Another Adventure: 11 Weeks

posted on: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

11 week bump. I was going to hold off on posting pics until we got the cute, 'bump photo shoot sessions' that we are planning for the blog. But, what the heck, are you kidding? What's wrong with a little insta-gram action, hmmm? So, I waited until the evening, when my bump is the biggest and clicked that little button. Bam! There it is ladies and gentlemen. (excuse the odd glasses and leaf earrings in my candle holder. I have a toddler who likes to "help" me reorganize my precious belongings. haha) 


Another adventure begins! Can you believe it!? The responses we have received from so many of you have blown us away and literally brought me to happy tears. Thank you SO much for celebrating with us! You have no idea what the simplest shared excitement has done for my heart. This has been an amazing and unique journey for us!

Our new little baby is due around August 25. That puts me around 11 weeks! Does that sound familiar? Yeah....Forest boy's birthday is August 29th! haha! Can you see some mega joint birthday parties in our future!? Oh lord. It'll be fun! I'll just have to up my party planning a bit.  I've been suuuuuuuper sick, throwing up, all day nausea...food is my friend one moment and my enemy the next. Bleh. But, when I feel super gross, I just remind myself this means the baby is doing it's thing, shaking things up and growing good and strong.

Several of our closest friends have known for a few weeks and have been a DREAM of love, joy and support! (I love you guys so much.)  But, I was afraid and hesitant to tell everyone publicly about our news since we lost our baby, Windland, in November. It's been a constant struggle with me. And, in the back of my mind, no matter how excited I get, I'm almost always met with a twinge of fear and a little sadness.  Samuel has helped me realize that my heart begins to let go of fear and starts to flourish when our friends celebrate with us over the addition of a new, happy little soul into our sweet community. Every squeal, or every time one of my girlfriends would bend down and start whispering sweet things to my baby, my heart would lay back and I would allow myself to feel real joy. Sometimes, the best way to protect your heart is to open it to the love of others. For me, this has been the case.  The past 3 weeks my heart has turned around in such a wonderful way. I think it's called healing...   My face is constantly in a smile. (When I'm not puking that is. haha. ) It's time to share! Time to celebrate and party! WE'RE HAVING ANOTHER BAAAABY!!!  I can't wait to meet my new little love and kiss his or her face. Sigh.


I'm working on a post right now that goes into a good amount of detail about the unexpected journey my heart has been on the past 3 months. The challenges, the fears, the anger, the grieving and then throw into that mix the joy of our new baby. I have learned more about my soul, my heart and just myself in general in the last 3 months... more than I ever have in my entire life.

I'm SUPER excited to share our journey with all of you! Thank you so much for following along. So many of you have smiled with me, laughed, cried sad tears and happy tears with me...thank you. I'm expecting so much more of the laughing and happy tears this year!

Let's do this again y'all!!!

-Jess

I had to throw this picture in that Lorean took last week from a day at the park. Myself,  Lorean, Lauren and our little munchkins had a day in the sun. Yes, that is Forest boy at the top of the stairs. My little fearless boy.  I love our babies.


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  1. Congratulations! I know I don't comment much, but I've been reading :) I'm so happy for you!!!

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  2. CONGRATS! I'm so happy for you and your family! I hope your nausea begins to ease soon too!
    - Mandi (www.lifeinbeta.com)

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    1. thanks girl! me too! oh lord me too! haha. i'm hoping by 12-14 weeks it goes away like it did with Káel! <3

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  3. yay!! So happy for you and your family.

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  4. You are so incredibly blessed to be able to conceive again so soon after a miscarriage. I lost my baby in November too, and I ovulated for the first time just a few days ago since our loss. We're desperately hoping this is our month to conceive again.

    You're baby bump is adorable. I can't wait to follow your journey as you carry your third child! :-)

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    1. aw love, i'm SO sorry you guys lost your baby. my heart aches with you. it was a big surprise, i ovulated less than 2 weeks after we lost our baby, i had no idea! i can't wait to celebrate with you when your next journey begins!!! please keep me posted and updated!!! <3

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  5. So cool both my girls were born in April! So I am also thinking its time we start combining the birthday parties!!! LOL

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  6. This makes me so excited! I loved following your pregnancy with Kael! You're such a cute pregnant Momma!

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  7. Congratulations!!! I am SO happy for you!

    I'm 12 weeks pregnant, our little one is due around August 19th! Almost due date buddies!

    Best wishes,
    Bee

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  8. you look so so so adorable! congrats!!

