way as we embark on this journey again. My mother in law had the great idea to make these prayer magnets to hand out to friends and family who want to join us in prayer. If you want one let me know and we will get one to you somehow! (ABQ friends- my mom will have some to pass out soon, so if you want one you can contact her -or me and I'll let her know-)
Thanks so much for supporting and praying for us throughout this journey. We couldn't make it without your prayers! I'll try my best to keep my blog updated with recent news and things to pray for.
**My first appointment and ultrasound with my OB is Wednesday, April 18th. Please pray for a great appointment and a healthy heartbeat**
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus....Brothers and sisters, pray for us."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 25
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."