Monday, June 16, 2014

Are you ready for a Baby Kuenzel?

By now, many of you have heard that Ryan and I are expecting a baby!  On Wednesday, I will officially be 15 weeks along and my due date is December 13, 2014.  If you're one that gets into the hype about cool dates... this is one of them -- 12/13/14!  For some reason, I have a hard time believing Baby Kuenzel will make his/her appearance on that day.  I tend to run early and Ryan just does what I say, so I have a feeling that Baby Kuenzel will be born before that date.  But I do think that would make a cool birth date, especially because it is the last sequential calendar date of this century!  That is putting a lot of pressure on the baby (or me!) and he/she's not even born yet! :)

Ryan and I officially found out we were pregnant the very end of April.  Many of you are aware of our previous pregnancy struggle (I'll talk about that another time) and know how ready and excited we were to have a child.  I had a really hard time after what happened last time and I went a long time without taking a pregnancy test even though we were fairly certain that I was pregnant.  All the signs were there so I took all necessary precautions and kept the thought in the back of my head.  It ultimately kept the fear of what happened last time, that could definitely happen again this time, at bay.  When we finally decided to test and got two positives -- we were over the moon excited and scared all in one!  We had faith that this pregnancy would go great.

I was about 8 weeks pregnant when we found out and it was NOT easy keeping it from family.  To say the least, many close family members found out right away.  Many people were also very suspicious of me.  The first two nights that we found out we were pregnant we spent with friends at my sister's house and then out for my best friend's birthday.  I don't normally turn down drinks.  Since I've announced, I have heard many "I knew its!" :)

Our first OB appointment was at 13 weeks because I did not have insurance with my new job until June 1.  The appointment was great and the nurse practitioner did an ultrasound.  She wasn't surprised when Baby Kuenzel couldn't fit on the screen and measured only at 11 weeks, 5 days.  She immediately said that we needed to schedule an abdominal ultrasound to figure out the exact dates and size of the baby. 

Just a little peanut! :)

A few days later I had the ultrasound and it was just amazing.  Baby Kuenzel measured at 13 weeks 6 days, 3cm long, and 3oz big!  I still can't begin to explain how amazing these ultrasounds were - especially the second one.  Tears rolled down my cheeks, I cried.  It is beyond wonderful to see your baby's heartbeat and arms moving around after seeing an ultrasound with no movement or heartbeat.  I'll never forget the feeling I had when I saw our baby moving around like that! 

Looks like Ryan, huh? :)

So here we are at almost 15 weeks.  The baby's room work is in full swing.  We've painted, put in new closet shelving, and we've got all the necessary furniture (changing table, crib, recliner chair, dresser, etc.).  My next nemesis is definitely finding a daycare.  Ugh.  I am not enjoying this process already!  I have been feeling great.  My biggest issue is by far headaches, but I'll deal with them knowing I have a little miracle growing inside me -- which is still hard to believe!

12 weeks 

We are so thankful for each and everyone of you who have congratulated us and sent us your prayers after last time and now for this journey.  We sure have a lot to be thankful for and we can't wait to see where this miracle is going to bring us!  Stay tuned! 


Kelly Foster said...

I am beyond thrilled for you!!! So glad you posted this. Praying for you and your family :)

Stacia Brandt said...

So excited for you. Here's to a happy healthy next 3 months :) you look amazing and the two of you are going to be awesome parents!!....I wanted Rilen to be born 10/11/12 but it didn't work out :(

Erin Blegen said...

So happy for you and what a joy to read your writeup. An amazing journey for you and an even better one to come! I know too well that ultrasound lacking heartbeat, so I understand your joy at hearing one now. Beautiful. You're in my prayers for a continued healthy pregnancy. Best wishes to you both :)


Jennifer Larson said...

I am so happy for you two (three!). Best wishes.

Moongirl said...

I am over the moon happy for you! You will be a great mother!

Missy Whidden said...

Oh, this is so exciting, Andrea! I couldn't be happier for you. It's so wonderful to see you happy. I can't imagine what you went through to get to this, but it's going to have a very happy ending :) I can't wait to read more updates on you and your little one! Congratulations!

Heather Adams said...

Soooo excited for you! I cannot WAIT to see baby Kuenzel in photos and hopefully on some layouts! But uhh... you really won't have time after you have a baby! :P Congrats, congrats, congrats!!

Ashley Horton said...

So, so excited for you and Ryan, Andrea!! I hope everything goes smoothly...and no morning sickness!! :) Can't wait to see photos, when Baby Kuenzel arrives!