October 01, 2015

Stefan and I have some big news - one of us is going to be outnumbered by the middle of March! 
(Hold on tight, this might be a lengthy post.)

Both of us have always known we wanted to have kids. And lots of them. And cute ones. Since the time we were dating we've been on the same page about how many kids we want, when we want to try to have them, what names are good and what names are awful. I definitely knew was I wasn't going to be ready to welcome any babies into the family until I was graduated. Luckily we're both going to be finished this December, so starting about last April I was all, "Steffaaaaan..." and obviously he was all, "Errriiiin..." And here we are!

We found out I was pregnant in July and keeping it a secret was tough. We told both sets of parents about a week after we found out because they like to know, the deserve to know, and we wanted to have people we could talk to about it! People who have all the answers and advice. Grandparents. Stefan and I are both the youngest kids in our families so there are already plenty of cute grandkids for our parents to love on, but that didn't make them any less excited and I love them all for that.

Since telling even more people we have felt so loved and supported. It's been fun telling those we can in person, but even over the phone you can sense the excitement. Although honestly, special shout out to my friend Savannah. I wish I had recorded her reaction when I told her, it was so cute. We've already received a few really really thoughtful gifts that have meant so much. My jaw has literally dropped each time someone has reached out to us. It all means the world.

Sorry in advance to everyone who will cringe after reading this next statement, but I have honestly not been sick due to this pregnancy even once. I have been extra extra tired (super difficult for an already naturally sleepy girl, thanks for asking) and the first trimester I was always, always, always hungry. One girl at my internship over the summer noticed that and commented on it - in a friendly, lighthearted way, we're buddies - but still I was thinking, CAN IT. hahaha. Oh and I also started to get an awful stuffy nose on the exact day the pregnancy app I downloaded told me congestion is common during pregnancy! Freaky. 

We didn't get into the doctors office until I was already thirteen weeks along. Which, we decided was actually the best because we were able to do an ultrasound and the baby looked like a baby. It was so exciting to see the little limbs and not just a jellybean-like blob. The baby's arms were raised the whole time - waving at us, I'm sure - and at one point he/she did the cutest little bounce/jiggle/I don't know. Also the real cutest part of the whole appointment was when the nurse turned to Stefan and said, "You must me dad." And he kind of sat up a little straighter, looking not quite surprised but definitely excited, "Yeah! I, I am!" Gosh I love him.

Everything at the appointment went smoothly and everyone is healthy as can be! Although at this point I think the baby might be entirely made of cinnamon toast.. Nothing wrong with that, right? Honestly the main food I can't stand to eat right now is regular sandwich bread. So spongey. Bleh. But toast is good. I'm all about the crunch. Also meat gets less and less appetizing every day. Baby might be a vegetarian. I feel like I've been craving sugar (Dr. Pepper and Airheads allll day), but I think I've been craving sugar my entire life so I probably can't blame that one on anything new. Oh, I have also been having super vivid dreams. Nightmares, really. Nothing good ever happens in these dreams, and I am ready for them to end.

People keep asking if we have any guesses about the gender. At one point Stefan goes, "Tell me! Your body knows!" hahaha, my body does not know. But we are so anxious to find out! Obviously we will be thrilled either way, but we are ready to know so we can start shopping planning. If you really want to know what we're thinking, we both agree on this: Little girls are fun. We know how to play with them, you can dress them up all cute, etc. But it's nice to have a boy come first - lead the pack, you know. That way everyone has an older brother to look up to, someone to protect them or... whatever. 

So while we might be more giddy excited about a girl and more pleased excited with a boy, either way we are having a baby and we have never felt more fortunate or loved in our whole lives. I almost typed that last sentence in all caps, but decided that would be a bit excessive. But honestly, we are so so so happy. So happy. And so in love. That's how Stefan told one of our friends the news, "I'm in love! I'm in love with a tiny baby inside Erin's tummy." Me, too.


Ben Emmett said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's going to be a boy, I can feel it! He and our Alabama baby can be best buds.

Krystle Perkins said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So exciting! Congratulations!!

Jake said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Any child build upon cinnamon toast and Dr. Pepper is destined for greatness. I'm so excited. While it would be cool to share birthdays, I do hope the little one arrives before mine.

Leah said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

EEP! congrats!

Erin van de Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You were right! Mom has already bought them one matching outfit so they are destined for best friendship.

Erin van de Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you! Now I need to pick out one of your incredible weavings for his nursery. :)

Erin van de Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Crossing my fingers he doesn't come that late, but maybe after making my own mom wait so long I would deserve it..

Erin van de Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you! I'm planning on helping the next five months go by quickly by reading alllll the blogs all the time, so thank goodness for fun bloggers like you.

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