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28 July 2017

About the Baby

If  you're wondering "What baby?"

It's this one:


Due beginning of March 2018

On June 24, we bought a pregnancy test while we were out doing errands. When I say "we," I really mean "Angel," because in this family there is one person who always purchases anything awkward. It's him.

Angel dropped me off at home but had another errand to do. He knew I'd most likely take the test while he was gone because patience isn't really something I do.

When the test flashed "Pregnant" I fell to my knees, crying, praying, and thanking God. And then I lay on the bed in a sort of state of frozen shock until I heard Angel come in the house and I turned on the camera, which is conveniently stored in my dresser.

 A few minutes after Angel found out.
Obviously nothing to see at 4 weeks...

None of my family was in town at the time. But after getting over the initial shock and tears Angel simply had to tell somebody right away, so he got his parents on Skype in spite of the fact that it was pretty late at night, and then Skyped his brother and sister-in-law.

We toyed with the idea of waiting till Mom and my sisters came home two weeks later and greeting her at the airport with the news...but didn't end up doing that. Instead, we waited till my dad came home about 6 days later to tell him in person, and then skyped my mom and sisters the next day since we were pretty sure Dad couldn't keep a secret from Mom, and then I texted a photo of the onesie along with the line, "Hey, look, I got something cute in America!" to my other sister and my cousin/sister. Mom said she'd tell all the grandparents and aunts and uncles.


I thought that the onesie announcement was really obvious but apparently it wasn't because most of the people seemed to respond with, "Oh, that's cute!" and just accept that we would buy a Calvin College onesie randomly for no specific reason. Which, in all honesty, is what we did. I've always loved wearing Calvin t-shirts and while we were in town we decided that, in faith, we'd buy some Calvin gear for our future baby. We didn't buy newborn size because they grow out of those too quickly, so I picked one sized at 6 months. Even in a "faith" purchase, my practical streak sticks out.

The weeks since have been a haze of sleeping, eating, and vomiting. And feeling so very, very happy I would dance if I had the energy. Angel says he finds life more peaceful now that his usual whirlwind of energy is to be found in bed more often than not. He's stepped it up with housework, and I'm very thankful! In a way, I tend to feel like I feel "normal" and I'm not having all that much pregnancy symptoms, but it's only when I look back and realize, oh yeah, I didn't previously sleep for hours in the middle of the day, or avoid leaving my house because I never know when I'll randomly be hit with nausea. I skipped church for the first couple weeks and on my first week back, about 5 people stopped me to ask if I was okay/what was wrong with me so clearly I'm not pulling off the "I feel totally normal" look as well as I think I am. I'm on some additional prescriptions which may be amping up the pregnancy side effects a bit, but I'm sure not complaining! I think this is so fun and I absolutely love being pregnant.

I amuse myself by making up mental lists of all the things that have made me throw up or feel like throwing up in recent weeks. Lists including: Taking a shower, my hair touching my neck, a shirt or blanket touching my neck, an open trash can lid, any food with a "mushy" texture, my neighbors cooking smelly foods, getting too hot, being too tired, being too hungry, brushing my teeth, swallowing my pills, tacos, etc. I find this all rather funny, but even more so, my family finds it extraordinarily hilarious. Particularly my baby sisters.

"Crispy" or "Crunchy" "fresh-tasting" food is my life saver--this baby mostly wants to eat green apples, oranges, cucumbers, and potato chips. Nice balanced diet, huh? Hopefully the fruits and veggies are enough to cancel out the effects of the potato chips...And you don't want to be Angel if we run out of all of those at once. I've also been really, really, really wanting Skinny Pop White Cheddar Popcorn, a delectable snack I was introduced to on my recent visit to America but of course. It doesn't exist here. My baby sister bought me a toaster for my birthday because we haven't had one in three years, and she thinks I'll want to eat a lot of toast while pregnant.

This is so fun. I am enjoying pregnancy immensely even if I have developed a strong dislike for riding in cars. I want to ban speedbumps from the world. I love talking about the baby with Angel. I'm so grateful God gave us another tiny baby to love and cherish. We know that nobody knows what the future brings and we certainly don't know what this baby's future holds--but we're already in awe that we actually got to see our baby AND the tiny heartbeat on the second ultrasound this morning. We've known about this little one for 35 days so far. 5 whole weeks of waking up with this joy. Wow. We appreciate all of you who have been praying for us and our little one so very much--thanks be to God for such a good gift!

38 comments :

  1. I am SO THRILLED for you!!! I almost cried over your Instagram announcement. I have been praying for you and this pregnancy. What a truly wonderful gift.

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  2. Oh, Rachel, that picture of you and Angel after you just found out about baby, made me tear up. You are positively GLOWING in that picture, and you both look so incredibly happy! It is totally okay not to have a super balanced diet in your first trimester--I had all these goals to eat a super clean diet, and I ended up just eating anything that baby would let me eat! Chicken and salad were the two foods that I could not stand to even think about for the first few months of pregnancy. Ha ha!Taking a shower also made me throw up. Hang in there! The second trimester is SO much better!! I am praying for you two, and this sweet little baby. Lots of love to you all from Nebraska!

