12 weeks and LOVING it!

We have made it to 12 weeks!  It is a BLESSED, HAPPY, SOLID number!!!  It felt so good to get that pregnancy update from baby center today!

Over the past few weeks we have really begun to embrace our pregnancy and my ever so slightly growing bump.  Last week, I even splurged and bought some maternity shirts.  Not that I need them, what I really need are some pants, though rubber bands are doing me wonders.  But, I have to tell you that I kinda hit the jackpot at ROSS of all places.  I bought 9 new maternity shirts for $76 total (The really nice kind with rouched sides!)  It felt great!  Ross, is the one place that I essentially have a free ticket to shop all I want!  My husband loves to save money and Ross fits nicely into the budget.  Typically little money is spent there though as I have never really enjoyed shopping and especially not at stores like Ross that require massive amounts of patience to sift through all the clothing.  But the maternity section was small and quite easy to maneuver.  Anyway, all the shirts are are super cute.  I should post a few pix.  The experience certainly beat the $24 I paid at Target for one shirt.  Anyway, there is always a compromise though.  I am going to splurge on one pair of fantastic maternity jeans.  I live in my jeans and have yet to find anything I like, so I am going to go for it, though I hope to purchase them through consignment…but if not…then I am just going to take the plunge.

Anyway, enough ramblings about clothes.  On to some God talk.

For some time, I have felt that I need to do more for women battling with infertility.  My heart is soooo heavy for women yet in the trenches and I want to help them find hope.  It was SO hard for me to cling to hope and not give up on my faith entirely at times during our long road to conceiving.  I have felt in my heart a real desire to write some sort of devotional or bible study to help encourage women through this season in their lives.  We’ll see what becomes of it, but I can’t seem to shake the idea.  Honestly, it seems so daunting to me. I am not a good writer and to put together some sort of booklet sounds like a huge undertaking, but at the same time, I want to be a voice of compassion and encouragement to women going through this.  Fortunately, for so many of us, we have found community and a voice through our blogs, but I know there are so many more out there that are feeling humiliated, isolated, and without support during one of the greatest challenges that life can bring.

Anyway, so that is a bit on that….

We have begun to tell family and friends about our pregnancy and it is just wonderful to hear their responses.  It is like a long awaited Christmas gift that we are just now beginning to unwrap. My husband and I cherish these moments together with our family and friends and find such joy in their responses.  I think we will wait to post it on facebook for some time just because I kinda like keeping it to our inner circle for now.  Maybe when I bust into those maternity clothes I will post a little pic or something, but for now, it has been so delightful just letting people know as we run into them or call them or however the connection may occur.

Praying for so many of you ladies and so thankful to be able to share in your stories!  This community is a tremendous blessing and source of encouragement for me!


19 thoughts on “12 weeks and LOVING it!

  1. Yay for exiting the first trimester!!! 🙂 I found some great maternity jeans at my gap… They were expensive before my handy dandy 40% off coupon. Google gap promo codes – that’s where I found mine! I have a thing about pants getting just 1/2 an inchi too short for my liking and they have the “tall” option that doesn’t make me afraid of the dryer!

    • Ooh…that is a GREAT idea. I would love to find myself a little coupon online!! I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to be about to leave behind this first trimester! So thankful to be moving forward…in so many ways…both physically and emotionally! : ) Hope you are doing great!

  2. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Are you going to find out at 14 weeks what it is. You might have a place called fetal photos where you live. That is pretty exciting about the Ross shopping spree! I’ll have to make my way over there! I’ve had a moderate case of ohss and pulled out my maternity box from a few years ago. Thanks for sharing! About the maternity jeans. If you can grab some designer consignment jeans, grab them. Mine were so comfy, I hated to not fit in them after my delivery.

    I feel the same way about wanting to help people who are struggling with infertility. Since it’s not openly talked about with many women, I have leaned on a few couples for support who have undergone the same thing. Even though I now currently am pregnant, my heart just aches and I can’t help but get teary when someone brings up a friend or family member who is dealing with it. And when it’s a friend that comes to you, my goodness, it’s like Niagra Falls. It is a really tough journey. Even
    Through all I’ve been through, like you I am so gratefull for my experience and the love I’ve felt from God and strength it has brought me. Maybe it even helps us to be better moms.

    P.S. I think you are a phenomenal writer.

    • Ali, you are just too sweet! Thank you for your encouragement. It means so much to me. I think I am a poor writer with limited language, so the fact that someone thinks some sort of message is getting across and that God is using this blog means a great deal.

      What a journey to endure. It is truly worth it in my estimation..the people we become, the compassion we are able to share with others, the friendships that are strengthened by mutual experiences, our ability to learn to trust GOD even when it doesn’t make sense. So much refining and character building. I definitely think we will be better moms for it!

      How far along are you? Do you have a blog? I can never seem to find a link on your comments, but sometimes I am a little computer illiterate! : )

      Hugs to you, friend!!!

  3. Love this! #1, yay for 12 weeks and telling people. I gotta admit it was just as special to us. 🙂

    #2, I share your sentiment about wanting to help others and have thought about doing something similar but cant find a way to do it that doesnt come across as offensive or demanding to women still struggling. I guess what I’m saying is I want to encourage you….the words will come and you know that, but also if I can help in amy way, please ask! While it hasnt been a fun road, this jo urney has definitely strengthened my faith in unimaginable ways and like you, I would love so much for others to know Him in that way. God bless you, my dear!

    #3, Have fun shopping! Trust me, the pants will be worth the splurge. You’d be amazed at how much more comfortable you’ll be! Cant waig to see pics!

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement. It definitely is a very difficult idea to actualize into some sort of written format. I am just keeping it to prayer….but know this is where I am headed. I’m hoping it will become more clear with time!

      I can’t wait to get a pair of pants. What have you found to be comfortable? I love all your dresses and wish I could get away with it up here in the pacific northwest, but it is so chilly! : )

      • My preference has been for any full panel pants that have the band that goes all the way over your belly (for now). I have found those to be the most comfortable and they even seem to “shape” me a little, which I liked. All the pants I have are from chain stores, nothing super special or fancy. Luckily, I got a ton from a friend so I got to play around with some styles of waistbands to see what I like.

        And thanks for the compliments on my dresses! The funny thing is…I really don’t wear them that often. It just so happens that I had reasons to dress up on some Saturdays and then, BECAUSE I felt all fancy, demanded hubby take a belly picture…LOL

  4. Congrats on the 12 week milestone! I know the sigh of relief that comes with it, and I’m so glad you are there.
    I plan to retread your post later as I’m
    In a bit of a hurry right now, but just wanted to say congrats for now.
    Oh.. And the gap has the best maternity jeans, IMO. Coupons or sales are a must, though!

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