UncategorizedThe White Buffalo is Having a Baby July 10, 2014 Big news today, y’all! We are expecting a little one this coming January! I’ve been dying to share this with all of you (in so many ways, y’all feel like my family!) since we found out. But our journey has been a hard one to get to this point. I’ll share more about our story soon, but we decided to really wait until we’d heard the heartbeat on the first ultrasound and felt we were in the clear, as much as you can be. I’m currently almost 12 weeks. Our plan was to wait until around 13 weeks to share this big news! But, this little one isn’t giving us that option. With Haven coming, I knew it would be obvious to everyone I meet and anyone who might see a picture of me. Somehow, I am already showing…like seriously showing! Ofcourse, I never took a pre-bump picture. I kept thinking that I’d have plenty of time before I started showing and then overnight, a bump showed up! It looks even smaller to me in this picture than it does in real life. Starting at around 9 weeks, I had a pretty pronounced bump and was asked by neighbors, strangers, friends. The minute people saw me they’d say it pretty nonchalantly, “Oh when are you due?” When I told them and that I was only 9, 10, or 11 weeks along, they would all get huge eyes and ask “ARE YOU HAVING TWINS?!” So far, many people have thought that. Even at our first appointment, I asked if a bump like that at 8 weeks was normal and they said “especially if there’s more than one.” So far, the early ultrasound only found one Baby Buffalo. Regardless, we decided that we would rather share this good news before I see everyone at Haven and save you all that awkwardness of: is she pregnant? Should I ask? She sure looks pregnant! Then, the cat really would be out of the bag. I’ll be sharing a lot about this pregnancy and baby plans (NURSERY!!!) in the coming months on the blog, but for now, here’s the answer to the most common questions I’ve been getting. 1.) Will you find out the gender? YES!!!! We will absolutely be finding out the gender. I totally get the reason behind people wanting to be surprised, but both of us really want to know. I know that the planner in me will want to design the nursery, have clothes ready, and more than anything, I know that I’ll bond even more with the baby when I know that a little girl or boy is coming and choose a name. 2.) Are you hoping for a boy or girl? We really have no preference at this point. Ideally, we’d love a big family and multiple girls and boys. Growing up, I did always picture myself having a girl first, but now that it’s here, all we want is a healthy one. After our journey, we’re just grateful that a baby is coming, boy or girl. Neither one of us has a ‘gut feeling’ either. I know many pregnant women have said they just knew, but I really don’t have that. 3.) How have you felt? Not so great. I had the nausea and exhaustion from the moment we found out, but the nausea has definitely stepped up in the last few weeks. It’s manageable and I just constantly try to remind myself that it will be so worth it! I know that it will. The tough part too is that for me, it’s been really unpredictable. Nausea has come at all times of the day, but not on a predictable schedule. So multiple times throughout the day, it’ll just hit in full force with no warning. I also have low blood sugar normally, so that has been really amplified. I have to eat constantly (like every ten minutes or less) or I get really shaky and dizzy. I didn’t expect the dizziness, either. I’ve been told not all pregnant women have this, but I’m dizzy a lot and have to find the nearest seat. So if you see me at Haven and I run and grab a chair or sit down on the floor, this is why 🙂 Ofcourse, all of this hit right around when I was coming home to blog full-time. So, I’ve been battling the sickness with the guilt of “I’m supposed to be blogging full-time now and really working!” I’ve finally gotten to the place that I know I can’t be perfect. This phase will pass soon and until it does, I just have to survive and do the best that I can. But overall, we could not be more thrilled. We got married fairly young (22 and 24) because we knew that we were right for each other and we wanted time to just enjoy each other before starting a family. Now, we’ve had four years of marriage, and this little one will join our family just before our five year anniversary. God’s timing just feels perfect. 4.) Has Gracie noticed? I’ve been surprised how much we’ve gotten this question. At first I wasn’t sure, but now I’m confident that she’s different. She calmed down even more almost overnight. She also wants to be petted by me constantly. She follows me around more. I really feel like she and I have bonded in a whole new way, which I’m sure has something to do with me being home all the time, but she has gotten even more sweetness 🙂 We really tried to get Gracie to join in our announcement, but it didn’t work so well. Every time we said sit, she would back up and sit on one of our laps. Then she wouldn’t understand why we tried to move her. When she got tired of trying to do what we were saying and getting moved, she just stood in front of us and stared. Nice, Gracie. Of course, when we went to take my first bump picture, Gracie decided it was time to be in the photo and stare nicely at the camera. She sure brings a lot of entertainment. Now, she’s just going to have to get used to sharing the limelight with a little Baby Buffalo!