Friday, September 26, 2008

A few answers and comments

So the first person to comment was Tracy who said, "I would call it Susie and Joshua...3 months until introduction. Am I close?"

Well, no Tracy. Sorry you're not. 

The next one is Anonymous. 

American Mum said, "What?!?! Is that an old photo? Or are you trying to tell us something?"

Nope, not old. Why yes, I am trying to tell you something.

Cathy P asked if I took the photo. Yes, I did. 

With a tripod and the timer. 

It's me. 

Last week.

Thank you for being so careful! Haha, so many of you made reference to this being an old photo, or some other person I photographed. :) But you were right - it's me, and it's recent. I'm good at keeping a secret, but let me tell you - this is why I've had nothing to say for a few weeks. I have nothing else on my mind, and thus cannot blog much. We've just announced the the wider public last night and this morning - we're nearly 13 weeks pregnant. and my belly's not that big, part of that is the shadow. We're due April 7, 2009.

However - the third time around the tummy goes "Kablooey" a bit sooner. Like, a month faster than Joshua, and two months faster than Oceana. I thought maybe I could keep it quiet longer. But people have been straight up asking me. It's not cold enough to wear sweatshirts all the time, so it's pretty obvious. Thank goodness I don't have to try on 80 things for church tomorrow to find something to disguise it. I was running out of reasonable options. It was "Tell" or wear a baggy painting shirt to church!

It's been an interesting time, and I'm still unsure of it all. I'm really excited now. We're had to ultrasounds and the baby looks perfect. We had the baby's nuchal translucency measured and it's well within the good range. I had her double check the baby's spine and skull (though it's too early to be sure) but it's definitely looking great at this point! 

Someone asked me if I 'want a boy or a girl', and the truthful answer there is - "I don't know." 

If it's a boy is it a replacement? If it's a girl are we missing out on having a boy to watch grow up?

But it doesn't matter, because this child's already got their gender sorted out. Whatever we get, we get! :) 

And thank you for your tentative congratulations. :) 





96 comments:

  1. first of all...
    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!!!!

    then,
    wonderful skills. Nice photo.

    ToOdLeS.ShEiLA

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  2. Congrats!
    Don't know if I've commented before or not, but I've been reading your blog since Joshua's birth.
    What great news. Hope you have a perfectly peaceful pregnancy <3

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  3. Congratulations!!! I am super excited for you Matt and Oce!!!

    Tressa

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  4. OMGOSH!!!! CONGRATS!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU AND MATT!!!!!! THATS SO AWESOME!!!

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  5. Congratulations! Reading this brought tears to my eyes. :)

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  6. Do you know what?
    I had a feeling something like this was 'brewing', lol!!
    And when I saw the photo just a minute ago, I immediately knew it was you, now!!!
    What wonderful news...
    "Be strong and courageous" :o)

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  7. Congratulations!! So happy for you :)

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  8. Hi, I've been a blog "lurker" for several months now. I have been so touched by your story and have prayed for you often. I just wanted to say congratulations to you!! When I just logged on and saw your post, tears sprang to my eyes. I truly wish God's blessing on your family.
    sincerely,
    Heidi

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  9. YAY FOR YOU! The secret is out! :) I'm so happy for you Sushi. We all love you and are here for you if you need any support! I guess I better get going on mailing you those capris ;)

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  10. Congrats!!We are so happy for you guys! I love this picture! I wish I had thought of it when I was pregnant...maybe next time:) hope everything goes great for you and your family!

    Shannah and david (s_herzog from babyfit(although I am now lil_dz_mommy))

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  11. Oh, wow, Susie! I'm so very excited for you! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

    I wasn't sure what to comment when I saw it this morning, so I didn't.

    That's the best thing I've heard all day!

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  12. OMG OMG OMG. I was going to guess you because of the curly hair but thought.nahhh it couldnt be. I dont even know you and I swear I feel like it was my best friend telling me I was so excited!! You have made my day : ) I'll say lots of prayers for a healthy pregnancy & baby. Congratulations. How are you feeling with all this? Do you find it has made you miss Joshua more?

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  13. Congratulations! I also thought it must be an old pic :)

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  14. Congrats! I pray it is a wonderful pregnancy and that prayers are answered.

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  15. Congratulations! I too am expecting #3 and yes your belly does pop out so much faster the third time no matter how good of a shape you get back into after baby. I'm due April 18th, just after you! I've enjoyed following your blog and I was the same way.. I had a hard time blogging when we found out before we were telling anyone because it's all I thought about!