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  9. Been reading your blog for awhile, but have never commented. I love your blog and you have a beautiful life! The EXACT same thing happened to me two years ago - miscarriage early Nov, but pregnant again and due in August in no time! Rejoicing really does come in the morning - no matter what the situation - but I felt it in that situation in a special way. Prayer being sent your way :)

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    1. wow! that is crazy...thank you so much for your encouragement! so glad you commented lady!! <3

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  10. I am SO SO SO happy for you, mama! Look at that cute baby bump! <3

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  11. Yippee! I love the bump photos even if they are grainy Instagram quality. You look cute little lady.

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  12. Hi Jess,

    I just wanted to thank you for blogging about this. I am on a very similar journey! I lost our first baby in early December, at about 9 weeks, and we conceived again about 4 weeks later. I am almost 6 weeks pregnant now and it is so scary. I am so happy, but so anxious as well. Miscarriage is such a hard thing, and people just don't talk about it enough, particularly how it feels to get pregnant again so soon after. Thank you so much for talking about this on your blog, and I'm so sorry for the loss of your little Windland. I'm really looking forward to seeing more posts about your feelings here. Congratulations!

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    1. it's a whole array of emotions ins't it? wow! thank you for telling me all of this! i know exactly what you are feeling and going through love...i'm going to try and write a raw and honest post about all of my emotions. like, when we found out we were pregnant, i was happy but i was so sad at the same time...no one really prepares you for those kinds of conflicting feelings. i can't wait to hear more about your little sweetness, and i'm so sorry YOU lost your little one in December. <3 <3 i'd love to connect more with you maybe and talk about our journeys!

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    2. thank you, lady. yep, a whole mess of crazy emotions! i'd love to connect whenever you have time, i'm in a tough spot too because my husband and i aren't ready to tell too many people yet.

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  13. Adorable! I can't wait to see this season play out for you. Hoping for a boy or girl? xoxo

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    1. awwwww....you sweet hippie momma! well, i LOVE the idea of brothers...but of course it would be amazing to have a little boho girl! eee! i'm finding out as soon as i can...time will tell! ah!

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  14. This is just...the Best News! :)
    What a Blessing to have another little precious Gift from God. :)

    I hope this Journey and Pregnancy goes smoothly and wonderfully!

    <3 <3

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  15. Congrats again, Jess... I am looking forward to reading more of your journey... I am 29 weeks today and am due 3 weeks after my daughter's 2nd birthday (April time) so I guess we will have similar age gaps... All the very best :)

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    1. thanks girl! yay! you are right around the corner! that's JUST like our set up! haha

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  16. Aww... how exciting! I know exactly how you feel. I had my daughter last April and I'm due in June with my second.

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  17. CONGRATS!!! How exciting!!! Praying you through!

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  18. yaaay congratulations!

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  19. woop woop! babies are for sure the biggest and bestest blessing e.v.e.r!!!!!
    my zev born in march is just startin to get big enough to really play with his big bro asher. blesses my heart in imaginable ways.
    anxious myself for another lil one already ;o)

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    1. oh my gosh i love that name! "zev" eeee!!!! i can't wait to see my wee littles play together!!!

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  20. "Sometimes, the best way to protect your heart is to open it to the love of others." i'm dealing with a lot of stuff recently and i've started to feel myself push people away. this may just become my new mantra. thank you. and congrats on the newest baby. i hope the morning sickness starts fading and you can move on to the happier parts!! :)

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    1. *tears* thanks for sharing how this helped you. oh man. and thanks for the congrats!!! <3

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  21. I found your blog randomly through another and realized that our husbands know each other, I asked you the other day on instagram to ask Sam if he remembers josh Mcginty? Anyway, I just wanted to say I love your blog and your adorable little family! We too are expecting our second in September :). Its so exciting!

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  22. I'm so excited to read about your journey! I'm 5 weeks behind you, and really looking forward to get a little sneak peek to what's coming through you! :)

    I'm having a hard time being happy about all this, it's like I don't want to let myself believe that this is happening, and although this is a very much wanted (and fought for) baby, I can't help but keeping a distance. I wish I can embrace this soon, it makes me sad to think that all of our family and friends are loving the little pea so much already and I just can't.

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    1. hey girl, don't beat yourself up or put pressure on yourself to connect with your baby. the feelings and heart felt joy will come in time i promise. you know it wasn't really until i felt my first baby move that i started to feel any different from what you are describing. i finally started to feel connected. just take it day by day-our hearts are curious things...give it some space and don't put expectations on yourself. is this your first baby? <3 <3 <3 email me if you'd like, i'd love to stay connected with your journey!

