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How We Told Our Families We Were Pregnant

We got my pregnancy confirmed at the end of April by the doctor at 6 weeks (I wasn’t as far along as they thought at the time of my appointment), so once a medical doctor confirmed it was really true, we decided to tell our families. It was so hard keeping that a secret before then!

With Mother’s Day coming up in May, I decided we should give our moms an early Mother’s Day gift. As a publicist at Tyndale, I worked on a book called My Grandma and Me by Crystal Bowman, which released last September. When the book came out, I bought some extra copies because I knew whenever we got pregnant, it would be the perfect way to announce our pregnancy.

Me with my mother-in-law

Me with my mother-in-law

So I wrapped the book up in a bag and we told each of our families separately by giving our moms their early Mother’s Day gift. We told my family first and my mom didn’t get the hint right away. She jokingly calls our dog, Chloe, her grandpug so my mom (and even my sister) thought we gave her the book as a joke because of that. Then I said, “You’re going to need this at the end of the year.” Of course then they were all excited. 🙂

We told Gerald’s parents the next day and his mom knew right away what the book meant when she opened it. This is the first grandchild for both of our families so everyone is really excited and I’m pretty sure our child is going to be spoiled.

I hope our moms do use My Grandma and Me with their new grandchild whenever they babysit! It’s a great little devotional book meant for grandmothers to use with their young grandchildren.

So if you’re looking for a cute way to announce your pregnancy to your family, consider picking up a copy of My Grandma and Me and giving it to your mom/MIL. It also just makes a great gift for grandmothers in general.

I’m also looking forward to being able to use my own new devotional with Baby this winter with My Mama and Mewritten by Crystal Bowman and her daughter Teri McKinley. It will be out this September. {For full disclosure, I’m also doing publicity for this book, but I’m also just really excited to get and use all these great kids books! A perk of working for a publisher.}

Let me know if you have any non-Tyndale children’s book suggestions as I start to build my baby library!

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A Special Father’s Day

It’s been a while since I posted on here, but life has been a little crazy in dealing with some really tough personal stuff, unexpected condo fires (not ours, but our neighbor) and by some exciting changes. I’m not going to go into the hard things now (maybe I will years down the road), but I’ll just say that I have not had to depend on God more for strength and grace. It’s not easy, but He is walking us through it and bringing us now into a new chapter of life. This brings me to our special Father’s Day announcement:

We're having a baby!

We’re having a baby!

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Chloe’s going to be a big sister!

We’re excited that God is blessing us with this new life and it’s also a reminder to us that He can bring beauty from what is broken. I just went to the doctor this morning and everything looks good! Gerald finally got to go to an appointment with me and hear the baby’s heartbeat. He actually recorded the audio. 🙂 I thought I was at 14 weeks, but the doctor said I was at 15, so I guess we’ll go with that. The second trimester is underway!

I’ve been blessed to not have any morning sickness at all up to this point. My mom never had it either and her mom didn’t, so I hope I continue to take after my mom. Yes, I’ve still been trying to run during my pregnancy. It was easier in the beginning until I started getting really tired and had less energy. My pace has definitely slowed down (it was anyway during the winter) and whenever I run now I just try to take it easy and listen to my body. Lately I’ve been walking more, but hopefully after the baby is born I can go on more runs with the jogging stroller and get my running fitness back.

A few other updates–I retired from my role as a youth counselor at church. It’s bittersweet because I enjoyed spending time with the kids, but I was also getting a little burned out after doing youth ministry for six years and I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it anyway if I had a baby. Gerald and I also need more time together so my Friday nights are now designated as date nights or just for us to spend time with one another (especially important before and even after baby comes). While serving in youth group is great, focusing on my marriage is more of a priority. We hadn’t been seeing much of each other during the weeks and so this time is important for us.

Hopefully I’ll be updating more frequently from now on, but we’ll see how that goes!

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