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  16. oh, congrats congrats congrats!!! Don't worry, I showed a lot less than this at 13 weeks, and I had a monster, 10.5 lbs 24 inches (you should see him now, a linebacker in the making).

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  17. Congratulations! To all of you!

    I wondered this morning when I saw the picture but I figured you were just reflecting on something you found on your computer from before. We'll be praying for a safe and easy pregnancy.

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS!! Many blessings your way!

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  19. CONGRATULATIONS! Many prayers and blessings your way!

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  20. Praising God with you for another blessing. Praying for peace and for you to be able to relax and enjoy your pregnancy. As someone who has had seven miscarriages and been blessed with two healthy pregnancy I know how easy it is to focus on worry and let satan steal your joy and your hope. Praying that you relax and enjoy each moment. Congratulaitons to you all!
    Hugs and Prayers
    Rachel in PA

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  21. CONGRATULATIONS! Even though the photo is just a shadow, I can tell you look very happy, and gorgeous too.

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  22. Congratulations! I stumbled across your blog from a link somebody used to find mine (I'm also having a baby in April). I hope progresses very well for you.

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  23. I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just knew that was not an old photo. OH-MY-GOODNESS...I am sooooo excited for you. I can understand why you would be nervous but at the same time, very excited. Ohhhhhh, I am so happy for you!!!!

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  24. Congrats!!! I've been reading your blog for quite awhile now, and this is just wonderful news!!!

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  25. Susie! Wow! How on earth did you keep this secret! I'm so happy for you and your family.

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  26. Yay! Congratulations!

    "Me and my shadows" was in regard to YOUR shadow and the BABY'S shadow... but, as I mentioned, not knowing if you were pregnant made it HARD to explain the caption... :)

    Hope you knew what I meant. :)

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  27. Susie,
    I am so excited for you guys. I just had my 3rd little one and yeah you do show sooner. April 7th is a good day its my oldest daughter's b-day. Congrats you are in my prayers.
    Marie in sunny FL

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  28. I am SO happy for you! What a great way to break the news!

    AMAZING!

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  29. Wow Susie, congratulations! That is so exciting! How do you feel?

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  30. great news CONGRATS! loved the pic! ;0)Barb Melb. Aust

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  31. Congratulations to you and your family. I will be praying for you and the little one being knit together inside you. What a blessing. Treasure the joy.

    God Bless All of You,
    Kelly
    http://sufficientgrace-kelly.blogspot.com

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  32. Yeah!!! That is so awesome congrats!! Praying for an uneventful and fun pregnancy!!

    Jessica

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  33. Congratulations!!!! =) I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers, like always! =)

    Sarah.

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  34. I have been a silent blog "stalker" for many months, praying for your family. Congratulations on this beautiful new blessing! I am pregnant with my second (daughter is 27mths old) due April 22nd.

    Michelle (California)

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  35. Congratulations on your newest blessing! I pray you and the new baby stay healthy and happy. You should frame that picture and hang it in the baby's room. It is beautiful!

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  36. Congrats !! I am so thrilled for you !!!!

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  37. I thought that was your curly hair!
    Congratulations!!!! And great photo!

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  38. AH! Congrats!!!! I'm so happy for you. You and Baby will be in my prayers! Take care!

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  39. So happy for you all, Susie. So very happy!

    You ARE good at keeping a secret! I guess if I ever need to talk to someone and have it kept on the down low, I'll be talking to YOU! :)

    So excited to walk with you through this time...

    -Andrea

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  40. You're so creative. Congratulations! If you have a boy, in my opinion, it would not be a replacement, Joshua will still be his big brother and someone that I'm sure will be talked about often.

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  41. Congratulations! Beautiful picture, I like it a lot. Wishing you a peaceful and happy pregnancy.

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  42. First off, that picture is absolutely beautiful! When I looked at that post this morning, no one else had commented. I started to leave one, but then I chickened out just in case I was wrong about when it was taken. Reading this post made my eyes tear up. I haven't commented before, but I check your blog nearly every day. CONGRATULATIONS! Sending love, support and hope your way. (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)

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  43. Congratulations Susie! I'm been a long time lurker as well. My heart welled up with joy for you and Matt. You, Matt, Oceana, and the baby will all by in my prayers.