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  23. He turns our mourning into dancing, and sorrow into joy :) God is good! So incredibly excited about this journey - can't wait to read along! Your bump is just too cute! xo

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  24. So exciting...I am due exactly a month after you, so we will be on this journey together! Oh and I am also having the ALL DAY nausea. This is my first baby and I didn't know it would be this bad!

    http://bottleblack.blogspot.com

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    1. yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!! well...NOT for you nausea, dear goodness-but for our journey's being similar! i know how hard it is being gross all day. it will probably fade away in a couple weeks! *crossing fingers* i can't wait to follow your pregnancy as well!!

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  25. I found your sight yesterday. wow! Your life is so blessed and your family so adorable and lovely. Congratulations on the baby! I am one of 12... and I waited for everyone with excited anticipation. So happy to be following a story of another bump! :) Can't wait to see all the fabulous clothes and sweet pictures!

    And I voted for you. ;)

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    1. aw yay! i guess i should say "Welcome!" ? haha you are SO sweet! thank you! <3 <3

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  26. You are telling my story! We have 4 birthdays in the month of August. Every two years, it seemed that the Thanksgiving turkey was getting me pregnant! And I also lost two babies early on. One before each pregnancy. I know it kind of casts a shadow over the next pregnancy, making you wary about getting too excited. I am sending "sticky baby" thoughts your way. Hope you start feeling better soon!

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    1. <3 <3 <3 thank you SO much... it really does i will take all the good baby thoughts sent my way i can get! haha

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  27. Jess!Can't tell you how excited I am for you. Can't wait for more updates:)
    Also I put in a vote for you:)
    Love Jem.

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  28. so wonderful! congratulations and I love the video! I'm eleven weeks pregnant as well due the 27th August :) Understand the all day sickness and so many blessings to you and your growing family! Love Martine

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    1. yay! all these sweet august babies!!! l love it! lots of blessings and amazing adventures to you and your fam!!!

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  29. hey jess still so happy for you! so neat your kiddos bdays will be so close! mine are 6 days apart july 30 and aug 5... with daddy's in the middle aug 2... christmas in the summer! hope to see you again soon!

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    1. awww thanks laura!!! i'll be watching you close this summer getting pointers! haha! i hope to see your pretty face VERY SOON!!! :)

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  30. congrats! My due date is august 24! little limes!

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  31. How incredibly exciting Jess! I've been following your blog for quite awhile and must say you are such a strong, positive, inspiration! A beautiful wife and mother, and now baby number 2! Congratulations! I'm sure you have read it, but if not, you need to read "Heaven is for Real". It really helped my girlfriend after her miscarriage and reminded us that even though they are not here with us, we will see them in heaven! Good luck! xoxo

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    1. oh my goodness! thank you SO much for telling me this! soooo sweet! My mom sent me that good soon after we miscarried, it helped my heart more than anything. thank you girl!!!

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  32. I've loved following your beautiful little blog and i'm going to enjoy it even more now as i just found out i'm 5 and bit weeks pregnant (due October 16) with my first and i'll love watching your journey as i embark on my own!

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    1. ah! that is SOOOO exciting!!!!!! yaaaaay!!!!

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  33. ah! you are so tiny and adorable!!! i hope my pregnancy is as cute :)

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    1. HA! well thank you! i'm hoping mine stays on the smaller side this time around...we'll see! haha <3

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  34. I don't think I've ever commented before, but I started following your blog after I was directed to your AMAZING birth story by another blog I read (I think! ;)) but either way I am looking forward to following this journey from the beginning! :) My childrens birthdays are January 18th and January 31st (4 years apart). We couldn't have planned their birth dates any closer if we tried! ;) Prayers for an awesome pregnancy! :)

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  35. So excite for you! Cant wait to follow along on your pregnancy journey! Hoping you start feeling better very soon!!

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  36. You have the cutest bump, ever! I look forward to seeing the photoshoot pictures...they were beautiful last time. :) Congrats, again!

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  37. Love the "sometimes, the best way to protect your heart is to open it to the love of others"...my toes though say ouch.:) Very poetic. Congrats on your news!! Love the video..so sweet.:)
    God's sweet girl,
    Angie

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  38. I have just discovered your blog and this was my first read. Congratulations on your wonderful news! I love baby bump pictures they are just so beautiful!! I look forward to reading more of your blog when my little boy (also a big fearless toddler) is not running circles around me hehe! :)
    Roxy

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  39. Wow! Congratulations! I'm due July 29th. Yay for summer babies!

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  40. Wow! Congrats! I'm due July 29th. Yay for summer babies!

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  41. Congratulations Jess! You are so deserving of this beautiful experience. Your words just exude a sense of introspect and wisdom, you are seriously glowing from the inside out!
    I am due with baby #2 just 3 days after stellas second birthday! What a crazy time hey?!
    Looking forward to following your journey to boho baby #2!
    Xx

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