Running from the Law: An Announcement

Monday, November 21, 2011

An Announcement

Ok friends, I feel like it’s finally time to let you in on a little secret.  I’m pregnant.  I’m about 15 weeks and due mid-May.  Baby Mac is healthy and active and has a serious taco addiction.  I’m doing great have never been happier.


You know, I’ve been dreaming of writing this post for nearly three years.  And now that it’s finally time that I can shout those incredible words from the rooftops, I find that it’s not that easy to do.  Don’t get me wrong, this is the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me, but, it took us a long time to get here.  Years filled with pain, heartache, longing, loss, doubt and tears.  And sometimes it’s hard to get past that.  The pregnancy is the greatest news in the world to my husband and I (and believe me, we're celebrating), but I also know how it felt every time I heard this news from someone else.  It was devastating, even if I absolutely loved the person, it hurt every time.  It was so hard for me to be happy for anyone when I wanted it for myself so badly.  So, it’s taken me a while to put our news out there because I want to be sensitive to everyone else still waiting for their little miracle.  I would never want my news to cause anyone else pain or heartache.

That being said, I'm not sure how I would have made it through this past year and everything that happened during it if it weren't for some of the wonderful friends I’ve “met” through this blog.  This blog started off as a way for me to document training for my first marathon and has evolved into something that gave me a support system of friends all over the country.  Strong women who are also struggling daily with infertility and dreaming of one day holding their own baby in their arms.   Some of them are blogging about it (kudos) and some of them have kept their struggles private.  Somehow we found each other.  We all have our own very individual, unique issues, and having these strong determined women in my life has kept me sane and kept me believing (and even laughing) along the way. I won’t call you guys out, but you know who you are, and I hope you know how much I love and appreciate you.  I never felt brave enough to come right out and talk about my struggles on my blog, but someday I hope I can.  I think it would help others, even if it’s just by letting them know that they’re not alone.  Because one thing I’ve realized is that we definitely aren’t alone.  There are so many young women struggling with infertility.  It’s a very lonely and isolating experience and I’m grateful to know that I wasn’t the only one dealing with this.  And while I wish my friends didn't have these problems, I am selfishly glad I know people who get it.  Everyone says it and it's true: You don't get it unless you've been there.  And I have been there.  And hopefully I can be there for someone else.

Dealing with infertility has forever changed me – for the better, I think.  I believe it’s made me more appreciative, more humble, more empathetic, more devout.  I’ve learned a lot of lessons in faith and trusting and being patient.  It's brought me closer to my husband in a way I never knew was possible and strengthened our relationship, our trust in each other and our love.  And I’ve had the chance to share this journey with some amazing friends who will forever be in my heart and my prayers.  And in the end, I hope it will make me a better mother, because really, that’s the ultimate goal.

So for now, I just want you to know that I’m good…really really good.  Great!  This has already been the most incredible experience of my life and I’ve loved every single second of it.   I do plan on blogging about my pregnancy – it’s the highlight of my life and I am so excited to be able to share things with friends and family about my pregnancy, the baby, the bump, the nursery, etc.  This blog is about my life and my life now revolves around a tiny little thumb-sucking peach-sized miracle.   I hope you’ll stick around and share the journey with me, but I also understand that I may lose a few readers along the way that aren’t into all things baby or just can’t handle another pregnancy announcement (believe me, I’ve deleted many a blog from my Google Reader the second someone announced she was pregnant…I understand).  So there you have it, friends.  Thanks for being along for the ride.  It’s going to be a fun one!

75 comments:

  1. Congrats!!! I'm just hitting my 16th week so we're due around the same time!! You make the 4th person I know having a mid-may baby :) So exciting!

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  2. You know how happy I am for you and Ryan!

    Glad you were finally able to share the news. I'm excited to share the journey with you. Congratulations.

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  3. I'm so very happy and excited for you guys! I'm
    glad you guys persevered and got through your struggles together and now will have a bundle of joy to share your lives with.

