Sunday, April 17, 2016

A {baby} for the Olivers

Our hearts are full and my belly is too! We are extremely happy to be 17 weeks pregnant with a baby girl!

On January 9th, I took a pregnancy test and saw two pink lines. I was pregnant. When Jose came home from work, I shared the news with him and we hugged and prayed together. This was an unexpected surprise.

A few weeks later, we went in to the doctor for our first appointment and saw our tiny 6 week old baby. It was barely the size of a grain of rice, but we were able to hear the heartbeat. That was an incredible moment. To know that I really was growing a tiny human inside of me.

After the appointment, we shared the news with our families and close friends. We just couldn't wait to share the joy! Our family was so surprised! We all enjoyed our little secret for just a few more weeks until Jose and I shared our announcement on facebook. Our player 3 is coming soon...

On April 5th, Jose and I went in for an ultrasound at 16 weeks exactly. I was so scared, but so excited. I had felt like maybe mother nature was just playing a prank and I wasn't really pregnant; like maybe it was just a fluke and I wasn't really going to have a baby. During this ultrasound, I could either find out the gender of our baby, or baby would not cooperate, or perhaps something unexpected would be seen and they would tell me I was dying or something. The unknown scared me the most. But once we got in and they looked in at the baby I heard the heartbeat and all my fears vanished. Hearing the baby's heartbeat and seeing the profile of the baby's head made it feel real again.

Then the technician said "Looks like baby is curled up in a ball, let's see if it will move." And she pushed on my belly a couple of times. I held my breath and watched as the baby stretched out, waved its arm at us and then the tech moved the sonogram down. And there we saw... "it's a girl." I looked at Jose and smiled. I was shocked to finally hear what my baby would be, and felt so much love.

A few days later we gathered our family and friends together, heard their guesses and visited with them. Then we announced our baby would be a girl! It was so much fun to see all of their reactions and talk to them about our baby. My brother even came up with a nickname for her. As a little girl, my dad liked to call me Poobie, or Pooh Bear. So it only makes sense to nickname our baby... Piglet.

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