Thursday, November 29, 2012

What we've been up to

It's kind of hard to know where to start when I went from blogging ~5x/week to not blogging for a month. Where do I even start? I feel like the least intimidating thing for me is to just instadump some photos here that give a little picture into life for the past month...and I may blog about one or more of these events/projects in detail in the next week or so. 

The short of it - not a whole lot happened in the last month. I've been pretty inhibited from doing much due to ye olde morning-slash-all-day-every-day sickness. But there were some bright spots and fun things that happened in the midst of it all!

We painted our house! Definitely more on this later...We LOVE it.

I voted. #goheelsgoamerica

Rob set up my resting place for me one night :) Favorite sweatshirt + cheerios + a baby budget book + photos of our little one. 

Some of our very best friends had their first baby! Sweet Bryce is so beautiful and we got to see him just 4 hours after he was born!!

Here is again - isn't he just the CUTEST??

I did one craft...

That turned into this beautiful wreath that I LOVE. (More details to come)

Rob MC'ed FCA's Annual Fall Banquet - for over 1,000 people! I was so so so proud of him. 

We celebrated Cait's bday!


I cooked a turkey!! (Definitly more on that)

We had a beautiful Thanksgiving in New Bern.

We started decorating for Christmas...

Then we got crazy and decided to start building our built-ins in our living room at the same time as Christmas... it's chaos but I am SO excited. Can't wait to fill y'all in...

I hung out with my sisters. Love.

...And that's about all for now! More details to come - tales of nausea, DIY updates, and more!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Best Surprise





That's right, y'all! The Shields Family will be adding a new family member in June 2013!! AHHH!!

I wanted to share a little about how we found out and the first bit of our baby's life so far. We were completely surprised at first... but even in the midst of our surprise, we were/are completely overwhelmed with excitement and joy!

I found at the end of September by taking a pregnancy test on a hunch. I just got up early one morning with a feeling and figured I'd take a test just to get it outta my head. Much to my surprise...it immediately turned positive. I just stared in amazement with my heart racing...and pretty much immediately started crying :) I just couldn't believe that it was true and I couldn't believe that we would be so blessed.

Rob was asleep when I took the test and when I came out of the bathroom he had left the room to make coffee. I just got in bed and sat there waiting for him to come back...and when he walked into the room, I just held out the test and immediately burst into tears again. He was shocked but immediately so happy and excited. It was really one of the best feelings of my life!

We decided to celebrate a little with some (decaf) coffee on the back porch and a morning fire before work. We just sat there half in disbelief and half in joy. It was such a sweet time.


Rob left that night to go out of town for the weekend and the next morning when we talked on the phone, we both didn't really believe that it was true. After a night's sleep, it just seemed all like a dream. So I took another test...and lo & behold...


...it was positive again! It was starting to get real, y'all.

We went to the doctor when I was about 5 weeks along because I was experiencing some abdominal pain. When they did an ultrasound, they could see the embryo but it was too early to hear a heartbeat yet. Even though the doctor said it was completely normal, I was so anxious to hear a heartbeat. We went back a week later (October 18) and...we heard our baby's heartbeat for the first time! The best sound in the whole world! It was amazing how much our baby (the size of a sweet pea) had grown in one week.


We've since heard the heartbeat 3 more times and each time, it's such an amazing feeling. So humbling and overwhelming.

I'm twelve and a half weeks now - just a few days from the end of my first trimester! My due date for now is June 9, although there has been some uncertainty about the definite date.

I'll blog some more details later but here is one more picture of our little one (at 5 weeks, 6 weeks, and 9 weeks - all zoomed in at the same ratio). It's truly incredible to see how quickly our peanut is growing!

We are so excited and grateful to God - the giver of all good things!