July of this year was a doozy to put it lightly. Within a couple of weeks of each other, I moved my shoppe, Cooper at Home, to a fulfillment center, had team changes that left me scrambling, tore my MCL, PCL & meniscus while being pulled on a float behind a jet ski like a teenager, and we found out we were pregnant. To say we were shocked with the last one would be, to put it mildly.
Scottie was barely two when we sold our house on a whim and moved three times while building the home we live in now. It was a crazy time of having a 3 & 4-year-old, running a business, and building a home ourselves, but somehow we also decided during that point we wanted to have more kids. After trying for a couple of years we concluded that maybe three kids weren’t in the Lord’s plan for our family and closed that chapter, gave away all our baby stuff, and focused on the next season of raising our girls. I know that as many people that will read this there are some of you that are going through a hard season of infertility and probably defeated with that statement, so I will tell you we never did any outside form of fertility or treatment, so don’t let that timeline discourage you or call you to lose hope! I don’t know why exactly, but it was never something we felt called to pursue. We felt extremely blessed with our two precious girls and just felt like the best choice for our family was to fully rely on and trust Jesus with His plan for our family. If we would have felt like we needed to try fertility treatments, we absolutely would have and believe me, I know that going through infertility takes a lot of faith as well. I’m just trying to be open and honest with what this season looked like for our family while encouraging those of you who’s journey might look a bit different.
Naturally now is the point where everyone wants to know all of the details of did we change our mind, were we planning it, was it a surprise, were we using birth control, and a million other messages I have received. I will admit I am kind of all over the place with what I share on here. Sometimes I am totally and completely honest and overshare while other times I am more private. Honestly, it’s not that I don’t mind sharing my life but rather that I don’t want to deal with people’s unsolicited opinions or feedback on certain topics. I will simply tell you that we had moved on from the thought of three kids and it was a total and complete surprise. Zach was immediately totally and completely excited, and I was well, in a state of shock. Four months in and I still kind of cannot believe it’s real. I am thrilled and excited and cannot believe I will have a newborn again! The last time I had a baby I was 29. This time I will be 36 and to be honest, the experience has been so different but so very sweet for our family.
We told the girls about the news via scavenger hunt on the night of our 10th anniversary. I have a precious and hilarious video that I will share at some point, but it was hysterical watching them try to piece together what all the clues meant. The fact that there was a baby in mom’s belly was nowhere in their thoughts and it took them quite a while to put it all together. Shortly after we let them facetime their grandparents to tell them the news and again, shock all around. My Dad thought we were joking; my mom thought the surprise was going to be that Scottie lost another tooth, and we think my Father-in-law may or may not have passed out for a brief second. Facetime can be unreliable, but we lost him there for a hot minute while my mother-in-law also tried to make sense of what the girls were saying. We told our closest friends and posted it for all of our other friends, family, and all of you almost instantaneously. I don’t even remember what we did last time announcement-wise but it just felt right to get the news out there all at once.
Part of me wanted to keep the gender a secret since the baby would be so much younger than the girls. On the one hand, we have always wanted a son, but on the other hand, we love our little family of only girls and couldn’t even imagine not having another sweet little baby girl in the mix. Zach said there was no way he could wait and then once the topic was broached, any thoughts that I could wait to find out completely vanished. We had the results of the gender sealed for us in an envelope and decided to forgo any big parties or reveals and just do it with the girls on a Sunday afternoon. We went to church, grabbed lunch, played outside, and then opened the envelope while the girls were playing. Shortly after, Zach took the girls on some errands while I filled the balloon with confetti. It was a 24” balloon that I thought was a 36” balloon and I accidentally filled it so full that I just knew it would burst in the car! Later that afternoon, we met one of my closest friends, balloon in tack, and had so much fun sharing the news with the girls.
They were SO EXCITED to find out we are having a sweet little baby girl.
I honestly cannot believe it and we are so very excited. Zach is just the best girl daddy and the girls could not be more pumped. I can’t wait to have another sweet little girl around and it just makes me so weepy thinking that I get to relive the precious years of the girls being little all over again. I am also just so happy because while they have a bit of an age gap between them, as they get older that won’t matter at all and they will be the sweetest sisters.
So, there you go! Baby girl Cooper is on the way! We have no names picked out and I still don’t have any baby stuff purchased, but we are so excited to welcome this baby girl into our family next spring!