    It hurts my heart to see friends, family and blog pals deal with infertility. I felt guilty and selfish when I announced my pregnancy, especially since it wasn't planned, because I know so many people who tried and tried to have a baby. I've thought about blogging it but I'll just pray those friends get their little miracle like you did. ;)

    Sorry for the novel! <3 you!

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  4. Congratulations, Sara - I'm so excited for you and your family :)

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  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was so excited to see this on my dash : ) Those pups are going to love that little one : )

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  6. You know I'm all sorts of excited for you! You two are going to be such amazing parents, and I can't wait to see all the adorable baby pictures you take. :)

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  7. Congratulations, Sara! Such wonderful news!!!

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  8. Yayyyyy! Congrats to you and your hubby! What a joy!

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  9. Congratulations!!!! Such great news!

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  10. Congratulations. You don't know how much your words moved me and you can't help but feel happy for you!

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  11. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. I had my baby June 2nd of this year, so I can't wait to read about all the experiences you have as you go through the same things. It's been the best adventure of my life!

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  12. OVER. THE. MOON. Duh. Love you and Baby Mac! xoxo

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  13. Congrats!! I'm about 2 weeks behind you. ;)

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  14. Congrats!!! So happy for you guys :)

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  15. I love you to the moon and back. I love Baby Mac too, obvs. Want to know what's insane? I'm tearing up over here! Gah. I can't wait to see you and your lil bump in person and celebrate all things wonderful with you and the wee baby in your belly in NYC. You're e best. I love you!

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  16. I am SO FREAKING happy for you!! I know you've wanted this for a long time & no, I will NOT be deleting your blog. When the time comes for me to have my own little nugget I'm sure I'll refer back to your blog.

    People can be very flippant about these things and insensitive to those who suffer from infertility issues. I'm so happy for you & Ryan and can't wait to follow along with whatever you decide to share with us.

    Just er, maybe buy the crib instead of churning it out with your awesome power-tools skillz? LOL

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  17. Sara!! I'm so, so happy for you!! I will be praying for a happy, healthy and worry-free pregnancy. :-) Congrats!

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  18. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. I know how hard the waiting can be. You'll be a great mom and have the most fun photographing your little nugget!

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  19. I knew it! Congrats! I have to admit I'm one of the people who generally hits the delete button after life blogs become pregnancy/baby blogs - it's not a part of my life or something I'm interested in. You're a very special lady, and I love your blog so I'm definitely not hitting the delete button on you! Congrats again!

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  20. Congratulations!!!! I had a feeling when you posted about Chipotle's tacos..3 days in a row :)

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  21. Congrats to you and your husband! Can't wait to read about all your pregnancy/motherhood adventures!

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  22. Yay!!! What wonderful news.... I, too, suspected following the taco love. :) Everyone struggles with something (or many things) at one time or another in their lives, and you're right that no one can know what anyone's particular situation is unless they've been through it (and even, then, there's bound to be some differences). You are beautiful and thoughtful to be sensitive to those issues. But one thing is always, always, always true... every new life is to be celebrated. So enjoy your celebration, do what feels right for you, and I can't wait to join you in STL sometime for a toast to Baby Mac. I know you'll do it up right. You throw a damn good party. Love and miss you.

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  23. Congrats!!!!!! That is such great news! Look at your little one sucking his/her thumb (at least that's what it looks like to me). So adorable!

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  24. YAY!!! I'm so glad this day has come, the announcement is made and we can celebrate with you!! I know I've told you many a time before but I am OVER the moon for you guys. Y'all will be such loving and wonderful parents for your sweet one. Love you and can't wait to buy a little pink or a little blue somethin' somethin'! XOXO

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  25. And PS....thank you so much for your words of encouragement and your constant friendship and understanding. You have every right to enjoy this time and I just love your heart that you have so much compassion for others in the midst of this most exciting time. You are such a joy! Now is your time. We get to celerbate and oooh and ahhh as you build your nursery and get ready for Baby M's arrival and I couldn't be more thrilled. Truly. Love, love.

