Baby #2: The Details

7.10.2013

So, now that you know our big secret, you also know what I've been MIA quite a bit. It's so hard to have something SO BIG going on and to not be able to talk about it. Thank you all for your sweet congratulations.  I could NOT wait so share our news here and it has been absolute torture to wait!

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! :)

We also told Emerson the same day we told our families. She seemed excited but I honestly don't think she really got it at first. Since then she has become increasingly aware over the last two months. If I ask her what mommy has in her tummy she will say "a baby" and she loves to lift up my shirt and kiss the baby. When we ask her what she wants she always says "a sister." As far as a name, she at first told us Leah (I have no idea where she got that) but she has since changed it to Pia!  It cracks me up every time. We most certainly will NOT be naming our baby Pia. :)

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!




Jessica @ Better Together and Forever said...

Yay for baby updates! I am so so excited for you guys! :) Congratulations again!!

J and A said...

You know this already - but I am SO SO thrilled for you!!! I cannot wait to follow along and I REALLY hope Jesse will make it home in time for you!!

April said...

So excited for your family! I know how hard it is to keep that kind of secret and you did really well. Sounds like everything happened in God's perfect timing and I will be praying for you to have a healthy pregnancy. Looking forward to more updates.

Hollie said...

Congrats!! So excited for you and your sweet family.

Jenna said...

So stinkin happy for you, friend!!!!

Kathryn said...

Congrats!!!!

Natalie said...

Bore us to death?? Not a chance!! Baby posts are so much fun :) Praying for you as you take on this tremendous task of doing this pregnancy without your sweetie!

Callie Nicole said...

Yay, I just saw this and I'm so excited for you! Congratulations, can't wait to read all the bump updates!

Jen said...

Huge congrats again! Will be praying for you guys. Know how it is to plan around deployments. We are expecting our first this October and he will deploy next June.

Anna & Kirby said...

Yay! So exciting!! Our prayers are with you and your family.

Joeylee said...

I'm so happy for you guys. I hope that Jesse is able to make it back in time for the birth. Emerson will be a great big sister!

Michelle said...

How exciting!! I will be praying Jesse will be home before the birth.

Rachel and John said...

eeek I'm so excited for you! Do you know how long he is deployed for? Will you stay in your current house while he is gone or go back to your parents?

the workaholic momma said...

SO exciting!!!! I bet Emerson will just be the best big sister;) I'm looking forward to all of your bump updates about baby #2 and praying that Jesse will be able to make it back in time for the birth!!!

Natalie said...

I am so excited for you guys and will pray that Jesse will get to be there! YAY for babies!

Rebekah said...

I am so excited to keep up with your baby updates! God's plan is so perfect and I'll be praying he makes it for the birth BUT you're right, him missing it doesn't seem as bad as him deploying right after. I love Emerson's shirt!

ajs {of MN} said...

i am just SO excited for you! i have another MN bloggy friend with an adorable 2 year old girl and she JUST announced today that she is also due in Jan! :) You should check her out if you haven't already

http://thatcherandmelissa.blogspot.com/

allie-mac-fallie said...

I just love how God works!! It is amazing what can happen when we hand over our worries and cares to him! Praying for a blissful pregnancy and praying that your sweet hubby will be able to make it home in time. Can't wait to see all of your updates! :)

Lyndsey said...

Can't wait for those cute bump dates! Emerson's little outfit is just precious too! I hope Jesse can make it back in time, but at least your family is close enough to come out! When will you know how that's going to turn out?

Katie said...

This is so exciting! Thanks for sharing the details and I can't wait to follow along with bump dates! You will for sure be in my prayers!

Leeann said...

I'm so happy for you guys! I'm looking forward to following your journey from across the country! :) ahhh technology.

Sarah said...

So excited for you!!! Congrats!

Mandy said...

It's so funny b/c I already know all of the details of this story from day 1, but I still wanted to read it again!! :) Yay for bump and baby updates!!! Those are the most fun!!! Praying for you guys that while Jesse is gone the pregnancy will be uneventful and really praying that Jesse makes it for the birth of this sweet baby!

Megan said...

Congrats to your family! Can't wait to follow along on this new adventure :-)

Samantha said...

I've been a follower of your blog for a while now and I'm so excited for you and your family! Congratulations!!

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