It's that time of year again! Time to celebrate the holidays - our families, friends, and neighbors. The magic of Santa and his reindeer-driven sleigh, the love of God and His son, Jesus. Whatever your creed or traditions, most of us celebrate with gifts - which you may be wrapping or unwrapping as we speak.
We decided to keep it rather simple this year. Starting up my business has been expensive, and things around the house needed fixing. We're opting instead to celebrate those gifts we're blessed enough to already have. The newest among them being the little kiddo wiggling inside me right now.
Daniel and I have always dreamed of having a big family, and having children young. We are so blessed to be in a position to make that dream come true. So when I realized the "baby" was disappearing from my now 16-month-old, I knew it was time for another.
But this pregnancy has been different. It hasn't been all-consuming like the first pregnancy was. In fact, it's been pretty unremarkable. Chasing after a toddler has left us no time to enthuse and anticipate a second child. If not for the pantry door swinging into my growing bump, I might forget about #2 all together.
Not surprisingly, this has inspired a lot of guilt. Do I love him or her less? Do all subsequent pregnancies feel this way?
When it came to learning the gender, I knew I couldn't find out in a sterile ultrasound tech's exam room. This was my chance to really celebrate and get excited for this little blessing. So we tucked the answer in an envelope and brainstormed ways to truly celebrate our brewing babe.
It took us several days, a few pinterest searches, and a willing friend to put it all together. Here's what we came up with:
I'm so glad we opted to find out this way. It really gave us an opportunity to share the experience with Kaelyn (even if she's too young to have a clue), and take time to really celebrate our little man.
Baby E, we cannot wait to meet you in the Spring! In the meantime, I'll be bonding with you over every kick, every nursery project, and every late-night oreo fix. ;)
Merry Christmas, everyone!