Something I’ve been waiting anxiously to tell you about…

So, I've been plotting and thinking of how to announce this little bit of news for weeks, and now that my chance is here, my creativity seems to be much more lacking than it is when I am lying awake at 3am with insomnia.

I wonder if it would help to go and get some sort of a snack. You know, a little bit of munchie inspiration. Come to think of it, nothing really sounds good right now. Kinda turns my stomach.

It would be really fun to gather y'all in my living room or around my kitchen table to tell you all about it. Then again, things aren't so clean around here right now. Not sure what kind of food I would have to offer you. Seems like my house is in a bit of a state these days. Maybe I'll pass on that idea.

Or we could have a girls night… yeah, that sounds good! We'll sit around and eat ice cream, and do each others nails and watch Little Women until the wee hours of the night (er, morning). Except I'm a bit worn out. I might fall asleep on you gals. Would that bother you too much?

Well, it's a bit boring and standard, I suppose, but maybe I should just stop trying to come up with some silly creative idea and just tell you what it is that I'm so darn grateful about right now!

Baby #3 is on the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did I surprise you?

How many of you have been putting two and two together for the past month and a half, and starting to wonder if maybe, just maybe, there's something that Stephanie isn't telling us? Maybe you're like Donielle, who guessed it the other day after a comment I left on Biblical Womanhood, mentioning how I had a "legitimate reason" for being exhausted? 

Let me tell you, I may not have surprised all of you, but this sweet little blessing sure did come as a surprise to our family! Though we are always 100% open to having more children whenever God chooses to give them, based on my PCOS and where my cycle was at, I assumed it would be many months still before it was even possible.

In fact, the morning I tested, I had just nursed Caden one last, bittersweet time and was preparing to begin a detox/cleanse that afternoon. I had this weird feeling that I just needed to do the test, just in case, and was I ever glad I did (and stunned to see those two lines appear!). I can't remember the last time I've been caught so off guard, though happily so, of course. (Lucky Caden got another month of nursing out of the deal, though my milk supply was just too low and with so many demands on my body, I just couldn't get my supply back up, so I recently and sadly weaned him at 19 mths).

Since it was such a surprise to me and since Ryan had no clue, I decided to have a little fun with telling him, since the other times he's always been there when I did the test. Here's how I told him when he came home that day for lunch:


I got Caden to give Ry a little gift box, with the positive test inside, and a little note that said "Congrats Daddy! Baby makes 5! (3 down, only 9 to go)". He loved it, and was completely, positively as shocked as I was that morning!

For those who want details, here are a few:

  • Due Date: August 5 or whenever baby feels like arriving 🙂
  • How far along I am: 12 weeks tomorrow (second trimester, here I come!)
  • Are you sick? Tired? Yes and yes, though the sickness has been gradually starting to subside this past week, and will hopefully be totally gone in the next couple of weeks. I expect the fatigue to start improving in a month or so, as it usually does for me around 16 weeks.

Did anyone happen to think my Christmas blogging break was particularly long (those were some of my worst weeks)? Or wonder why I was having guest posters? Fortunately, I am not one who gets violently ill, only frequently nauseous and quite tired, along with major bouts of indigestion and painful heartburn. Did I mention it's almost over and I get a sweet baby at the end of it? 🙂

I'm sorry it took me so long to tell you! I've been dying to tell you all since the very beginning, but with each pregnancy, I've chosen to hug my secret knowledge to myself for just a little bit longer. Loss does happen, and it's harder when everyone knows already, though we would have had the support of close friends and family whom we had already told. I also needed to be sure that I had told everyone face-to-face who deserved to be told that way, before I gushed my news all over the web. I'm sure you understand!

Thanks for letting me share our joy with you! We're just so grateful to God for this added blessing to our family (because each and every child is an absolutely precious gift from God!), and humbled that He would allow us to raise another child for His glory. Our kids are thrilled (well, Caden's starting to understand just a little and Abbie is delighted and insists that it's a girl), and we couldn't be more grateful for God's perfect timing or His goodness to us.

