BABE ON THE WAY!

It's been quite some time since I hopped on my blog. I've missed it!!!

So last night Nick and I publicly shared some pretty big news... we are expecting a sweet little baby!

We are over the moon excited!!! It's shocking news because we didn't plan this timing, but we couldn't be more grateful to begin this incredible adventure. We've both felt in our hearts how much we wanted to be a mom and dad, we talked about it all the time... I am excited to see each other grow in this new light of parenting together. We are ready to ride this wave! 

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I just feel so thankful. I've been brought to tears, especially more and more recently, by just how good God is. I've always wanted to be a mama and for some reason I had built up negative thoughts that because I wanted it so bad I wouldn't be able to get pregnant someday. Super negative I know, but now I just feel blessed! I GET TO BE A MAMA! 

I am brought to tears holding baby's first onesie, sitting in our now office that we're going to transform into a nursery, thinking about it growing inside me, and soon getting to hold it and have it rock my whole world. I want God to wreck me with this little miracle growing inside!

Nick and I keep talking about all of the things we're so excited for. Baby's first smile, first laugh, first steps, going swimming with it next summer, having it be surrounded with love by our families, going to the fair someday, hearing it's little voice develop and learn to talk... Ah! All the things. we have so much to look forward to! Life is just going to keep getting better and better. 

Lately...

I am 11 weeks and 6 days today! Almost through the first trimester!! We are continuing to pray for a healthy growing babe and a smooth pregnancy. I have definitely been struggling with nausea, morning/anytime sickness, and super low energy. I have been passing out before 8 most nights. Building bones and organs is pretty exhausting! 
Although throwing up is never fun, I'm still thankful for all the symptoms... It reminds me my little babe is in there and it will all be worth it. I would spend all day head over the toilet to get to hold this sweet baby soon! BUT, haha I am hopeful as my 2nd trimester begins some of the nausea will calm down a bit. 

Yesterday we had our first ultrasound and it was amazing to get to experience together. We got to see our little one (it's only 2 inches big right now !!!) move and jump around, and see the little heartbeat working away. It has a healthy heartbeat and everything looks great so far, yay! Nick was just smiling, jaw-dropped while we were in there. It's such an incredible thing to witness. I love our doctors, we are going to be working with three midwives and we already just feel so supported.

Supported by the doctors, but also by our families and friends. Man we have been receiving so much love we are incredibly humbled by all the encouragement and sweet words. Babies are such a blessing and bring hope. I can't wait for our little babe to positively affect all of our people! I know it will be so loved!! We get to turn our parents into grandparents, our siblings into aunts and uncles and our best friends into more aunties and uncles :) 

We should be able to find out if it's a boy or girl right before our wedding!!! I have no expectations or preference. I just can't wait to not have to call it, it! Whatever it will be is already perfect and predetermined. Boy or girl will be completely wonderful. 

There's so much more, but that's a good place to stop for now. Thank you for all of the love and we are so excited to keep sharing this beautiful story with you! 

xoxo Sarah + Nick 

 

 

 

 

+ or - // Happy V Day

Happy Valentine's Day friends! I am sick at home from work with the world outside covered in a fresh blanket of snow... I bought so much medicine at the store this morning my head feels foggy. I'm having Dayquil, so much water my stomach hurts, essential oils, tea, and some zicam...hopefully that will do the trick! Ugh, I hate getting sick...anyone else?! 

Anyway... VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!! I love Valentine's Day! I'm bummed to be sick today, but it will still be a great day filled with love and affection. This year Nick is planning our night and I'm excited to see what it entails :) Last year I made him an at-home picnic with some of his favorite take out and champagne. I always make Nick cards and get real cheesy, but hey, that's just who I am ;) I'm thankful he let's me be cheesy, emotional, and overly OCD at times... what a guy. lol. 

 The card I made for Nick this year <3 and of course his favorites, Reese's. 

The card I made for Nick this year <3 and of course his favorites, Reese's. 

I already got to chat with my OG Valentine, aka my dad, on the phone this morning. He's the best. Earlier this week he shared with my siblings and I what his plan is for Lent this year and encouraged us to take some time to think about what we might want to do...and I did! 

I haven't participated in lent in a while, but this year  I'm going to hop on board with my dad and we're both working to lose 15 pounds by Easter. In order to do that I'm going to go back to the Whole 30 diet, but do things a little different. Especially seeing as this is a time of transitioning into a lifestyle change I am going to eat hummus because hummus is LIFE, and the occasional glass of wine (like tonight..uh duh I'm going to have wine and something sweet because it's Valentine's Day!!). Aside from eliminating bad foods (dairy, gluten, soy, corn, added sugar and processed foods) for Lent I'm also going to take away TV. I know this one is going to be hard at times!!

Nick and I love to just relax and watch a few episodes of The Office together at night..but there are times where I get frustrated with myself because I know there are so many other productive things I could be doing. Not to say there is anything wrong with relaxing and watching some TV, just for now I am going to cut it out so I can get re-inspired and spend more time blogging, reading, painting, and just doing more creative things in my free time. I have a huge reading list for 2018 so it's time to get excited and tackle it! 

So LENT... to my understanding Lent is about recognizing Jesus' sacrifice for us and taking intentional time out of your life to give something up (or add something positive in). If Jesus could manage 40 days and nights in the desert getting tempted by Satan, I think I can handle no TV or sugar...

What about you? Do you participate in Lent? if so, what are you adding or taking away? I'd love to know and we can hold each other accountable :) 

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentines day surrounded by people or animals or food or other things you LOVE. xo Sarah