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  26. Such a thoughtful and wonderful announcement. Congratulations- I am thrilled for you!

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  27. Congratulations!! What an exciting time and I can't wait to read all about it!

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  28. Wow!!! Congrats that is awesome news!!! I was wondering if you were ok when you didn't respond to my email!!! I hope everything is going well!! Soo excited for you!!

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  29. ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, DANCING ALL AROUND, SOOOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU & RYAN!!!!!!!!! EEEKK! What fabulous news for such a wonderful couple, I just couldn't be happier for your darling xoxoxooxox ;)

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  30. YAY! I've been waiting for this post!!! It is lovely and so well-written. I remain probably inappropriately thrilled for you guys. You and R are such great parents (not "going to make" great parents, because honestly, you're already parents). I can't wait to read more about your adventures as a mom!

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  31. Congratulations Sara, you will be the best mama. I can't wait to read all about your pregnancy journey.

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  32. Congratulations! That is exciting news, and I think the way you layed everything out in this post makes me respect you so much! Enjoy this exciting time!

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  33. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and your family :)

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  34. I am so happy for you! Congratulations on this joy. A little miracle. Now we cant wait to oooh and aaah over the little one!!!

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  35. oh Congratulations!!! Pregnancy is an amazing miracle! From someone who is 36 weeks and 2 days... enjoy every second of it...even the crazy taco cravings!

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  36. Congratulations, what wonderful news! The way you shared the news is lovely, I never cease to be amazed at how well you write.

    Sending you big happy, sloppy smiles!
    tp

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  37. HUGE congrats. wonderful wonderful news.
    cheryl xox.

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  38. You are awesome. What a thoughtful, sensitive way to share your amazing news. You know this, but I am so, so incredibly happy for you and Ryan. You are very deserving of this blessing, and I cannot wait to meet baby Mac!!!

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  39. Congrats, M family! I am so happy for you. I love the way you shared the news. I am due just 2 weeks before you after a long (maybe not quite as long as yours) time trying to get pregnant. It makes me appreciate it more, that's for sure! I can't wait to follow along your journey :)

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  40. Congratulations, I am so excited for you and can't wait to read and see more of your journey.

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  41. You were one of the first blogs I started following when I joined Blogger and I'm so happy to be able to follow you along on this journey. :) Congrats lady!

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  42. Congratulations sweet girl!!!! How exciting!!! I must of not ever followed you when you posted posts about dealing with infertility, but I do think you are blessed! :) congrats again!

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  43. So exciting! I kept seeing baby things pinned on Pinterest and I started to wonder!

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  44. Congratulations Sara, I am so happy for you and your husband. I am wishing you a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

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  45. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! xx

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  46. Congrats Sara!! Awesome news!! :) xo

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  47. Congratulations! That's so awesome to hear. Although I think there is something in the water, for all my IRl and blog friends who have announced they are expecting next year. Someday, I'll be able to give that same announcement!

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  48. Congratulations! I don't have time to make it through my entire Google Reader tonight so I just scrolled quickly to see if there were blogs posting that I wanted to check. When I saw yours bold I really thought I better click this just to check to see if there was an announcement. I'm so glad that's what the post actually was! I've only just recently started following your blog and don't know your story but I have no doubt you will be an excellent mother. Best wishes to you and your growing family!

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  49. congratulations! what wonderful news! and such an understanding and kind perspective you have.

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  50. Congratulations!! I recently came across your blog and love your style and photographs. I can't wait to hear all about your journey through pregnancy and motherhood -- definitely keep us posted!

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  51. Congrats!!! I am also 15 weeks so we'll have to compare notes! ;)

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  52. Congratulations! So happy for you Sara!

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  53. Congratulations, that's wonderful news! I'm 35 weeks, and I can't believe the pregnancy journey is almost over, then it's on to the next adventure! Enjoy every minute!

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  54. Congratulations!

