There’s a new berry in town! Well, she’s on her way. We are all so excited to meet our sweet surprise girl, even Eva.
As my grandfather asked me directly, was this planned? The answer is yes and no. After Eva was born, Greg and I agreed we were open to another child. The way I thought about it was that I had room in my heart for another one. To our surprise, the year 2019 came and went, filled with dozens of state park trips but no pregnancy. At the end of the year, it was a good surrender point to give up any ideas or plans we had for our family and wholeheartedly commit our path to the Lord. After the state park challenge and our first international trip in 2019, it was easier for me to picture always having a family of six, leaving the baby phase behind. We entered the new year ready to continue our family travel, moving on to national parks and bigger trips. Two weeks later I was staring at a positive pregnancy test. Surprise!
So here we are, expecting our third fall baby. This one is due almost exactly on Zoe’s original due date at the end of September (Zoe, of course, wasn’t born for another three weeks). I think it’s hilarious that we will have four girls and a boy because my parents have exactly the same mix. What are the odds??
Being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic has been interesting so far. I chose to get a very early ultrasound (14 weeks) because the independent ultrasound offices in our area were closing. I ended up driving out to Gastonia right before the NC statewide stay-at-home mandate took effect!
I had my first prenatal checkup last week and everything looks good. I’m praying she continues to grow strong and healthy, for God’s protection over our family, and especially for strength & patience during my fifth pregnancy!