We are PREGNANT!!!
WHEW—finally telling the world (coupled with, of course, my growing baby bump) makes those words feel so real! I’m going to be somebody’s mommy in a few short months!
We enjoyed the first half of this pregnancy with this “secret” close to our hearts, only telling close friends and family members. Some combination of fear that I might miscarry, persistent “morning sickness” (more on this in future posts…), and just feeling not quite like myself made telling other people really unappealing. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a mother but my emotions have been all over the place since I found out about our little Vanilla Bean. I had to get adjusted to what was going on before I could invite too many people in.
Before I dive into too many other details, I want to acknowledge any women or families who have lost a child, are hoping to become parents, or have conflicting feelings whenever they see Oh-So-Happy pregnancy announcements on social media. I truly pray that what I share about my experiences and journey to motherhood doesn’t come off as insensitive, hurtful, or ungrateful. This season of my life has, by far, been the toughest I’ve ever walked through, but I fully acknowledge that this baby—this new life—is a tremendous blessing.
When we officially opened the door to conceiving, D and I prayed for discernment and peace on this journey. We didn’t know what our fertility, as a couple, would look like, how long we’d be on the road to conceiving, or what we’d have to do to one day hold a baby in our arms. But we knew we’d need God’s guidance regardless of what He had planned for us. It worked out that we got pregnant quickly…and then a whirlwind of opportunities and change swept us up.
After we learned we were expecting:
- D received an incredible scholarship opportunity at a top business school across the country.
- I got a long-awaited promotion at work and simultaneously took a role with a new team.
- We planned and executed a quick move from Dallas, TX to the DC area in a few short weeks.
These last few months have been insane, but we couldn’t be more grateful for the adventure.
I can’t wait to share more about this journey with you! It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions already, but one thing is for certain—this baby is already so deeply loved and cherished.
Please continue to pray for our family and OUR BABY (brb, gushing again)! We’re due in mid-November and the weeks separating us and full-time parenthood are winding down!!!
Photographer: Nikayla Scott