HO HO HO...WHOA!

Monday, December 24, 2018
SURPRISE!!!

Baby 4 is coming to town (in June)!

Couldn't think of a better way to say and celebrate "Merry Christmas" to the world than to share our sweet news! I'm 15 weeks along, so the secret has been with Ryan and me for a while now, but since my belly isn't letting us stay silent anymore, and our latest ultra-sound showed the sweetest, wiggliest little baby with a beautifully beating heart, the present's officially outta the bag. ;)

We are so grateful for this baby already. He/she started tapping on mine and Ryan's hearts a bit ago, but neither of us were ready (the three-kid transition whooped us -- can't lie)! But Baby finally got on its way after staying persistent, and after Ryan had a dream of he and I holding the most precious newborn and being elated ("after you rocked labor and delivery!" he added to me ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‚). You never know if/when growing your family will be difficult, so even though we're tired (are we ever not going to be tired?!), we are deeply grateful that Baby is en route. June will be the brightest month!

We shot the above photos real quick before church one Sunday with my tripod. The girls still didn't know about the baby, so all they were told here was to 1) "smile!" for that first pic, and 2) "be silly!" for the second shot, hence Olivia's mad face. Sis is soooooo not mad about this little one coming! If only she would've known then what Mama and Daddy were doing behind her... ;)

Both the first and last photos were part of our Christmas card this year, which is how we announced this pregnancy to our family and close friends. I captioned the card just like the title of this post - "HO HO HO..." on the front, and "WHOA!" on the back. No one was expecting to see a baby belly when they flipped the card, so everyone spazzed out when they did. We know because we had most of our family take a "sneak peek" of our card via FaceTime, and I handed out a handful of them personally to some of my SD girls. People's shock and joy has been such a fun aspect of this baby's coming!

"Close" is my word for this baby and our journey together so far. Baby has been gentle to me, and I've felt the strongest connection to him/her already. It's that kind of magic that keeps you going when it comes to growing your family, you know. A special something happens to you and that tiny baby inside as they grow...your two hearts fuse. Makes me so excited to have this Tiny in my arms this summer. We are all so thrilled!

XO, sweet friends. Thanks for reading! And Merry Christmas!! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’›

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