So there's my little piece for Gratituesday over at Heavenly Homemakers!

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  1. Congratulations! 🙂
    Yeah, I totally guessed the other day when you calmly mentioned that you hadn’t been feeling well lately. (I know how that goes!) 🙂

    Blessings to you,

  2. BIG congratulations! I was wondering if an announcement like this would be coming up soon, and SO glad it has. I’m also pregnant (22 weeks) and look forward to reading all about your pregnancy!

  3. Yeah, I figured you were pregnant when you mentioned “being under the weather” and buying a few convenience items to help you along. I also saw the comment on Biblical Womanhood and that pretty much confirmed my suspicions. I was wondering when you were going to tell us.:-)


  4. Congratulations! I’m due on August 1, and I’ve just started telling people. My blog was defunct for much of the month of December for the exact same reason!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I can’t believe your little guy is only a few weeks older than mine. I’m going to nest vicariously through you. 😉

  6. Oops, I should define “little guy” as Caden before anyone thinks I’M in the Expecting Club too. 😉

  7. I am SO happy for you! When I saw the post the other day on healthy pregnancy I wondered if I had missed an announcement. Congratulations!

  8. What a blessing! Nursing for 19 months is wonderful as well. Congratulations on that as well. Get lots of rest, eat lots of protein, you know the drill ;). What a miracle they are, huh?

  9. YEA!!! That is wonderful news. I’m so glad you’re feeling better. I finally started coming out of “the fog” around 13 weeks with this pregnancy. I feel great now. I’m looking so forward to your posts on having a healthy pregnancy! Congratulations!

  10. Huzzah! Congrats! I’m so happy for you. I get nauseated without throwing up too, and I think sometimes it’s worse… you go around feeling like you might actually feel better if you felt worse, weirdly. May I suggest ginger tea? It’ll help the nausea without bugging the heartburn.

    Thanks so much for sharing your joyous news!

    P.S. I was not nearly as creative telling my husband about our current (surprise) pregnancy– I just called him at work at 7:30 in the morning and blurted out, “The test is positive!” He didn’t know I was even doing a test, so it took him a minute to figure out what I was talking about. 🙂

    Congrats again!


  11. Congradulations!!!! I’m so happy for you and your family, a new baby is always a blessing. That’ll be a good age apart for your youngest two. Our are only 16 months apart and while it’s difficult at times having two “babies” in the house it’s very much worth it.

  12. Congratulations! Babies are such blessings. You have joined the list of women I know/”know” who are expecting this year! I’m up to 9 women, not including myself (I’m due in June).

  13. Oh! I’m SO happy for you all! What a wonderful blessing from the Lord. May you have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  14. Congratulations! And God sure does know how to surprise doesn’t he? I found myself waiting and waiting, trying to tell when I’d ovulate next. Little did I know, I was already pregnant. 🙂

    So happy for your family, may you start feeling better soon and have an uneventful pregnancy!

  15. Congratulations! I was pretty suspicious about that “legitimate reasons” comment. 😉 Oh and the fact that you were starting a series on pregnancy. 🙂

    I’m so happy for you! God is good and His surprises are always wonderful, aren’t they?!

    By the way, I just nursed Kaitlynn a few days ago for the very last time (she’s also 19 months). So bittersweet for me–I had no milk supply left (because I’m 6 1/2 months pregnant) and it was becoming incredibly painful for me to try and nurse her so I finally decided the time had come. On the other hand, though, I’m very thankful to have been able to nurse her for a full 19 months. I know many mommies aren’t so blessed. But it’s still always sad when it comes to a close.

    Anyway, I’m so excited for you! Pregnancy #3 has been the most challenging and yet the most blessed for me. I feel like the Lord has taught me so much and given me so much grace throughout it; it’s been wonderful to experience.

    May He also pour out showers of blessing and grace upon you, too!

  16. Weepy with joy for you! My best friend has PCOS and she’s due June 24th.

    I wish you continued health and happiness!

