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This blog post is one we’ve been waiting to write for months and the absolute hardest secret we’ve ever had to keep! I’m sure just by looking at the images you can guess what’s coming next… WE ARE PREGNANT!!! Our greatest adventure is about to begin and we couldn’t be happier for this precious gift God has given us. After almost 7 years of marriage, we’re bringing a baby into this world and starting a family. Our hearts are overjoyed and we’ve cried more times that we can count (all tears of joy) with this amazing news! Baby Arias is due June 2019 and I’m sure with this exciting news, there are tons of questions for us! So aside from just announcing our pregnancy, we’re bringing you up to speed with how we found out, how I’ve been feeling, and many more details :)

I’ll start from the beginning…

We’ve been trying to get pregnant since the end of 2017 (around this time actually) but I have a very irregular cycle and my body was having difficulty ovulating. We saw the doctor and did a series of tests to rule out thyroid issues, hormonal imbalances, and PCOS which, thankfully, all came back negative. So then it just became a waiting game and I started tracking my cycle. All this time we were watching so many people around us getting pregnant and wondering when it would be our turn. To be completely honest, we were struggling with trusting in the Lord and His timing. Around early September, we were at church and the Lord spoke to us through the worship and our pastor and, to condense this story, God told us to trust Him and let go of the worry and stress of trying to get pregnant. That day we laid down our worry, our hearts changed, and we gave it to God. And we kid you not, a few weeks later, we got pregnant!

Mid-October came around and I started to feel a little strange and experience some pregnancy symptoms. About 4 days before Vic’s birthday I took a pregnancy test and it came out positive. Tears began to roll down my face as I saw that second pink line and remembered that only a month before ,we surrendered this area to God completely. His faithfulness and perfect timing never ceases to amaze us. Once I told Vic, we began to tell our families and friends the good news and our hearts were filled with joy seeing their reactions (You can see the video with some of the their reactions at the bottom of this post). We went on our trip to Europe, which was quite an adventure for me as the nausea and motion sickness seemed to peak during those two weeks away. So although I was very sick at the beginning of our European cruise, I was still able to enjoy this perfectly timed bucket-list trip before we have this baby.

Thankfully, this pregnancy has been fairly good to me. I had nausea and I’ve thrown up a few times, but other than that it’s been pretty smooth sailing. I’m utterly exhausted most of the time and naps have become my new everyday ritual (when possible). Food aversion began around week 6 and there are things I can’t even look at or smell right now that used to be my favorite. I can’t smell or see any sort of seafood and strawberries make me sick to my stomach. I’ve had some days that are worse than other, but in all honesty, it’s been a good pregnancy so far.

We heard our baby’s heartbeat through a doppler at 8 weeks and saw him/her at our first ultrasound this past Wednesday when I was 11 weeks. He or she was flipping and jumping almost the entire time and they had a strong and fast heartbeat. It was such a beautiful and emotional moment for both of us. We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to become parents and thankful for God’s goodness in our lives. After keeping this secret for almost 2 months, we’re just SO excited to share this news with all of you :)

 

We can’t end this post without giving a special thank you to our friend Karen who snapped these announcement photos for us :)

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