Nigel and I had been praying for our future kids long before we knew we were ready. Our pregnancy journey went through a little rough patch at first but it made us closer together and stronger in our faith. We were definitely ready to be parents. So after an amazing 3 years of marriage filled with adventure, love, laughter and growing stronger together, that perfect time came.
There’s nothing like finding out you are carrying a little life inside of you. I remember leaving the doctor’s office with a heart full of love and my love has now grown even more. I wasn’t as fearful as I thought I’d be, even after being subjected to a plethora of old wive’s tales from well-meaning coworkers, acquaintances and loved ones and reading equally worrying and often contradictory advice online regarding pregnancy. In fact, I felt an active and reassuring peace that I know was from God. I left it to God to guide me; I wasn’t stressed out because I knew God was looking out for my baby and I I was able to embrace this new and miraculous process every step of the way. I had a new outlook on life’s challenges and my priorities almost immediately: any problems or difficulties Nigel and I were facing became of no consequence as long as our little boy was growing healthy. I’ve been diligent to stay healthy, eat foods that nourish my baby and me, and do all I can to ensure I’m setting him up for success, all the while knowing and trusting that God is ultimately in control of this process that He created.
The most precious and most intimate moments have been when I feel him move around and box around (like his dad). I feel his hiccups and his reaction to my meals, to music and to me! He even kicks when Nigel makes loud funny noises! The precious bond that I have with my son has already begun and I know he can feel that we love him.
This new journey has made us so grateful for the people in our lives. Family truly is the most important thing and starting our own little family is an exciting, and in so many ways overwhelming, notion that is soon becoming a reality for us…but we can’t wait for this next chapter of our life. We can’t wait to meet him, hold him, teach him and love him unconditionally.