Fun fact, this was my rehearsal dinner dress!
Ahhh I still cannot believe those words are coming out of my mouth. We are so excited! I am currently 13 weeks and our due date is close to Thanksgiving. We are beyond ecstatic to have a baby during the holidays, it will make that time even more special for us.
We found out when I was 3 weeks 4 days pregnant and ever since it’s been so hard to keep it a secret. We only told a hand full of our closest friends right away. We waited to tell our family until week 9. We wanted to wait for our first appointment to make sure everything looked fine but we didn’t want to wait as long as 12 weeks to tell them. We realized that if something did happen we would want the support of our friends and family.
How We Found Out
When I run a lot my period gets a little off, so my period being late or early is really no big deal at all. I had all my period symptoms and no period, but this time I promise I knew that I was pregnant. I just knew it! So on day 3 of my period being late I woke up early on Sunday while Raymond was still sleeping because I had to work a little bit before Church. I took a test and put it on the bathroom counter and the first line immediately popped up, so I thought that was that. But slowly, I saw a faint second line pop up and my eyes widened. I immediately took two more tests and they all had two lines! I looked at myself in the mirror like trying to soak up what I was feeling as tears filled my eyes. This was the moment I had dreamed of and it was happening right now!!
I woke up Raymond and said, ” Ok, don’t get too excited but I think I’m pregnant can you go to Walgreens and get some tests that just say “yes” or “no” because these are cheap ones from the dollar store and I’m just not 100% sure”. LOL. Imagine being woken up to that mouth full. His first reaction was, “You took a test without me!” whoops. So he drove to Walgreens and I took two more tests and they both said YES! 5 positive tests later, we were indeed expecting. We hugged and cried and stood silent in shock and it was perfect.
Will We Find Out the Gender
The short answer is yes! We are waiting on the blood work to come back and we’ll have a little get together with our church and do a gender reveal.
Were We Trying
I know this is a super personal question but I want to answer it anyway. I have not been on birth control for over 4 years and we just never really felt a tug to start a family just yet. We focused on other personal and marriage goals and feel so thankful to have had 6 years of just us. It was only until late last year and early this year that we really felt it was time to start. There was just this moment of “what are we waiting for again?”. We had decided to start officially trying at the end of this summer after our missions trip to Guatemala. We really had no idea how long it would take and we got a little impatient and less cautious in February. We never expected it to be so fast and we feel incredibly blessed and grateful!
We know that fertility is a blessing and a gift and do not take that for granted. We don’t know the pain that infertility causes but can only imagine, and even then it’s probably way worse. We want you to know that we are praying for you if you are struggling. Really. We want you to have that moment that you’ve been dreaming of and be filled with joy, gratitude and anticipation. I’ve had rough morning sickness and other symptoms and when I felt like crying I remembered how many women would trade places with me in a heart beat to feel the symptoms I’m feeling. It really gave me strength to think about that.
Thank you so much for your sweet comments, messages and texts! We’ve read every single one of them and are so happy about how excited you are for us.
Raymond & Karen