This post is looooong over due but what can I say....we hit the ground running around the holidays and haven't stopped since! I was bound and determined to relax and enjoy the Christmas season...well as much as I could in 80 degree weather-gross! So in the middle of November I closed the blinds, pretended it was cold and snowing and decorated for Christmas. I am praying I someday live somewhere with four seasons and a white Christmas again but until then I dream. I finished my Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving weekend, had all my Christmas movies set to record on the DVR, and even had done a little baking! I was way ahead of the game this year...or so I thought!....
Amidst the Christmas decorations, the sunny 80 degree November weather, and the busyness of new job changes, football, and everything else; Manny and I had a Thanksgiving that we will never forget. After what seemed like a long road and many lessons in God's timing (something I am continually learning), Manny and I found out two days before Thanksgiving that we were expecting a baby!
One and a half weeks later...the all day "morning sickness" began. I had never been so thankful to be so sick in my life. I spent most of December either in bed, eating breadsticks, or trying to hide my morning sickness at work and to everyone else. Four days before Christmas we got to see baby D and hear his/her heartbeat. I cried when I heard it. Our doctor then felt comfortable with us telling family about our pregnancy and so we planned our Christmas Eve surprise!
A few days before Christmas Eve I told my youngest brother Luke, who was at home for Christmas, because I needed his help in telling my parents. So Christmas Eve morning my parents were our first call. Luke called me on FaceTime. I sent him a poem with the ultrasound picture on the bottom and had him fold it over so they couldn't see the piture. Luke was SUPPOSED to tell them that "Erin couldn't be here for Christmas so she wanted you to have this" instead he said "Oh good you are both sitting down here you go" and handed them this poem...
I do not have a face to see,
Or put inside a frame.
I do not have soft cheeks to kiss,
I don't yet have a name.
You can't hold my tiny hands,
Nor whisper in my ear.
It's still too soon to sing a song,
Or cuddle me so near.
But all will change come August 4th,
When they say I'm due,
I'm your new grandson or granddaughter,
And I can't wait 'til I meet you.
Love you Nana and Papa
My mom said her first thoughts were "what is Luke trying to tell us?" She was so confused, but then Manny and I yelled surprise! There were a few tears and a lot of laughs about the confusion. My sister had one of the best reactions when we told her. Her mouth dropped and the tears started flowing when I held up the ultrasound picture on FaceTime! And we had our first name suggestions-Benjamin Dale- when we called my brother and sis-in-law to share the news with them!!
Christmas Eve we headed to Manny's grandparents house to celebrate with the family. I had the same poem (with the ending Love you Mama D) in a frame for my mother-in-law. She opened it and got 3 lines in before she about started hyperventilating! She stood up patting her chest and saying "no no no!" Everyone was so confused and then she yelled "their going to have a baby!" It was kind of a blur after that-hugs all around and out of someone's mouth came...."I knew you were pregnant your butt has gotten wider." Well fabulous...I can just imagine how it will look in the 3rd trimester!
Everyone was sworn to secrecy until we were out of the first trimester. Surprisingly it was pretty easy to keep a secret..well for almost everyone :)!!! This was a holiday season that we will never forget! Lots of laughter, lots of tears of joy, and most importantly a celebration of our wonderful Savior!!!