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Baby Journal (Part 2)- Next Steps

Updated on May 21, 2008

Quick links to my other baby journal hubs:

Baby Journal Part 1, Baby Journal Part 3 and Baby Journal Part 4.

Entry date: 9/5/07

Next steps

We are only a few days away from several major steps in this pregnancy. On September 10th we will go to our first prenatal check-up appointment. Believe it or not, up until this point we haven't told our families yet! I'm pretty surprised that we managed to keep it a secret, but so far, so good! Karen and I decided that we would tell them on the same day as the first appointment. The plan is to invite both families out to our condo under the guise of it being a birthday get-together for Karen. Yes, it's Karen's 24th birthday on September 9th, but we're really getting family together to break the news to them all at once.

How it's going to happen: We are going to have our families over for pizza and cake. Then, at some point Karen's going to open her birthday presents in front of everyone. We will secretly have our baby shirts on under our regular shirts (mine says, "I love my pregnant wife" and Karen's says, "baby" and has an arrow to her stomach!) and when the moment is right we will shed our outer shirts and show them the baby shirts. That moment will happen when Karen is about done with the presents and I will get up and say something about how we secretly got a couple of them presents (we bought both sets of parents different types of baby shirts!) even though it's Karen's birthday. Then, about the time they're opening their presents, we'll shed our outer shirts and they'll be surprised!

Oh, we are so excited to become parents. Things have been quite interesting for us since we found out about it. I've been trying not to stress about the costs of the pregnancy, Karen has been suffering from having a queasy stomach and feeling otherwise sick all the time. For the record, Karen has done SO well for "little bit." That's what we named our baby as s/he is forming in Karen's womb! Karen is watching what she's eating, she's exercising (which helps with her morning sickness) and she's being an otherwise lovely mother for our little bit. I'm so proud of her!

Well, it is almost dinner time and I'm going to surprise Karen with a lovely home cooked meal. This should help little bit to get extra nutrition and help Karen feel special!

Lord thank you for our precious life we created. Thank you that we get to participate as co-creators with You. Keep our child safe in your arms and continue to help Karen's health. We trust in you for the finances and the details of this awesome responsibility you have given us. Amen.

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    • WeddingConsultant profile imageAUTHOR

      WeddingConsultant 

      10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      haha part 4 is coming soon enough! It's hard because I have to sneek around to publish it so my wife doesn't see that I'm doing this! It's going to be a surprise for her and other family members!

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      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      I'm glad to hear she is hanging in there - those last few weeks can be really difficult!

      Now where is part 4? I want to know the rest of the story!

    • WeddingConsultant profile imageAUTHOR

      WeddingConsultant 

      10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thank you amy for your comments. We sat down and tried to think of different ways to tell family and that one was the best one we could think up.

      My wife is coming into the home stretch here! We just did a tour of the hospital last evening, so we're almost there! She's been very graceful during the whole ordeal. Sure she's had ups and downs but she's doing very well under the circumstances, thanks for bringing it up!

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      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      What a cute way to tell your family! I love it! I can't keep a secret, so I just blabbed to everyone the moment I knew for sure :)

      Your wife looks so cute with that little baby belly - I hope she is feeling well :)

    • WeddingConsultant profile imageAUTHOR

      WeddingConsultant 

      10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Crisis averted! wshew!

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      upsss, Sorry Pete, my mistake! I didn´t know that Karen still doesn´t know about Kate :P

      That photo was taken during one of my walkings and it´s near Obidos.

      P.S.- To Karen: I was joking ;)

    • WeddingConsultant profile imageAUTHOR

      WeddingConsultant 

      10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Oh my word, fun- that picture was gorgeous! Makes me want to be walking on the beach right now. I assume that shot is from Portugal? Just beautiful.

      And promise me you won't tell my wife (Karen) about this 'Kate' you speak of...haha

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      I don´t understand why I haven´t already seen this hub before. After reading the Part 1 I was expecting for this one anxiously. I loved the t-shirts idea specially the "baby" one. And Pete, I just send you a photo of a place where I´ll bet you would love to walk with Kate and ... in a few years time ;)

    • WeddingConsultant profile imageAUTHOR

      WeddingConsultant 

      10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Wow, I can't believe I did that- thanks for pointing that out. And thanks for the comments on the journal. I'm certainly not the most 'creative' but I enjoyed doing this. I'm hoping it will be special to our child (I almost said the gender!). Stay tuned for gender and name...more journal entries coming.

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      Peter M. Lopez 

      10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Nice journal. I should have tried something like this. You seemed to have removed the comment capsule from the other journal hub. I didn't know if it was an accident or intentional. Just thought I'd let you know just in case.

    • WeddingConsultant profile imageAUTHOR

      WeddingConsultant 

      10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thank you George, and thank you for reading this hub. Bless you in your community work in San Diego and Los Angeles.

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      geogun 

      10 years ago from California

      Hey Mr. Wedding Consultant,

      I Like you already! You are quite a guy. The Lord has blessed you immensely in all things. May He continue to enrich your life as you raise and lead you family in His word. Thanks for becoming my fan.

      George Gunter

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      WeddingConsultant 

      10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      ohhh what a good suggestion Stella. Yes, my wife still has the wedding dress. I'll run the idea by her and see what she says.

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      Britton King 

      10 years ago from North Carolina Mountains

      hi again, its the wedding dress lady. Please tell me you still have your wedding dress!! If so, take a big hint from me and make a baptismal outfit for the baby from the dress your marriage was made holy in!! REALLY, DO IT, at least make a handkerchief or over the shoulder drooler from the dress.Make the dress a part of your next step in the marriage. God's peace to you.

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