"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
It has been a couple of months since I have posted, but what joyful news we have to share. God created new life within my womb 12 weeks ago now. I was obviously cautious with completely blaring the news to the public. There are quite a few of you that already know and we have had 3 healthy sneak peeks at our little one now. As Kate said to me today, "Mommy, it's hard keeping a secret."
Many of you grieved with us in the valley of death with our last baby, but in sharing our news we want to give you the opportunity to celebrate & praise the Lord with us in the new life He has created. I am certainly glad to be out of that trial, but will forever be changed by the changes that God has done in my heart & know that His love & compassion was behind it all.
God has not only given us the blessing of new life, but I get to walk through pregnancy with my little sister. We are due two weeks apart. We have both had pretty bad all day nausea so we've spent a lot of time entertaining our other kids and being miserable together. It helps to share the misery with someone! This time around, my nausea has been worse with dry heaving & some throwing up here & there. Please don't take that as a complaint, but I'm definitely looking forward to the blissful 2nd trimester. I usually start to perk up around 16 weeks so only about another month.
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, the OB put me on progesterone & aspirin. I'm not sure if that actually helped me, but it was done as a precaution due to my history of miscarriage. My favorite OB has been so gracious as to allow me two extra ultrasounds (6 & 8 weeks) to make sure baby is alive. That definitely has made my mental & emotional state of health much more peaceful. Every bloodwork test & ultrasound we have had so far has returned nothing but positive results!
And I absolutely cannot leave this important part out...my servant-hearted husband. Because I have been sicker than I usually am, he has taken on some of the household chores (mowing the lawn, which I actually enjoy doing) in addition to his normal chores. He has graciously overlooked the pile of dirty dishes & piles of laundry. He has cooked most of our meals. He actually recently changed jobs within Verizon and that has allowed him to be home almost every afternoon. Little did we know how much we would need him around. I have told him this several times, but I am incredibly thankful for how he works hard in the hot sun all day long and then has come home to take extra care of our home & family. I know that he is definitely looking forward to me feeling better soon.
Once again, for those of you that have prayed us through the last 11 months...THANK YOU!!! Our prayer is that our joy may now be yours, too!