gender reveal!!!

Today, we celebrated.
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For going on four years, Thomas and I have struggled through infertility and adoption with high hopes and broken hearts. I had given up on the possibility of becoming pregnant at all and made peace with that. I was able to move forward with adoption and building our family in a way that so clearly displayed the Gospel and would allow us to live that out loud.
I feel in love with adoption – with the concept, the work that went into it, the families and women who’ve adopted and were so passionate about such a sacrificial, selfless, and loving act.
But, ultimately that is not the way God chose to allow us to expand our family.
And, we accepted that knowing that God had a beautiful plan for our lives, that He would give us the desires of our hearts, and that He is sovereign and loved us deeply.
We moved forward choosing to enjoy the summer and revisit expansion (lol) in August.

Turns out, God blessed us in a way that I never, ever saw coming.
A way that would blow my mind, but would make so many around us laugh as they knew God would do something spectacular in our lives.

I knew to expect the unimaginable, but never thought to expect that in May I would find out we were expecting and then in June learn that we’re expecting twins.

So, today.
We celebrated the journey and our babies with a  small gender reveal.
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I thought it would be super cute to frame a few of our ultrasound pictures… I wanted each gender to be a surprise so I chose to envelope Baby A and Baby B’s genders and box them with a bow…. each guest with their own box.
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I couldn’t even get through thanking everyone for coming, but thankfully Thomas stepped in and took over explaining a bit of our journey, thanking everyone, and giving little tidbits about each of the babies. He also went around taking a poll of what everyone’s thoughts about the genders!
I jumped in to lead everyone through opening their boxes; we opened each enveloped together which was really fun and exciting!

And, the envelopes held the genders of each baby…
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YAY!
TWO GIRLS!!!
Although, I was hoping for a combo pack…. a girl and a boy…. I am so grateful and thankful to prepare for two girls!!

Once we came home, although completely exhausted, utterly/uncomfortably full, I took our weekly photos and got to relish opening a box and enjoying the envelopes myself!
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 We’ve had a long and tiring yet beautiful and eventful day.
Next up…. the baby shower!

Time is winding down and I’m sure the day we are to meet our girls will be here before we know it!!!
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And, for all of you who have been rooting for us, journeying with us, praying for us, and encouraging us for any length of time:
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
You have no idea what your support means to us, what your emails, comments, texts, and messages touch us.. touch me.
I am so grateful for you and your excitement, love, and joy for our daughters and this new chapter in our lives is nothing short of breathtaking and surreal.
Thank you.

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annnnd, twenty!

20wYes. We are that huge… measuring at 7 months (!!!),but thankfully we are  all belly!!!

How are we feeling??!?!?!
Good!!! Getting out of bed is interesting and sleep is getting difficult to fall peacefully into but we’re doing pretty good!!

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
This bump is growing and growing and growing…. And, I’m thankful I’m not too concerned about my size because this side view is pretty much panoramic. LOL.. We had our anatomy scan this week and it was so very fun to watch the babies for about two hours! We got a 3D scan of our babies and they were positioned so sweetly!!! Completely snuggled up and moving about! lol. They’re both head down with their feet in my riiiiiiiiiibbbbbbs…….. The optimum position (AT THE END!!!!), but I’m pretty sure they’ll turn quite a few times before it’s time to deliver! I can feel them moving now and so I do feel kicks daily (eeek!!!). For now, they’re soft little thuds…. and, we can handle that!

So, how are you feeling?!
So good…. So thankful. I loved, loved, loved seeing their little faces and that combined with finding out their genders made this whole experience so much more real. They have the cutest features and they actually look like babies now!!!!

Aside from baby feelings, I’m happy with the weight I’ve gained. But, it’s weird…. I get so anxious to get on the scale because I want to know how much I’ve gained…… but, then for a split second I cringe at the number! I’ve never weighed what I do now and don’t care because, hello… I’m pregnant. But, at the same time, it’s still a bit shocking!

Anything else?
ehhhhh……. I’m really digging canned fruit still and Strawberry Limeades from Sonic. I mean, it’s like heaven.

From mommy….
you guys….. mama is thrilled to reveal your genders this weekend! I’ve been working hard to create a “simple” little brunch for you guys and so far I’m quite proud of myself. lol….

Everyone, and I mean so. many. people. are so grateful for you, they are praying for y’all, and are eager to find out what you are! LOL.. It’s so exciting to hear everyone’s guesses of your genders and talking about your personalities. It warms my heart that you are so loved!

- mommy

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photo 1.PNG-4How are we feeling??!?!?!
Good and sleepy. Not getting the best sleep these days, but I’m enjoying the naps and full night’s rest that I am getting. The babies are active, which is great. I’m starting to get a little nervous about my weight gain again… doesn’t seem as if I’ve gained much weight since my last weigh in but I guess we’ll find out at our next appointment this week! (I refuse to replace the dead battery in our home scale because I KNOW that I will become obsessive about weighing myself and that is not what I want.)

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
It’s growing… sometimes it takes weeks for me to notice that my belly has grown; other days I can tell growth by how difficult it’s become to do things that used to be a lot easier. Bending over, getting out of bed, and out of chairs at times can be pretty laborious. lol. There’ve been a few instances when I’ve tried to get up or bend over and a protest erupted inside my belly which was shocking but hilarious at the same time.

I’m definitely enjoying feeling the babies move a lot more. It seems like over night I felt them poking me a few times for a couple minutes a day to me feeling them poking and rolling and moving throughout the day! It’s definitely an odd acknowledgement to make – that the people living inside of you and stretching and kicking and flexing and moving around. lol. Seems odd that the movements inside your abdomen aren’t your stomach’s growls or your food digesting, but proof of your babies growing stronger and larger! It’s beautiful nonetheless and I love feeling them!photo 3.PNG

So, how are you feeling?!
Good!! Excited about maternity pictures and our upcoming baby shower! The celebrations are definitely worth looking forward to, but I have to be careful to not allow negative thoughts creep into my mind. For so long, we have had so many amazing up that were followed by devastating downs. But, I’m thankful for friends and family who encourage me and remind me of who is truly in control; who don’t allow me to speak negatively or allow my fears to rule my mind.

Anything else?
I’m still in love with my preggo body, this belly is so neat to look at!!! Not thrilled about my swelling feet but that’s really the only true complaint I have so far. For that, I am very blessed! I love iced strawberry Pop-Tarts, canned fruit (hello DelMonte & Dole fruit cocktail and sliced pears, peaches, & mandarin oranges!!), grapes, and apples. I eat fruit all day long which is super healthy and wonderful but not helping me much in the weight gaining department. Another odd fun fact…. I literally risked being late to work to swing by Sonic for a Strawberry Limeade one day. I had to have it!! lol. I wasn’t late, but it was so worth the risk!!

From mommy….
So, we’ve snuck peeks and have a pretty good idea of what you guys’ genders, we’ve watched you grow for months now….  but I’m looking forward to your anatomy scan this week! We get to see how your organs are developing and how you are truly doing at this point in your intra uterine life! lol. I hear these appointments last an hour and a half to two hours (!!!!!!!) so I’m thrilled to be able to watch you for that long! I’ve been thinking of you guys a lot; wondering about your personalities and character…. wondering about what your relationship with each other will look like and how our family will look once you arrive. You will be with us so very soon although it feels an entire lifetime away, and I’m looking forward to the very first second I see each of your sweet faces!

- mommy

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