Dear Reader,

I love maternity clothes. I thought I didn't. But I do. What I am trying to say is, I'm pregnant. Which, we were so ready for, and then we moved, and I just felt so overwhelmed by life, that it kind of took the joy out of it for a while. And then my clothes stopped fitting. And we all know I don't really like clothes anyway. And we're on temporary insurance, which means I have to self-pay at the doctor, so I haven't gone. So, we don't actually know if it's a baby in there. It could be a turtle. So I was waiting to post this exciting news until someone with a degree said, "Yep, it's a baby."

But here's what happened. I got out my box of maternity clothes on a whim. 'Cause my pants are a bit binding. And my shirts ride up a little. You know. And I tried them on. And guess what! I have good taste. I like those clothes. They feel great! Why do I not ALWAYS wear elastic pants!?

And here's the other magical thing that maternity clothes did. I no longer look awkward in the mid-section.

I glow.

Yep, right there, from the belly-button out. And fifteen minutes of wearing maternity clothes before bed made me more excited about being pregnant than I have been in weeks.

(As a side note: I cannot wait until this sweet baby joins our family, and have felt that way since long before we got pregnant. But, our life has just been so tumultuous, I did not know if I could successfully parent two. Because parenting has felt like a failure as of late. It has been a rough transition.)

So, as of tomorrow, I will officially don maternity clothes. And because this step will enable complete strangers to know about this totally intimate process that is happening to me right now, I wanted to make sure that all of the dear ones to my heart find out first.

This baby will be a springtime baby. My guess is early March. If you want another guess, I think it will be a boy, and that we will name him Max. But if I am wrong, you can laugh at me later. Because I would love a Charlotte (because we would call her Charlie). And if we have a turtle, we are gonna have to move. Because that guy will need a back yard.

My heart and prayers go out to both of my Kates. I love you both like crazy.


The Jacksons said...

I am SOOO excited for you! Congrats, Jess. That is wonderful! I can't wait to hear more about it and to find out an actual due date!

Tim and Katie Jean said...

HOORAY!!!!! I am so stinking excited for you!!! You must keep me updated!
Love your guts!

HeatherLiz said...

Jess, you are super adorable....i miss and love you to pieces. you are amazing

Debbie said...

Congratulations! I bet you're a really cute pregnant gal.

Emily said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you!

Sarah and Troy said...

That's wonderful! Elastic pants should realy go into fashion.

Jenny said...

Congrats! Post some baby bump pictures (with or without the maternity clothes).By the way...I LOVE the name Max...still trying to convince the hubby that he likes it too.

Sarah said...

(Sampson Lewis) I thought I was the only person in the world who likes maternity clothes. I love being pregnant in general (I at least have an excuse to be fat!).

Jill-O said...

Yay!! You make beautiful babies and I can't wait to see this one. We shall dance he fandango on his/her arrival!