Chris and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting our first child! It’s crazy to think how quickly everything changes. My body has taken on a whole new life (literally) and Chris has been quickly adapting to all the new demands of being a husband and a daddy-to-be!
The craziest thing about early pregnancy is that you’re somehow supposed to keep quiet about the most exciting adventure that is quickly overtaking your lives! But we’ve finally made it to the 3 month mark and it’s so wonderful to let people in on our special secret!
Some highlights from the last three months:
– Found out that I was pregnant mid-March. Jumped for joy when I saw two little pink lines appear and then spent the next few hours sitting silently and stunned on my living room couch. Chris was away on a business trip that week so I arrived at church to secretly share the good news with a close friend of ours who hugged me and cried with me over this exciting new beginning! Chris and I made plans to skype later that day. He was sitting on the top of our favourite mountain-top, overlooking my hometown while I told him and we both spotted a golden eagle soaring overhead at the same time! *amazing God-moment*
-Nausea quickly caught up to me and all those pesky first-trimester symptoms but I consider myself incredibly lucky to have fared the first three months so well.
-We had our first ultrasound and got to hear the baby’s heartbeat at 6 weeks and truly, it is such an incredible sound. Our due dates got changed from November 23 to December 3, 2014 at this appointment. So we’ll see when this little one decides to make his/her arrival! We have our next ultrasound appointment schedule for July and we’ll get to find out the gender then….stay tuned.
-Everyday I’m craving fresh fruit, Eggos with maple syrup, mashed potatoes with gravy, Sour Patch Kids and Booster Juice. Pho also got me through the rough days of the first trimester when my body needed the protein but didn’t want to keep anything down. These days I want Mexican food and my family’s South East Asian cuisine. Gotta introduce our baby to its roots!
-We met with and chose a Doula to work with us for the delivery. I’m really grateful that we will have the guidance of a fully trained labour coach to support us through the final stages of this journey. Chris thinks its a lot of money but I know that he’ll be grateful for our doula on the day that baby is ready to arrive!
-We told our families the big news on Easter, a day marked for new beginnings and new life! My parents and Chris’ step-mom had already guessed that something was up! Some people just know you too well to keep secrets from!
-We had our first pre-natal appointment with my doctor and our dates got changed again…December 2, 2014. It’s great to know that everything is on track and both baby and I are doing so well. Baby isn’t even here yet and already I’ve learned how much worrying is a part of parenting! I’m so grateful that everything has been so smooth!
-Got into our first choice of Midwives. I’m looking forward to our first appointment coming up in the next few weeks! I feel so relieved to know that our pre-natal care and delivery will have a great team of midwives looking out for us. So far our plan is to do this as naturally as possible! That’s the plan, at least!
The biggest thing that I’ve been learning through this whole process so far is just to trust my body and enjoy the miracle that Chris and I get to work together with God to create a new life and bring this child into the world.
I’m truly in awe.