Friday, August 26, 2016

Baby K is on the Way: Coming March 2017

Well y'all, our greatest adventure ever is underway. After keeping the biggest, most exciting, most life-changing secret ever for the last two months, Aaron and I are beyond thrilled to announce that we've got a sweet little baby on the way! (#BabyKisontheway) With so many amazing, intentional, and fabulous friends and family like you all, it's been super hard to avoid sharing for a while, and I feel like shouting it from the rooftops today!

YoungLife Pregnancy Announcement

How We Found Out

Exactly two months ago tomorrow, we finished up the final departure meeting for our Greece Trip, and then I ran upstairs and finally convinced Aaron to let me take a pregnancy test. Even though I was only a couple of days late, I just knew that I was pregnant. And in about five seconds, those two little lines showed up and our world changed forever. We headed to Applebee's for half price apps to celebrate and bask in the reality that we were going to become parents. If you read 9 Reasons I'm Afraid to Have a Baby back in February, you may wonder what happened in the last six months or so. I'm excited to share more about that heart journey in my post How I Knew I Was Ready for a Baby.

Shoes Pregnancy Announcement

How We Told Our Parents

Since we found out just days before we left for YoungLife Camp, (yep, totally preggers the whole time I was there) we decided to tell our families sooner rather than later. I felt bad because Aaron had to fib to his dad about cancelling some plans in order to come to my pregnancy confirmation nurse's visit. Once we got the green light that I was in fact pregnant on June 30th, we made plans to spill the beans in a fun way.

Ultrasound pregnancy announcement

We'd missed Father's Day with my dad because we were on our anniventury, so I sent my mom a text suggesting that we celebrate it at 54th Street with some late night apps (a common occurrence for our family). My mom agreed and said that both my brothers would be coming too: perfect. We brought along a card to give my dad once we'd ordered, and so did my mom, which made it even more normal. We wrote all sorts of fabulous things in his Father's Day card, and then put that he would be an amazing grandpa....in March!! We'd kept my parents totally in the dark on our baby "timeline", so needless to say they were pretty shocked and excited. See for yourself. (Warning, I cry every time I watch this):


Aaron's aunt was in town and we were planning to go over for a family dinner. We made a stop at Babies R' Us and picked up a bib that said "What happens at Grandma's stays at Grandma's". Aaron prayed before the meal, and then made some comment about how we got his mom something to wear while she was eating. She opened the bib, read the words, and this was her reaction:


Again, oh so sweet, and so joyful. I LOVE that we have these videos to cherish and watch forever, especially since our parents are going to be first time grandparents on both sides. It has been such a huge blessing and joy to be wrapped in love and prayer by our families for these last two months, and to share such an amazing secret with them!


When I'm Due

My official due date is March 5, 2017. We are thrilled for a March baby, and it will work out pretty perfectly with spring break and the end of school. I'm super grateful that I've only taken like six days off in the last six years, because it means I've got a whole bunch of days to take off when Baby K arrives!

Pregnancy Announcement

How I'm Feeling

I'm at 13 weeks pregnant, and all in all, I've been feeling pretty great! I did end up getting sick quite a bit when we were in Greece (morning sickness and Mediterranean food don't mix, this we know). Let's just say that I was wayyyy ready for American food by the end of the trip, although baby seems to like ice cream and I didn't have trouble keeping that down. Once we got home, I wasn't sick as much, just super super tired and of course starving at a moment's notice. I got sick a few times the week of softball tryouts (right before school started), but since then I've just felt kind of nauseous. Even that has been fading, so I think I'm finishing up with feeling yucky! Also, my bump is starting to make its appearance, ever so slightly. Bumpdates to come!

Shoes pregnancy announcement

Where I'm Planning to Deliver

Baby K will be born at North Kansas City Hospital. I have an amazing doctor that I love in the women's center there, and she has actually delivered two babies for one of my friends. It's so nice knowing someone who has been through the whole process with my very same doctor, and who has had such fabulous experiences. NKC Hospital is about 15 minutes from both school and our house, which makes it a great location whenever baby decides to make his or her appearance!


Pregnancy Announcement Photos

This post wouldn't be complete without a huge shout out to these two sweet girls. I decided I wanted to have a few fun photos to announce our pregnancy with, but I also wanted to use it as a way to tell them our big news! So I texted these two awesome YoungLife girls that are also amazing photographers, told them I wanted to take some "photos" with Aaron, and kept them in the dark as to the specifics. When they showed up at our house, I revealed my "props" to them, and they completely freaked out. It was so fun having them be a part of the surprise, while also surprising them. Shout out to @creativekaylee and @hillystansbilly for the fabulous photos you see here, with even more to come in future motherhood posts! 

Mechanic Pregnancy Announcement

Aaron and I are so, so grateful for this amazing journey, and we feel so blessed and overjoyed at the chance to become parents. I am overwhelmed by the opportunity to partner with the Lord in bringing this child into the world, and we are already so in love with sweet Baby K! Thanks for being a part of this adventure with us!

Currently,
Kelsie


32 comments:

  1. How exciting!! Congratulations, Kelsie, your little one is a very special blessing. It's easy to see that they're loved so much by the whole extended family already!

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  2. Exciting news, Kelsie!! This is a wonderful blog post -- perfect to capture and treasure these special days for years to come. All the best to you!

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  3. Congratulations!! It's wonderful that you have so many photos and videos already to remember this special time.

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  4. Congratulations, Ks! Your adventures are going to do much more interesting with a baby in tow :)

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  5. Aw congratulations! I'm so happy for you both.

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS!! Those videos made me tear up - how precious that you captured such a special moment. Looking forward to keeping up with your pregnancy posts!

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  7. So adorable! Congratulations on this amazing gift and I wish you a safe and healthy pregnancy!

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  8. Congrats!!! I love the high five your dad gave!

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  9. Congratulations! What sweet photos and I loved reading how you told everyone!

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  10. Congratulations! I also chose a doctor that delivered several friends babies. It put us at ease knowing they had a great experience.

    http://ashortblonde.com

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  11. Congratulations girl! You are GLOWING!

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  12. This is so amazing! Congrats!!! Can't wait to hear more :)

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  13. Congratulations!!!!! I can't wait to watch your baby bump grow!

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  14. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing all your special moments. Videos and photos really touching.

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  15. Ahh!!! Congrats love! That is so exciting :) Wishing you nothing but the best for your new journey and family.

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  16. Congratulations! Such exciting news!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  17. A HUGE congrats!! :) Yay! Can't wait to hear more!

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  18. Congrats! I saw this on Instagram and meant to comment but ended up getting busy-so happy for you, enjoy the journey!

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  19. OMG congrats! Babies are amazing! I dont even know you but I totally cried watching those vids!

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  20. Congratulations! I hope you have a super easy and fun pregnancy!

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  21. Congratulations!! SO exciting!

    Rachel | www.theconfusedmillennial.com

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  22. Congratulations!! Such an exciting time!! Those videos are truly heartwarming.

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  23. How exciting!!!! I love the detailed photo of the three shoes. Loved watching the videos too :)

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  24. How exciting! We actually switched doctors twice during our first pregnancy. It's not easy trying to find someone who will be able to really help you through your first experience. Glad you had recommendations from friends.

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  25. Such exciting news! Congratulations!!

    Xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  26. CONGRATS, KELS!!!!!! These videos made me tear up. So incredibly excited for you and to watch your little family grow!!! XOXO

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  27. SO Happy for you Kelsie, Congratulations!!

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