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Thursday, October 16, 2008

three under three

March 14th: Gloriana Eloise Connolly is born. Ah-mazing.
Around April 1st: Realize sweet Glory has colic and reflux and decide - while she is amazing - two children is enough.
summer of 2008: feel quite sure the baby maker is closed, for now. Jesus teaches me a lot about patience and timing and asking Him what He wants. Am also terrified of taking care of three kids. 
August 9, 2008: my entire heart shifts in one day. While Nick and I are on a date night, he gets teary eyed talking about how much he likes our kids - what good people they are. After praying, we decide the Lord is saying the baby maker is not closed... if we really believe scripture, than we believe children in our youth is a blessing. Confused though, because I don't seem to be ovulating at all. Begin praying for twins. Post about said prayer here.
September 23, 2008: get diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease and am told probably not ovulating and should not get pregnant - too risky until levels are normal. Make appointment to meet with OB to discuss natural but reliable birth control options. Feel excited about this decision sort of being made for me.
September 29, 2008: night before the ob appointment. Nick is away at school and I have the weirdest night ever. The night before I had a dream that is only recurring for me when pregnant and I also am praying all day about why I'm so obsessed with Jon & Kate plus 8. I tell Lauren about the dream at 10pm and realize during our conversation - I don't need a test to tell me, I'm definitely pregnant. Test does confirm and I wait up until 1am to tell Nick. He's thrilled - thanks God. I'm scared to death but read this scripture and feel some peace.
September 30th, 2008: Go to OB appointment made for birth control conversation and tell them it's just not necessary. Hormones confirm I'm definitely pregnant. Have ultrasound - no baby found. Told I'm most likely having a ectopic pregnancy - will miscarry & maybe need surgery. Told to go home & wait.
Following days: pray a lot, cry a little. Feel confused and then ultimately a lot of peace. I have two kids - they are amazing blessings. I want to have open hands - take them when I can and know that God will take them when He needs to. Have a hard time talking about the future - is a surgery ahead? A baby? Is this our twins? Is it 17? Throw up about three times a day and wonder, and wonder, and wonder.
October 16th, 2008: It's the night before the ultrasound. I can't even think straight I'm so excited. I don't really have any fear about it being ectopic. I hope I'm not being naive - I just don't think it's going to happen. Either way - God is good. Either way - I'm already extremely blessed. Either way - I kind of need to go puke right now.
October 17th, 2008: Just got home from the ultrasound where we saw one sweet little baby. Not two, not seventeen - just one. Due in June - hmm... good time for family to come and visit. 
I am thankful beyond words. 
Family is all told. Despite all my talk about not making a big deal about it, Lauren just came home with a stuffed animal, maternity shirt, target giftcard, nausea medicine, dark chocolate & shredded wheat - my favorite post-puking food. She said it best - when else do you find out you're having a third baby? 
Three under three, Lord - let's do this. 

20 comments:

Annie said...

You are an amazing and beautiful example to us all. Thanks for sharing and making me cry.

Leigh said...

oh man I am so stinking excited! I can't wait for baby connolly 3. I am going to go ahead and say I have this feeling you are having another boy! I don't know why but I have thought that since I talked to you last! love you, your sweet husband, crazy kids, and this new precious blessing!

Rachel said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. I can't wait to read future blogs about pregnancy and everything God is doing in your life. You are an amazing mommy. Blessings to you all!

Thaddeaus said...

This is exactly what God has for you! I have been crying all day!!!!! LOVE this new baby!!!!!!!!!

unveiled said...

jessi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it!! thank you for this blessing jesus!

Jessi said...

Thanks ya'll so much! Also - nothing funnier than Marilee posting under Thadd's name. Toooo cute.

staci with an i said...

heheeeeee so glad it's not a secret anymore. i've been dying to tell everyone here :) i'm so happy.

amanda thompson said...

amazing, i am crying for you right now. and i love your attitude-let's do this! you guys are the best!

InthemiddleofLIFE said...

as I sit here having 'couch time' with number 5 (Abel), can't wait for this sixth precious one to join the fam. God is Good, all the time. love Nonny

Hi, I'm Amy! said...

Woohoo! Love it!

Michelle said...

Congrats!! We're in the same boat, except mine won't all be under 3. When are you due? We'll be due within days of each other I think...

That's exciting!

ktabs said...

you are so sweet and amazing. a great example to us all, as annie said. i love your faith, and being encourage by it. Congrats! both of your kids are precious- in looks and everything else- so i'm sure baby #3 will be too.

Demi Eliese said...

YAY! CONGRATULATIONS YOu will be a great, let me repeat, GREAT mother to 3 under 3.

I kept checking the dates on the blog, for some reason I kept thinking you were recounting your last pregnancies and it wasn't current, then I was like wait, "it's says 2008,' it IS current! i am so happy for you guys. we want to come visit. me and jason talk about it all the time!

Jessica Noy said...

Just reading your post is amazing b/c of such a similar experience. Jose and I were DONE after 2. Then a miracle happened and the Lord changed both of our hearts and immediately I got pregnant with #3 Joseph. We still felt led to leave the "numbers" up to the Lord and I was pregnant 4months later with #4 which after my apt. and ultrasound there was no baby in the sac and they said it was most likely an ectopic pregnancy. I was very sad and emotional but, like you I knew that God was good was either way. Well, 2 days after the "empty sac" I went to the hospital and had another ultrasound that showed a BABY and a BEATING HEART!! In my eyes it was a miracle! You know how can we say no to any blessing the Lord wants to share with us? Raising children is definitely hard but, we try to see it as raising the next generation of passionate warriors for the LORD! What a priviledge!! CONGRATULATIONS! We are soo happy for you guys! BTW, it will be quite humorous to you when people say "You're done right?' and then you respond with "We're not sure". The looks you can get are priceless!
Jessica Noy

Milovy said...

Baby #3. I simply can't believe it.

Kathy said...

What a blessing!

My oldest had just turned 3 two months before my 3rd was born and I don't know if this is the norm, but it was wonderful! Going from 2 to 3 has been my favorite..

You have a beautiful family! Blessings as you continue on this amazing journey...

Jennie said...

Inessssssss.

Jessi said...

thanks everyone for so much love. ugh - overwhelming.

Sarah said...

I just randomly stumbled upon your blog. I'm 23, still living at home, and the oldest of nine. My mom has autoimmune thyroid disease, too, and she was diagnosed just after she had her sixth, so I understand the difficulties of pregnancies and caring for children when dealing with such health issues.

I can't tell you how encouraging it is to read about how God is working in your life, especially in the area of children. Keep trusting our God. His faithfulness never changes.

Lauren said...

I love Lauren... please tell her i said so... She is your sweet angel. I love her thoughtfullness. She gets the big picture... you are wonderful. I am so excited for what the Lord has in store for you and your family. Love you.