A Beautiful Exchange

Monday, September 1, 2014

Everything you're dying to know

*In case you missed it, I made a HUGE announcement on Friday. Be sure to check out this post before reading any further! Also, all photos below (except for the one only of the ultrasound) were taken by Grace and Vine Studios.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can finally update you guys on this big secret that I have been holding in for far too long! I am blown away by how encouraging all of you guys are and can't wait to have you all praying for this child and watching as my pregnancy progresses. I really appreciate you taking the time to congratulate us and share encouraging words--it means so much! We are absolutely thrilled (and maybe a little scared, haha!), but are so thankful for this blessing. We prayed for this child and are so happy to be growing our little family!

I am now 12 weeks (and three days) pregnant and am SO glad to be in the second trimester--the first trimester just doesn't like me!! Over the last 10 weeks or so, I have been really nauseous all. the. time. and pretty exhausted all the time as well. It's been really frustrating since I still have Eli to take care of all day, but I have done my best to fight through it. At our first pre-natal appointment, my OB gave me some medicine to curb the nausea and it has worked wonders--Praise God!! I have felt more like myself and have had so much more energy to roll around and play with my little boy.

We had our first ultrasound on August 4th and the baby is looking great! The heartbeat was at 170 beats/minute and all of the measurements were right on track, putting me to deliver sometime around March 13, 2015. Around here, that week is pretty special since my dad's birthday is the 12th, his mom's is the 13th, and my other grandma's is the 14th, so we are pretty excited about how those dates worked out! My Mema is an amazing woman and it would be SO cool if our little peanut could share a birthday with her! We were unable to hear the heartbeat during that scan, but heard it through a doppler at last Monday's appointment and it is beating strong and healthy at 173 beats/minute. It was such a relief to know that our peanut is developing on track!

I figured I would also answer a few questions that I have been asked a lot over the last few weeks, since I'm sure there are some of you that are interested in knowing these things as well! If you have a question that I don't answer, feel free to share it in the comments! I am excited to share this joyful journey with all of you! Let's dive in, shall we?!

Will you guys be finding out the gender of the baby?
Yes! I entertained the thought of us not finding out for about half a second, haha! When I asked Jacob if he would be able to wait he replied with a resounding "no!," so we will definitely be finding out the gender! He wouldn't mind another little boy, but really, we are just thrilled with either a little boy or a little girl! Our anatomy scan is scheduled for mid-October.

*I want to know what YOU think!! Is Baby Navey a BOY or a GIRL?! Vote in the sidebar!!*

Will you be doing "bumpdates?"
I intend to update all of you guys frequently throughout the pregnancy, but I don't really have any plans to do weekly update posts. I think I will mention the pregnancy here and there and maybe do actual pregnancy updates every 2 weeks at the most! I want to take a lot of pictures and remember this pregnancy well over the years, but since a lot of pregnancy details are a little more personal (and because I don't want to overload you guys), I'll be keeping most things in the pregnancy journal I have been keeping since we found out.

Are you beginning to show at all?
Yes!! I have been able to notice a definite "pooching" over the last few weeks, but am actually beginning to show now. You still can't really tell if I wear a loose shirt, but for people that know me, the bump is definitely there! I can't button up any of my size 2 jeans anymore, so I have been going back and forth between the "hair tie trick" and a belly band to keep my jeans up. Luckily, I have jeans in all sizes since I had to buy some every few months after having Eli, so I have a few options leading up to my actual maternity jeans. Check out the first sighting of the bump below:

Have you talked with Eli about the baby?
Since we found out, we have been mentioning the pregnancy here and there to Eli. Since he is still only just 2, he doesn't fully understand what exactly all of this means for us, but he does know that there is a baby in Mommy's tummy. He likes to kiss the "baby" goodnight at bedtime and knows that the ultrasound pictures are of the baby, even though he used to say "Eli" whenever we showed them to him. He has been pretty good with the babies in our family and I think it will be a huge adjustment, but that Eli will be a great big brother. Join us in praying for our transition and that we are able to properly show our love and devotion to Eli, especially in those early days with the newborn in the spring.

When/how did you find out you were pregnant?
I had a few days where I was dog tired and wasn't feeling well at all. I was still a week or so out from my expected period, so I just figured I was just feeling a little "off" for whatever reason. I took a test just because and it developed with the faintest of pink lines you ever did see. So, naturally, I rushed into Jacob and woke him up with the sentence that every man dreams of being woken up with: "Honey, I think I might be pregnant," to which he responded, "Already?!." Ha! Since the test I used the first time was generic brand, we ran out to get some "fancy" tests that claimed to have a bit more of an early detection ability. When I took that test, the lines were bright pink and it was clear that I  was in fact pregnant! We found out when I was about 3 weeks along (SO early, I know) on July 4th. We decided to wait for a while to share the good news with everyone, but it was fun to have a "little secret" just between Jacob and I for a few weeks.

Do you guys have any names picked out?
Yes, we do! We have shared them with close friends and family, but I won't be sharing them with social media or the blog for a while! Sorry, you guys! You'll just have to ride it out! :) As a little hint, if we have a boy, the initials will be ELN and if we have a girl the initials will be SRN. Feel free to leave a few guesses in the comments--they will make me smile.

Upcoming things:

+ We have an appointment tomorrow (Sept. 2) where we will be testing for Downs Syndrome. We chose to do this testing (just as we did with Eli) for our own knowledge. The outcome won't change anything about our love for this child and I would love for you to join us in praying that we would get good results and that our little bean is healthy. The best part of this appointment will be getting to see our baby on a little screen again!!

+ We will have our anatomy scan in mid-October! We are really excited to find out if we will be having another little boy or a beautiful little girl!

For those of you that are interested, you can read Eli's birth story here. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask them in the comments! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Family of four

I have been keeping a BIG secret from all of you and I think it's about time I shared!

We will be adding another little peanut to our bunch in March 2015! We are absolutely thrilled and can't wait to meet this little one and have him or her join our little family!

Be sure to come back on Monday for all of the details! :)

*All of the photos above were captured by the amazing Grace and Vine Studios