June 23, 2008

Full Explanation :o)

Yes, it's true :o) Back when I wrote about having news, I wasn't lying about not being pregnant....I hadn't found out yet!! I took 4 pregnancy tests on Sunday June 8, and needless to say, they were all positive!!! I had always planned on how I would tell Kurt when this happened, and that just went out the window. I started sobbing and making him look at it over and over, because I didn't trust myself--ha! On Friday June 13 I went to the doctor for the first time and they confirmed everything. I am absolutely beside myself---moreso with disbelief than anything else. Of course we are thrilled and so excited, but I'm just so overwhelmed with the idea that we're going to be parents.

Today I had my second visit and I was able to see the baby (about the size of a butter bean) and hear the heartbeat!! That was crazy. It definitely hit home. My estimated due date is February 13th---a Valentine's baby!

So, there are several things in my life that have changed. First of all, we decided not to take on the responsibility of a puppy, for obvious reasons. I was so distressed over this, because I felt like I'd be letting Tanner down. However, I emailed the girl that's been in charge of everything, and she said that they were observing him, and had determined that he would do better in a home with another dog. So that all worked out really well, and we can fully focus on ONE child!

Secondly, HGTV has said that because of their shooting schedule, I won't be used for the episode that we had originally talked about. However, they're keeping me on file for future episodes. I consider this the best of both worlds, because I didn't have to be in a state of panic about my house, but I might be used in the future. So that's pretty exciting.

Finally, Israel. This is the tough one. I had to make the adult, rational decision not to go. I'm not going to sugarcoat it.....it was a hard, hard decision to make and I have really had a hard time with it. The main reasoning behind it is because I'm only in my first trimester, which is when miscarriage can occur. There would be 1-2 days during the trip where we would be away from medical care, and that was a little unsettling. It basically took my dad sitting in front of me and pointing out the risks. I was just so set on going. My sister Alyssa will be going in my place. Obviously, God's timing is perfect and this all happened for a reason, but I still feel sad and disappointed. I hope that doesn't make me sound like an irresponsible person. I made the decision with my child in mind. There will be other Israel trips, and I'll get to go then.

On the brighter side of things, Kurt decided to take the Israel money that we'll be getting back and take me to Disney World in October!!!!! :o) Obviously, this has taken some of the sting away--haha! For anyone who knows me or anything about me, nothing could make me feel happier. By that time I'll be in my second trimester, and traveling will be much easier. I thrilled to be able to go to my favorite place in the world, and get quality time with Kurt :o)

Needless to say, life has been crazy recently. In the last few days I've turned 23, changed major travel plans, and found out that we'll be adding a third member to our family....crazy! I earnestly ask for your prayers, especially until August 1, which will mark 12 weeks. I hate to even mention it, but every day that a pregnancy goes smoothly is a blessing. I decided to go ahead and share the news that I'm expecting because if something were to happen, God forbid, I would need your support and encouragement all the more. So I ask that you lift our family up in prayer and ask God's protection over our precious baby. We are beyond excited and feel so extremely blessed that God is allowing us to be parents. Thank you for all of your encouragement so far!

P.S. Just so she doesn't feel left out, Doris is doing a little better. We still have a red little eye, but we're making progress. She asks for your prayers as well :o)

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Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

praying for you! we can't wait for this sweet little one to get here!!!!!

much love

With Love said...

I am beyond excited for the both you and Kurt. What an exciting journey you have ahead of you!
I have been reading your blog off and on - but I must admit that in the month since I moved I have been reading as many blogs as possibly for the sheer connection to home. And I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts :)
I am excited that you will be coming to Disney World. I know you are a Disney trip professional, but if you need anything or would like to enjoy a room booked at our cast discount you are more than welcome!
God Bless - Ashley Clegg Spence

Kristen Schiffman said...

Congratulations!!!!! February 13th is MY birthday! There is nothing like a Valentine's B-day. I've always loved it.

And I love the new blog look. :)

And Disney World.

Christy said...

i think you made a smart decision-you just never know!

I agree with you on telling everyone early-I think that every life deserves to be celebrated, even if tragedy happens. BUT the fact that you heard a healthy heartbeat cuts mc risk DRAMATICALLY. I am excited for you and Kurt!!!

R Harmon said...

I'm so glad you'll be able to go to Disney World! That's exciting! Shawn and I are trying to figure out when to go to New York City, possibly July or August. My pick is July, but that's so close and I'm nervous about not having enough time to plan! Also, I might not be getting my Christmas wedding :(
I'm praying for you!

Gator Mommy said...

Wow, reading your story brings me back 5 years. Mike and I were married when I was 21. I was pregnant on our first anniversary and had Caleb when I was 23. It has been an amazing and blessed five years for us and I wouldn't change one moment. I am so happy for you both. I will continue to pray for your sweet family. Erin T.

Kristal said...

Congrats again Ashley - that's so exciting for you and Kurt. And FWIW, I don't think that you being disappointed about the trip to Israel makes you irresponsible AT ALL. Obviously you are disappointed - it's completely normal! But you are making the right decision. I would not be comfortable taking a trip that required me to be away from medical care for a couple of days if I was pregnant - especially while I was still in the first trimester. And besides - now you get to take a trip with your husband! A Babymoon!

winstead family said...

i'm with erin, i married at 21, pregnant after 7 months of marriage, and had cole just before turning 23. i am beyond excited for you!

and i can't believe EfarrisD didn't spill the beans to me! ha!

i still wanna do lunch w/ you one day!

Kearsmom said...

You did the right thing, sweetie. And you gave a great gift to Lyss. Israel will always be there, and something tells me you'll make it there one day. I remember and completely understand that nervous excitement, but Christy is right, that healthy heartbeat is a great sign. Take care of yourself and leave it to God. And we will praise Him for that sweet little life!

Greened_Vegeterienne said...

So, February 13th is my David's birthday...how fun is that?
I love you so much, Big!

Carrie and David said...

Hearing your baby's heartbeat for the first time is such an amazing experience, isn't it?? I will never forget that - it brought tears of joy to my eyes.

I'm sorry that you didn't get go to Israel, but I agree that you made the right decision. You're a good mommy already - you're already doing what's best for your baby! :)

jeremy, adelle, & ella said...

congrats!! i am just now catching up on my reading..haven't had internet access for a week and a half. i am sooooo unbelievably excited for ya'll. hearing the heartbeat was my favorite part of each doc visit! and yes everyday of pregnancy is a blessing. i will be praying for all 3 of ya'll.

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