a little announcement...

Well hello there! You might have been wondering where the world I've been for the past few weeks. The main answer is working. But we've also been a little preoccupied in The Rose Household because...

We're having a baby!!!

I'm 13 weeks pregnant and we are overjoyed with the news! This is something that we have wanted for our family's future for as long as I can remember. We've been planning, and saving, and preparing for a little one for sometime and now that it's really happening - well, we couldn't be happier. I have always felt that I was put on this earth to be a mom and my heart swells when I realize that it is all happening.

Here are some details...

Due date:  Late September (a Libra!)

When/how we found out: I had a hunch about a week before we moved away from New York, but chalked up any irregularity to the stress of the move. But after another few days, we took the test the weekend we moved away. We joked that the only thing in our apartment was a couch and a positive pregnancy test. After a week in Kansas, a week unpacking in Texas, and a few days researching Dallas OBs, I finally found a doctor (who we love!) and made an appointment. Except that I couldn't remember or find my calendar with my dates in it, so we couldn't accurately figure out how far along I was. I guessed that I was maybe 5-6 weeks. A few days later I found my calendar and called the doctor back and we realized I was already 8 and a half weeks along! Time really did fly. I'm thankful that we were distracted with the move during those early weeks. It helped us not panic and worry too much in those early days.

How am I feeling?  I'm feeling great now! Although the first trimester was no cake walk. A few weeks of nausea and about two straight months of some serious fatigue. Let me just say that the struggle is real, my friends. I could barely stay awake to get through my work. (And thus the lack of any blog posting activity on here. Sorry y'all I was seepy.) So thankful that I was working from home so I could rest more. Bravo to those putting in full work days during the first trimester. I truly don't know if I could have done it.

Will you find out the sex? Of course! You know what planners Al and I are. I can't imagine not knowing (to all of you who can wait nine months for that surprise, I applaud you.) I like to have all the facts as soon as possible - so we will be finding out the gender here in a few weeks. Al swears it is a girl and I change my mind daily about what I think it is. We aren't rooting for any gender over the other - just a healthy baby is all we care about.

Any Cravings? SWEETS! And I'm not normally a sweets person. Nine times out of ten I would choose the salty snack over sweet. But that has changed completely. I find myself wanting donuts, pancakes, waffles, and pie all the time. Thankfully I don't indulge too much - that whole "eating for two" thing is a little misleading. I'm also craving fruit (a much better choice than donuts) and can't seem to get enough of sour fruits - pineapple, granny smith apples, key lime yogurt (?!). Overall, I'm trying to cram as many nutritious foods into my meals as possible...so that I can have pie for dessert. :) 

What will Lily think of the baby?! Lily has been the sweetest with me (per usual). She would nap every afternoon with me and generally stay near me at all times. Although, none of that is really out of the ordinary for her. I'm not too worried about how she'll be with the baby. She is great around babies and kids, and I think as long as she still gets some attention and isn't totally ignored when the baby arrives, she'll be okay. Fingers crossed.

Do you have a nickname or name for the baby yet? No pregnancy "bump-name". We tend to refer to it by whatever size fruit it is that week. So this week we have a baby peach. :) As far as real names - we have a few that we like but aren't even close to settling on any. I'm one of those people who always had a pretty good idea of my future children's names, but now I'm not so sure. It's so much pressure!! All I can say is that, for now, we mostly spend time coming up with names we won't use - names that absolutely do not work with our last name. (I.e. Any name that is a flower, color, season, month, our noun-like name). This is why we gave our dog the flower name. It's just not nice to name a human Lily Rose!

What do our families think? To say they are excited is an understatement. This will be the first grandchild for all six of the parents and boy are they ready. Phone calls consist of "what baby/pregnancy-related item can I send you" and "what should my grandparent name be?". Thinking this kid is going to be spoiled rotten!

The future: I have a few more weeks finishing up a project for work and then can really devote all of my time to this little baby I'm growing. :) I'm not sure what this means for The Rose Record just yet. I definitely don't think I'll be back to posting regularly, but I will pop in to give updates on my pregnancy and progress on our preparations for the little peach. But I also acknowledge that these next six months are the last in my life when I can really do whatever I want, without obligations or deadlines. I want to spend these next six months preparing and learning as much as I can. So I'll be around, but my focus will be on baby and not necessarily on TRR. If it seems a little quiet on here - you can always see what we're up to over on my Instagram.

But back to the point...we're having a baby!!!! Nothing in the world could make us happier. Both of us just cannot stop smiling. :) 

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