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  44. What a wonderful gift from Joshua! He could never be replaced & I am sure had a 'say' in whether that is a boy or a girl you are brewing.
    I has a hunch in a few of your posts in the last month or so.
    Gob Bless!
    Beth in Texas

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  45. Yippee!!! Yahoooo!!! So happy for all of you. Congrats & we'll keep you in our prayers even more!

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  46. How wonderful! Congratulations!!! =)

    ~Erika

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  47. Many congrats to you and your family! What blessed news!!

    And that is a very beautiful picture.. you should have that framed!

    Love,
    D_an_Lo from Babyfit

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  48. Congratulations! I am excited for your family and will be praying for you all in the coming months :)

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  49. CONGRATS!! Thats so awesome! April 7th is my birthday and I'm 18 weeks pregnant as well. Due March 1st!

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  50. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I'm so excited for you!! I have faithfully read your blog (I check on you every day!) and this is the best news ever!! I will be praying for your new little blessing & for your family as you await this precious little person! I felt so emotional for you as I read your post. I can't wait to hear more!
    Love,
    Emily in Mississippi

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  51. Congratulations Susie. I am so happy for you and your family! I can't wait to read all your upcoming blog entries about this pregnancy.

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  52. WOW! Congratulations Susie! I will be praying for your new blessing!

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  53. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

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  54. yay! yay! yay! Im so happy, but also get that this is very scary. I too am pregnant again and for us too it looks good so far this time...

    Congrats again!

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  55. Ok, well, when I saw the picture, my first thought was that you were pregnant, but I did not want to offend if it were just... chub. :)

    But I am so happy for you!! :)

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  56. You're a great secret-keeper. Congratulations!

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  57. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Definately will be praying for you :) That is so exciting!

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  58. Hi Susie,
    So I'm not a big commenter (self-conscious of saying the right thing I guess), but I've been following your blog for a while and you have been in our daily prayers. When I saw that picture, I knew it was you! I am so happy for you and your family, I was waiting for this great news!

    Congrats!
    -Carianne

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  59. I have been following your blog since just after Joshua was born and I have been praying for you and your family. I wanted to tell you Congratulations!!!!!!! You will be in my prayers throughout this entire pregnancy, as I am sure it will be a little more emotional for you. I am happy for you and your family!

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  60. many many heartfelt congratulations to you and your sweet family! what a blessed gift from god!!

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  61. Great and Wonderful News. I am so happy for you and Matt. Your third baby, no matter what it is, will be a baby brother or sister for Oceana and Joshua, and another blessed gift from God to you all. This makes my day.

    Laurie in Ca.

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  62. Congratulations! :) And the picture is amazing. As far as the sex of this baby...like you said, it is what it is and you will love it no matter what, so it doesn't really matter. :)

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  63. Oh, congratulations! Praising God with you for a healthy pregnancy & delivery!

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  64. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" Yes, the gender is already known by our gracious and merciful God. And He knows his or her name.

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  65. Congrats! I'm so happy for you. I pray that God will give you his perfect peace as you carry this baby.

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  66. I absolutely LOVE this photo!! You look so beautiful! Who took this, and how? I need details.......

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  67. WOW! I am in tears reading your bog announcement! This is just so awesome! I am so very happy for you and your growing family! I will pray that your pregnancy is peaceful and beautiful and wonderful. May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    Can't wait to read all about your journey!!!!!

    Jennifer Bray
    Spokane Valley, WA USA

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  68. Nothing tentative about it - Congratulations!!!!!! I've got one more prayer for your family to add to my list now.

    And, honestly, I never would have thought it was a new photo - this was a total shock (and a GREAT one!). A third child - such a blessings. No child, even a boy, is replacing his or her big brother. This is just the perfect NEW addition to your family from a very loving God =)

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  69. Susie, I'm so pleased to hear this news, and I'm so very happy for you all. Will be keeping you all in our prayers. Congratulations! X

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  70. Oh WOW!! Many, many congratulations! I'm so happy for you all x

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  71. Yay cat's out of the bag :-) Are you going to find out? I can't remember for some reason if you found out with Oceana..I think you did...Not sure.. Congrats girlfriend!

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  72. Congratulations! I am so excited for you all!

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  73. Susie, congratulations. I'm here with tears in my eyes because I know that God is good! Isn't He good! WHOO HOO! I'm excited for you and your hubby and also for your daughter. Powerful!

