The newest little love of my life...
Baby #3 is on the way!!
Everytime I see this little picture my heart smiles. =) I am 11 weeks pregnant and due on February 18... my PawPaw's birthday. Family and close friends already know our news so we figured it was time to share with everybody else too. I won't be able to hide it much longer anyway. Baby Selph is growing and making him/herself known.
Here's a bit of the back story and details...
We've known from day one that we really wanted 3 kids. I come from a huge extended family and just love big families and having lots of cousins and aunts and uncles, so having 3.. for us... is perfect. I once heard a family of 5 described as a big, small family, and I agree. I love knowing my kids will always have each other. A sibling is a precious gift and I'm thankful all my babies will have double the blessing.
Terrell and I really fell in love with the age difference between Garrison and Austin (almost 2 years 7 months) because Garrison was potty trained, done with the paci, sleeping in a big boy bed, and past all the major milestones before Austin arrived. Sooo, when planning for baby #3 we always thought Spring 2014 would be perfect timing. Austin turns 2 and a half on March 3rd so the Spring would work out great. We were really hoping for May. That way all of our kiddos' birthdays would be spaced out nicely, plus the only thing our family has going on in May is Mother's Day. In other words, a great month and time to have a baby.
Except God had other plans. And His plans win out every time.
The Friday before Father's Day I was borderline "late". So the possibility started to creep into the back of my mind. And then it started to sort of drive me crazy. But at the same time I kept reminding myself there was a slight chance it was impossible. I know that sounds sort of crazy but you'll just have to take my word for it.
By Saturday I was really, reeeally wanting to know for sure one way or the other so it wouldn't keep driving me crazy. So after eating lunch with Terrell's family on Saturday (June 15th), Terrell dropped me by CVS on our way home. I took the test as soon as we got home and 2 lines appeared immediately. Wow.
I smiled, I hugged Terrell, I cried (tears of joy and shock), and I tried to process the fact that somehow, someway we were expecting baby #3... a few months sooner than we'd "planned". Terrell was amazing with the news. Completely calm and happy. I was the one who was super nervous. Ha!
I've worried just a teensy bit about Garrison and this baby having birthdays so close together. I feel a little guilty that they'll both have to sort of share their birthday time with each other. I also feel guilty that most of the month of February will be dedicated to 2 out of 3 of our children. At least Austin will have his whole "birthday time" all to himself and he won't have to share with anybody.
Every time these guilty thoughts creep in, I just remind myself that this is God's doing. This is part of His plan. There is a reason for the timing of this baby's arrival. And we are filled with joy over this blessing.
So far I've been feeling pretty good. (I'm starting my every- other-week updates next week when I'm 12 weeks) I do feel queasy every single day at some point but usually eating a little snack makes it go away. The only thing I'm really struggling with is the fact that I am beyond tired/exhausted/fatigued all. the. time. I do not remember being this worn out, sleepy, sluggish, and give out with the first 2. I'm not sure if it's because of the first two, or if it's just my body dealing with the 3rd preganancy... whatever it is is wearing me out though. I am ready to welcome the 2nd trimester with open arms.
Garrison is excited about the news (I'll share more about his reaction and thoughts on the baby soon), and Austin is sort of oblivious. He repeats the things Garrison says about the baby but doesn't seem to really get it yet. I'm praying they adjust wonderfully to our newest family member come February. In the meantime we're going to soak up life as a family of four and slowly but surely prepare our home for baby Selph.