For those of you that are wondering, here are the details of how our sweet baby came to be:
Remember this post back in March when I shared that Jesse would be deploying unexpectedly? Well, before that bombshell was dropped on us we had been casually discussing plans for baby #2. Although I had had baby fever for quite some time, I ideally wanted our kiddos to be about three years apart. When we found out about the deployment I knew that our timeline had to be thrown out the window.
I was really at a loss as to what to do. I knew if we tried before the deployment, there would be a possibility that Jesse wouldn't make it back for the birth. At the same time, I couldn't imagine waiting a whole year before trying for another baby. Throughout the whole month I went back and forth as to what I wanted to do. Jesse is pretty go with the flow so he pretty much left it up to me.
On the day that I was supposed to start my new pack of pills, I decided we should throw caution to the wind and hand it over to God. I had already been praying about it but I didn't feel that I had really been given a clear answer. So from that day on I prayed for God to bless us with a baby when He felt the time was right.
It took us 3 months to conceive Emerson, so I was just sure that we were looking at an even longer time frame with the second. Even though I was trying my best not to get my hopes up, I really wanted it to happen before Jesse deployed. I think the waiting game can be a little stressful each month, but it's even more so when you know that you are on a limited timeline.
From the time I went off the pill I kept telling myself that I would not be upset if it didn't happen. I think I had really mentally prepared myself for it not to happen. And I told myself that God has a reason for everything.
Then, lo and behold, after less than 2 months I was absolutely shocked to see that second line appearing right before my eyes. I honestly couldn't believe it. The fact that it was the day before Mother's Day was just icing on the cake.
I was too excited to do anything cute to tell Jesse so I just left the test out on the bathroom counter for him to see when he got up. Super original, right?
We told our families a few days later. I had hoped to do it in person but I am not a patient person and I just couldn't wait. We put Emerson in her big sister shirt and called everyone up on Skype. It was so much fun when they finally realized what her shirt said. I wish I would have gotten it on video! :)
For the next 4 weeks, I prayed and prayed for our baby to grow! I think those weeks between finding out and your first ultrasound are torturous.
I was pretty sick and had quite a few other symptoms but I don't think anything can give you reassurance like seeing that little flickering heartbeat on the screen. I finally saw it at my first appointment, when I was 7 weeks 5 days.
I am currently 12 weeks with a due date of January 22, 2014. For those of you wondering, we are not sure if Jesse will be home in time for the birth. At this point, it doesn't look like it but there is always a possibility that it could change. We are definitely praying that it does, but we are also prepared in case it doesn't. I hate the idea that Jesse will miss yet another birth but I think it's better than him deploying right after the baby is born.
Either way, we appreciate your prayers during this time. It will definitely be a challenge being pregnant and a single parent to a very busy two year old but I have no doubt that it will all be worth it!
Now that you know the story, be prepared for a few bump updates and pictures. I've been keeping them in draft for a while now, so it's time to play catch up. I hope I don't bore you all to death with all things baby for the next week or so!