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  3. I'm sick and I'm 14ish weeks now. I hate it, but I also love having a growing thriving human in me too... it's so weird to both hate throwing up and having to lie down and take care of my toddler and also be excited about a new January baby and wondering if it will be a boy or a girl and being glad I have gotten to keep him or her this long :)

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  4. This is such fantastic news and I'm so happy for you and your family! We're all thinking of you and can't wait to go on this journey (even via internet) with you and Angel :)

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  5. Oh my gosh! I am SO excited for you and Angel!! While that baby will never take the place of the one you lost, there is an immense amount of healing in a rainbow baby. I'm so sorry to hear that you've got morning sickness, but hopefully that means that the little bean is strong and healthy. (Oh, the positives of parenting!) I cannot wait to hear more, and congrats!

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  6. I am absolutely thrilled for you both! Will continue to pray for a healthy pregnancy for you and baby :)

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  7. Oh my goodness! You two are going to love being parents and that kid is so lucky! Congratulations!

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  8. Wow!!!! Congrats!!!! I am so, so happy for you guys. I'll be praying for you!!!

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  9. Congratulations! Its such a precious gift from God to have children. Thanks for sharing your journey with the internet world. God Bless you all!!

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  10. Congratulations! Take it easy and enjoy every moment.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  11. Ah, I loved reading this! SO excited for you!

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  12. Such happy news! I hope you continue to enjoy every minute of it & hold tight to every memory. It is such a special time truly.

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  13. Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you and Angel! Thanks for sharing the good news with us.

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  14. Hooray! I do love pregnancy announcements. Congratulations times a hundred, and I sincerely hope that your symptoms abate soon.

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  15. So many congrats!!! Your dad's face was PRICELESS. So happy for you!

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  16. I love your joy over all the hard things of pregnancy. I've been thinking about how much I'm enjoying not being pregnant this summer, but it's so easy to feel that way on the other side. Of course there's joy in the expectancy of new life, particularly after what you guys went through. Enjoy it! And never feel shame for eating potato chips for the baby. They're vegetables.

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  17. I've been quietly reading you for a while, but I have to say congrats. I craved crunchy stuff, too. And sour stuff. And mashed potatoes.

    Continue to revel in this crazy journey!
    Lorna x

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  18. I've been reading your blog for awhile and I know it is weird since I've never met you but I'm so happy for you!!

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  19. Yay! Congratulations! I think you should totally do a post about all the things that make you want to throw up in your first trimester. At least it's not the smell of your husband (which totally happens sometimes, trust me!) Pregnancy is so weird.

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  20. Congrats! This is so cute! Baby's clothes are so adorable. Good luck with everything <3

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  21. Aww I am so excited for you and your husband! What an exciting time in your life.

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  22. SO dang excited for you guys. :) I remember when I was pregnant with my third baby, we moved into our home, and the entire main floor was painted a grayish-beige. A very safe, neutral color, but for some reason, it nauseated me! Haha!!! I tried not to look at the walls. After I had our baby, I was totally fine with the paint color! Ha.

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  23. I just love everything about this post and that video made me tear up!

    I'm so thankful for God's blessing in your lives. It's just so incredibly neat to see Him answer prayers. I will pray for you guys and for this pregnancy. Thanks for sharing your story with us, the ups and downs.

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  24. Congratulations Rachel! I hope everything goes well for you.

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  25. Yay congratulations! Such happy news. I'll be continuing to pray for you three :) also I'm with you on the Ban The Speedbumps Committee. I'm not pregnant but I'll be representing the Bad Back Subcommittee, because some of those boneshakers I could really do without.

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  26. I am so very happy and excited for you!

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  27. Ahhhh!! I'm so, so happy for you two! I apparently completely missed the IG announcement, so I'm super happy I happened to come across your post! <3! Congratulations to you and Angel, and sending lots of good thoughts your way! I hope the morning sickness leaves you alone soon! If you haven't tried ginger tea (or ginger anything), I'd go with that! And if it's really bad, pyridoxine (vitamin B6)--10mg every 6-8 hours can sometimes help with mild to moderate nausea!

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  28. I am just so, so happy for you! :)

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  29. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Congratulations you two! xX

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  30. Tears!! Oh, how I love this! Praise God for answered prayers! Congratulations, Rachel!

    Also, there really is no exhaustion like that first trimester! I have never slept so much in my entire life, haha!

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  31. Praise the Lord and congratulations! I'm so glad to hear your wonderful news. :-)

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  32. Yayayay!!!!! Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you guys! <3

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  33. oh my goodness i love that video! i got all teary. congratulations :)

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  34. Rachel! I was just checking in and I'm thrilled for you and Angel!!! So exciting! Yay! Enjoy the ride of a lifetime! 💞

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  35. My eyes teared up at your video... how sweet!!!! Funny how things don't always go according to plan... we told our parents on Skype. Malcolm sent a picture of a paprica and of the ultrasound to his parents while we were chatting and told them to have a look at what has been growing over the summer... his mom was so proud of our paprica and how good it looked it was hard to get them to scroll to the next picture of the baby!

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