We brought the girls home on Thursday, December 21st. As we walked in the door there were presents ripped to pieces all over the living room floor. Apparently Rusty couldn't wait until Christmas. He had opened 4 gifts, 1 of which was a Baby Name book that Phil had bought me. Phil frantically began cleaning it all up as names were strewn about the living room. The girls did not know we were expecting and we didn't want to take away from their homecoming.
I thought I might see the perfect name as I picked up tiny bits from all over the living room, but Gertrud or Sabra just wasn't the right fit.
All other gifts were unharmed. Good thing because one of them was my first pair of pearl earrings and necklace which makes me an official southern belle. I would have been so upset if he ate those! And as we cleaned, they just watched. No guilt whatsoever.
Today we met our baby! We saw his (because I don't like calling it an 'it') heartbeat and we even got to hear it! It was music to my ears. I went to the pregnancy clinic where I used to work to get the ultrasound. Suzanne who is the former Medical Manager at Beacon had always hoped she would one day get the chance to scan me once I got pregnant. And Wendy who is the Director of Patient Care has also been a prayer warrior throughout our journey and wouldn't miss this excitement for anything! I love those two and it was an honor to have them perform the scan today.
As Suzanne prepped me for the scan, I was still in disbelief. I wasn't nervous or anything, I was just in awe of the circumstances. I was recalling the numerous times I had been scanned with the hope of seeing a little babe. But this was it, I was about to see the miracle that had been confirmed to me by 3 at home tests and 1 at the doctor's office. It got to the point where a dear friend had to gently tell me to step away from the pregnancy tests. Hey, 8 years of taking tests-I want to see a bunch of positives for once!
There's the crown to rump measurements which told us I am 7 weeks and 1 day! Which makes my due date August 17th.
Our first family picture with the nugget!
I am so thankful for these two ladies! My shirt actually says Miracle in Progress which was an applique I had bought to put on a shirt to help me tell some people in person that we were expecting. Problem is, the 'In Progress' part is grey, just like the shirt. It looked much darker in the picture. Bummer. But I bought another one and put it on a colored shirt so I will use that for my pregnancy pics.
I don't know about you, but I had an amazing Christmas! The girls are adjusting nicely and we are so blessed to have them in our lives. The best Christmas gift was when our oldest decided to give her heart to Jesus during the invitation at our Christmas Eve service at our new home church Revolution Church. We actually signed up to serve on the Host Team for the second service so as she and I were standing in the aisle greeting and welcoming people, she looked at my with the biggest smile and said, "I've never been so happy". Then the next thing I knew, she had her hands raised high in worship! It reminded me of when I completely surrendered my life to Christ. Amazing!
As I sit on the couch all I can hear is giggling from their bedrooms, and a little bit of bickering, but that's what sisters are for, right? Oh how I wish I could share pictures from Christmas morning! So many of our dear friends and family helped make their first real Christmas so special. Thank you.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8