I have not been blogging regularly and it feels good this morning to sit down at my computer and type away.
The past month has been a whirlwind. I don’t know any other way to describe it. Life takes twists and turns sometimes that are so unexpected it doesn’t matter what you do to prepare.
My husband and I have been on a ketogenic diet since March 2016. Mid July I realized my weight loss had stalled for a few weeks. I thought maybe I needed to adjust my macros again and switch up the foods I had been eating. As most women do, I stood looking in the mirror sideways and sucked my stomach in, or at least I tried. Something was different.
I got out my pocket calendar and started counting backwards. Hmmm. Okay, nothing to worry about just yet. The next week, it was time to start worrying. I mentioned this to my husband and we decided we would give it another week .
The following Thursday, July 20th, I purchased a pregnancy test and it showed something we were told years ago would not be possible for us. I was pregnant.
In my early 20’s I was told it would be very difficult for me to ever get pregnant due to some health issues I had. I was okay with that. I sure wasn’t living for God at the time and was in no way thinking of kids being part of my future. When we got married, we never thought kids would be part of our future and we were okay with that. We thought we were going in a completely different direction.
It was the year we got married that I rededicated my life to Christ and things began turning around in my life. Those health issues I was having, I was healed of. A few years later I had developed some other health issues and after much trial and error and no answers, I was led to researching a Ketogenic diet and here we are. You can read all about that journey here.
So the past year and half, I have lost 40 pounds, all the health issues disappeared and I’ve been healthier than I have ever been. I almost passed out when I saw the positive result on that first pregnancy test. I’m not kidding. I grabbed the bathroom counter to keep from falling over. I was in shock. I didn’t know what to think. This was so far from the direction we thought God was leading us. My husband’s reaction was about the same.
It was a very quiet night in the house because we were just speechless. We still didn’t believe it and because it was what they call a “faint” positive, we decided I would take another in the morning. I had bought a 3 pack.
The one the next morning was a definite yes. No doubts about it although we were still doubting. We ate breakfast, I got dressed and I called the doctor. It was Friday morning, the 21st, and they were going to see me that day whether they liked it or not. I just realized as I typed this I wrote the dates wrong on our chalkboard announcement. Winning at this “mom” thing already.
Anyways, the doctors confirmed it and we had our first ultrasound appointment set for August 2nd.
Talk about a turn of events. I’m 38, my husband is 40. This is not where we thought we would be at this point in life but we know God has great plans for us and for this child. They are already loved and adored by many and by us the most. I have already planned out their entire life and there will be no deviating from it (just kidding…kind of). We are learning as we go. Everything we say, think, do or decide now revolves around this child and their arrival.
I’ve already had the awkward moments of people putting their hands on my stomach unexpectedly. I’m nine weeks, all they are going to be feeling are some gas bubbles at this point in time. I think when people do that to me, I’m just going to put my hand on their stomach and stare intently. Maybe that will get the point across. I’ve already received private messages about vaccine/don’t vaccine and it’s been less than a week since we’ve announced it. This is one reason my husband and I discussed moving states away, only posting Facebook photos from the neck up for the next year and then show back up like, “Tada! We have a baby!”
We are very thankful for our families who we announced it to first. We told our pastors next who kept it a secret until this past Sunday where it was announced to our church family. I heard exactly what I thought we would hear, a unison gasp of shock and then cheers and clapping. After that, it was announced to the world through social media.
I have felt great. Tired more than anything and a little nauseous off and on, but otherwise in a great mood and happy. Although I’m considered high-risk because of my age, I’m not under any restrictions and keep on exercising (as I can) and eating a Keto diet which is very healthy for the baby. I’ve incorporated a few darker berries to the mix and if I can stay away from the chewy chocolate chip cookies that this kid wants to devour like cookie monster, I’ll be doing good.
I don’t have much time today though I have a lot more to say. We have a funeral to attend this afternoon, the second family member in the past month. Life is precious, amazing, unique, miraculous, baffling, and everything else. My future blog posts will probably involve this journey we are on but as always, pointing out God in every step of the way.
And from here on out, it’s leggings and tunic tops! Amen.
Psalm 139:14 (KJV)
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.