After losing our first baby earlier this year, it was such a joyful surprise to find out we were expecting again! I’ve already shared quite a bit about our miscarriage (including this entire podcast episode sharing our story of loss), so I won’t dig too much into that here. I will say, however, this baby doesn’t take away the sorrow of our first. At the same time, I’ve tried to be careful not to let past loss take away the joy of this little miracle growing inside of me. We experienced deep grief and pain and are now rejoicing at the rainbow baby coming our way! 🌈
Our Rainbow Baby
We found out we were expecting again while in Florida with Sam’s family for Easter. We took our RV down to Florida, so we were able to gather everyone in our kitchen and break the news! I think we were all a little surprised that we were being blessed so soon. I know this isn’t the case for everyone, so we truly are praising God!
I had just wrapped-up the launch of The Lovelight Stories Podcast right before we headed to Florida, and it felt like a whirlwind (a blissful one at that!). To find out we were having a baby right after I had launched what felt like my baby out into the world, and to be spending Easter with family on top of it?! It was a joyful week!
As you’d expect, we were extra cautious this time around, and I felt myself worrying a bit more and hoping and praying that this baby would be healthy. It was because of this (and the fact that I was severely sick for those first 15 weeks) that we didn’t actually announce we were having a baby until about 16 weeks. We took our time and relished in the fact we were blessed with another little babe. 🥰
Baby Announcement Photos
Ever since we took ownership of my childhood lake property, I’ve dreamed of taking baby announcement photos on the same beach I grew up on. And it came true! Brittney & Caleb Photo + Video, based in Detroit Lakes, MN did our photos and we absolutely love them!
To be at the lake and take photos on the beach I’ve known and loved for 26 years is so special to us! This place holds so many memories - the best memories, in fact! We’re now about to welcome a whole new generation here, to love this place as I did.
The Gender Reveal
I’m also dreaming of our little beach bum running barefoot on the sand and making sandcastles! Of course, we did our gender reveal on this same beach too. 😊 We gathered our immediate families and set up a little clothes line with tiny swim trunks and a swim suit. The sign read, “Bikini or trunks for our little beach bum?”…And to my complete surprise, the powder cannons revealed it’s a boy!!! I was absolutely shocked, and I swear I first saw pink coming out of those cannons before I realized it was blue! Ha! I was 98% sure it was a girl, because I’d been so sick. Nope! We have a little boy coming our way, and we couldn’t be more excited! 💙
Along with the beach setup, we did a simple ice cream theme, asking guests to write their name on an ice cream cone to cast their vote! I saved it as a keepsake. We also had a pink and blue build-your-own ice cream sundae bar and cup cakes too!
We’ve since had our 20 week ultrasound, and little boy checked out healthy. Praise God again! He was so active, the ultrasound tech had to be extra patient to get pictures and measurements of him. He wouldn’t stop wiggling around, which was fun to see! We watched him swallow and suck his thumb. Oh my heart! I’d say we got some good pictures too!
Our little guy is now 20 weeks - halfway there! We hope and pray he continues to grow healthy and strong. We pray for a safe pregnancy and delivery. In fact, we’d love it if you’d pray with us…
Lord, thank you for the gift of this precious rainbow baby. We pray that he grows healthy and strong, that the pregnancy and delivery are safe and smooth. We pray that he’d grow to be kind, compassionate, patient, and loving. Help him to know and seek you all of his life! Help him to find and fulfill the purpose for which you’ve created him. Above all, help him to profess you and glorify you in all that he does! Amen.