    I am right behind you at 13 weeks but I haven't announced it on the blog (coming Monday)! So excited to share this journey with you!

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  55. YAAAAAAY! I couldn't be happier for you!

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  56. I am a faithful reader and just had to pop over and say a big congratulations! What joyous news after such a struggle. And I have to tell you that I had a HUGE taco addiction while pregnant and my son was born mid-May, so I'm calling it as your being pregnant with a boy. :)

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  57. Congratulations Sara! I am soooo thrilled for you! This indeed is a miracle and magical experience. I wish you the BEST over the next few months and beyond! I can't wait to read about your journey!

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  58. Congratulations! I just had our first little one 10 weeks ago today. Babies are such a blessing and we couldnt be any happier! Good luck with your pregnancy!

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  59. Congratulations to you--I picked a good day to stop by! I applaud your sensitivity to others, but also take some time to celebrate: You deserve it!

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  60. CONGRATULATIONS! There are many things for you guys to be thankful for this year! I wish you all the best, Sara! :)

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  61. I am SO happy for you guys. CONGRATS to you and Ryan! As someone who has dealt with infertility for 4 years (and counting), I know how hard it is. I am glad you found your way through it and I'm looking forward to your adventures!

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  62. Congratulations! What an exciting time in your lives! Babies are such a blessing. Can't wait to follow your journey into mommyhood!

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  63. Congratulations! That is fantastic news!

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  64. This is late...and apparently the 66th time you've heard it, but CONGRATULATIONS!!! Whenever I read about a blogger getting a BFP after dealing with infertility, my heart always soars a bit higher than when I hear about someone getting pregnant right off the bat. Don't get me wrong; I'm always happy for those couples, too, but there's something about those of you who have wanted a baby for so long, have had the courage and strength to deal with infertility, and have made it to the other side. It makes me feel that there's somehow right in the world. I could not be happier for you and your husband. I can rest assured that that child will be loved beyond belief every day of its life. Again, a great big congrats!! : )

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  65. This is such fantastic news, and shared in the most thoughtful way possible. So very happy for you!

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  66. Congrats!! What fantastic news! I actually had a dream last week that you sent a christmas package announcing you were pregnant (which seems kind of creepy considering we have never met!). I don't normally remember my dreams, so I had to check out your blog and am so happy my super powers were right! :)
    -Shaunna from RA

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  67. I don't know how I missed this, but I am so so so excited for you two! Congrats!

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  68. What a great post- THANK YOU for addressing both sides of the situation.

    I just had an experience last weekend where a couple whom we're good friends with announced that they're expecting. It took me by total surprise, plus whole table carried on with pregnancy/ baby talk for 20 min straight. I ended up going to the ladies room and bawling it out like a total dummy.

    It's hard being on the not-pregnant side, emotionally and physically (endometriosis).

    But when I find out it's someone with infertility problems who's expecting... well, that's a different story. It's like someone on MY team got a homerun. And I get hopefully and feel a genuine happiness for them.

    Congratulations! You're going to be a great mother. <3

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  69. I came across your blog via pinterest just now and wanted to say thank you for this post. So very well put.

    We suffered 2 years of the infertility woes and are finally expecting a little one this August. I totally agree, it was a terrible thing to go through, but has made me a better person for it.

    Congrats to you and your husband!

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  70. Congrats!! Lucky baby;)

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  71. I found your blog through the upholstered headboard post I am attempting to tackle. I must say, I go to "how-to" posts all the time, and rarely follow those blogs, but I am a forever follower now. You are witty, cute as a button, and use bad words sometimes (like I do). If that hadn't already sold me I come and find this post and cried. I am also an infertility survivor after 2.5 years. I am as passionate an advocate as I can be, and believe fully everything you just said. It's so nice to meet you and your babe is precious. It's so awesome to make it "to the other side", but also heartbreaking when you connect with so many women struggling and become such friends with them, and then you move on, and they are still hurting.

    Mandy
    http://babystribling.blogspot.com

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