It's still so hard to believe that we have another baby on the way and soon we will be a family of FOUR!
When I was pregnant with Judah we announced at 8 weeks. This pregnancy we wanted to do the same. There are a few dear reasons why we announce our pregnancies so early.
I believe that life begins at conception. This little 8 week life inside of me is just that, a life. A beating heart, a rapidly developing body, and a soul. A tiny baby that God is knitting together in my womb. We want to celebrate this life, not hide it until we're out of the risky stage of pregnancy.
Miscarriage is said to affect one in four pregnancies. Sadly, not every positive pregnancy test begins a story with a happy ending. Any mother who has lost their child due to miscarriage will tell you that the sting of loss isn't bandaged by the comfort of statistics.
I am fully aware that declaring what I believe to be true and announcing this pregnancy early does not make me immune to the tragedy of miscarriage. But whether we know this child for 6 weeks or 6 decades, this is a baby that we want to love fiercely, lift up in prayer, and celebrate with those around us. Nothing is promised, but we are choosing to trust God and His goodness toward us. If something happens and we lose this child, we will trust that He is still good and there is something more for us beyond loss. A rainbow after the storm.
Everyone has reasons for announcing when they do. I don't feel it is wrong to wait until the end of the first trimester, everyone has their reasons for being fearful, cautious, or simply secretive. I honor all decisions: to wait, to share early, or to share never.
I ask you to join us in praying for this sweet life growing inside of me. We are so thrilled that our family is growing and can hardly believe that this precious baby was entrusted to us!
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:13-14
Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. – Psalm 22:9-10