Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Well, most of you who read this probably already know this news, but we are having another baby! I am always hesitant to "announce" that I'm pregnant because I have had 2 miscarriages, and there's nothing worse than having to "unannounce" a pregnancy. But I have been to the doctor, saw a healthy little heartbeat on the ultrasound, and I am definitely already developing "the baby bump" ... yes, already! Ugh. I am so sick of all my maternity clothes.

I'm about 10 weeks along now, and I'm due July 20th ... 6 days after my sister-in-law Molly, who is having her first baby around July 14th! Should be fun for the little cousins to grow up together.

Of course, we are all very excited. However, when we first told Audrey about the baby she paused, then calmly said "No." (I should add that in the past when I've asked her if she wants any more brothers or sisters, she has always answered "No, one is plenty!") But when she realized that having a baby added to the family would mean bunk beds, she was all for it. She has been dreaming about bunk beds ever since she spotted them in a display at Kmart! And as time goes by, she keeps saying "when we have the little baby, we can ___, " or "we should name the baby ___". The other day she even said over lunch, "Mommy, when the baby comes, we'll be "Chad & Amy plus 3!" (Can you tell we watch Jon & Kate plus 8"???) So she is accepting and getting excited about the idea too.

I'd say a new baby is the best Christmas present I'll be getting this year!

If I don't post again before Christmas, I want to wish each of you a VERY Merry Christmas. Today I was listening to the song "Welcome to our World" and it brought me back to the true meaning of Christmas. I was so thankful to have that moment to reconnect with what is most important about Christmas - the birth of God's Son, Jesus, and the hope that He brings to us individually and as a community. Here are the words here:

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You've been promised, we've been waiting

Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child

Hope that you don't mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long-awaited Holy Stranger
Make Yourself at home
Please make Yourself at home
Bring Your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
Word now breaking Heaven's silence

Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born
So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy

Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

Just reading these words makes me cry. Perhaps I am a bit hormonal ...


nateandkatesmom said...

It's not just your hormones. I've gotten teary listening to that song too. It's just so amazing to think about really.......that first Christmas.
Your 10 weeks now so If you haven't been experiencing morning sickness yet, maybe you won't! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well. I'm glad your talking bunk beds instead of a new house. I was a little worried you'd move. Maybe a bigger house will go up for sale in the neighborhood...that would be good!

Chris Ann Schultz said...

Merry Christmas! Chantel would love more siblings. She's never said no to that idea. She's a wonderful helper.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a safe pregnancy.
Chantel can't wait to open gifts today and tomorrow and Sunday too. Several get togethers with family and friends. It's the season of giving November-December at our house, with Chantel's b-day being celebrated a little early this year.
Thanks for your Christmas letter and Card!
Love the song you included.
I'm still reflecting on the Names of God bracelet I just received from a Cedarville friend, I'm going to look up the meanings. Hoping for a much better and less eventful 2009.
Oh yes, and we are wrapping a jacket for me, winter one, just bought at Wal-Mart today, since my zipper broke. Yeah me, it was a great price $30.00, which is great for such a warm and needed coat. The last winter one I got was free, given by a friend. I don't spend a lot of money on my own clothing, usually!

ErinOrtlund said...

Congratulations again! I look forward to following your adventure into parenting three kids! We'll see if I have the courage to follow your example--probably not, but there are days when we wonder...

Merry Christmas! Beautiful lyrics--I'll have to search for a recording of that song.

Kaylee said...

Did I tell you I'm so excited for you guys!? Well I am. I love new babies! Rand and I were thinkin' about jumpin' on the third baby wagon, too. Then again.....

Julie said...

Hey Amy! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats sooo crazy exciting!!! VERY HAPPY THERE iS another granchild i'll see millions of pictures from molly and grandpa!

The Raudenbush Family said...

I hadn't been on blogger for a few days and I missed the big news! Didn't find out until Xmas Eve from Kaylee! Well, we're happy for you! 3 is loads of fun!