We’ve been keeping a secret… and now the secret is finally out! WE’RE PREGNANT!!!!! Expecting our first baby this September?? We are brimming with uncontainable joy, excitement, and praise to God the author and creator of life!
Read to the bottom to see our video announcement!!!!
How we found out…
Although Jeremy and I hoped to begin the journey of growing our family at some point this year, we were not “planning” or “trying” to conceive…
It was a complete surprise!!!
How did we find out? Well… I was exhausted, but I just assumed my weariness was a consequence of the Holiday’s, lots of travel during the month of December, teaching lots of barre3 classes, as well as finishing/launching our first devotional/journal (Navigator’s Council).
The week of Zach and Tori (my brother and sister-in-law’s) gender reveal party (they are also pregnant), I was falling asleep at my computer while writing my ALWAYS MORE Devotionals and working on blog posts for Beating50Percent. This is VERY unlike me. I thought perhaps I was getting sick… At this point, I was two weeks late in my cycle… Again, classic Auj, I didn’t think anything of this, since I’ve never had normal periods.
During the evening of the gender reveal party I felt like I’d been cast in The Walking Dead. All the talk of babies got me thinking… I started connecting the dots, and the possibility of being pregnant crossed my mind. I quickly dismissed the thought… there was no way?!As the party progressed, I started to have a stronger feeling that that thought might actually be a reality.
After the party, I pulled Jer aside and suggested that we at least rule out the possibility. So we headed to the store and I bought my first pregnancy test. I didn’t even know if I was buying the right thing. I mean seriously, choosing a test was like picking what kind of cereal you want – endless options. That night we took the test. Moments before, Jeremy hugged me and said, “No matter what happens, I love you.”
I took the test and then came out of the bathroom and we sat on the floor for what seemed like 5 hours, but was really only 5 minutes. When I went back into the bathroom to check the test my jaw dropped.
What the heck?! How?! I mean, I know how… but really!?!?!
We sat in silence for a solid half an hour and then I took another test to confirm the same results.
We were completely surprised. It definitely took a day or so, maybe longer, for the surprise to turn into excitement and thankfulness. In that moment I realized how selfish we were. We knew our lives were about to change forever, but we didn’t feel ready – and for selfish reasons. I am so thankful that I have a Heavenly Father who is in the business of changing hearts because mine sure did need some changing.
Over the next few days, Jer and I verbally retraced out steps and tried to figure out when we conceived, and how far along I was. Remember when we went to Asheville, NC for our first Beating50Percent speaking engagement and we stayed in that luxury treehouse afterward?? Well, baby Roloff was conceived in a treehouse. We determined that I was approximately 6 and a half weeks pregnant when we found out!
Apparently, the Lord really wanted us to have this baby, we trust that His plan and His timing is perfect.
You guys!!! It has been HARDDD to keep this secret for the past 7 weeks. I am so thankful that I didn’t find out earlier in my pregnancy, I can’t imagine keeping this secret for 12 weeks!
Soon after we found out, we began sharing the exciting news with friends and family and swore them to secrecy. I am ecstatic that the day has finally come where we can tell everyone! So far, my pregnancy has been pretty good, I’ve had lots of friends here in Bend experience much stronger/less friendly symptoms). I had a little bit of morning nausea in the beginning, but nothing a few saltine crackers in the morning couldn’t fix;) My main symptoms have been exhaustion (not so much anymore, but weeks 6-8 for sure), and not being able to sleep at night:( I’ve been covering my body in Cedarwood (since becoming pregnant I have become super invested in essential oils) to help me sleep, and I JUST bought the BESTTTTT pillow ever. But any other sleeping suggestions are welcome:)
We decided to announce our pregnancy with our beloved typewriter, since it has such prominent significance in our relationship. Jeremy proposed to me on a typewriter – you can read that story >>HERE<< And of course the baby Carhartt is self-explanatory – pretty much all Jeremy and I ever wear.
Baby Roloff, we are praying every day for your protection, health, and that you would love the Lord with all your heart (oh…and have curly hair)?? See you in 6 months ?
All photos by @dawn_photo
Here’s a little video we made to announce our big news!
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