  17. Congratulations! What a blessing. I pray that you will experience a healthy pregnancy and enjoy this time to its fullest! As a fellow woman with PCOS, I can certainly identify with your surprise and extreme pleasure when the test came out positive! I had a similar experience….God is good.

  18. Congratulations Stephanie (and family)! I was waiting for an announcement. 🙂 Hope you feel better soon (I so know that feeling!) We are expecting baby #5 at the end of April.

  19. Congratulations! How utterly exciting…. Pregnancy is a blessed time and one that really shows the miracle of life. All the best the next few months and all the best for the family.

  20. YEAH!!! I’m so excited for you I just weaned Benjamin as well! It was kind’ve sad but it was time for us! I hope you are feeling better now that your going into the 2nd trimester!!

  21. Congratulations! I was totally in the dark. I thought you had some kind of cold or something that was REALLY hangin’ in there! I’m not so quick sometimes!
    I’ll be excited to read along and share in the experience! God is good–all the time!

  22. Congratulations! I’m excited for you and look forward to hearing about the pregnancy. Looks like your series on a healthy pregnancy is well-timed.


  23. Congratulations!! i am right there with you…I am giving birth to #4 on August 7th (scheduled c-section, boo). Glad you are starting to feel better…the nausea and tiredness are gradually starting to ease up for me as well.

  24. Wow- that’s wonderful! First I just want to say congratulations! I just discovered your blog over the weekend and have been really enjoying it. I knew when I found a blog that had links to John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life AND Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding A Child’s Heart, I was in the right place 🙂
    I was particularly interested in your post today… I am also expecting our third baby and am due August 4th!
    I understand completely about not wanting to share the news for as long as possible. I too have experienced that extremely painful loss… 3 times in 2006 (and then oh-so-blessed with our beautiful daughter who was is 11 months today!)
    For this reason, I have yet to share the news with very many people – good thing this is pretty anonymous! I will look forward to reading upcoming posts and sharing this time!
    To a healthy and uneventful pregnancy!

  25. Hey Steph,
    Congratulations! I totally suspected. Not like I’ve been at church for weeks, but been reading your blog lately. Looks like our babies are due a week apart (Lord willing). 😉

  26. Congratulations! I’m excited for you! I have just three weeks left before the arrival of our second little one. (And boy am I ready!!) This pregnancy was a bit of a surprise to us as well, as it we waited around 7 months to get pregnant with our first, who will be 2 in April. For this little one, God chose to spare us that emotional roller coaster, and I praise him for it! (I don’t have PCOS, but I do have irregular cycles that make ovulation difficult to pinpoint!) I’m so thankful that God chose to surprise you, too, this time around! And, like you, the night that I tested, I had some things going on and was contemplating taking some medication, but something prompted me to check, and I’m so glad I did!

    Again, congratulations, and blessings to you and your family!

  27. Congrats! How exciting! I am also so looking forward to your pregnancy series since I’m pretty sure I’m pregnant (with our second!) too. Not telling anyone yet though! 🙂 God bless!

  28. SO MANY CONGRATS, mama!!! When you took an extended break over the holidays . . . well, I kind of wondered. 😉

  29. Congratulations! What a blessing! I hope you have a healthy pregnancy and the morning sickness subsides quickly.

  30. Hi Stephanie!
    I was wondering when an announcement was coming. I just happened to be reading the comment section on Biblical Womanhood and caught your comment as well. I thought ” hmmm, wonder what’s up with that?” Anyway, so,so happy for you!” God bless

  31. Congratulations! A baby is always exciting and such a blessing. I too found out that I am pregnant as well with baby #3 and I am just a week ahead of you at 13 weeks. I am glad that you haven’t been too sick. We were also shocked and surprised by the news of baby number three. We were thinking we were done with two kids, boy did God have other plans. 🙂 I hope your sickness goes away and you get your energy back. I think I am coming out of this week. I am still getting sick a few times a week, but at least it is no longer a few times a day. Thanks for your blog. I really enjoy reading it, especially all the healthy eating posts. Have a great week!

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