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That’s right!!

Paxton is going to be a big brother!!!

His baby brother or sister is due to arrive December 31st!

After a week of extreme tiredness and a bit of nausea I thought it was possible that I was pregnant. I took my first test on May 4 and we had a ‘faint’ positive! John David wasn’t fully convinced and neither was I! We decided to test again on May 7 and had another positive. I celebrated my second Mother’s Day as a mama to 2 (although the only people who knew were John David and me and we were in disbelief!!)

I had about 6 weeks of nausea and food aversions but have not been sick like I was with Paxton. With him, I was sick from week 6 to 12! I am now 12 weeks 2 days and am starting to feel normal (I finally meal planned this week!)

Being pregnant, dealing with nausea, tiredness and an extremely active toddler is one of the reasons posts have been few and far between here.

We’re thrilled to be adding to our family! We had an ultrasound last Thursday and our new baby looks healthy! We were surprised to see how much of a baby he/she looks like, we weren’t quite 8 weeks when we had our first ultrasound with Paxton and he looked like a little bean!

Now, the big decision ahead of us is do we want to find out the gender! Since Paxton was born, I said I want to wait until the birth to find out with our next one but now that we have one on the way I’m starting to think I want to know! John David wants to know! We will have the next ultrasound around week 18 or 20 which means we have only 6-8 weeks to decide if we want to find out!

If you want to follow along with weekly pregnancy updates, I’ll be sharing those on our family blog, The Simple Life of the Boreings!

The Importance of Mommy Mentors

As a new mom, relationships with more experienced moms is crucial. Whether they have 20 years of mothering or just one, they have experience that a new mama just doesn’t have.

Most new moms look to their mothers for guidance, advice and help with everyday things. When you live hours from your mom, mother-in-law or grandmothers, it is important to be connected to women in your church, neighborhood or at work who can serve as a mentor to you and be there for you.

My husband is in ministry and throughout our marriage, we’ve lived away from our families. Thankfully, we have been blessed with close friends who are like family in our churches.

Continue reading at Amy’s Finer Things where I’m guest posting as part of the Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me? series.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy is amazing, beautiful and miraculous.

It’s been over 6 months since my son was born. I still look at him and at my body and I am in awe of God and His creation.

I look at pictures taken over the course of the past year and I am simply amazed at what  my body did, how it grew and allowed my son to grow and thrive.

Those first weeks and months of pregnancy there is no visible evidence whatsoever of the growing baby. Then your belly begins to grow and you finally begin feeling a tiny person move. At first there are tiny little flutters. Then there are hard kicks and hiccups.

5 weeks pregnant

The day before delivering

6 months postpartum

Some days I still feel like I should be pregnant and feel him moving. I lay down at night and think I feel a baby kicking.

Other times, I forget that I ever was pregnant and what it feels like to be pregnant- and that scares me, I never want to forget that miraculous feeling!

I’m mostly in awe at my body. I nourished this child for 9 months within my body and then exclusively for the first 6 months of his life and my body continues to nourish his and allow him to grow.

There are still visible marks of pregnancy, I have stretch marks on my lower abdomen and the linea nigra (the black line on my abdomen) remains, although it has faded. They are reminders to me of the beauty of my body- nourishing and growing a new person for the past 15 months- and the beauty and intricacy of God’s creation!

One Year Later

September 8, 2009

September 8, 2010

It’s amazing how he’s grown from a little bitty “bean” to a (nearly) 17 pound baby boy in just one year!

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