Faith & FamilyAnd We’re Still Waiting… April 10, 2017 Well, y’all it’s been a crazy week and a half and I wanted to pop in quickly and give you guys an update. You’ve been so sweet to send e-mails and comments checking on the baby and us. We have officially surpassed the due date and are just waiting around for this little man to decide to join us. Though we’ve felt he was coming any minute for some time. Our midwife and doula kept telling me to prepare for some false starts with this one…apparently that’s common after your first baby. While I heard that, I didn’t really take it to heart. While I know that every baby is different, I didn’t realize what expectations Rosie’s birth created in me! I had zero symptoms of labor and had convinced myself that she would be like a week late like the average first baby…really just to protect myself from the anxiety of waiting on her. And then she came a day early! The day before my due date, my water broke and she was on her way! While I tried not to buy into any of that, it’s hard for experiences like that not to create expectations. Then you hear constantly, “Oh second babies always come quicker!” About three weeks ago now, I had my first round of false starts. Since I didn’t ease into labor with Rosie, I’ve wondered if each little thing I feel is something starting! Last week, we had several of those every few days, each one more significant than the last. Needless to say, we’ve been CONFIDENT he was coming that day multiple times in the last few week or so. Despite our best efforts to wait until it’s really full blown, it sure is hard not to feel symptoms starting and take those to heart. There have been some anxious and down days, especially days after all of that died down. My midwife keeps telling me that this is such a hard time of waiting because you’re anticipating one of the biggest days of your life…and it could happen any second within the period of a month or so! She is so right. That’s a crazy thing to wait for. Pair that with a hormonal, full-term pregnant lady and it’s a recipe for disaster! But in so many ways, all of the starts and stops and waiting has been good for me. As my doula keeps reminding me, any progress ahead of time is less work your body has to do in labor. I’m always in favor of that! But it’s also been good for my heart to continually have to entrust this little life into God’s hands and timing. That’s where he rests anyway and there’s so little we as mamas can control, but man, don’t we try? I hadn’t planned to take last week off from blogging or from the Our Story series, but all of this waiting and anticipating our new family kind of dominates the heart and mind. I’m so thankful for all of you checking in on me and I assure you, we’re all okay over here! As soon as there is news, I will share it on social and there will be a lot of fun blog content to come after this man comes…his birth story, the story of his name, his room, etc. And the Our Story series will absolutely resume soon! I hadn’t planned to have a delay in it, though choosing this timing to start it is kind of comical! That’ll make sense soon, though, I promise. The plan was to get all of the videos recorded and scheduled ahead of time, which I made a great start on! But we ran into some delays with the final pieces that I just couldn’t pre-record. BUT, there is good stuff to come as I finish up that story, friends, so hang in there with me! It won’t be long! And if you missed any of the first three Our Story videos, you can catch up on those below while we wait to finish: OUR STORY PART I – THE FOUNDATION OUR STORY PART II – THE FIRST MOVE OUR STORY PART III – THE DOWNTOWN COTTAGE Y’all’s reaction to me sharing our story has blown my mind! I’ve never felt so called to share one certain thing, but you just never know how it will resonate with others. I cannot wait to finish sharing the miraculous adventure God sent us on seven years ago and how it’s still developing today. Stay tuned for some baby news, y’all! Fingers crossed it’s coming really soon!