Thursday, September 25, 2008

breaking the news to the kids

This week has been a rough week. I have been so full of hope and fear for this pregnancy I had to continually look to the Lord for strength. Until today we hadn't told the kids that I was pregnant which meant they had to deal with a sick and tired mommy for quite some time now without knowing why.

When I went in for my doctor's appointment yesterday it was pretty strange to hear myself tell the doctor that this was my 7th pregnancy! After patiently taking my whole health history she got out her little doppler. I was holding my breath waiting for that magic drum beat that would tell me things were going to be o.k.

You can't imagine how fun it was to bring the kids in so they could hear the heartbeat and then tell them the good news. Zak thought we were joking (he has been praying for a baby for a while now), Eliot looked shell shocked and Eliannah wrinkled up her nose, climbed onto my lap, looked down my shirt and said, "Where's that little baby?" (She has continued to check down my shirt throughout the day even though I explained to her that she was looking in the wrong place.)

Eliot is a little excited and wants a boy. Eliannah is a little excited and wants a babydoll. Zak has been walking around all day with a huge grin on his face exclaiming things like:
"I can't believe you're going to have a baby!
" I thought you were retired from having babies!"
" I can't believe you got pregnant in Philadelphia!"
" I can't believe we're going to have another baby in the family!!!!!!"
(He really wants a girl)

And Phillip? Well, he has prayed with me, supported me, listened to my hopes and fears and in typical Phillip fashion has begun to call the child "Twinkie" We are so blessed, grateful, amazed and honored that we get to go through this whole process again. God is good.

(Oh, and for the record, this week he has also brought me kimchi, cooked me bulgogi, brought home sushi - California rolls that is- and in every way done his best to take care of me. What a guy!)


Lara said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news!
By the way, I love the "bun in the oven" picture. =)

Jeannett Gibson said...

How far along are you? Due date? Details! Details! :)

Erica said...

Congratulations, my dear friend!!! Wow :-) I am so excited for you!!!

Ms. Julie's Place said...

You should get a pregnancy widget that shows what the baby looks like.
Just google pregancy widget and there are several to choose from.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Jacqueline! "Moses, party of six!"

sarah said...

If it's a girl - Philly
If it's a boy - Camden


Jacquelyn said...

Sarah, we were thinking of a more traditional name:
boy: William Penn
girl: Betsy Ross


Jeannette said...

congratulations! hope you feel well!

Kate said...

yea! so happy for you guys. i love the kids reaction. so sweet and endearing! why has this been a rough week for you?

joy said...

yay! congratualtions! and i love the bun in the oven pic. that's how i told cade i was pregnant with esther. the kids are too cute--what sweet reactions. craving kimchi and bulgogi? you sound more korean than i am! and it's so exciting to hear the heartbeat.

Naomi Smith said...

this is good news, Jacquelyn; congratulations! I hope your wee one will have a nose full of freckles!

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