Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Man Plans, God Laughs

Wow! I can't thank you enough for all the fabulous feedback after we shared our big news! We're so incredibly thankful for all of the amazing people in our lives and can't thank you enough for your positive reactions and kind words. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing in our excitement!  And now a little back-story...

"If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans." That's pretty much been the theme of this pregnancy so far. Perhaps it's God's way of preparing me to let go of my need to always have a plan...because I've heard that life with littles doesn't always go as planned!

December 20, 2014. I found out I was pregnant on December 20, 2014. I was sooooooo tired and just certain that I was going to puke at any moment, so I randomly decided to take a pregnancy test.  

Positive.

Being well-aware that false positives are incredibly rare, I waited 30 whole minutes and took another test. {Because a lot can change in half an hour!}

Positive.

We'd been talking about this.  We wanted this. Why was I so shocked?!!?

I decided I better take a nap to fully absorb this information. Yeah right, there was no way I was falling asleep. So, I did the next most logical thing: went straight to Barnes & Noble. {Keep in mind this was the Saturday before Christmas. Worst.Idea.Ever.} I fought the crazy crowds long enough to find a "Dad-to-be" book to give to Ryan to tell him the exciting news.

I went straight home, wrapped up the book and put it under the Christmas tree so he wouldn't suspect a thing. I planned to wait until December 22 to tell him, which would have been exactly two years from the date we got engaged. {I'm just sentimental like that.} Too bad that cute little idea didn't work out. There was no way I could keep this secret bottled up for two whole days. I think I may have shoved the gift in his face the minute he walked in the door. Man plans, God laughs.




That night as I tossed and turned in bed {once again, no way I was falling asleep with SO MUCH EXCITEMENT on my mind}, I thought to myself, "Wow...I can't believe this is all happening exactly as we planned."

{Go ahead and laugh now....it's ok.}

In my Type-A, down-to-the-minute planning head, I had imagined a September baby. Just past the birthday cutoff date so there would be no question which year to send him/her to school. Plus, I'm a September baby and look how I turned out!  :)

Fast forward to mid-January and our first OB appointment, or when we thought I was about eight weeks along. Immediately after we saw the first image of the baby and heard the sweet sound of his/her heartbeat, the sonogram lady asked the date of my last period because the date she had on file had to be wrong. Funny thing...our eight-week appointment turned out to be our 12-week appointment.

Sidenote...just a few months earlier I'd made the following statement to my BFF, Rachael: "How can you NOT know you're pregnant at four weeks? I mean, anyone who is even slightly in tune with their body should know around four weeks."  Yep...I'm definitely eating those words. Apparently this is somewhat common...or so I've learned after reading skimming several "you're gonna have a baby!" books.  Man plans, God laughs.

Being further along than we expected has been a true blessing. In case you're wondering, I'm not exactly the most patient person in the world, so the whole waiting game {and keeping this big secret from the whole world} was really hard for me. Now...my next task is to somehow survive the next two weeks until we find out the gender!


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Several years ago when my Facebook newsfeed was full of "My baby is the size of a ....." and those kinda creepy cartoon-type pictures of the baby growing in a belly {back when I was nowhere near being ready to have a baby of my own}, I swore I would never do the whole "bumpdate" thing. Wellllllll, that was before I had a blog. And I've decided that I kind of want to document this exciting time and the {scary} transformation my body is experiencing, so I'm gonna give this whole "bumpdate" thing a try...tomorrow...or sometime soon! Feel free to ignore these posts if you have no interest...I promise I won't be offended! Man plans, God laughs. 


Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21