The cat’s out of the bag…

I’ve waited 11 months to write my second blog – clearly my intention was not met by actual commitment.  However a sudden change in status provides a greater encouragement to keep this “online journal” up to date!

If you aren’t an avid follower of instagram/twitter/facebook, then you may have missed the memo, but…

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We’re going to be parents!!  Words cannot describe the emotions we’ve gone through over the past several months after that little test shared the good news.  We are a little scared and of course unprepared, but any of the anxiety is completely overcome by the excitement and elation that we feel.  What a great blessing we have from the Lord!  We have already felt so encouraged and covered by friends and family – even those who were awfully surprised by the announcement!

So we prepare to exit a season of busyness and seminary studies and enter in to a new chapter filled with new experiences, huge smiles and laughter, deep joy, and certainly a lack of sleep with some dirty diapers.  Mason is finishing up his final year of his ThM (hallelujah, we are so proud), and Lord willing he will walk across the stage at DTS with me and our little one cheering loudly from the crowd.  Onward and upward.

So, this mama’s growing belly should provide ample updates (and humor) for us to chronicle and friends and family to follow.  My hope is to document the weekly growth of the “baby bump”, so we’re starting this week.  I told Mason that I want to be cool and adventurous, so hopefully we can document this growth in our favorite places in the Big D, or wherever life may take us over the next 6 months.  But to start us off we decided to take a picture in our favorite place – our home!  Say hello to our little one, 14 weeks in!

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How far along: 14 weeks

Baby’s size: a lemon (3 1/2 inches!)

Maternity clothes: If I really wanted to I could fit in most of my pants, but we are beyond comfort in almost all of them, so I have embraced the maternity jeans and work pants. A huge thanks to Haley for all the cute stuff she sent me!

Stretch marks: not yet!

Sleep: in a perfect world, I would be asleep right now (it’s only 8:30).  I’ve been pretty tired for the past several weeks, but now that I have hit my second trimester we’re hoping the energy comes back soon.

Best moment of this week: so many fun things to celebrate 🙂 We had a great time co-hosting a couples’ shower in our home over the weekend for one of the best couples we know (hooray for the future Bridges!), and celebrating a half-century of life for my sweet Alyssa

Miss anything: not too often, although there is the occasional morning that I would love come real coffee, or a night at home that a glass of wine sounds delightful

Movement: not yet!

Food cravings: for whatever reason it seems as though I crave the things I cannot have (cold turkey sandwich, caesar salad, and sushi).  And then of course there is the McDonald’s cheeseburger…don’t judge.  I’ve seen the pictures, and I don’t plan to make this a habit, but a cheeseburger every once in a while never hurt anyone! 🙂

Queasy or sick?: queasiness has been a loyal companion over the past several weeks, but it has never moved into sickness, so we are SUPER thankful for that.  Veggies haven’t been too appealing, nor have meats, so I have stuck mostly to fruits and carbs!

Have you started to show yet: we’re past the point of hiding 🙂

Gender: waiting patiently…

Belly button in or out: still in, but I have been talking for weeks now about how fun it is to watch it change

Wedding rings on or off: on

Happy or moody most of the time: I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’ve been very moody (sorry honey!).  I’m trying to stay away from the “pregnancy hormones” excuse, but goodness!

Looking forward to: finding out what gender this little monster is so I can get started on a nursery!

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