Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Gift

This was me on Friday, July 23rd after our wreck that God miraculously brought us through.

This is me, exactly 4 weeks later, on Friday, August 20th, in a much better place. :)
Can you see it?
Just in case you can't, here's a little closer view....

YES! I'm pregnant with my second child! I'm so thrilled for many reasons! #1, we really wanted another one. #2, I get to go through a pregnancy with my sister and we're only a month apart so we will be going through virtually the same symptoms throughout. #3, the baby will be coming at the end of April, which is perfect timing for school. I'll be done with school in April and have a sub for the rest of the school year! 

I'm due April 30th, but since I will most likely have a repeat c-section, it will probably be more like April 25. My sister is due March 31st and will also have a c-section so she will be more around the 26th of March. We will be one month apart almost to the day. My cousin's wife, Heather, is also due in March, on the 15th. So we will be having 3 new little ones in our family in the span of one month. We are all very excited and I'm sure you can imagine how excited my mom is to be getting two new grand babies in one month!

God knew this was going to happen and was in control the whole time. He is so good to us! I had no idea that almost a month, to the day, later, I would be receiving the news I had hoped to hear the night we were in our wreck after the ER doctor gave me a pregnancy test and it came up negative. It's humbling to think about. God loves us so much and does answer our prayers in his own timing.

I'm looking forward to my pregnancy and hoping for a healthy 9 months with no complications. I will obviously keep this updated and post lots of pictures like I did last time. We can't wait to find out what gender our baby is. I'm hoping for a boy but will be thrilled with a girl too! I can't believe I'm embarking on another pregnancy and hope to be more relaxed and enjoy this one a little more and be more healthy and gain less weight!

I do realize that it's very early to be announcing, as I am just barely 4 weeks along (4 wks 5 days) but I feel that God has given me this gift and if He allows me to lose it, then I will have more family and friends to pray for me and support me through the tough times. I also realize that if I don't tell because I'm afraid of m/c, then my faith in the Lord really isn't that strong, is it? I'll admit to being a little more timid this time since my sister did miscarry back in April of this year. That was a blow to her and to our family. We were all so sad for her but now we are celebrating in her new pregnancy! And in mine too! So here's to God giving me a healthy 9 months and a beautiful baby in April!

Maternity clothes, here I come!


Valerie said...

That's so awesome Steph! Congratulations!!

Simply Mel said...

Glad you posted this! I like how you did it, too. You're like me. I just can't wait! Congratulations! I think you will enjoy this one more since you know what to expect. I'll be praying for you and looking forward to your updates. So cool that we're almost EXACTLY one month apart. God is good! Mom will go from 3 to 5 grandkids at once!

Debra Waldo said...

I'm sosososososo excited for you!!!! I was shocked when I read this! What a blessing. You and Melissa are going to love being pregnant at the same time. What fun! Congrats and I look forward to hearing all the updates!

Lydia said...

Congratulations! That's very exciting! I understand about being pregnant with your sister. Grace and I were there last year. :) And our mom went from 3 to 5 grandkids in a short period of time too. lol I hope you have a great pregnancy.

Aileen said...

Yay! It's hard to believe I'm going to go from 3 to 5 grandkids:) Bring em on:)

Stephanie said...

Thank you Debra! We are obviously very excited too, and actually, quite surprised it really happened this month! I was hoping, hoping, hoping, but didn't know if it was going to happen, and it did!

Lydia, ever since you and Grace were pregnant together I've thought it would be so fun for Melissa and I to be together, I just never expected it to be so close and actually happen when I wanted it to!

Thanks Valerie! Looking forward to going through pregnancy again! Never thought I'd say THAT!

Melissa, I really wanted to try to wait and be patient but I just couldn't! I kept blabbing to people at work and even told two students today! I was like, whoa, I'm getting desperate, I need to just go public before I go crazy! I'm glad you like how I posted it. I changed it from the original post, which I felt was too long and wordy. I like this better, straight and to the point. I was afraid I might lose some readers before they even got to the good news! haha

Mom, you better be ready for a busy, busy spring!

DanieLauryn said...

So happy for you guys!!!