S: and then there were three
BC: The pregnancy ended and parenthood began... ...to be continued...
FC: and then there were three
1: We waited and prayed for our baby long before the birth. The journey of pregnancy was beautiful and fascinating, and the end result was simply miraculous.
2: It was Easter weekend, 2011 when I got the first positive pregnancy test. It was early in the morning but I couldn't wait. I was so excited to tell James and we were so happy, yet hesitant until we could see the doctor for confirmation. The "second" line was very faint so we said, "we think we might be having a baby" That day we traveled to Jer's house for an Easter celebration. Rachel was pregnant with Lillian and Julianne was pregnant with Ari, I was so excited to share in the pregnancies but we weren't ready to share the news yet. We found creative ways to tell the grandparents about the pregnancy and shared it with our close friends and family. In June it was shared in front of the whole church!
4: We thought it would be fun to watch this miracle grow before our eyes so we took pictures throughout the pregnancy to watch my belly grow and grow and grow! God was surely at work. Psalm 139:13, For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
6: It's great to hear, "you look so cute!" when you're pregnant and for people to ask how you're feeling. It's also a good time to take advantage of people's willingness to help you carry, move or lift things. On a serious note though, it is such an awesome privilege to have the opportunity to create and grow another human life; there isn't anything else like it in the world. | growing life
8: August 17, 2011 was when we first got to see our baby's beautiful face! My eyes filled with tears of joy when I saw the ultrasound. We got to see and hear the heart beat as well as several parts of the body. James held my hand and watched the whole thing. We had decided we didn't want to know the gender, so that was kept a secret. The doctor told us she didn't even check to see what gender the baby was. | the first time we saw you
10: It was hard to determine when I first felt baby move, but once it was recognizable, it was amazing! It became very real that there was a human being growing inside of me. The first time James got to feel the baby kick was awesome too! I loved to feel the baby moving and kicking and to share those moments with James.
12: I was at a loss as to how to decorate the nursery for quite awhile. I looked at tons of examples of what other people did and at different styles of bedding. Then I found my inspiration! A piece of beautiful material that I purchased in Tanzania in 2003 was the inspiration for the colors of the nursery. Funny thing is, I didn't end up using the material in the room. It was a lot of work to paint the lines, but it turned out beautifully and is now my favorite room in the house. | before | before | before | before | before
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14: There were so many people that were excited to meet this little one that I had several different baby showers. The first one was a surprise double shower at our small group gathering. Our small group members surprised Suzanne and I. The next one was a bit larger one at Jane's house. It was a well planned surprise, but I was still suspicious. There was another small one at Kristen's house with friends from out of town. Lastly, my mom had a shower at her house for all of my family in the Warren area to attend.
15: It was so fun to watch everyone play the games
16: Nine months is a long time to wait. We had a good year waiting for baby's arrival. It was busy with our jobs but we tried to have fun and enjoy life with great anticipation for the future.
17: It was a totally new experience, living life being pregnant. I was much slower and quick to get short of breath on the hikes and I felt more off balance on the kayak trips. Dressing up for Halloween was fun. It was actually a contest between some youth and leaders to come up with the best baby bump costume. Everything we did, we thought of our baby.
18: Choosing a name is a delicate process. It is such a huge decision. This is the name that our child will live with for the rest of their life! Wow! After numerous discussions about names we like and didn't like, we kept coming back to the same ones. Our "girl" name was 100% agreed upon and set in stone, whereas our "boy" name was much more up in the air. On the way to the hospital, I stated what the boy first name would be but told James he could choose the middle name or names. Malakai means "my messenger" James means "supplanter" but more importantly, it is the name of the father and great grandfather.
20: I woke up at 4am on December 31, 2011 and I thought my water might be breaking, but I went back to bed. When I woke up at 8:30am, I knew I had to call Kristen and the doctor. After breakfast and showering, James and I headed to the hospital. I was in no pain from contractions and we were still not sure if we needed to make New Year's Eve plans. Our trip to the hospital was uneventful but once I got checked-in, the nurse confirmed that I had to stay because my water broke and I was in labor.
22: After nine hours of labor I was told to push and a half hour after that, I gave birth, the wait was over, we could finally meet our baby! James told me, "it's a boy!" Kristen asked, "what's his name?" and I said, "Malakai!" I asked James what the middle name was and he said, "James." I had to wait a few minutes while the doctors made sure Malakai was breathing fine; it felt like forever, I said, "I want him." There aren't words to describe the joy I felt when I held my son for the first time. James and I cried tears of joy! Truly the best moment. | the best moment
24: On Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 8:30pm, our lives were changed forever by Malakai James Yutzy, our 6 lb 13 oz, 19.5 inch miracle! It was by far our best New Year's Eve.