Sometimes the greatest blessings in our lives are unexpected surprises.
We have an announcement.
Dum Dum Dum....
Matt and I are expecting a baby! I am due in May! Cue the honeymoon baby jokes! No, we are not naming him Bob Marley if it's a boy!
Was it planned? How did it happen?
Sort of... And the usual way...the TV in our house was out for a week, LOL! We were planning to start trying in the winter, but as my wise office mate says, if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.... I've always said, What messes us up most in life is that picture of how things are "supposed" to be. This feels right for us, we are excited about the future. Having said that, we were TOTALLY shocked when the MD confirmed the pregnancy. He said "Do you have any questions?" and the only one I could think of was, "Can I get my parking validated?!"
In the immortal words of the great Theologian Taylor Swift (Matt LOVES her..not!)
The stakes are high, the water's rough, but this love is ours.
What does Hannie think?
She isn't buying it. Her response? "Babies don't come from bellies Mom, they come from Kazakhstan..." I tried to explain that sometimes babies come from bellies but she looked horrified and said,
"WHY would you eat a baby, Mommy?!"
I think she is going to be surprised when we go to the hospital, not the airport this time around...
Have you thought about names?
Not too much. Hannah helpfully suggested Gilbert for a boy (I believe that is the name of Caillou's cat) and Sunkist for a girl. I would love to incorporate "Hope" somewhere in a girl's name, after my favorite bible quote and the first thing that popped into my head when I found out the Big News...
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you Hope and a Future."
Highs and Lows so far?
Highs -- Hearing the heartbeat on the first sonogram literally took my breath away. Lows -- Not being able to fit into my jeans already! Funniest moment -- After staring at the sonogram, I confessed to MD that I am pretty sure the fetus doesn't appear to have a head...or maybe 3 heads (it seriously looked like a weird reptile for a while).
His cheerful response,"Don't worry, if it doesn't, you will probably get our own show on TLC."
Are you nervous about delivery?
Yes and no. I have complete faith in my midwife and doctors and I will be delivering at the best hospital in the area. Plus, I know the end result will be worth it. As Galileo once said, "I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night..."
Are you worried about losing your bod?
Yes and No. I know it won't be the same, I know I won't be rockin' the bikini anymore. But in the end, I chose a beautiful life over a beautiful body.
How is this journey different from the adoptive process?
It's love redefined. And don't get me started on people commenting on us having "one of our own." BOTH my children, adopted or bio, are my own and BOTH are miracles. It's weird not having to have a homestudy or completing a dossier or anything. I mean, you need a license to drive a car or go fishing, but they are just going to hand me a baby at the hospital and let me leave with it?!
Are you excited?
We are over the moon. Babies make love stronger, the days longer, nights shorter, bank accounts smaller, homes happier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for!
If you are hands will be full....you should see our hearts!
Please say a prayer for the continued health and development of Baby Eckert :-)
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139: 13-14