Big News In Our House!

It’s been a busy week in our household!

First and foremost, if you haven’t already seen the big news on my Facebook page, let me be the first to tell you our wonderful news!

Big News In Our House! - Pregnancy Announcement

We’re pregnant! Baby #4, our rainbow baby, is due in April 2014! We’re very excited and more than a little terrified. We’ve already found ourselves having moments that are simultaneously happy and heartbreaking, and I don’t imagine that will lessen as the next 8 months go by. I feel great — nauseous and a little dizzy until about midday and very tired — but overall, great. I’m staying active, although I guess my weight loss journey is going to have to wait a little longer.

We are going about this pregnancy (and birth) in a completely different way from my pregnancy with Clara. I have fought going the conventional route with my last 2 pregnancies, and I have had a premature baby and a full-term stillborn baby. This time, we are going to an obstetrician that I trust — he delivered Clara and literally saved my life. Our first appointment is tomorrow afternoon, in fact, and I am hoping to see the little one via ultrasound.

When it comes time for this baby to be born, I will be scheduling my fourth cesarean section. Three past c-sections and every one was either a surprise or an emergency. As much I wanted to have a natural birth, and as much as I will always mourn that I was not able to have that experience, I tried, and that has to be good enough. This will be an all-new experience, going into a surgical birth by choice, instead of by necessity.

It’s really peripheral to me, how the birth takes place, and it was once so very important and all-consuming. All that I want this time is to bring our healthy baby home with us. This baby will never take the place of Clara, nor will he/she take away the pain of losing Clara – nothing ever will, I don’t think – but it’s a step in the direction of feeling less empty and broken inside.

We feel fortunate to have this chance to make better decisions than those we made last time. We know better now, so we’ll do better.

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Next up… school started today!

My girls are in 5th and 7th grade, which I find so hard to believe! SEVENTH grade?! How on Earth did that happen? Wasn’t she just a little kindergartner yesterday? Last year? You always hear that time goes by so quickly, but you don’t realize how true it is until you’re looking into the face of a kid who is halfway through middle school, or in their last year of elementary school!

Look at these girls of mine, through the years! They’ve gotten so big! {Note that we didn’t have a camera, or even phones with a camera, in 2010, so we have one missing back to school picture.}

Big News In Our House! - Back to School Collage

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What else was there? I’m working on my Insane Goals update for July (I know, I know, August is almost over… what can I say?). My sister broke her kneecap in a fall on her first day at the community college, so we’re babysitting her dog for a little bit. Oh, and I had my eyebrows shaped yesterday for the first time ever. Who knew that just shaping your bushy eyebrows could dramatically change your face and make you look 100% more “together”? I didn’t… lesson learned!

Big News In Our House! - New Eyebrows

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! I have missed blogging regularly but with school back in session, I plan to get my act together and do some writing, reading, and commenting. Thanks for bearing with me through the long summer!
I’m connecting with others via Wordless/Wordful Wednesday today! Check out my blog hop directory to see who else is participating, as well as the other blog hops that I join each week!
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I'm Heather, a married mama of two tween girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet rainbow baby girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!
  • http://www.justjenniferblog.com/ Jennifer Hall

    Congrats on the new pregnancy!

  • http://janinehuldie.com/ Janine Huldie

    I was so hoping that you were pregnant when I saw the title here. And yes you are! So excited for you and seriously huge congrats. Cannot wait to hear all your updates and for you to have this wonderful little bundle of joy!!! :)

  • http://kissmylist.com/ Dana

    Wonderful news – congratulations! May you have an easy pregnancy and may your girls and your husband treat you like a queen :)

  • Erica Jensen

    Congrats on the BFP! So exciting! I always enjoy other people’s pregnancies way more than my own, so I can’t wait to hear more!

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Congratulations!!! I am so so so very happy for you. I just read Clara’s story and tears are streaming down my cheeks. Praying for a happy and healthy pregnancy and delivery for you!

  • Leslie

    Congratulations!!!!! I am so very happy for you!!

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  • Sara

    Congrats!!!! That is super exciting. Wishing you a healthy pregnancy.

  • PNG

    Hi, I found your blog via ICLW. Great news, congratulations! Wishing you a healthy, safe pregnancy. Thinking of you and Clara! <3

  • Christina

    Congratulations on having a new baby!

  • Catwoman73

    Hi from ICLW! Congrats on your pregnancy! I hope you’re enjoying it a little- it’s tough after loss.

    And now I want to have my eyebrows shaped… I haven’t done that for myself in ages! :)

  • http://upliftingfamilies.com/ Christy Garrett

    Congratulations. :)

  • Jackie

    Hi from ICLW!
    Congrats!

  • Siri

    I knew it! I just knew you’d get there. I’m so happy for you, all four/five of you marvellous, gorgeous people! Take good care of yourself, put yourself first (don’t worry if you’re ever too tired to blog, we’ll know you’re busy gestating! Lol), and treasure each other. Very best wishes and vibes to you all. I think your plan re baby’s birth is an eminently sensible one. So, so thrilled and chuffed for you! {Turns cartwheels at grave risk to self}.

    • Siri

      Just returned from turning cartwheels to check I didn’t read it wrong ;). You know, when you wrote that you weren’t going to keep trying for a baby, I just had such a strong feeling you’d be pregnant very soon…

  • mail4rosey

    Thank you for linking up to Super Sunday Sync.

    Congratulations on your most wonderful news. I’m wishing you absolutely the best of everything with your pregnancy. :)

  • Turia

    Congratulations on the pregnancy. That is wonderful news. I hope everything goes smoothly and you are able to enjoy it.

  • cindy

    congrats!!!

  • Nathalie Willmott

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news!

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