Sunday, April 4, 2010

Growing

Sometime in the last couple of months half a pound of ground beef in our favorite recipes stopped being enough to feed our whole family. We are outgrowing our barbeque grill. With Max's arrival a year and a half ago, we outgrew our sedan and moved into minivan. A year ago we bought a new house, and we seem determined to grow into it, as well, at the rate we have bought furniture and miscellaneous stuff we've wanted and talked about for months or years and now have room for and indulge in. I think I'm almost ready to graduate to a free-standing grill for cooking pancakes instead of my little on-the-stove version. Our family is growing, and it's not stopping with how much we eat, how much space we occupy, or what we drive. Oh, no, it is only fitting that God send us someone else to occupy the empty seat in the van . . .

That's right, we are HAVING A BABY!! 
 
If you've wondered why I'm grouchy (I'm so sorry if you've been on the receiving end), or slow about getting back with you (again, so sorry!), or not posting as much about food, it's because someone played a trick on me, making me so sick in the middle of my dinner challenge I thought I was going to have to give up.  After a week of struggling to cook and eat everything, I finally got an idea of what could be causing it and took a pregnancy test.  And then took another because despite how I felt and what I was looking at I couldn't believe it.  And then I showed Adam, and he went and bought me a fancy digital test and I took another one, because we both were still in shock.  It wasn't until I saw a little fetus-shaped blob on the ultrasound and heard that whoosh-whoosh of a baby heartbeat that I realized it was no flu and I would have to starting thinking baby.  Four weeks later, I'm coming around.  (But the morning sickness is still only mildly tolerable, officially making this the worst first trimester of the four.) 
 
Here are the stats: I am 12 weeks and 5 days, due October 12, 2010.  The big kids are excited, both hoping for a girl (Max is still oblivious).  I am also hoping for a girl, and while Adam would love another boy, he realizes the logistics would be better with a girl (for the sharing of rooms down the road--Katie doesn't have a room buddy yet).  We announced to most of the family Friday at our annual Easter party.  For the rest of you, please don't be angry that I'm not calling everyone individually, I really do love you.  I'm just so tired . . .

18 comments:

Zachary and Allyson said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting!

Colleen said...

WOW! What a suprise! Congratulations! :) how nice to find out your pregnant 12 weeks along. Well, I hope you start feeling better soon and that this pregnancy goes well.

Becky said...

That is exciting! And the adventure continues ...

Colleen said...

Oh, I meant to tell you about how I was just thinking about that year I made the Easter basket cake and brought it to your party when you announced you were pregnant with Katie! How funny that you did that again this year!

Suzy said...

Congratulations Rachel and Adam. I hope you have a very happy and heathy pregnancy.

kimberly/tippytoes said...

Congratulations Rachel!

Stephanie said...

Congrats! What fun news! Hope you are feeling better soon!

Molly said...

That's great news!

Jake and Stephanie Perrin said...

CONGRATS!! That is so exciting! Your due on my Birthday :) Hope you feel better soon!! Super exciting and to tell you #4 has not been to hard :)

LeAnn said...

Congratulations, Rachel! It took me three months of not feeling well to finally take a test. What a surprise to find out that our little baby needed to come to our family at that very time.

I hope you get to feeling better soon!!!

Kathryn said...

Congratulations!!!

Natalee and Randy said...

Congratulations! We are due only 5 days apart! A girl would be fun for you!!!

Cameron and Nonie said...

Congratulations! Four is a whole new adventure, but I'm lovin' it so far. Hope you get feeling better, and soon, and I hope you can find some energy. Best of luck with everything.

Crafty P said...

Ack!!!! Congrats! I'm the last to know I'm sure - October is a lovely time to have a baby! Praying for a healthy pregnancy for you!

Kel said...

Congrats, Rach!

Shelli said...

From Keirra:
"You should name the baby RUBY so it would be Max and Ruby."

From Kaden: "Only if it's a girl."

From Keirra: "It's a girl, right mom?"

From Shelli: We are excited for you! But I would love it if it's a girl- I haven't wanted to get rid of Kamry's baby clothes and we have some cute things.

I love the baby tracker widget on your sidebar. I've never seen that one before!

And by the way- we'll love it if you have a boy too!

Ashlie said...

Congrats! That's only 4 days after our is supposed to come. Busy month.

Jen, Gabe and kiddos said...

I can't believe you didn't know until 12 weeks! With my 2nd, I swear I was showing at 1 week--can't imagine what I would look like with my 4th! =) You are lucky, lucky! So excited for you guys, too.