It wasn’t in our plans, at least not for another 2 years or so, but sometimes God has other plans and His plans are far greater than anything we could have imagined. In hindsight, it’s like everything had been falling into place, creating this wonderful environment for the baby we were about to create and we just didn’t know it yet.
We found out we were pregnant while in Italy. Coincidentally, the day we bought the pregnancy test was also the day I was pooped on by a bird. (Later, somebody told me that being pooped on by a bird means good luck.) Had I only known that then…
When we found out, I went through a wide range of emotions. You have to understand that, no, we were not trying and, yes, this was completely unexpected. To say we were caught off guard is a bit of an understatement. Considering that I am the epitome of a Type A personality- always planning, making checklists, if something isn’t on the list and it happens, I’m a bit thrown for a loop and it takes (probably a bit longer than most) some time to adjust to that change.
Well, this was a
big HUGE change and although it took us a bit by surprise we couldn’t have been happier. Like I said, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, but this is one thing that is nothing but a pure blessing.
As far as the first trimester goes, I considered myself pretty lucky. Did I get morning sickness? YES, and it was NOT fun. However, it didn’t happen everyday- more like every other day or if I was lucky every three days. And, I only had it from weeks 7-11. I know some women who experience nausea/vomiting their entire first trimester and for some unlucky women the whole 9 months. Like I said, I considered myself lucky, because once 11 weeks hit- no more morning sickness! Woohoo!
11 weeks was also a special time because that is when we not only heard our baby’s heartbeat (which that was incredible by itself) but also had our first sonogram. To see this baby, OUR BABY, which is so tiny, only 1 ½ inches, move it’s legs and arms it’s for a lack of better words…AMAZING. I remember Ryan and I looking at each other with the biggest smiles on our faces in pure astonishment, relief, joy, and happiness. This little creature was real, in my belly. Even now, at 16 weeks it’s still hard to believe that I’m pregnant. In my head, I know I am, but there are many other times that I just can’t fathom it.
We are excited beyond belief and can’t wait for Baby V’s arrival! She/he is officially due February 18th and we find out the gender in the next couple of weeks. I hope you’ll join us on this completely new chapter we are about to start. Any advice/words of wisdom you would like to impart is always welcome. Stay tuned for more updates on Baby V and everything that’s going on in our lives!