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  74. Hi Susie..I'm a "blog lurker" from Canada and have been following your blog since you were expecting Joshua.I had to send my first comment to you today to wish you the very best with your third pregnancy! Huge congratulations!

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  75. Congrats Susie! Excited and nervous for you (just being honest!). Love the picture!

    ~Anna

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  76. Susie (I keep going to call you Sues, for some reason, but I never do incase you hate it *grin*)
    Anyway, Susie, I missed the photo (grandfinal and all that) but oh, dear, I am so happy and excited for you. I shall add this extra little person to my prayers for you all. Big, big hugs, precious mother.

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  77. Congratulations!!! I actually screamed out loud when I read this. I'm so happy for you and your family. God Bless!

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  78. Congrats!!! Prayers for all the best! I, for one, can totally understand a pregnancy bringing mixed emotions with it. Been there...for different reasons (not knowing how far I would carry)...but I've been there...just take it one day at a time : ).

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  79. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. Can't believe you kept it a secret this long!

    The picture is absolutely beautiful!

    We will be praying we know that you are excited but it's also hard being pregnant for another baby when you've had to say goodbye to one (or more) especially when there were pregnacy problems.

    You have many praying for you!

    Tarah

    p.s. don't think about if you want a boy or a girl God will give you what you need.

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  80. Congratulations!!

    Praying for a happy, healthy pregnancy, and FUN time preparing for this new little addition to your family.

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  81. Congrats Suzie.

    We are due 6-7 weeks after you but have not made it public. We need to tell my sister and brother-in-law first. They got back from holiday today. My sister-in-law went for her last check up a week before delivery and found Zoe had gone to be with the Lord. That was 8 short weeks ago.

    I'm so happy for you. I will be praying for peace, wisdom and calmness.

    Still supporting you in prayer

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  82. Congratulations!!!!!
    God is sooooooooooooooo Awesome....
    I am thrilled for you.

    Enjoy and Praise God for yet ANOTHER miracle.

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  83. I'm always late but CONGRATS!!!!!

    I hope you have some peace during the coming months and are able to enjoy being pregnant. After all they are a lot quieter when they are inside! : )

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  84. Congratulations!! I've been reading your blog for months and have never commented, but I just had to let you know that I have been (and still am) praying for your beautiful family.

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  85. All that comes to mind is Psalm 139. I knew you in your mother's womb.....you are fearfully & wonderfully made. Beautiful, Susie! Congratulations!!

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  86. Yeah I can't wait for the next 9 months worth of blogging (and beyond) all the best to your wonderful family as God wonderful plan unfolds and bears testimony to all.
    Greetings from South Africa.

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  87. Congrats! I have been following your blog since before Joshua. And now seems like the perfect timing to comment. I am also pregnant, 13 weeks! Due April 3rd, or 1st! They cannot decide!

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  88. SQUEAL!!!!!!!!!!!

    The thought crossed my mind when I saw your creative pic.... I have also been following your story for a long time. Wishing you a safe and healthy pregnancy.
    Many blessings to each of you!

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  89. My heart stopped and I teared up when I saw this - CONGRATULATIONS! Prayers, hope, and joy all coming your way from Frostbite Falls!

    ("Dracomama" from the January BF boards)

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  90. Congrats a MILLION times over! I have lately been following your blog from my sister's blog (Hannahbananna)and I love reading it. :) Being pregnant too, it's refreshing to see your honest thoughts about things I have thought too...(I am a first time mom-to-be who lives and works on a college campus...so no one really to relate to here for this whole experience)...anyway, sorry to ramble on, but I saw your updates and just wanted to wish you a GIANT CONGRATS!!!

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  91. congrats-i've been a random lurker on your blog, and I'm so happy for you. I'm from Lima ;) Our 2nd daughter was stillborn @ 41w last year, and we are expecting baby #3 in march (but will deliver in february)

    So even though stillbirth is a bit different than what you've gone through, i think losing your child at birth or shortly after puts us all in the same loss mama club :( God is good, and He's helping me keep my sanity so far in this pregnancy-it's more challenging than i thought it would be!

    *hugs* to you.
    JEN

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  92. It's been a while since I've come here. To my wonderful surprise, you have a surprise for us all!!!


    CONGRATS to the Sams Family!!!!!

    *hugs*

    Allison in Baton Rouge, LA

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