|shirt via SheShe Made|
To put it bluntly, we started trying to get pregnant again last October. Or at least we weren't preventing. :) We weren't charting, planning, or anything official like that, but we knew we wanted to grow our family, and not knowing if or how fast it would happen again, we decided this would be best as Patrick and I aren't getting any younger. Knowing the Lord had already blessed us with our little guy, we knew He already had the plans for what our family would look like in the future (and if that would include more kids), and just tried not to worry about it.
Since I'm being blunt, I will go ahead and tell you that the month we conceived? We thought we'd missed the window that we could. Oh, and the baby was conceived on our little getaway to Mexico. :) Too much info? Sorry mom & dad. :) It is funny/frightening to think of all the things I did when I was just barely pregnant...swimming with whale sharks, ziplining, you know, basically anything you're not supposed to do while pregnant. :)
I honestly had no clue I was pregnant. In hindsight, I should've known because we were preparing to move, and I was SO tired I couldn't function. I thought it was just because we had so much going on and I wasn't getting enough sleep. Then when I ended up being late, I started wondering if it could be. Well as luck would have it, I didn't have a car that day because Patrick's was in the shop and he had taken mine to OKC...so I couldn't go buy a pregnancy test. He got home that afternoon around 5:30, and we were supposed to have dinner with some friends at 6 so he was ready to just pick us up and head there. Well, I knew I couldn't wait to test, so I told him I had to go to Wal-Mart before we went to dinner because we were out of milk for Manny.
So I headed to Wal-Mart real quick, and just like when I found out I was pregnant with Manny, I took the test in the bathroom at Wal-Mart. :) Yes, the bathroom is still as disgusting as it was 2 years ago, but I couldn't wait. I bought the digital kind, and when the word "pregnant" popped up, the emotions hit me all over again...the shock, excitement, etc...so there I was crying away in the Wal-Mart bathroom. Quite the scene, quite the memories. :)
Since I wasn't really prepared for this, I decided to tell Patrick the same way I told him with Manny, so I just bought a little gift bag and wrapped up the test. He had brought me a surprise home from OKC (an iPad!) so when I got home, I told him I wanted to get him a surprise too since he'd just gotten me one. He didn't suspect a thing. And when he unwrapped the pregnancy test? I swear it was the same face as when he unwrapped the one I gave him last time. He was confused and was just like, "What? Is this yours?" And then he just kept saying "wow" over and over. And Manny was standing there clapping, and it was just SO special...I never imagined this day would come...and come so quickly! We are certainly blessed.
I wanted a fun way to tell family, so we took the addition picture using my tripod and remote. We took it right before church, and got lucky after only a few shots with one that was good enough. :) I found the idea via Pinterest, of course! They had used a chalkboard for the background, but since we didn't have a large one, I just added the numbers to the picture in Photoshop and that got the message across. :) I would link to the source, but I didn't pin it so I wouldn't give away our news, and now I can't find it!
Ashley was also one of the first to know the news, and was so sweet to make this adorable shirt for Manny. It's so fun to see him wearing it!
Well I think that covers all the details and any questions I've received. If I missed anything, please let me know! As you can tell, I have no problem oversharing...ha. :)
I just want to say again that we are blown away at this miracle of life, and humbled that the Lord has blessed us again. If you are still waiting on your little miracle, please know you are on my heart and always in my prayers. I have struggled with a lot of guilt in getting to experience this a second time when I know so many waiting for their first time. If that is you, please keep the faith, and know that I am praying and believing with you!