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Big changes

There are some big changes going on in the J household! We are expecting our SECOND child!!!!!!!!!

I know to many it doesn’t seem like a super huge deal but it is to us. We always truly believed that Emily was going to be an only child. We had heard stories and known people who have gotten pregnant naturally after IVF (we like to call them “freebies”) but never in a million years imagined that it would happen to us. Especially considering our circumstances behind our IVF.

Imagine our surprise when the pregnancy test showed 2 lines!!! It was a fluke that I had taken it anyway. I was participating in the Biggest Loser Challenge, eating well, dropping weight and being active. Stephen made me test based on a morning I told him that I felt sick and I had only eaten plain toast for breakfast. It’s a good thing he was adamant about that! I was 6+ weeks along at that point! I would have NEVER known I was pregnant honestly. Probably still wouldn’t to this day. Missing a period is not uncommon for me so that wouldn’t have been a tip off.

I am now 13 weeks today. Dealing with some bleeding issues and a low lying placenta but feeling great overall. I have seen my little one more times than most people have by this point and will get another picture in 3 more weeks. Hearing the heartbeat for the first time earlier this week was AMAZING and very reassuring. Our official due date is January 22, 2010.

God is truly amazing. He must have planned for Emily to grow up with a sibling. Despite what we might have believed, He had other plans. I am so thankful to be blessed not once, but twice. I don’t know what I have done to deserve these blessings but I am truly thankful. I hope to be the best mommy I can be to these two little souls that God has entrusted into my care.

So, I guess this will be the first entry in a long line of “pregnancy” posts!

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Mommy and Emily day

Last week, I decided that a zoo trip was in order since the weather was still nice. Emily was a more than willing participant as she loves the zoo and must see the elephants every time we go. It was just the two of us. I know it might sound dumb, but it was the first time we have gone to the zoo alone. We had a blast! We were there from about 9:20 until about noon. Emily WALKED the entire time. We left the stroller in the car and went on our way. We had a deal. If she got tired of walking or ran away, we had to get the stroller. She did WONDERFUL! I was highly impressed, especially since she is still only 2 1/2. I was so proud of her!

The first thing we did when we got there was to check out the sting ray exhibit. Good thing we did that first because it was packed later in the afternoon! Emily didn’t want to pet a sting ray but she did like sticking her hand in the water! I petted a few of them. It was really neat!

We then did our circuit of elephants, hippos, carousel, etc. We even took a ride on the train! (Love being zoo members!) It was great! The weather was perfect and the zoo just started getting busy as we were leaving. Perfect timing for a perfect day!

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